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Monday, 16 January 2017

Fireside with Dr. Govinda Raj Pokharel

Posted by Anup Baral January 16, 2017 :
Prof. Dr. Pokharel, the former Vice-chair of National Planning Commission led the task of preparation of Post Disaster Need Assisment (PDNA) on behalf of National Planning Commission. He is the professor of the Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and served as Executive Director of the Alternative Energy Promotion Center and demonstrated ability in running high profile and technical outputs oriented international programs and projects (EU, DFID, KfW, ADB, WB, UNDP, UNFCCC, CIF, Dannida, Norad, SNV, Winrock International). Prof. Pokharel was also first CEO of National Reconstruction Authority, formed to rebuild the earthquake damaged area.

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.