LAST PAGE Drinking suja, I think, comes from force of habit.
When I was a boy, my parents would often narrate stories of how they herd hundreds of cows and stock butter at home.
When I was growing up, there were no cows, and we were always running short of butter, and for this reason, we hardly ever drank suja, even when it was cold and the weather demanded it.
I never acquired a taste for [... Read More]
The cold season can be an ordeal here and keeping warm is a full time affair
COVER STORY The sky is overcast and the air, chilly. A group of boys, with chapped cheeks and ears, runs about the street of Chamkhar in Bumthang.
They are not bothered by the cold, just as snot running down their noses does not bother them. But they are dressed for the cold, with woolly caps and jackets.
For the 18,411 people [... Read More]
Most structures are wood intensive
Wooden structures are especially vulnerable to fire from bukharis or electric heaters
HAZARD Being wood intensive, structures in Bumthang suit the climatic condition of the valley.
But the use of wood also makes homes and other structures susceptible to fire, be it from the bukhari or a short circuit.
The use of bukhari and electricity for warmth soars from October. In Ura, the coldest Gewog in Bumthang, most use bukhari throughout the year.
Residents say that the [... Read More]
NEW: A fortnightly series which will simplify and explain financial jargons, trends and concepts related to the country’s economy
LET’S MAKE IT SIMPLE The term liquidity has been used quite often since the Bhutanese economy was hit by a shortage of Rupee last year. While the word has nothing to do with the literal meaning of liquid, it can be compared to some extent with the flowing nature of water.
Take for example a block [... Read More]
Hot stone baths at Rinchenling lodge
HOT STONE BATH The hot stone bath, locally known as dotsho, is a usual affair for Bumthaps; but for tourists, it’s a special and a popular treat, especially on a cold day.
What makes dotsho special are the river stones, which are burnt in fire and immersed in the bath to heat the water. The bath is wooden tub, about 5ft long and 2ft wide. Usually there are two parts to it. The smaller [... Read More]
HEALTH & FITNESS Everyday I do 100m dash with my friends. I have done this for the past two months but I don’t seem to be improving in speed compared to my friend. How can I run faster? PS: I occasionally indulge in alcohol during weekends.
Tshering, 34, Thimphu
Let me begin by saying I neither condone nor encourage the use of alcohol. But sacrifices must be made to achieve goals. Besides having [... Read More]
REVIEW The movie revolves around the mindset of young Bhutanese lot, who, in some ways, look down on the role of teachers in society.
The lead role, Yangden, played by Tsokye Tsomo Karchung, is a young woman, who wishes to work in an international organisation instead of becoming a teacher in her village.
Driven by her ambition, ego and selfishness, she parts ways with her grandfather and leaves her village. She gets married to Dawa, [... Read More]
LAST PAGE It was a thing of envy, this macho and dashing ride that boys, who were elder to us, would parade around with pride and contentment on their faces.
I was just an underage schoolboy, with a dream to own and ride a motorbike. It fascinated me. I wished to derive all the joys it could give and explore places on it.
But it was just a wish that seemed distant, not impossible though.
I [... Read More]
A disease that can be averted or at least controlled by self- rather than health-care
COVER STORY Nawang Gyaltshen, 39, looks like any other man his age should look like. He is not overweight, and he is yet to be 40, the age doctors recommend an adult to get their blood sugar tested for diabetes.
Nawang is a diabetic. He was diagnosed when he was 35. By then, he experienced symptoms like frequent urination, thirst [... Read More]
Silajit also known as drachu in dzongkha
A resin-like substance extracted at great risk to life and limb of the sheer face of a cliff
MINERAL Several years back, while on pilgrimage in Dorjidhen (Bodh Gaya), Ap Tashi from Trashiyangtse came across a person selling a tar-like substance called silajit.
It was said to be a mineral rich substance with medicinal properties collected from a rock face in the mountains.
Among many ailments, sickness and diseases for which the substance was said to [... Read More]