Adventure Tourism 2016:Here Comes NEPAL!

It's in most people's list to go on an adventure, to travel to exotic places on Earth where they can find something that's truly breathtaking. When these things come into mind, often some might wish to go on an adventure alone like in the +Bear Grylls show, travel to places such as New Zealand, explore the +Coral Reef in Australia, go to Iceland to watch the +Northern lights in Iceland, find the beauty of Switzerland or even relax in one of the beaches in southern Asia.

But for some of us, it might be too expensive to travel the world. So we might as well stick with our own beauty. We often try to fine the beauty around us, but fail to look upon our own self. However, this Hope for Nepal video will surely make you want to explore Nepal right away. There is much to Nepal then you've every thought!

Life is an Adventure - Bucket List #visitnepal2016 from Adventour Asia on Vimeo.

Adventure lover, +Luxman Maharjan composed this wonderful video some with the time-lapse and others collected online. His main purpose of this video, is to spread awareness to boom up Adventure Tourism in Nepal. With the damage caused by the great earthquake and the blockade from India, Nepal's economy has been hampered to a greater extend. Surely, this video will attract some outdoor adventure lovers from around the world who don't know much about Nepal's Adventure Activities. He dedicated the video to a friend's new born baby on first of January, Asha which is to sparkle hope for Nepal.

The Adventure video starts off with a bicycle guiding us into adventurous Nepal. Mountain biking, mountain skydive, paragliding, para hawking, rafting are some of the adventures to show off in this video. Apart from the sports, It showcase amazing mountainous beauty, valleys, and hills. It has surely attracted my interest to explore Nepal as much as I can. What about you? Are you looking for some adventure this 2016? Visit Nepal 2016!

Writer: +Bijesh Bajracharya 
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Reasoning over blind beliefs: The debate on religion

I do not think there exists an invisible higher entity that demands we follow its rules. In fact, there is only one set of rules that I obey everyday, the laws of the universe.
Science is not simple. It is an intellectual and practical activity and the study of structure and behaviour of physical and natural world. It is all about observation and experiments. We observe the behaviour of things around us. We can even put the plot in a formulae and with the right mathematics make the calculations and predict the results. With science, the occurrence of events can be reasoned for and therefore explained. We can explain why a ball bounces or an apple falls to the ground. In other words, science is all but a documentation of what happens in the real world.
Religion is a theory itself; one not subtle enough to explain anything with certainty. For centuries, it persuaded humanity with stories. People believed the Earth to be flat and that the sun goes around our planet. These are only a few things preposterous things that religion has got wrong. The thing about religion is that it is not superficial. For many stories, there are no explanations. It is incomprehensible how people following different religions have their own stories on the creation of the world. While religion is meant to bring people together, to much contrast it is ripping a civilisation apart.
We have heard incredible stories about the gods, stories which certainly amused me as a child. I grew up reading about these stories at school with compulsion and heard a lot of stories at home. I feel there is a lack of technology in that era for such miraculous things to happen. The stories that have followed through generations are amusing but bewildering due to its lack of explanation. But I have to admit, the plots in these stories are full of morals and supposedly an inspiration for others to follow. It gives hope to people but it takes a diversion from good to evil when opposed to different religions and certain beliefs when not properly interpreted. It causes war and does follows inhuman acts.
You cannot pray to fix anything. Giving a donation to a religious institution does not necessarily guarantee you a place in heaven cause it is non-existent. Personally, I have always doubted people who ask for charity. The screen you read this is a result of science. The letters we see are small pixels programmed in 0 and 1. We were not a creation of god but stardust, a result of the big bang perhaps but certainly not a result of karma (a belief that the activities of this life will decide my fate for the next life). The belief in god is holding back logical thinking and free will. Among the wrong things religion does, it promotes slavery, discrimination, sexism and is against homosexuality. All religions are small minded and arbitrary. After all, these philosophies never evolve.
The universe is always right. You can see the resemblance of science in microscopic atomic particles to planets and stars. With science we have reached the outskirts of the solar system. From lighting a bulb to starting a settlement in Mars, it all follows the laws of nature. You cannot argue with science when it gives proper reasoning. Many times these behaviour are unexplainable yet it gives the same results anywhere on the planet respective to its environment.
As a lyric of David Bowies song 'Quicksand' goes,
I'm not a prophet or a stone aged man
Just a mortal with potential of a superman
I'm living on
It could be easier to see God as a mortal with potential of a superman. Among mortals, there are wise people and then there are people who are still learning the ways of life. We give out words of wisdom to those who know less and the so called Gods probably did the same. I will never believe that praying will bring rain, bring a solution famine, save a dying diseased person or strike us with a bolt of lightning. There is no way that I can believe in the ridiculous potential of an omnipotent person who we doubt ever existed.
Religion has passed on through ages but is far from demonstrating that it is beneficial. The laws of the universe cannot be defied or altered. We have to live with these laws which existed before birth and still goes on after death. All manmade laws need to be reviewed from time to time. A certain principle cannot be followed at all places and stands logical for a limited time. Nothing is as permanent as change and human ideology needs constant refining and changes. Religion is old and has come through generations without refinement. How can we trust an ideology and say it is right when it is hostile to education, or in other words slowing down the progress of humanity.
I will not oppose against the fact that religion has brought people together since its initiation. There are a lot of good things to take but we should also consider the fact how brainwashed people have become. A belief in god gives people false reasoning to accept the truth. If a man dies in a tragic accident, we believe the person is in a good place after death. Creationists pray for a success of an event to give them hope for betterment of family or friends, to pass through difficult times or to forgive them for their sins. To me, it does not make a difference if we make religious sacrifice in the name of God and follow a ritual cause the results will pan out the way they should, according to action, not a belief or in keeping faith.
It is easier to explain things to people who follows religion in a religious ways. I am a vegetarian by choice and people think I am doing dharma, in other words making way for god to forgive my sins. If people understand it that way, it is because it is easier for them to see it in a religious prospective. I do not do this for dharmaIt is hard to explain science to people who firmly believe in religion cause people of all ages have been comfortable with the idea that there is a divine human being who knows the wrong from the right and created them. You cannot easily replace something with nothing, specially when people are unaware that science has the answers to it all along.
Religion does not have the answers to why the stars twinkle, why the sky is blue or why the grass is green. It cannot explain how gods come into existence, why it cares about humans, why it is gods will to make us suffer or why souls are eternal. Cavemen of a different millennium could be baffled by the extraordinary occurrence of events in nature and call them supernatural, but since the renaissance period we have progressed in science and done wonders that would seem impossible for previous generations. The world has reached its height of discovery and inventions with reasoning and religion should not stand a reason for humanity to progress further.
There is everything to live for and nothing to die for. We are not to bow down to an entity that does not exist. The purpose of life is unknown and it is a great miracle that we are even alive. I feel lucky to be alive cause life itself is unexplainable. You can still argue against the theory of evolution or the big bang cause there is no full evidence to it either, but you cannot completely deny it. I chose to believe in science, the fact that we are predecessors of an intelligent race and we will continue to find reasoning for everything that occurs in nature from human behaviour to all our artificial creation.
I am a man of reasoning and to me if God exists, it is in the form of the universe. Someday we might be able to explain everything but I don't believe there is anything new to learn from religion. If religion makes you spiritual, keep it with you but I am just telling you that it will be easier to understand the real world when you believe God's will is not the answer to any miraculous occurrence in your life.

I am an atheist and I always will be. I prefer reasoning to blind belief. Do you think it will make any difference if you stop praying from today? Live free and think about it.

Writer: Abish Shakya
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Futsal causing violence in Kathmandu

From arresting people with long hair, tattoos and piercing, the government has come up with one more reason for a face palm.

It was a normal morning until the first things that came to my news feed this morning on Facebook was a post from Dhuku Futsal Hub which goes something like this:

I was not so surprised to hear about it cause I've heard Futsal's closing down because of drug abuse at Futsal venues. I just never though it would happen on a general large scale, but it did. Reports say that they have closed down 51 futsal venues.

Lets take a look into some online news to see why these bans have been opposed. 

OnlineKhabar says the neighbours have complained about the disturbance from futsal venues. It also talks about parents being involved, something also reported by Kantipur. According to Ekantipur, it says guardians have complained about betting, drug use and distraction from studies. Now get ready for the reasons why I think there are so many other things that should go down and not futsal.

Taking the complaints of neighbours, I assume they are talking about the evenings. I can't deny that many futsal grounds lie in residential zones. I also cannot deny the fact that many college and schools lie in residential zones. Both these places are prone to drug use or whatever terrible stuff you can come up with cause it is a social institution where young minds meet. They make a lot of noise in these institutions. One place has a lot of shouts with people running, kicking, shouting, screaming and you hear the word 'ball' a lot. The other institution is not too different in breaks plus the ringing of bells, an atmosphere of loud conversation, karate classes, music lessons, nursery rhymes and what not. Where there will be kids, there will be noise.

If you think Futsal causes distractions from studies, you are right cause it does. Human Right Article 24 gives you the right to play. This is the whole point of the beautiful game. FIFA runs grassroots projects all around the world so they can bring together children of age group from 6 to 12 to avoid violence. Who knows what children are going through at home or school. In Kathmandu, some schools take children for a game of futsal in their P.E. lessons and hold futsal tournaments. Parents cannot expect children to study all the time. If you want to know, there is a flaw in the education system where kids in school have a heavy 10 AM to 5 PM schedule. Kids have high adrenaline and are in their adolescence. They need sports like futsal to keep their minds occupied so that they are not involved with drugs, "NOT GET INTO DRUGS".

Meanwhile in Nepal, Futsal is causing violence. Are you kidding me?

Though thinking of the betting part, I've been there and done that. It is fun when you have a good team and you always win. However it is bad when someone plays drugged or drunk. When we get a lot of physicality in the game, there's a lot of aggressive exchange of words and some crunchy tackles. Sometimes you can't pay for the game you've lost and a bad game hampers the good relationships among friends. There have been days when I had to face an angry uncle cause I was the one to take my friend to the hospital when his ligament got torn. How many days in bed is that?

Getting home late after a game of futsal is bad. Parents worry too much and they have every right to do so. Parents hate it so much is when one someone abruptly says he is not coming home and is staying at a friends place just for the night. They probably think what we are doing is buying a carton of beer. The thing wrong is what they suspect rather than what is actually happening. Parents need to calm down and stop complaining cause they are taking away one of the things we love.

This current generation needs to understand that futsal is a lifestyle. How stupid does it sound when you say our country is depriving young children from getting involved in an indoor sporting activity. Do you really expect children to build a computer out of your garage when you keep imposing stupid rules and restrict children from playing? If people are smart enough, they would look for the solution. If kids are the problem, I would suggest taking the kids out of the picture for a while and letting at least adults play. It is sad to hear though that children are using their school fee's to pay for a game of futsal. So here are a few things that I think the government should do.

Please do not impose a legal age for futsal. I beg you. Also, kids should never have to worry about playing a game of futsal. Futsal for kids should be government funded. I think futsal is itself a part of the education and growing up. It is important, it really is. I think there is an awful lot wrong with parenting if that is where the complaint comes from. Is there anything else you could do? You could actually open up some public basketball courts, volleyball courts, cricket grounds, swimming pools or infrastructures for other sports. We need parks to run around. Ratna Park is not enough.

Anything wrong with the current state of futsal needs to be solved quickly. The solution is not there in closing down the venues at all. I was rather glad of the fact that we have such densely populated futsal venues inside Kathmandu and the game is spreading throughout the country. Let us not forget that futsal is a game for all ages and it keeps us healthy and fit.

Sort it out our dear government. You've got this totally wrong.

Writer: Abish Shakya
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