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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Kathmandu: The dusty capital of Nepal

Posted by Anup Baral February 15, 2017 :
Kathmandu has got increasingly polluted nowadays. Pollution exists in various forms and manifestations in the capital city. However, the people have to live with it as there does not seem to be any alternative to escaping the ever-burgeoning pollution.The condition of roads in the city is pathetic beyond description. Roads are dismantled in the name of maintenance or reconstruction. Sidewalks are dismantled in the name of upgrading. But it takes a long time, sometimes years, for them to be maintained or reconstructed. The contractors dismantle the roads post haste as if to maintain or reconstruct them in no time. After the roads have been dismantled, they turn their eyes off them and engage in some other work. When asked to initiate the work, they come up with one excuse or the other. What is surprising is that even the government cannot make the contractors stick to the contract of completing the work by the deadline.

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.