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The good side of entertainment hubs called Drayangs

COVER STORY: Streetlights throw soft and flimsy glow of sad yellow in the rain. Cars splash the flooded sewerage running through the thoroughfare’s main arterial route. Kids holler away almost with glee. Bitter curses fly from angry pedestrians. Girls with lavish bare skins and gayish boys with pants halfway down their sincerely ungainly rumps and strange bed heads choke the road. This is a mid-summer night in Thimphu.

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Guru Rinpoche and Trelda Tshechu

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Like the Preu Chod festival, the Trelda Tshechu (སྤྲེལ་ཟླ་ཚེས་བཅུ་) or 10th day of Monkey month is also celebrated as the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche, the foremost spiritual master and divinity who can be considered the patron saint of Bhutan. Trelda, according to the common Bhutanese and Tibetan calendars, is the fifth Bhutanese month although some calendar systems consider the 3rd, 4th or 6th Bhutanese months as Monkey month.

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Controlling hypertension

HEALTH AND FITNESS: I have high blood pressure. What type of exercise do you suggest to control it? -Pema Dorji There is no particular type of exercise to tackle high blood pressure, any form of physical movement is beneficial. There can be many factors that may cause or increase chances of hypertension (high blood pressure).

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Flowers on the windowsill – a dangerous passion

COVER STORY: It’s a bright Sunday of mid-June.  Shoppers and a group of youngsters are strolling along Norzin Lam, Thimphu.  Some hurry down the street, while others leisurely stop and engage in animated talk.  A burst of laughter follows after a few moments.

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For the love of flowers

HORTICULTURE: It is high summer and Gaa-Yuel Gardens in Semtokha, Thimphu, is full of colourful flowers.  It simply is beautiful, almost otherworldly.

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Praise to Mañjuśrī: A Translation

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: One of the most popular prayers in Bhutan is the praise to Mañjuśrī called Praise to the Noble Qualities of the Excellent Pristine Wisdom (དཔལ་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཡོན་ཏན་བཟང་པོའི་བསྟོད་པ།). The composition is attributed to one Vajrayudha but also claimed to have been composed by 500 paṇḍitas. According to a popular story, 500 paṇḍitas in India were asked to write a praise to Mañjuśrī on their own but when they submitted their writings, they are said to have uniformly produced this praise through the blessings of Mañjuśrī.

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It is better to change your perception than your job

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I graduated recently and became a high-school teacher.  I thought that I would be good at teaching, but actually the students drive me crazy. They talk in class, joke around and some even seem to be taking drugs. I feel that I want to quit my job, but then all my training is wasted. Please advise.

Going crazy in school

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United to save the environment

Cover story:The Clock Tower Square on June 5  was filled with the sounds of students, residents and organisations united in the fight against environment’s most pressing issues.

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A school as unique as its founders

Upon first examination, K Gangri Primary School could be mistaken for any other school in Bhutan.  Colourful cartoon drawings and inspirational sayings, such as: “I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome”, adorn the walls.  The playground is alive with students in kiras and ghos, giggling and evading their friends during a game of tag before flocking to their classrooms at the start of school.

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‘The mind is only as healthy as the body’


I am a private employee in Thimphu and I don't get time for any kind of exercises because of my working schedules. I'm 26 years old and I weigh 69 kg. I am worried that I'm constantly putting weight. What should I do?

- Dorji Tashi

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Pema Thangyig – The Biography of Guru Rinpoche

Why we do what we do: Preu Chod and Trelda is one of the oldest festivals of central Bhutan. Preu Chod and Trelda Tshechu are occasions for Bhutanese to celebrate the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. Preu Chod, literally means the offering (chodpa) of the monkey month

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Curse of development

COVER STORY: Sounds of rhythmic drumbeats accompanied by piercing female voices resonate from a single-storey house in Tangchey, Trongsa. All around, there are fruiting mandarin, guava and tall sugarcane forests.

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