The central bank’s roles and responsibilities
LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE What will happen if there was absolute freedom within a society? Enough freedom that there were no leaders, laws and rules to stop you even if you commit a crime? The society might plunge into incredible chaos and anarchy.
Therefore, undeniably, there has to be a balance between freedom and regulation.
Within the financial system too, some kind of a balance between freedom and regulation must [... Read More]
PROFILE Seated behind a glass-top wooden desk in his office, the chief of police, brigadier Kipchu Namgyel was buried deep in paper works.
Moving his attention, momentarily, from the papers he grabbed the telephone, punched some numbers and barked some orders.
Instantly an officer came scurrying inside. With a salute he greeted the chief, standing straight and alert. After receiving the orders the officer scurried out, perhaps heaving a sigh of relief to be no [... Read More]
HEALTH & FITNESS I have been going for morning walks and doing yoga for two months. However, I stopped it two week ago because I was caught up with some works. Is it good or bad for one’s health when one discontinues that way? What effects does it have on one’s body? I heard that one starts gaining weight after discontinuing, is it true? What foods can I consume so that [... Read More]
DRUKPA KUNLEY DK was struck by her intelligence and good looks. Namkha Dronma served Kunley tea, booze and food. He had practically everything he treasured, except for one thing.
Namkha Dronma, he said, you are beautiful. Aren’t you married yet?
No, I’m still a virgin, she said. So Drukpa Kunley, showing great sensitivity, introduced her to sex slowly and carefully. All in all, a soulful experience for both of them. DK stayed with Namkha Dronma [... Read More]
LAST PAGE It wasn’t my idea that my dear son should join the community police initiative so he could play his part in helping his peer.
It was his idea and I am proud of it.
With increase in drug abuse and other youth related issues in the city, Sonam Penjor decided to help his ‘brother like friends’ by volunteering to become a community police.
He has seen the wrong side of peer pressure and has [... Read More]
The artistry of fashioning balls of wool/yarn into items of attire has reappeared
COVER STORY Juggling her time between work and home, Sonam Deki, 40, lives a busy life. But as temperatures drop, and she sees many urbanites draped in shawls and scarfs, she manages to take time out for her hobby.
Armed with scores of knitting patterns, Sonam is accompanied everywhere she goes by a ball of yarn and a pair of needles.
One cold [... Read More]
A mother crochets a baby beanie in back post double crochet pattern
More and more Bhutanese women are trying their hand at this knitting variant
HANDICRAFT This winter, it’s not just knitting but crochets that many women in the city are hooked on.
Unlike knitting, crochet is a process of creating a cloth from thread or yarn using a crochet hook. In crochet, one loop is created through the other loop with just a single needle.
Internet sources state that the term was derived from the French word ‘crochet’ [... Read More]
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO For our five senses called wangpo nga, there are five physical objects called doen nga. To feel happiness, joy and pleasure, we have to feel pleasant. Sentient beings like to have pleasant objects of senses and so it’s good to offer “pleasant sense feels” to the enlightened beings such as the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and lamas.
Offering of the five pleasant sense feels is called as doe bi yoenten [... Read More]
KNITWEAR Ever wondered how varieties of knitwear became a part of trendy wear?
Well, it all started in the 1960s.
Prior to that, knitwear was an everyday wear, until the famous French designer Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, founder of Coco Chanel, introduced it in her wardrobe.
In Bhutan, it’s mostly youth adorning different knitwear this winter. Knitwear has become a fashion statement, especially among the youth, with a lot of them wearing it.
For Tashi Choden, 20, sweaters [... Read More]
TECH CORNER: ASK BOAZ How do I make sure that my two teenage boys do not venture into inappropriate websites?
- Craig, Thimphu
The Internet is a fantastic invention. Left without supervision, however, curious children can easily venture into dangerous zones either intentionally or accidentally with a few mouse clicks. During the recently-started winter vacation, some children will spend a lot of time glued to the screen. It is therefore important for parents to [... Read More]