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Transform rather than giving up

YOUTH IN FOCUS: My job is driving me crazy. After graduation, I followed my friends’ and family’s advice and took a job in an office. I thought I would enjoy it, but actually I find it really boring. I want to quit, but I’m afraid that I won’t find another job. - Rinzin, Thimphu

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Jobs may be available, but pay must be good

COVER STORY: It is hot in Thimphu, the peak of summer. The sky is clear and the sun is burning. Despite the heat, however, a group of young people was seen singing an age-old ‘Om Sagla Mani’ as they pound the stretch of mud wall in an almost intoxicating rhythm.

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How to address hypertension with healthy routine

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Health and fitness: I am Kaka. I am 47 and I have hypertension. I have been on medication for last six years. I weigh 85 kilograms. I am very much interested to join health/gym club to control my body weight and hypertension. I need right person to guide me through and advise me at every step. Kaka Thimphu.

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Drugpa Tshezhi and the Buddha’s First Sermon

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Drugpa Tshezhi (འབྲུག་པ་ཚེས་བཞི་) or the 4th day of the 6th month is one of the holiest days in the Buddhist calendar. It is the day on which the Buddha delivered his first sermon or, to use the Buddhist idiom, turned the first wheel of dharma. Thus, the day is also known as Chokhor Duechen (ཆོས་འཁོར་དུས་ཆེན་).

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Organic elements

In the basement of a building in Changzamtog, six men in green lab coats are engrossed in their works. They are working for Happy Chips, the first locally-produced chips in the country.

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Guru Tshengye: The Eight Characters of the Precious Teacher

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: The life of Guru Rinpoche is told in over two dozen books, the most famous of which are the kathang biographies. According to these books, he is said to have lived a life full of miracles which spanned over many centuries. In Bhutan, his long and colourful life and works are often remembered through the eight chapters of his mission in India and the Himalayas. During these chapters, he assumed different identities and used eight different names (མཚན་བརྒྱད་).

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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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