Thursday, 25 August 2016

Folk singer and musician Khem Raj Gurung passes away at 42

Posted by Anup Baral August 25, 2016 :
Nepali folk singer and musician Khem Raj Gurung, who was best known for his hit song "Wari Jamuna Pari Jamuna," died on Thursday at Medicare National Hospital and Research Centre, Chabahil. He was 42. His death was confirmed by his family members. According to Ratna Gurung, Khem Raj's cousin, the singer died on Thursday at the hospital due to complications caused by jaundice. Khem Raj, a liver patient, was admitted to the hospital ten days ago after symptoms of jaundice appeared in his body. He was admitted at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital after his health condition deteriorated. “After his health condition worsened, his family members were making preparations to airlift him to a hospital in Delhi for treatment. But doctors at the Medicare Hospital and Medanta Hospital suggested continuing his treatment in Kathmandu until his health condition improved. But he could not survive the disease,” Shashi Lumumbu, a litterateur and a close friend of the singer, told Repbulica.

Khem Raj, who hailed from Khandbari, Sankhuwasabha district, had been living with his family members at Sukedhara, Kathmandu. He is survived by his wife and two sons. He had recorded dozens of folk songs and released as many as nine songs. Songs like Wari Jamuna Pari Jamuna, Aaalutama le and Bhamchan Budapake had brought him to the limelight. His songs were popular among audiences of all age groups and had won him several awards.

Guide of the month: January 2018

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.