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Raising kids in a new world

LAST PAGE Children these days are clever and can learn fast, and I have my parents to vouch for that.  With access to electronic gadgets, they are even smarter, perhaps smarter than grown ups.

Take, for example, me.  I can only do half the things my five-year-old does on his iPad.  The sole purpose of giving him the gadget was to make him learn much more than what we could teach.

His little fingers can [... Read More]

The different shades of dogs


COVER STORY The mild yellow of the winter sun had just begun to come down from the ridge above the Wangchu (river) in Thimphu.  The city was just waking up.

Up in the city’s high street, opposite  craft market, Prem Lal Acharya, 37, parked his car near the milk booth in Chubachu, and walked towards his office.  He’d barely taken a few steps, when something flashed towards him from the other side of the [... Read More]

A lam and his menagerie


The monk had retired to meditate but found instead a new calling in life

PROFILE Lam Namgay, 76, makes it a point to return home every night.  At home 18 dogs and 12 cats await his return, so he can feed them.

Home is a makeshift hut overlooking Babesa.  Outside, there are shelters, made of wooden planks and corrugated sheets.  There are mattresses inside the shelter.  A line of red blankets is dried out in the [... Read More]

What is wang?

wangH.H Dudjom Rinpoche Sangye Pema Zhepa blesses people during the Threma Nagmo oral transmission (great perfection wrathful goddess) at the Thimphu national memorial chorten recently

Wang is a rite introducing a practitioner to tantric or esoteric form of Buddhist practice. 

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO There are many kinds of wang but one can generally classify them into two. One is called jenang, which literally means giving permission. A lama will give  jenang as a permission or an authorisation to visualise a deity and chant mantras associated with the deity. It is not because the practice is off [... Read More]

The pampered pet dogs


PETS Call it a love for dogs, for good breed, following the bandwagon, or the ease with which human’s bond with dogs, but keeping pet dogs and spending time, energy and money on it is a fad that’s picking up.

There are men, women and children walking teeny-tiny dogs and there are others walking gigantic ones. Often, one can see dogs with their tongues out staring out a car window. Then there are the [... Read More]

Being there

TECH I discovered that Facebook only allows changing a Page’s name if you are in the United States. How can I do that without leaving Bhutan?
- Namgay Zam, Thimphu

Dear Namgay
Facebook’s policy is annoyingly discriminating against non-Americans, but luckily – as is often the case – there’s a workaround. First, how do the folks at Facebook know your location? Whenever we access a website, the server on the other end sees our [... Read More]

Porous border and free-ranging dogs

UntitledThe number of free roaming dogs in Phuentsholing is increasing

PHUENTSHOLING  The increase in the number of free roaming dogs may be because the Bhutanese are generally compassionate towards animals. Dogs from across the porous border come to Phuentsholing in search of food.

It is easy to identify whether a dog is local or from other side of the border. Local stray dogs have mark on their ear, which indicates that it is sterilised and vaccinated. Dogs that come from the other side of [... Read More]

My barking best friend

LAST PAGE Returning home to my pet dog Brownie is to be cuddled and loved.

She is an angel, spoilt but immensely adorable.  I call her Brownie because of her golden brown hair.  She was two months old when she came home and immediately became part of my family.  She is also my little sister’s playmate.  Brownie is all bossy with her, chasing her around and barking at her.

But when I am around, all [... Read More]

How safe are our workplaces (really)?

mamelhakhangA municipality employee at Memelhakha landfill, Thimphu

Are labour ministry’s workplace health and safety guidelines observed more in the breach than in the compliance?

COVER STORY In a sawmill in Changzamtog, Thimphu, young men with dusty flaked hair work on sawing wood into planks.  Few of them have protective goggles, few have sunglasses, while others wear nothing to protect their eyes.

Likewise, some have gloves, some don’t, and some wear shoes, others flip-flops.  None has earmuffs to block out the whirring of [... Read More]

Safety first

Safety-first-Mandhoj Shingden, a mechanical student at TTI

EDUCATION Skipping lunch is optional, but forgetting safety kit is not for Mandhoj Shingden, 20, a mechanical student at technical training institute (TTI) in Khuruthang, Punakha.

Wearing a yellow helmet, white gloves, goggles and a mask, Mandhoj Shingden demonstrates how occupational safety equipment is used in field.

“Since everything we do is risky, we find safety and health measures a worthy subject,” he said. “We carry this wherever we go, as even a small mistake [... Read More]