Saturday, 3 December 2016
Banda, a form of protest, is a closure of business, blockade of roads, etc. has been continuously disrupting the normal life of Nepali people, for more than a decade—especially after the establishment of democracy in Nepal. To make bandha successful, piles of used (scrap) tires vehicles tires are put in the middle of the road and highways and are being burnt, affecting not only the normal flow of traffic and, but also the human health as well. Vehicle tires have been mostly used as a means of protests, as it burns to extreme temperatures for a long time, and emits heavy toxic black smoke into the atmosphere. To make Banda successful, burning tires has been the dirtiest practice in Nepal. Proctor acknowledges that, the black smoke that comes out from the burning tire retains in the atmosphere for a long period of time, and could have extremely negative consequences in human health. Emission from burning tires releases toxic gases to the atmosphere such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and sulphur oxides, etc. And chronic exposure to this emission could lead to heart diseases, lung cancer, and several respiratory diseases—children’s and elderly in particular are at risk. Kathmandu city is unexpectedly urbanizing—Banda is adding up more pollution to the environment—and government effort controlling the rapid urbanization in Kathmandu Valley has been totally uncontrolled. Fine particles from the tire emission gets deeply settled in lungs; it has been found to cause excess mortality rate.
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.