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Young traffic controllers

DSC_8530A student traffic controller controlling traffic near Changzamtog Lower Secondary School

It’s 8am, Tuesday. Dawa Zam, 14, leaves her backpack in the class room, puts on her orange waistcoat and heads out for her regular routine of controlling the traffic near the school gate in Changzamtog.

Along with her are some 10 other scout volunteers of Changzamtog Lower Secondary School. They are the student traffic controllers. Dawa Zam, a class eight student has been doing the traffic monitoring for two years now.

“I enjoy the responsibility. I like [... Read More]

An industry in the doldrums

Screen-Shot-2015-04-28-at-7.27.47-PMA film in these economic slowdown days is deemed a success if it just about breaks even

A film in these economic slowdown days is deemed a success if it just about breaks even

MOVIES: Norling Drayang produced its first blockbuster film Jigdrel in 1998.  That was also the year when only one Bhutanese film was made.

Producer Ugyen Dorji recalls how a simple film with an ordinary concept turned out to be a big hit.  He invested Nu 900,000.  The return was more than double.

After that initial success, Ugyen Dorji and [... Read More]


WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Kagyur is the most important canonical collection in Himalayan Buddhism. It literally means the translation of the pronouncements or words, i.e. the teachings of the Buddha including both the historical Buddha and other Buddhas featured in Buddhist scriptures.

World religions have different canons such as the Koran for Islam, Bible for Christianity and Torah for Judaism. Buddhism, however, doesn’t have a single book, which represents it as a [... Read More]

Addiction is a Relapsable Disease

YOUTH IN FOCUS: My brother went to rehab about a year ago. After discharge, he did ok for a while, but about two months ago he started hanging out with his old friends and is now using again. My parents have totally given up on him now.  What can I do? Should I also just give up and let him go his own way.

Worried Sister, Thimphu    

Dear worried, it is important [... Read More]

A small member of a big film crew

IMG_8038Kumar and Azha Namgay

PROFILE: It is Sunday and the sky is grey, pregnant with rain.  In a two-storey traditional house in Motithang, crew-members working with film director Tshering Wangyel are enjoying their free time before the next shot.

The small man, Azha Namgay, 59, who is loved by all, is there too.

Azha Namgay, like the rest of the crew-members, has been living in the house that belongs to Tshering Wangyel.  Lodge and food are free.

Known for his [... Read More]

The extinct tele-kiosks of yesterday


TELECOM: It was Sunday, November 17, 1991. Father William Mackey, Chief Inspector of the Department of Education, spoke to one of his students on the telephone. “I’ll pull your ear if you fail to do your homework,” said the Canadian Jesuit from Thimphu’s first telephone booth at the heart of town.

People expressed relief.  They no longer had to beg the telephone owners in town who refused to let them use their telephones, or charged [... Read More]

Tashi Gyepa:Part II – A Translation

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: ༄༅། །འཕགས་པ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བརྒྱད་པའི་ཚིགས་སུ་བཅད་པ་བཞུགས་སོ། །

The Sublime Verses on Eight Auspicious Ones

ལས་གང་ཞིག་རྩོམ་པ་ན་ཐོག་མར་འདི་ཚར་གཅིག་བརྗོད་ན་གྲུབ་པ་བདེ་བ་ཡིད་བཞིན་དུ་བྱེད་པར་འགྱུར་བས་ཅི་ནས་ཡིད་ལ་བྱའོ། །

Please note that if one recites this once before starting any project, it will help accomplish the project easily as one wishes.

ཨོཾ། སྣང་སྲིད་རྣམ་དག་རང་བཞིན་ལྷུན་གྲུབ་པའི། །བཀྲ་ཤིས་ཕྱོགས་བཅུའི་ཞིང་ན་བཞུགས་པ་ཡི། །སངས་རྒྱས་ཆོས་དང་དགེ་འདུན་འཕགས་པའི་ཚོགས། །ཀུན་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་བདག་ཅག་བཀྲ་ཤིས་ཤོག །

Oṃ! Homage to the Buddha, Dharma and the noble assembly of Saṅgha who abide in the auspicious realms in ten directions, where all appearance and existence are completely pure and naturally [... Read More]

Losing weight – Not quite a walk in the park

HELTH AND FITNESS: I’ve started walking for an hour and a half for about two weeks now.  I’ve cut down rice and am eating vegetables and curry in my meals.  I want to cut down some more weight.  Is the diet pattern that I’m currently following healthy?  Will walking help reduce weight?  Please advise.

Tshering, Thimphu

Hi Tshering,

There are two parts to ensuring that you lose weight (preferably stored body fat).  Nutrition is the [... Read More]

The evolution of football in Bhutan

1RBP beats RSTA in penalty shootout (File photo)

Once upon a time the game was a craze, now it has become a career

COVER STORY: It was a Monday afternoon, February 14, at the Al-Sadaqua Walsalam stadium in Kuwait in 2000.  Chokey Nima, technical director with Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), still remembers the day vividly.  That was the day when Bhutan conceded 20 goals against Kuwait, the most embarrassing defeat for the Bhutanese team.

It was just too hot and humid for the Bhutanese [... Read More]

Tashi Gyepa: The Verses for Auspiciousness – Part I

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tashi Gyepa, literally the eight-fold auspiciousness, consists of verses to bring about auspiciousness by invoking four sets of eight divinities. It is one of the most common prayers said in Bhutan by the followers of both Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. The verses were composed in 1896 by the famous Tibetan philosopher and polymath Mipham Namgyel Gyatsho (1846-1912). Mipham composed thirty-two enormous volumes of texts on a wide range [... Read More]

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