Statement by Honorable Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs On the Book Preview and Signing Program

Statement by
Honorable Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali,
Minister for Foreign Affairs
On the Book Preview and Signing Program
On 6 November 2018 in Kathmandu

Honorable Member of Parliaments
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Ladies and Gentlemen

At the outset, I would like to express my happiness to be with this august gathering on the occasion of “Book Preview and Signing’Program. I thank you Ms. Lakpa Sherpa for giving this opportunity.

I love to read literary books. I read the book ‘Musa Masala’ with deep interest and happy to talk about this.

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As you know that Mountains are our identity, our property and our source of civilization.

As the Right Honorable Prime Minister Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli stated while addressing the Inaugural Session of the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu on 30th August 2018, (quote)- “Nepal is the land of mountains. Our Himalayas are considered as diamond. In fact, they are more than real diamond.… precious resources.”(quote ends.)
We Nepali are always proud of white Himalayas that is standing tall in the Northern part of Nepal. Particularly, Sagarmatha is a symbol of our self-esteem, pride and national identity.

Mountains are not only a source of incredible rivers that supports the livelihoods of millions of people living in Nepal and other South Asian Countries but also a fountain of eastern philosophy, spirituality and culture. This book depicts a beautiful and adventurous scenario of this mountainous region of Nepal in a simple and fictitious manner which is really worth-reading.

Sherpas are the ornaments of Nepalese mountains that illuminates the whole Nepal. Main character of this book ‘musa’, who is brave, kind and helpful, truly represents Sherpas.

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Nepal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Our serene and beautiful mountains attract hundreds of thousands of trekkers and mountaineers in Nepal. Khumbu Valley and Everest Base Camp is one of the most fascinating trekking routes in the world. This book is all about a thrilling glimpse of this Shangri-La and a sweet story of ‘musa’, a mountain girl of the Himalayas.

This book is a unique example of pictorial fiction writing. Interesting story of ‘musa’ goes along with the introduction of a trek of Namche bazar to Everest base Camp. I do believe that this information is useful and important to all trekkers and mountaineers to make their journey safe, healthy and enjoyable.

While talking about the fascinating Himalayas, its beauty, adventure, huge potential and contribution to the tourism industry in Nepal, we also should be very sensitive about the severe impacts of climate change in this region. Level of snow is melting down, glaciers are exploding, avalanches are occurring frequently causing the death of many mountaineers every year and the livelihood of the people of this region is being difficult. In this context, effective steps should be taken to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in the Himalayas.

In the same way, garbage piles up in serene mountainous region critically and the noble efforts to clean up this are not sufficient. We should also pay proper attention in this regard.

I am particularly happy to know that Ms. Lakpa Sherpa is going to utilize the money earned from the sale of this book towards the construction and operation of the non-profitable Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital in the impoverished and earthquake ravaged village of northern Nepal. I hope this will contribute to realize the incomplete dream of your father.

I wish you all the best in your praiseworthy endeavors.
My best wishes for a successful program.
I thank you.