Tuesday, 24 January 2017
The dramatic resignation of Nepal's (now former) prime minister KP Oli's with a two-hour long speech in the Nepali parliament moments before facing the vote of no confidence brought jointly by the Maoists led by Prachanda (the leader of the erstwhile rebels in the decade-long armed conflict from 1996-2006) and the Nepali Congress has brought renewed focus on the India-Nepal relationship. Coverage in the Indian media has mostly sought to place this asa victory of the Indian establishment and a recalibration of Nepal away from Beijing's sphere of influence and back to New Delhi's orbit. But, is that really the case? The 8th Prime Minister of Nepal this decade, KP Oli of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninists) became the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal and the first prime minister under the Constitution of Nepal (2015) in October 2015 as the head of a motley coalition which included the Maoists led by Prachanda, monarchists and various small parties. As prime minister, Oli's government faced the immediate twin challenges of: (i) implementing the contested new Constitution which envisages a federal Nepal (ii) managing the rehabilitation and reconstruction after the devastating earthquake of April 2015
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.