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Friday, 23 June 2017

Sagarmatha Bisesh With Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat

Posted by Anup Baral June 23, 2017 :
Dr Ram Sharan Mahat is a senior leader of Nepali Congress,a central committee member and former joint secretary.He represents a rare combination of an active politician and a technocrat.He has been Nepal’s Finance Minister six times since 1994 and prior to that Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission. He is credited for his role in ushering liberal economic reforms in Nepal.

During his stints as Finance Minister, he was elected chairman of the IMF/World Bank board of governors in 1998/99 and was awarded Finance Minister of the Year 2016 Global and Asia Pacific by The Bankers magazine of the Financial Times group,London for his role in mobilizing global financial support in the aftermath of Nepal’s 2015 massive earthquake and for the country’s exemplary macro economic management. Born in 1951 in Nuwakot district of Nepal,he was political activist since early student days and imprisoned several times by the autocratic Panchayat regime.He was elected general secretary of Nepal Students Union, the largest student organization, affiliated to Nepali Congress. His professional career includes high school headmaster, university teacher and international civil servant. He served UNDP office in Nepal,Pakistan and New York headquarters.He resigned the UN job to join politics after restoration of democracy in 1990. He contributes frequently to journals and newspapers and authored books including the much acclaimed In Defense of Democracy(2005). He also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in K P Bhhatari cabinet in 1999/2000.

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.