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Regional delicacies & evolving food culture

MAIN STORY: It has just been over five decades since Bhutan opened her door to modernisation ushering in many changes. One of the significant changes is in food culture. Due to the country’s difficult terrain and lack of communication, regions developed their own food culture that evolved over the centuries. …

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Potato Roesti, Datshi with Shamu Ngo Ngo

RECIPE: Method: To prepare Potato Roesti: 1. Wash and boil potatoes, make sure potatoes are not over boiled 2. Cool, peel and grate them from the thick side of grater 3. Add melted butter, salt, pepper and grated nutmeg to grated potatoes 4. Take nonstick pan, heat it up on medium flame, and add few drops of oil 5. Put grated potato mixture in nonstick pan, don not stir mixture and cook for five to six minutes 6. Turn the side of mixture and cook well until it becomes golden brown To prepare Herb Tossed Mushrooms:

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Be aware of the situations that cause mood swings

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I suffer with mood swings. They are not extreme (like suicidal thoughts or anything), but one day I’m happy and talk with everyone and the next I’m quite grumpy. I realize that it is affecting my relationship with my friends and family. Is there anything I can do about it?  Moody, Thimphu

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Keeping homes warm in winter

MAIN STORY: Winter is getting severe by the day. Soaring firewood price is also leading to kerosene shortage. But there are options galore to heat homes. There are electric blankets and heaters. The thing is: electric bills at the end of this month come in scary numbers.

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How to achieve bulking and cutting

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hi Tshering, Could you please share some on bulking and cutting tips? How long will cutting process take? How should I remove water weight from my body for optimum muscle definition? What kind of diet should I maintain while bulking and cutting?  Namgyel Rangdol, Thimphu. 

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Gyalyong Duechen: The National Day

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: One of the most important national events in Bhutan is Gyalyong Duechen (རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་དུས་ཆེན་) or the National Day. It is the commemoration of the installation of Sir Ugyen Wangchuck as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan on 17 December, 1907 in the congregation hall of Punakha dzong.

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Buckwheat Pancake

 RECIPE: How to make pancake; 1. Sieve buckwheat flour and add castor sugar, baking soda and salt to it 2. Make puree of banana and keep aside 3. Add melted butter, banana puree, vanilla essence and water to buckwheat flour and make a smooth butter. Strain the butter if there are lumps in it

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Reviving the culture of dyeing organically

MAIN STORY:  Nestled in the mountains of Khoma village in Kurtoe, Lhuentse, a young boy learnt the intricacies and the indigenous tradition of weaving and processing organic dyes. The myriad colours of threads that went into weaving a kushuthara excited and stirred his soul.

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How to prevent over training

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Dear Mr Bhutan, I heard my friends at the gym talk about "over training". Can you please explain what exactly it is, and how it can be prevented if it is so bad for progress? Pema, 20 Thimphu

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Ngenpa Guzom: The Day of Nine Evils

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: One of the popular festive events in the Bhutanese calendar year is the day of Ngenpa Guzom (ངན་པ་དགུ་འཛོམས་) or nine evils. It is usually observed on the 7th day of the 11th Bhutanese month although the actual astrological period of Ngenpa Guzom starts sometime in the afternoon of the 6th day. Bhutanese traditionally spend the day partying and playing and do not engage in wholesome activities.

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Breaking the taboo and facing the challenge

MAIN STORY: Dark clouds hang in the cold evening sky. It could rain any minute. Outside, it is very cold. In her cozy little room in Babesa, Thimphu Sonam (name changed) is sitting in front of an electric heater, engrossed deep in thoughts. She looks withdrawn, sad and worried about something that is eating into her life. She doesn’t talk much.

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To reflect on the purpose of life

YOUTH IN FOCUS: My parents are fighting with my aunts and uncles over my late-grandparent’s land. I used to be really close with my cousins, but now I feel shy to talk with them. Even my parents are stressed out by the whole matter and are always talking about court cases and they seem angry all the time. Nobody really cared about the land before, but as it is near a proposed development the value has increased. I feel the happiness has gone from our home.  I don’t know what my question is, but I just feel like sharing this with someone. Sad, Thimphu

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