LETTERS: Role model for business

Apropos of the news story “Oregon teen sells USD 1 million in custom socks” (THT, April 25, Page 11), this is the sort of real life success stories of entrepreneurship that Nepali schools, colleges, particularly MBA Institutes, and the government should be stressing “MoI plans to focus on ‘entrepreneurship’” (THT, April 24, Page 13). It is truly amazing that a 17-year-old boy has followed a successful entrepreneurial vision from the age of 13. There are many other examples of success stories in business and in life including the 12-year-old bassist who will play with Korn in public gigs. Nepal must reform the education sector incorporating numerous real-life examples from the world stage that could inspire our youth fresh from the farms. At the same time, the others, who need lesson on no-honking etiquette, are the teachers, again fresh from the farm that needlessly honks while astride their Pegasus. It would be good if the cops can visit all the schools in the valley and offer valuable lessons on no-honking rules to both the teachers and students alike. The pillars of the nation and their architects must follow rules and discipline so that they can create a strong, stable and prosperous nation.

Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu

Noise

This refers to the letter “No Horn” (THT, April 24, Page 8). The whole world is alarmed at air, water and land pollution. But there’s a deafening silence about noise pollution. Be it human or machine-created, noise disrupts normal activity and balance of life.

Honking by motorists is the largest source of noise pollution in developing countries. The menace of honking is increasing day by day in metro cities in particular, aggravating noise pollution resulting in serious health hazards. The indiscriminate use of the horn is due to lack of patience of road users to follow rules and regulations. Everybody wants to reach everywhere first! In other countries, honking is considered uncivilised, but it is common in South Asia.

Indiscipline is the root cause of such rash driving using the power of one’s shrill horn. Our growing sumptuousness makes us more anti-social, and loud obnoxious public behaviour appears to be the norm. It is a way of overcoming our selfish ways and paying attention to courtesy and developing a civic sense on the roads. In Nepal, where people drive recklessly and where there are no clear traffic rules for people to follow, the horn is the only thing the drivers can rely on, while cautioning other drivers and while trying to have their way.  Also, the politicians’ vehicles use the loudest of horns.

Unnecessary honking and using shrill horns are a menace and we need to appeal to all citizens to help to curb it because no law or rule will help unless the driver changes his or her mindset. Lowering the decibel levels is not the priority, we have to educate people and still if they persist with honking, corrective action will be taken.

Vinod C. Dixit, Ahmedabad