Namaste. My name is Jay Poudyal and I am on a journey to discover and share stories of the everyday Nepali. Over the past couple of years, I have roamed the streets of Kathmandu and travelled my country to talk to people, hear what they have to say and listen to their tales of sorrow and happiness. I started off as a photographer, capturing moments and people, but inspired by Humans of New York I started sharing these pictures along with the conversations I had with individuals. After all, a picture may say a thousand words, but a few words can change the story. That was how Stories of Nepal the Facebook page was born, and its community has come a long way.

As a young teenager, I always told my friends how no matter how I lived my life, good or bad, happy or sad, I would have a story to tell. I think stories of Nepal, subconsciously started from that very idea. I believe that everyone has a story they want to share; all that is required is to listen with willing ears and an open heart. The man who cuts your hair, he isn’t just a barber or the lady who you buy vegetables from, she isn’t only a street vendor, these people are individuals with an equally complex and vivid life. In my everyday conversations with such people, I try and dwell deeper into their lives if welcomed. From this I derive my stories, which I translate to English, and share.

We live in a troubled but hopeful Nepal where not everyone gets to speak or voice his or her concerns. My passion to meet new people allows me to share with you my involvement, the experience of discovering new ideas, people and emotions; and in this process I hope to inspire you to listen to others, share your experiences and carve out a new story for yourself.

All these pictures/stories are copyrighted.

Feel free to send me a message at jay@storiesofnepal.com.


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Ranika-Pariyaar1To sustain Stories of Nepal and to continue my journey to share stories, I have set up this donation page. I hope you will consider donating. The donations raised here will be used mostly for my travel. It will help me reach more places and share more stories of us Nepalis. Having covered over 35 districts, I have plans to cover stories from many other places and districts of Nepal, thus bringing back stories for all of us. Thank you.

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