Uddhab Raj Pandey’s self published debut book “Peace and Humanism” was officially launched at Hotel Mandap, Kathmandu on Thursday, March 31st. The book was jointly launched by Nagarik Editor Guna Raj Luitel and Former Chief Secretary Leela Mani Poudyal. The chief guest for the evening was Republica’s Editor Subhash Ghimire.
With a packed crowd in the hotel’s dining area and a backdrop of tourists walking the streets of Thamel, the book launch brought people together from different walks of life. Ushma Pandey, the author’s daughter formally welcomed everyone and started the book launching program. She enthusiastically described how her father first told her about his intention to write a book and what it would be about. Her father clarified that the theme of the book will be humanism and that humanism is an “antibiotic to cure cruelty and hatred that is spreading like an evil disease in the world.” With the right balance of optimism and humor, Ushma drew cheers and applause from the audience. Then, Foreign Affairs Adviser to the former Prime Minister of Nepal (2008-2009), Hira Bahadur Thapa took the stage to share a few words on the book. Hira Bahadur Thapa started with a Sanskrit verse “gurur brahma, gurur bishnu, gurur devo maheshwor…” and then told of an incident when a humanist helped his family during a crucial time while travelling in the US. The humanist helped Hira’s family with the excess luggage situation and a simple deed such as that made the travel more convenient and hassle free. It was such random acts of helpfulness which has provided Hira more motivation to help others as well in everyday life ;be it giving a small change to someone in need or giving up a seat for someone else.
Following Ushma and Hira Bahadur Thapa’s words, Republica Editor Subhash Ghimire came to the stage and shared his thoughts. Besides touching on current events, Subhash referenced the book “The Road to Character” by David Brooks and specifically highlighted the “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” In the book, David defines “resume virtues” as racking up impressive accomplishments and “eulogy virtues”, the character strengths for which we’d like to be remembered. These references served as a good backdrop to the concepts and perspectives put forth in Uddhab Raj Pandey’s book. Subhash’s speech was succinct and inspirational. Finally, the author took stage and shared a few examples of practicing humanism in our daily lives which highlighted his altruistic character. He referenced a few parts of the book and thanked the audience for taking time to attend the book launch event.
The book launch program concluded with dinner, book signings and photographs.
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