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"Pilgrims was never mine, it was "our" Pilgrims." - Ram Tiwari, Owner, Pilgrims Book House.

One of the staples of Thamel (a tourist hub of Kathmandu, Nepal), Pilgrims Book House was completely engulfed by flames in a freak accident that grievously damaged the area. These shots are some scenes of the remnants of a iconic store. When talking to the owner Ram Tiwari, there was an obvious sense of loss in his voice but above it was a tone of hope. It respectable voice of dignity, surrender and someone who'd take defeat as a natural progression of things. These images are but a humble attempt to show the loss of precious books that all of the community suffered.

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The man in the ashes

Ram Tiwari started Pilgrims in his early 20s. The store has enjoyed a prolonged lifespan of 30+ years and an iconic status amongst Kathmandites and tourists alike. The store was a hub for books, art and a place to convene for many.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 35mm / f/2 / 1/50 sec
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Funeral pyre

Hallways that were littered with bookcases and stacks of books now stand in solemn and eerie silence.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 35mm / f/2 / 1/50 sec
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Ashes to Ashes

Some books remain Salvageable, most however, are ash, crumbling after the slighted touch.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/1 sec
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Ashes to Ashes ii

Pilgrims used to house an impressive collection of literature from all genres. Some even rare enough to have 1 or 2 more copies in the world throughout.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 35mm / f/2 / 1/50 sec
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Sorting in silence

A Pilgrims employee silently sorts through the wreckage of burnt books.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 50mm / f/2.8 / 1/20 sec
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Graveyard

An area that was once a place to relax now is littered with damaged books and art pieces.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/40 sec
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Picking up the pieces

The Pilgrims staff solemnly sort through the damage.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/10 sec
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What was left.

Few books remain is prime condition. "The Fire damaged them first, then it was water," said Tiwari. The books have been damaged by the fire, the water from the Fire brigade and then the continuous monsoon rains.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 50mm / f/2.8 / 1/20 sec
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Silent Art

A few statues out of the hundreds of art pieces survived the flame. Among them too, none were unscathed.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/4 sec
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Funeral Pyre ii

The damage not only extended to books but throughout the store. Even the brick structures and the roof of the building was brought down, leaving the building in shambles.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/100 sec
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Closed Gates

Although it has satellite stores in multiple places, Pilgrims Thamel was "the" store that started the franchise.

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/60 sec
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Solemn Hope

Ram Tiwari remains hopeful of Pilgrims' rebirth and the community support remains pouring in. Only the future will tell where this story wil lead to but I like to think, like a multitude of books it housed, its a "happily ever after".

  • May 20th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/60 sec

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surajshakya
Suraj Shakya  over 5 years ago

Awesome photo story shashank ...