Advertisement

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Anju Panta talks about the real reason she decided to change her faith

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha March 12, 2019 :
Anju Panta is one of the biggest stars in the country is making headlines in her country, not for her talents or skills, but because of her religious conversion to Christianity. Attacks in the media and critics are widespread as she bowed out of performing at a Hindu festival.“My faith does not allow me to worship gods through song,” Panta said. She only responded to critics saying that “I have nothing to say to those who are criticizing me. May be it’s God’s plan and now I’m under the grace of God”.The Asia Times article details how Panta married artist Manoj Raj Siwakoti, another popular singer in Nepal, in 2002. “The two have a daughter, but their marriage did not work: after the separation, about a year ago, her journey of self-discovery resulted in her conversion to Christianity. Her career is studded with success: in December 2009, during the thirteenth edition of Close Up Hits FM Music Award, she won almost all the awards including “Best Singer” and “Best Song of the Year.” Her hits “Nabirse Timilai” is one of the most popular nationwide.”Christianity has changed everything, including her songwriting. “Jaba Ma Prabhuko Bhayar Jiuna Thale Nirasama Shanti Paya” is about the beginning of the new life in Christ and the peace that the Lord has given her in the storm. Because of her religious beliefs, on September 4 she refused to sing at a Hindu festival: “My faith does not allow me to worship the Hindu deity through song. Moreover, in those days I was not well. Though I was offered a large amount of money, I declined the engagement.”.“This decision has unleashed the fury of radical Hindu groups, but also the admiration of the Christian community,” The Sept. 22 article states.In Nepal, over 80% of the 26.6 million citizens are Hindi and less than half a percent of Christian, with just over 7,000 being Catholic.

Guide of the month: January 2018

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.