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Personalise your exercise routine

HEALTH AND FITNESS: I would like to start an exercise routine. I am 22 years old. What kind of exercise routine can you suggest? What are some of the precautions I need to consider before starting a new exercise programme? Do you advise weightlifting?

Tashi Dorji, Thimphu

Hi Tashi,

The only precaution one should take is to get a physical done by a doctor and then follow through with a programme keeping in mind the [... Read More]

An irony of sangdha, samdha or poisonous arrows

sangdaThe lethal weapons to ward off wild animals

COVER STORY: Last month, a cow in Punakha was badly injured after it was hit by sangdha, also called shamdha, a lethal poison arrow trap.

The owner managed to bring the cow to a veterinary hospital just right in time. Had it been a man in place of a cow, he would have been dead before reaching any help centre.

Almost everyone in the villages knows that using sangdha or samdha, is illegal. But people [... 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 more [... Read More]

Dechen Monlam

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Dechen Monlam is one of the most popular aspirational prayers recited in Bhutan. Composed by Karma Chagme in eastern Tibet in the 17th century, this prayer deals with rebirth in the pure realm of Sukhāvatī, where the Buddha Amitabha is believed to reside.

The prayer is divided into three main parts. The first part deals with the worship of Buddha Amitabha or Odpagme. There are verses describing [... Read More]

The story of the poison arrow traps

DSC_0013_2A cow injured by a sangdha

The practice of using poison arrow trap, sangdha, literally means a hidden arrow. It had been in use for centuries.

From hunting wild animals to attacking enemies and warding off wild animals from attacking crops, the arrow traps were used in many villages across the country for various reasons.

The practice, according to a 59-year-old sangdha-maker from Tsirang, has been a thing that was passed down from generations to generations. In most cases, hunters used it in [... Read More]

The death trap that is our roads


COVER STORY: Road safety is a collective responsibility that comes from mutual respect of all road users

 More than a million people die every year on the roads.  This is a figure of world roads put together.  And no less than 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries as a result of road crashes.  Globally, about 186,300 children die every year from road accidents.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), every four minutes a child is prematurely lost [... Read More]


WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tengyur is the second Himalayan Buddhist canonical corpus, alongside the Kagyur. Literally, the translation of treatises, it is made up of numerous literature composed mostly by Indian masters as exegeses and commentaries on the Buddha’s teachings.

Tengyur has some 225 volumes of over 4,000 texts and 150,000 pages on subjects ranging from philosophy, psychology, art of mind training, rituals, phenomenology, epistemology, logic, astrology, politics, arts and crafts, poetry, [... Read More]

Supplements or no?


I see many people at the gym consume supplements of various kinds. Is it an absolute necessary? Many of them claim to have built a good physique. However, is it safe? 


21 years old. 

Hi Jamyang,

There is everything we need in the nature.

But, food should always be the backbone of any nutrition approach.

Supplement is not really necessary unless you are competing in some sport at an elite level.

The real question [... Read More]

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]

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