The man wears a well ironed suit and shiny shoes. He puts on a baseball cap, grabs his briefcase and heads out to the mountains to go to work. He walks miles on a rocky road, crossing muddy paths, jumping over streams and traversing sagging bridges to make it to the meetings he occasionally has in a school in a neighbouring village.
Durga Dhakal, 48, is the principal and an English teacher at the Janabal Secondary School in Marpha of Mustang district. Surrounded by the Annapurnas on one side and Dhaulagiri on the other, he often walks along the Kali Gandaki to avoid waiting for a bus that may never show up.
Dhakal sits in a restaurant, his face candlelit, as the power is out. He sips some raxi, to ward off the cold nights here at 3,000m above sea level. "Our life is brutal in a way," he says, remembering his distant family.
My last glimpse of him was as he taught English to a handful of students even though he was unwell. He kept walking around the class however, joking with his students, teasing them and encouraging them at the same time.
"It was kept as an extraordinary life of loving," he wrote on the blackboard.
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