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Flowers on the windowsill – a dangerous passion


Potted flowers on verandas and windowsills of tall buildings can kill people in the event of a windstorm or accident 

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.

What these young people don’t realise is the signboard that hangs precariously [... Read More]

For the love of flowers

DSC_5441Flowers at Gaa-Yuel Garden

Gaa-Yuel Gardens is the manifestation of Kinley Lham’s lifelong passion for plants

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

Kinlay Lham has been in flowers for more than 30 years now.  It is her passion and love for flowering plants that made her create a floral paradise of her own.  She has about 300 varieties of plants and flowers in [... Read More]

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 [... Read More]

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

Hi “Going Crazy in School”. Well, maybe your expectations are too [... Read More]

United to save the environment

K. Gangri students show off their creations on World Environment DayK. Gangri students show off their creations on World Environment Day

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.

Organisations such as Greener Way, Clean Bhutan, and the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), distributed materials on sustainable practices, while the Royal Thimphu College (RTC) cleaned up the main street, and MyBhutan and K Gangri Primary School taught attendees how to reuse discarded materials.

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A school as unique as its founders

unnamed-2K. Gangri students hard at work on their bags made of usually discarded materials

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.

However, K Gangri’s mission and founders are anything [... Read More]

‘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

Dear Dorji,

I have answered almost the same question earlier, where I went on a rant that “no time” is just an excuse, and more [... Read More]

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 (preu dawa), preu being a local Bhutanese pronunciation of the classical term treu (སྤྲེའུ་). Trelda refers to the Monkey month (སྤྲེལ་ཟླ་). The twelve months in Bhutanese calendar are [... Read More]

Curse of development

IMG_1310Dorjimo, Thangchey's shaman

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.

Tangchey sits on a high flat. It is the village of the Monpas, one of the earliest inhabitants in the country.

The outstanding voice is of Pamo (Female Shaman) Dorjimo’s, who is conducting a ritual for a sick child in the village. The Pamo is adorned [... Read More]

Difficult and Pleasant Situations are Equally Part of Life’s Journey

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I have continuously tried to do good things to people and I never try to harm anybody.  But I face bad responses from some of those who I have helped.  I feel that I have a very bad karma, and so may I seek advice from Lama about how to clean my bad karma.

 Sangay Dorji

Hi Sangay, well, first I’ll explain a little how karma works, and then I’ll deal [... Read More]

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