Friday, 27 January 2017
Since his appointment as the managing director of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) back in September, 2016, the new management under Kulman Ghising has done a wonderful job of vastly reducing load-shedding hours. On assuming office Ghising had unveiled a plan to reduce electricity loss from the current 26 percent of total supply to as low as 12 percent. If this could be achieved, he said, 714 million units of energy worth around Rs 7 billion a year could be added to the national grid. The latest evidence that he is serious in the arrest on Sunday of 12 NEA employees on charges of tampering with electricity meters. They were found involved in tampering of the meters of some factories and big businesses so as to reduce their electricity bills. But these 12 employees represent only the tip of the iceberg; otherwise, it is hard to account for 26 percent loss of on-grid electricity. So we expect many more such arrests in the days ahead. These state employees who have been responsible for keeping millions of Nepalis in the dark don’t deserve any sympathy.
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.