Banda is Nepalese for ‘Strike’. This one took hold of the entire city, shutting everything down and making it dangerous for locals to drive. There are currently bandas in other regions of Nepal and soon there will be country-wide strike. This photo essay explores its effects on the locals of Pokhara. In featured photo above, a young worker contemplates how the banda will effect his work. So far there has been a noticeable lull in business for shops in Pokhara.
School is cancelled and these boys hit the streets for some early morning football.
Woman, children, and buffalo stroll down the street. Theres no need for sidewalks when cars aren’t around.
A row of tourist buses sit and collect dust for the duration of the Banda. Although one school group admitted to driving overnight, which is apparently safer.
A local woman opens her shutters half way. She lives in the back of the shop so she is not technically open; until someone wants something, that is.
These cows would probably be here anyways, but at least with the Banda they don’t have to deal with the traffic whizzing past and throwing up dust.
The only safe way to drive. The few instances of attacks have involved journalists and press vehicles.
Young men who would have normally been at work play Chungi khal in the streets. Its like hacky sack but played with a knot of sliced rubber from an inner tube.
Two men contemplate the Banda in front of a row of closed shops.