Senior journalist Hari Raj Joshi, the editor of IMAGE NEPAL bi-monthly travel magazine, passed away on Thursday morning. He was 63.
Born in Ashwin of 2009 BS in Chowk Chisapani VDC Ward No. 7, Joshi started practicing journalism three decades ago, giving up a government job. He started his career in journalism with Kishor Sansar Publication which he co-founded with some of his friends. Later he started Image Nepal Publications which publishes four publications – IMAGE NEPAL, TOURISM NEWS DIGEST fortnightly, NEPAL GUIDE BOOK and KATHMANDU CITY MAP.
The publication house has now been renamed as Atharva Prakashan.
Joshi was the editor of all the four publications. IMAGE NEPAL – the flagship publication of the group – is a pioneering travel publication in the country. It is being published on a regular basis for the past 27 years. Joshi briefly ran a hotel in Pokhara and a travel agency in Kathmandu in the 90s. For tourism promotion, Joshi traveled to countries like France, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and India, among others.
The veteran journalist was also the founding president of the now defunct Nepal Travel Media Association. Some years ago, he founded the first association of tourism journalists of the country – Journalists Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal). The association has been working for the well-being of the tourism journalists as well as for the promotion of Nepali tourism industry.
Joshi was suffering from diabetes and kidney. He was rushed to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital after he complained of chest pain on Tuesday. He died of a cardiac arrest at 8 am on Thursday. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.