Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - 5:57 AM

Almost a victim

DK-Master-Revised-(dragged)Pho Chu footprint rock

DRUKPA KUNLEY: However, Drukpa Kunley then realised that he was getting hungry. Normally, in Kunley’s charmed life, someone would come along and offer him booze, food, and if he were lucky that day, an opportunity for love. However, the local villagers were an irascible lot—no-one offered a thing.

Notwithstanding his increasingly dim view of the locals, DK gave some good advice to two women. Get your grain under shelter, he said, because soon it [... Read More]

Why I follow Parliamentary sessions

LAST PAGE: Although farming hardly permits time to follow parliamentary sessions, it is indispensable for it is a crucial in a democratic form of government.

The role of Parliament is even bigger particularly for a fledgling and vibrant democracy like ours, and is pivotal in giving the mass a voice and a platform to reach the highest decision making bodies. The Parliament, as legislative body, is the only hand in democratic institution that can [... Read More]

The dark side of monsoon


Though a relief after the heat of summer, the wet weather can have a sting in its tail

COVER STORY Weeks of dry spell had farmers of Depong village in Mongar worried for the crops, their livelihood.  As is the practice, they took to the their age-old custom of carrying holy scriptures to supplicate the deities for rain.

Soon enough it rained, and soon enough, with clamouring thunder, monsoon was on a roll, but besides [... Read More]

Mishaps other than rain- derived ones

firefile picture

Namely, forest fires and earthquakes also take their toll on life and assets

DISASTERS Fire is one of the most common disasters that usually occur during the dry and windy months.

Data compiled by the Department of Forests and Park Services, show 74 fire incidences were recorded in 2009 destroying 4,000 acres of forests.

Officials with the department said that sometimes the number of fire incidences can be high but the area damaged by the fire [... Read More]

Prayer flags

PFPhoto: Kunzang Zhenphen (KZ photography)

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO The concept of prayer flags partly originates from the culture of worshipping books, using scriptures in various forms. In ancient India, Buddhists treated books as an object of worship. They would write the books, store them in special receptacles and venerate them. Books were written on palm leaves or birch barks but when Buddhism reached, the books were written on paper, clothes, wood, metal plates and stone. [... Read More]

It’s boom time!

KHP-DamKurichhu dam (Photo: DGPC)

Monsoon is the season for maximum energy generation and  export earnings

HYDROPOWER Monsoon is the peak season for hydropower plants to generate maximum power and energy export to India because of the high inflow of rain.

Hydropower plants in Bhutan adhere to the ‘run of the water’ scheme, which means that whatever water is available in the river is used to generate electricity. They don’t store water, which is why electricity generation in winter dips [... Read More]

How to help a friend with drug addiction

One of my friends is heavily into drugs. What can I do to help him?
Jamyang, Jaigaon 

YOUTH IN FOCUS First, it is important to convince your friend that he has a problem. Most addicts are in denial and think that they can stop using drugs whenever they wish. Use logic to persuade him that this is untrue. For example, ask why he hasn’t stopped if he can do so? Encourage him to try [... Read More]

The garment of life

reviewBook: Tshegho -The Garment of Life Author: Kunzang Choden Illustrator: Yoko Ishigami Pages: 18 Price: Nu 300 ISBN: 9789993689942

REVIEW Refreshing, reflective and ruminating, Tshegho – The Garment of Life is a story book for children, but as pleasing and interesting for adults too.

It’s a book inspired by tradition, neighbourliness, faith, the Bhutanese textile and its palette, the rainbow.

The story is simple and the act too.  Dechen, a young girl is learning to weave, but would rather do something else, like play with her baby brother Jamyang. As the story unfolds, Dechen [... Read More]

Shades of Grey

LAST PAGE A perpetual splattering sound from up on the roof pulls me out of my deep slumber.  The sun plays peek-a-boo through thick, grey clouds as I try to ascertain what time of day it is.  It doesn’t take long for me to figure out that it’s already 9am.

The colour of the sky tells a different story though.  The mountains are cut across by the glorious silver of clouds and in the [... Read More]

The mobile revolution (in rural communties)


The cell phone has brought a sea change to life on the farm

COVER STORY The keypads are worn out and the numbers, barely visible.  The black and white screen is scratched all over.  In all, it’s a cellular device on the verge of falling apart.

But the device has endured, and changed the way of life of farmer Dorji of Nub-Chutoe in Trongsa.

The gadget is the one companion that is with him all the [... Read More]

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