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So that storytelling culture doesn’t die away


Main story: In a quaint little village of Punakha more than three decades ago, a young girl lived in a traditional house with her parents, grandparents and cousins. At the end of each day, the family would gather around the hearth and listen to stories narrated by their grandparents.

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Thai Style Pineapple Fried Rice

img-20161010-wa0000 Recipe: Method: Heat oil in a wok, add ginger, chilli, curry powder and turmeric. Cook till ginger and curry powder releases its aroma (1 minute). And in the vegetable and rice, toss thoroughly till each grain is coated with the curry oil mixture. Season with salt and sweet soy sauce. Add in the roasted cashew nuts toss for another 1 minute and serve hot. Cooked Basmati Rice: 150gms

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Tshechu – touching the sacred

Youth in focus: Hi Lam, we are now in tshechu season. I’ve been attending the dances since I was a child, but I’m not sure why. Everyone tells me that seeing them is auspicious, but I’m not sure what that means and why it is auspicious. Can you give me a simple explanation? Thanks.    ST, Thimphu 

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Jampa – Loving Kindness

Why we do what we do: The cultivation of four immeasurable thoughts or tshemed bzhi (ཚད་མེད་བཞི་) is a common Buddhist practice. The concept of the four thoughts of loving kindness (བྱམས་པ་), compassion (སྙིང་རྗེ་), appreciative joy (དགའ་བ་) and equanimity (བཏང་སྙོམས་) existed even before the Buddha but was taken up strongly by the Buddhists.

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For good muscle gain

Health and fitness: Hi Acho, I have made good muscle gains, but now my progress has stalled. I have a few questions: 1. Is it better to train in the 6 to 8 repetition ranges or 10 to 12 repetition ranges with shorter rest periods?  2. I have little knowledge on supplements, should I take a whey protein, BCAA or beta alanine?  3. Your advice to make further muscle gains?  Tobgyel 

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The way we see the world depends on our mindset

Youth in focus: Hi Lam, here is my situation: I graduated class 12, but was a drug abuser from class 8. I recently went to rehab and completed the course a few weeks ago. During my first few days home I felt full of life and was happy to move on, but now I feel low. I tend to sleep late, and am irritable and angry most of the time. I’m not depressed, but feel frustrated about life. I’m afraid I’ll relapse. I know it’s my problem, but what can I do? Worried recovering addict, Thimphu

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Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel – the founder of Bhutan


Main story: It’s bright, the main room where the exhibit is carefully placed behind sealed glasses. There is a special aura in the room. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel – the founder of Bhutan – who we read in history books suddenly came alive through the sacred relics and objects displayed at the Royal Textile Academy (RTA) in Thimphu.

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