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Do-re-mi instead of A-B-C

NehruLearning classical Indian music at Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre

Private music schools fill a gap that exists in what formal education has to offer

EDUCATION Filling in the void of music classes in school are private music schools and centres in the capital, which, of late, have started diversifying lessons, by introducing more musical instruments.

One of the first private music schools in Thimphu, started four years back, is the Himalayan School of Music.

The proprietor of the Himalayan School of Music (HSM), Yogen Chhetri, [... Read More]

Spotlight: Band


NEW! We present on this page youth with talents.  This feature appeared in the initial days of K2, when it was named Citybytes.  The focus then was on international talents. This fortnightly feature will shine the spotlight on local youth.

About the band: 
We came together for the love of a British band, The Beatles, a 1960s rock band.

The Beatles belonged to the 1960s era, the baby boom period of 1940s-1960s, during [... Read More]

To quicken a slow metabolic rate

I weigh about 56kg.  I have always wanted to lose weight and a lot of people tell me that my metabolism is low. Can you please tell me what is metabolism? How can I change it? Is there any specific exercise that I could do to increase it?

‘Metabolism’ is the ability of our bodies to convert food consumed into energy, and ‘metabolic rate’ is the speed at which we [... Read More]

The tunes they are a’changing

LAST PAGE As radio made its way in the country more than two decades back, it carried a heavy responsibility of reviving old Dzongkha songs.

When the national radio started in Bhutan Broadcasting Service, I remembered the revered Ap Dopay playing dramnyen on the radio, striking a chord in our hearts as he played.

At that time, dramnyen was an unheard and unseen instrument to many Bhutanese.  Hardly anyone knew what a dramnyen could do, [... Read More]

Social Media in Bhutan – The good side and the bad side


Like most things in life, there are positives and negatives to the phenomena

COVER STORY A Thimphu resident returned to find his apartment burgled recently.

In broad daylight, the thief had broken through two doors, and made off with several expensive electronics, including a brand new Apple Macbook Pro.

The police were called and a complaint filed.  The usual procedure would be for checkpoints leading to Phuentsholing to be informed, so that they would be on [... Read More]


Consecrating the physical representations of the Buddha 

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO Rabney is a consecration ritual. It comes from the Sanskrit term pratisthita – in which prati means good or well and sthita to remain or sustain. Thus, it is basically a process of inviting the enlightened spirits of the Buddhas to abide or remain well in the sacred objects.

When one has a sacred object such as a [... Read More]

The new (and virtual) hangout for kids

social-mediaA college student browses through a social media site

Children today spend an inordinate (and unhealthy) amount of time on such online sites

SOCIALMEDIA As soon as Tandin, 16, wakes up in the morning, she would pick her phone to check the updates on her Facebook page and Instagram, a popular site among the youth.

It has almost become a routine for Tandin to spend about 30 minutes browsing these popular sites before she heads to school.  If not, Tandin feels incomplete, in her [... Read More]

Like dirt on a diamond

Agressive or negative behaviour is not part of human nature

YOUTH IN FOCUS My 23- year old brother comes home late, doesn’t work and even steals from my parents. Sometimes, he’s drunk, and is often angry and breaks things. We all doubt that he is taking drugs. My parents have given up on him and want to throw him out. Lama, what do you think we should do?
Wangmo, Thimphu

It is tough to live [... Read More]

A local cartoon character for children


Ap Bokto is a worthy first attempt to picturise a local folktale and popularise a genre

REVIEW Ap Bokto, the first animated feature film made locally, isn’t animation at its best, but it’s a decent start.

It is also a first in many categories, for example it’s the first 3D animation film and the first time a folktale has been animated.

The 53-minute film is rough around the edges in terms of technicality, but it has [... Read More]

Make ‘sex confession’ page educative

LAST PAGE: ‘RTC Sex Confession’, a Facebook page, is a derogatory forum which, if turned around in a positive manner, can help educate youth about healthy physical and emotional relationship.

It was created in November 21, 2013 by an anonymous Facebook user ‘to have  a place where RTC students can share their horny, sexy confessions’.  The average age of the users on this page are between 18-24.  It has 199 likes and 70 confessions.

Most [... Read More]

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