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Parks – The lungs in an urban landscape

COVER STORY: Bhutanese town planning gives little priority to a most essential component of an urban centre – parks, where children can play and adults   can hang around on weekends with their family.

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Gyatongpa

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Gyatongpa, literally ‘one with eight thousand’ is one of the most common books found in traditional Bhutan. It is the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in Eight Thousand Verses also called Aśtasāhasrikāprajñāpāramitāsūtra in Sanskrit.

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Tshoglham – The king of shoes

COVER SORY: Inside the Traditional Boot House in Chubachu, Thimphu, eight bootmakers are busy on their machines.  The noise is deafening and the mid-day sun is searing.

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Chothrul Dawa – The month of miracles

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: The first month of the Bhutanese calendar is called Chothrul Dawa, literally the month of miracles. It is believed to be the month when Buddha performed many miracles.

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A ready reckoner to getting ‘ripped’

HEALTH AND FITNESS: I’m a big fan of yours and have been following your Facebook page. I’m planning to cut down some weight. I currently weigh 95kg. I started gym from December 18, 2013. I thought of gaining mass till 100kg and then cutting down. Is it a right time to cut or gain some more mass? 

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Layaps have come a long way

COVER STORY: Wangmo, 58, a highlander from Thangzo, Laya was in Punaka to attend the three-day Punakha tsechu that concluded last week.  She comes to Punakha every winter.  This time, she was with her mother and friends.  Wangmo has with her some thick Chinese blankets, a flask and a carpet.  These are gifts for her host in Punakha.

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The winter descent

Zam is from Lungu in Laya.  She is 28.  She has been in Punakha for more than a month.  Today, Zam and family are preparing to go back. Zam, a mother of two school-going children, comes down to Gasa and Punakha every year with her husband and children.  While in …

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