The trick, the writer reveals, is to know oneself, warts and all, and not seek to be another
People often ask how to overcome lack of self-confidence. They say that they are shy to approach a member of the opposite sex, or are unable to talk in front of a large number of people.
I tell them that they should just do the best they can without expectations. That is enough. I also narrate the story of [... Read More]
As we move into the Lunar New Year festivities, IMF Managing Director Christine Largarde is signaling that “optimism is in the air”.
In a speech on January 15, she claimed the global growth momentum could be strengthened further in 2014, mainly due to advanced economies, but it is still stuck in low gear.
The good news is the US economy is recovering confidence, helped by housing recovery and private demand. Consequently, the Fed will begin its tapering [... Read More]
There is a saying, “Home is where heart is”. I have been to Bhutan several times and whenever I go there I feel at home as I have many friends and well wishers who always receive me with open arms.
In December, 2013, I got another opportunity to visit Bhutan to attend the National Day celebrations in Thimphu. It was the first time I was invited, along with my wife Arti to attend this mega event.
The [... Read More]
Tuitions that were meant to be taboo since 2001/2 are thriving more than ever
With debates pondering over the recent sprawling of ‘tuitions’, mostly taking place in Thimphu, and the ministry of education (MoE) repeatedly curtailing tuitions to be eliminated, I must say that I don’t know who is right? Whether it is MoE placing restrictions, as per the pros and cons on the need and necessity of tuitions, or is it the students, mostly the [... Read More]
The rescued Tokay Gecko in Gelephu range office (File photo)
Cordyceps sinensis or yartsa guenbup was a protected species before 2004 and its picking and possession was illegal.
While it fetched high price across the northern borders, locals within the country were subjected to questioning, property search and heavy fines. A field study in 2003 noted that a family was fined Nu 90,000 for possession of it and this family had to sell three yaks and a horse to pay off the fine.
Cordyceps was among a [... Read More]
Yesterday’s headlines announced that the promised pay raise for civil service is anything but certain. If the government is serious about kick-starting the private sector and encouraging entrepreneurship, giving indiscriminate handouts to civil servants will be a counterproductive measure.
The Pay Commission, which has been established has a carefully worded remit with some clear guidelines. Among these, commissioners are cautioned that “Increases should largely be met through cost cutting and other measures by streamlining government expenditures.” [... Read More]
Fragile moraine holding Tshokar of Singye Dzong, Lhuentse
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the international scientific agency, in its successive research reports, is confirming climate change from historical anthropogenic emissions. The intensity and pace is said to be accelerating. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recognizes mountain ecosystems as vulnerable areas. The Seventh session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) of the UNFCCC held in Marrakesh, Morocco gave opportunity to Least Developed Country (LDC) members to develop and [... Read More]
During the National Day celebrations on Tuesday, there were a variety of beautiful contrasts: The contrasting colours of the crystal blue sky and the orange and yellow of the thunder dragon flag; contrasts between decorated Bhutanese and foreigners (like myself); contracts between the rich and the poor, the educated and illiterate, all who joined the 106th celebrations with smiles on their faces.
During His Majesty’s speech, another contrast was demonstrated: that of a benevolent monarch complimenting [... Read More]
KATHMANDU — As Afghanistan struggles to break free from a turbulent modern history that seems at times to keep that nation mired in poverty and the past, China joins the United States and the former Soviet Union as only the third nation to soft land a spacecraft on the moon. The contrasts could not be starker.
Yet, even as Asia looks skyward to the tremendous success to date of China’s 20-year-old, multi-billion dollar space program, much [... Read More]
A certain moment, a certain dream, a certain prayer… A host of images and a multitude of memories flash through the mind and flood the moment…
When the virtues of a land, the merits of a people and the majesty of king converge in creative harmony on one spot of our good earth, the happy consequence has to be Druk Yul, the precious Jewel of the Himalayas, sacred abode of the peaceful dragon, the cradle of [... Read More]
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