LETTERS: Ordeal of Kailash Yatra

Tourists from all over India visit Kailash Mansarovar Lake through our beautiful country Nepal, a country known for its hospitality.

I am a senior citizen who decided to undertake Parikrama this year from Mansarover. From day one my tour operators courteously and cooperatively guided and explained how to undertake the trip in seriousness and in full faith to fulfil our desire.

The moment we left Nepal and touched Chinese border in its Tibet region the guides change and their behaviour also undergoes a sea change. The courtesy and hospitality takes a complete U turn.

We are thrown at the mercy of the Omnipotent. The schedules/itineraries vanished. Mercy of God is invoked and the journey became a nightmare. The return journey was much unorganised for unavoidable reasons and circumstances.

The guides were at their peak of arrogance. The tour operators with their nexus were making windfalls by selling the available and already booked air tickets. No proper reasons were assigned for this injustice to the pilgrims and instead of sending us by flight they went to the extent of making us commute on buses.

Sitting on a bus for twenty four hours from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu was an ordeal. No mercy from tour operator. My operator did not refund the flight charges.

I would request the Govt of Nepal to bring in a guideline to handle the mushrooming tour operators to have some discipline and avoid incurring a bad name on the country and maintain sanctity of the Kailash Yatra.

Muralee Kesavan, via e-mail

Take it easy

There is a famous saying, “Too much of a good thing is good for nothing.” Being obsessed or concerned on some issues might be helpful for us to complete our tasks in time, do our duties in the assigned manner and get our jobs done and dusted.

But we need to understand that too much of concern always even in minor things will result in extra capsules of anxiety. We will keep regretting the minor things that we fail to do.

We complain of being lazy and incapable of performing our duties on time and ultimately are depressed. Even when our mind and body are not giving cent per cent efforts, we blame ourselves for not being up to the mark.

In this case, we should take things easy. If our body and mind are not fresh enough we should give first priority to giving ourselves some rest. We should think of the long-run impacts in these regards.

For example, if we fail to perform minor activities, we can satisfy ourselves that these stuffs can be performed soon in future.

Similarly, if we fail to complete some part of the major assignment, then we can work at our full capacity when we become optimally energized. However, we should keep in mind that being energized after the deadline will do no good for us.

Urgency is really good medicine to get something in life, to be disciplined and to accomplish the assignments.

Suresh Raj Regmi, Kathmandu