By Andrew Irumba
Ok, for starters, the city money magnet Dr.Sudhir Ruparelia isn’t in your dusty city as we write this right now. The tycoon took off some time to shade off some stress by taking holiday in Nepal.
This was after he appeared before the prolonged vigorous BoU probe by parliament’s COSASE committee into the closure of seven commercial banks. Sudhir’s Crane Bank is among the seven closed commercial banks.
While in Nepal, apart from enjoying the Nepalese cuisine, this East Africa’s finest money bags is also taking part in some charitable activities of sort by visiting and donating to some vulnerable communities there.
One such impromptu visit he made the other day was to an orphanage home in Katmandu where he donated scholastic materials such as books and bags to needy children.
A known conservationist who supports the likes of Ngamba Chimpanzee sanctuary in Uganda, Sudhir also visited a baby elephant sanctuary.
But the tycoon also picked up a new style and he has been spotted rocking a diamond earring on his left ear. Dr.Sudhir, in his early 60s joked that his son Rajiv Ruparelia called it “mid-life crisis.” He said the earring is a gift that he decided to keep.
Quite frankly, if you’re still looking for he who works hard and plays hard, cease the search, that man is Dr.Sudhir Ruparelia.
But Why Nepal of All places?
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is located mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. With an estimated population of 26.4 million, Nepal is 48th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area.
It borders China in the north and India in the south, East and west while Bangladesh is located within only 27 km of its southeastern tip and Bhutan is separated from it by the Indian state of Sikkim.
Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic nation with Nepali as the official language.
The name “Nepal” is first recorded in texts from the Vedic period of the Indian subcontinent, the era in ancient India when Hinduism was founded, the predominant religion of the country.
In the middle of the first millennium BCE, Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born in Lumbini in southern Nepal. Parts of northern Nepal were intertwined with the culture of Tibet. The centrally located Kathmandu Valley is intertwined with the culture of Indo-Aryans, and was the seat of the prosperous Newar confederacy known as Nepal Mandala.
The Himalayan branch of the ancient Silk Road was dominated by the valley’s traders. The cosmopolitan region developed distinct traditional art and architecture. By the 18th century, the Gorkha Kingdom achieved the unification of Nepal. The Shah dynasty established the Kingdom of Nepal and later formed an alliance with the British Empire, under its Rajput Rana dynasty of premiers. The country was never colonized but served as a buffer state between Imperial China and British India.
Just in case you didn’t know why he chose Nepal.