Friday, 7 October 2016
With the onset of Dashain, festive mood is in the air throughout the country, except for the victims of the April earthquake who are yet to come to terms with the bitter reality. Kaman Singh Tamang, a quake victim, of Hakku-9, Mailung of Rasuwa district is in no mood of merrymaking. The father of two is left alone to look after his sick children after losing his wife to the devastating quake. Both of his children -15-month-old son Anurag and 26-month-old daughter Ketu have been suffering from fever and common cold for several days. "Anurag has not eaten anything for several days and cries all the time," a tearful Tamang, who is worried about the health of his children complained. His home, cattle along with the entire Mailung settlement was buried in landslide triggered by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake of April 25. Fifty-nine people of his village including his wife, Rubi, were killed in the earthquake. Rubi had gone to collect fodder for the livestock that day but never returned. Even her dead body has not yet been recovered.
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.