Construction materials and pedestrians are seen out of the window of a new building in Kathmandu. Only a few years ago, this was the edge of the city, and green rice paddies filled the space now occupied by high-rise apartment blocks and concrete homes. Yet hidden amid the maze of new buildings are tiny, ancient shrines around which the development bends itself.
Over the past few years, Kathmandu has undergone a period of rapid urbanization, however throughout this process it has remained curiously unique in its loyalty to its cultural history. The result is a city in which astrologers are consulted about future developments by retail investors, and concrete high-rise buildings haphazardly wind their way around tiny ancient shrines.