Every morning at around 6:30 am Rinchen Wangmo, 34, gets up and starts preparing the day’s meal for the family.
She then wakes her son up who is studying in Jigme Losel primary school, about ten minutes walk from their home.
After packing her son’s lunch and breakfast, the two leave home. The two go separate way at a junction.
After ten minutes Rinchen Wangmo reaches her office at the Taj Tashi where she had been working under [... Read More]
Ap Yeshi Nidup explaining how bja is made
The nomads’ tent is a thing of ingenuity that takes both weaving and stitching skills
SHELTER The nomad shelter in Soe is thick, black and woven from yak hair. But the one weaving bja is not called a weaver but a carpenter.
While it’s black and might appear without character, it is not really so. The design is rich and it can astonish or confuse, if one gives it a closer look.
For nomads, making these [... Read More]
HEALTH & FITNESS I have a history of dislocated shoulder. It is fragile and keeps dislocating. Is it advisable for me to work out?
Injury, pain, strain and various other physical obstacles will always be part and parcel of training hard.In 99 percent of the cases it does not mean refraining from training, instead working around the injury while nursing it is most prudent.
I have grown up among friends who had dislocating [... Read More]
Book: Golfing On The Roof Of The World- In Pursuit of Gross National Happiness
Author: Rick Lipsey
REVIEW Tourists come to Bhutan for its rich culture, majestic mountains and the lush forests. So did Rick Lipsey and his wife. But the staff golf writer at sports illustrated had a unique experience with his tour operator, also a golf buff.
The book is about change in the author’s life and how a vacation in Bhutan resulted in a fascinating job offer, to be the golf pro at the country’s Royal Thimphu Golf [... Read More]
LAST PAGE Coming across something beautiful or striking and not having a camera is disappointing. It makes me feel incomplete.
To satisfy my urge to capture moments I bought a Canon DSLR. What came as the icing on top of the cake was an opportunity to trek to base of Jomolhari mountain.
Excited I grabbed the opportunity, packed my gears and of course my camera, and joined others who were attending the first ever mountain [... Read More]
As more and more join the ranks of the jobless, the future looks more and more bleak
COVER STORY Sonam Dolma sits mum. The aroma of phaksha sikam (dried pork), laid in front of her, does not tempt her this evening. Her father grumbles about her poor fate of being unemployed despite her degree. The rest of the family members eat in silence, except her mother, who occasionally coaxes her to dine, but the [... Read More]
Each morning Kinga Gyeltshen, 22, rushes to the Thimphu referral hospital with a container of steaming hot momos.
By nine, he is serving those who missed breakfast. They are either those who are at the hospital for a check-up or hospital employees.
With his frayed jacket, an old hat and jeans, Kinga Gyeltshen looks like a school-going boy, His tone is inviting as the smell of momo wafting in the air.
A plate of momo costs Nu 30 [... Read More]
EMPLOYMENT PLEDGES For those who attended the youth convention on June 13, the promise made by the PDP party president is still fresh in their minds.
“I remember the words prime minister Tshering Tobgay said that day as the party president,” Jigme Yeshi, who was one of the 250 youth gathered at the convention said. “He said if PDP formed the government 100 percent employment was achievable.”
It was one of the hottest news that [... Read More]
TECH CORNER: ASK BOAZ Will the new Micromax Canvas 4 phone support 3G in Thimphu?
— Namgay Rinchen, JDWNRH
Had you asked me this question a year ago, my answer would have been an earsplitting “yes”. But today, surprisingly, the answer is a painful “no”. Let’s see why. As people cannot even reach a consensus on paper size (A4 vs. Letter), it won’t come as a complete shock that four different 3G bands are [... Read More]
DRUKPA KUNLEY In modern Bhutan, Lobesa is a small village, quite near Chimi Lhakhang. It enjoys a vibrant collection of Drukpa Kunley stories and artifacts.
Before telling the stories, we would like to share what may be the quintessential photograph of the Drukpa Kunley tradition in modern Bhutan. Once you are outside the two or three main cities in Western Bhutan, you are in DK country. The traditions of Drukpa Kunley are vivid, as if [... Read More]