Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Nanglo Bakery Cafe, one of the most loved and reputed restaurants of the Capital, has come under scrutiny for selling substandard food. On Monday, the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) raided the bakery’s Sanepa production plant after receiving complaints from consumers. During the raid, the authorities not only found that the bakery products were unhygienic, but also that the plant itself was operating without a licence. And so, they have sealed the plant.
The issue of substandard and contaminated food in the market has been a chronic one in Nepal. In 2011, when it was revealed that some of Kathmandu’s favourite sweet shops were making Gudpak, a popular sweetmeat, out of foul ingredients and that other sweet shops were using ghee made out of animal fats, the public was outraged and the government woke up to the deteriorating food quality in the market. Since then government inspections have increased.
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.