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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tough talk with Dr Arjun Karki

Posted by Anup Baral July 21st, 2016 :
Arjun Kumar Karki is a Nepalese development practitioner who is currently Nepali Ambassador to the United States. He graduated from Tribhuvan University with a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics in 1990, and subsequently completed M.Sc. in Management and Implementation of Development Projects at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1995, and a PhD entitled "The Politics of Poverty and Movements from Below in Nepal" from the University of East Anglia in 2001. He has championed the cause of democracy in the country and has worked towards promotion of human rights and sustainable development.

He has been President of Rural Reconstruction Nepal since 1989, and the International Co-ordinator of LDC Watch since 2004. In 2011, he was awarded the Justice and Peace Award by the Bishop Tji Hak-Soon Justice and Peace Foundation based in South Korea for his exceptional contribution for the protection of the human rights and the development of impoverished and marginalised communities in Nepal and in other LDCs.

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.