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The bee-stung moose called takin


DRUKPA KUNLEY Sha will be the eastern-most place we reach in our journey with Drukpa Kunley. Although DK’s travels took him to many remarkable parts of Bhutan, we need to put Sha on the honor roll of beautiful places. Bhutanese often refer to this valley as the hanging gardens of Sha, because of the almost perfect combination of natural topography and gorgeously etched terraces.

We begin with a story close to the hearts of [... Read More]

Putting on weight the right way

Hi Tshering
I’m 25 and weigh 49kg.  I am underweight.  Can you please suggest some tips to improve my weight.  Is there any medicine available for gaining weight without any side effect on health?
Phuntsho, Gelephu

Looking towards medicine for answers before exhausting all options available at hand is not prudent.  We are currently living in an era where we’re constantly chasing quick fixes.  They tackle the [... Read More]

Nothing has changed for rural children

LAST PAGE  It was in the winter of 1987, when parents of four small children in a remote village in Trongsa decided to enroll the children in school.

With the school located a day’s walk from the village, the parents decided to construct a small hut for the children.  They also decided to take turns to stay with the children to cook and look after them.

The children, who never went beyond the village of [... Read More]

The S/J Initiative


The four-pronged program is making slow but steady progress in the dzongkhag

COVER STORY It’s peak monsoon and in Ata Daza aka Tshering Jaypo’s farm in Bangtshog, Dewathang, tomatoes, beans, spinach, radish and potatoes are thriving.  He has a green thumb, and more important, his land is fertile with home made organic compost.

Ata Daza makes the compost himself.  Each day, it’s a routine for the 33-year-old to collect cow dung and deposit it in [... Read More]

Weaving from waste

DSC_5457Sonam Choden with her weaves

RECYCLING Instead of staying idle at home, Sonam Choden, 21, a resident of Dewathang, decided to intern with the Samdrupjongkhar Initiative.

That was five months back, and it was a decision she is satisfied by, for she has gained skills she had not known of.

She was taught how to make bags, cushions and stoles, all of which are woven from re-usable plastic material.  And to top it all, she earned Nu 4,990 each month [... Read More]


WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO Drubchen is an advanced form of ceremonial practice in Vajrayana Buddhism. One of the main differences between exoteric or sutra form of Buddhism and esoteric or tantric form of Buddhism is the visualisation and worship of deities or Buddhas. Vajrayana Buddhism has a lot of meditation on the Buddhas in different forms – peaceful, wrathful, celibate, in sexual union, multi-armed and multi-headed among others.

In a tantric deity [... Read More]

Bioplates in the market

IMG_4246Biodegradable plates and bowls made from areca tree

Made from fallen areca leaves by a Gelephu-based company, started this year

ECO-FRIENDLY In an attempt to provide an alternative to the non-degradable use-and-throw plastic plates and cups, Bioplate Company has initiated the production and sale of biodegradable plates and bowls.

Managing director of Bioplate Company, Kamal Neopaney, said the plates and bowls are made of fallen areca leaves. .

Rural households in the district collect the leaves and sell them to the company.  This has [... Read More]

Lessons from Angulimala

YOUTH IN FOCUS  When I was using drugs, I created many problems. After I went to rehab, I changed and am trying hard to be a good guy. Unfortunately, my family doesn’t accept me. I am disturbed by their rejection and afraid that I’ll relapse. Please advise me.  
Sonam, Thimphu

Well, Sonam, big congrats on staying clean. It is a huge achievement.

Regarding your family, it will take time for them to accept that you [... Read More]

Camaraderie and class distinction in the time of war

Battle_of_Broodseinde_-_si-copyBook: Many Miles to Babylon? Author: By Jennifer Johnston. (Hamish Hamilton, 1974. 156 pages) ISBN: 978-0-141-04696-9

REVIEW On the hundredth anniversary of WWI, this is as good a book as any to review.

How Many Miles to Babylon? begins with one of the most moving and powerful foreshadows.

Alexander Moore, son of a wealthy Irish farmer, is an officer in the British army and a gentleman.  That privilege has given him notebooks, pen, ink and paper.  A few hours that he can count is all the future he has.   And [... Read More]

In litter and spirit

Bringing change to religious gatherings where waste disposal may be last thing on the minds

LAST PAGE Climate change is a reality, and the selfish ways of  people are to be blamed.

To act on this realisation, while attending Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy’s community mapping workshop recently, my group decided to pursue the issue of offering packaged food as tshok.

We visited Changangkha lhakhang.  Devotees offered packaged food.  After the rituals and prayers were [... Read More]