HEALTH & FITNESS What is the quickest and the best diet for a person who’s always rushing?
We are living in a “QUICK FIX” world. Everybody is obsessed with having things quick and always in a rush. Patience is treated like stupidity or weakness, not a virtue anymore!
The Dalai Lama’s reply when asked what surprised him most about humanity,
“Man surprises me the most because he sacrifices his health in order to [... Read More]
Fragment of the Ney Phu snake
DRUKPA KUNLEY Now we move to a magical valley in the Thimphu region called Ney Phu. In modern times, this is a place of refuge, but in the 15th century, the valley was haunted by a very large and vicious demon. The villagers were compelled to move up and down the valley on a single path, giving the demon the perfect opportunity to ambush and murder them.
Word of the demon had reached Kunley. [... Read More]
LAST PAGE It was one of the winter vacations in the early ‘70s, when I left home in Bhangtar for Samdrupjongkhar with my elder brother. We were on a mission.
After almost two hours of walking down from Samrang, we reached Tangla, an Indian border town, from where we caught a train to Rangia. And from there we boarded a crammed bus headed towards Samdrupjongkhar. We reached our destination in the evening.
Without road connectivity, [... Read More]
With competition from cable TV and the internet, books may be becoming passé
COVER STORY As soon as there was enough daylight to see, the dreaded session would begin.
Still half asleep, the children of the house would sit in a row in the altar room facing their father, who wielded a long stick that pointed to alphabets written on traditional paper.
“Ka, Kha, Ga, Nga….” the children repeated after their father and followed the movement [... Read More]
BOOKSTORES Since the opening of the first bookstore in the capital more than two decades ago, bookstores in the capital has been trying to add various collections on their list, often going by the demand of Bhutanese bookworms.
Today, bookstores in the capital offers an array of collection, ranging from books by foreign authors to Bhutanese authors and even books in Dzongkha in a bid to help promote the national language.
Among the list of [... Read More]
PUBLIC LIBRARY It had started with a handful of books.
Set up some time in 1978, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck public library served as one of the few outlets for residents in the capital to avail books at some point in time.
Today, having survived the hard times, the public library has more than 20,000 books in its arms, and a good 1,500 members, both young and old, borrowing them.
The membership charges are minimal and bookworms [... Read More]
WHAT CAN I BECOME Interested in helping out people buy and sell off properties? Do you update yourself on the real estate market and venture in it? A real estate agent could be the best choice for you.
Who can become a real estate agent?
-Has a good knowledge about the real estate market
-Has good negotiation skills
-Has good communication skills
-Values honesty and integrity
-Is bold in making [... Read More]
Children at the Rongthong centre: All READ centres hold reading programs at least once a week
A NON-PROFIT LIBRARY CENTRE With a mission to empower communities with relevant information, knowledge and skills, READ (rural education and development) Bhutan has established centres in the country in which non-profit libraries are paired with for-profit ventures.
Having established its first centre in Ura, Bumthang, in 2010, the organisation today has five centres, with plans to establish one more within this year.
Through these centres offering library and resource services, communities are able to access [... Read More]
TECH CORNER : ASK BOAZ I noticed that in some local magazines and even websites the photos sometimes look stretched or squashed. Why does this happen? How to fix it?
— J. N., ThimphuDear J. N.,
Indeed, I’ve seen those photos too. They remind me of the special mirrors placed in clothing shops’ dressing rooms, designed to make you “look” extra thin in that dress. Or funhouse mirrors in amusement parks that make you look [... Read More]
LAST PAGE My mother was the first person to introduce me to the love of my life – reading. She used to bring home different books every time, encouraging me to read. Before I knew it, reading had become more than a fun escape. It had become a part of who I am.
One reason why I loved reading was because I had started early. My parents read to me when I was growing [... Read More]
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