TECH CORNER: ASK BOAZ I just noticed that I made a mistake in a Facebook status that I wrote. Can I fix it or is it there forever?
- Chimi, housewife in Thimphu
You’re in luck! Up until recently, there was no way to edit posts. While comments to a post could be edited, Facebook did not allow editing the posts themselves. So once you updated your status, there was no way to fix any [... Read More]
DRUKPA KUNLEY Later in the day the family gathered for their evening meal. Our stalwart Apa repeated the prayer in front of them, and they grumbled and whispered among themselves: the old man has lost his mind. In a display of prudish righteousness, they took their bowls and left the room.
Poor Apa Gaypo was then banished by his own family. They built a room in the upstairs loft and forced him to live [... Read More]
LAST PAGE The toilet is a place, where germs, lots of them, are accumulated. In schools, hundreds of students use it everyday and, for this reason, it is important to keep it clean.
Being a health captain, I felt responsible for the health of the students, and therefore I volunteered to wash the boy’s toilet.
When I first started washing toilets, I felt dirty, since I was not accustomed to the practice. But time passed [... Read More]
Languages of some remote communities are in immediate danger of extinction
COVER STORY Lama Shacha Tenzin, Angay Choden and Dadum have one thing in common besides being elderly members of their communities. They share a concern for the tongues they speak.
Lama Shacha Tenzin, 80, is from a remote village call Daksa in Gongdue, Mongar. Choden, 78, is from another remote village of Rukha from Wangduephodrang, and Dadum, 80 from the Doya community in Dorokha, [... Read More]
In Dorokha, Samtse Photo: Karma Tshering
The aim is to preserve and document languages and dialects on the verge of extinction
CULTURE To preserve and document languages and dialects identified as on the verge of extinction, a community based project, Bhutan oral literature and language documentation project, has identified several areas across the country to carry out research works.
The project has their field teams in Shâ (Dzongkha), Rukha (‘Ole), Samtse (Lhop), Mongar (Gongduk) and Trashiyangtse (Monpa) regions, and has some individual [... Read More]
Even though Ragunath Sharma graduated from college and is done with studies, life has not slowed down.
Each morning, the 24-year-old is up by 5:30am studying for the upcoming civil service examination. Having done his bachelor of science in microbiology from Rathnavel Subramaniam college of arts and science in Coimbatore, TN, India, Ragunath is appearing in the technical category.
After two hours of study, he prepares himself for a day at the Thimphu referral hospital where he [... Read More]
Dr George van Driem, chair for historical linguistics at University of Berne, has conducted field research in Nepal, Bhutan, northeastern India and western Indian Himalayas since 1983. He has also coordinated the endangered language documentation of Himalayan language project since 1993. He talks to Kinley Wangmo about the importance of language in preserving identity.
Q&A How and why are languages dying or disappearing?
The main causes of languages dying are socioeconomic. Languages don’t die [... Read More]
HEALTH & FITNESS I have been working out for the past three months for an hour daily. I have always wanted to know which is more important, strenuous workout or a healthy diet? Or does it go hand in hand? Please elaborate on this.
You partly answered your question, for it does go hand in hand. It’s like asking whether the sun or water is important for a plant. Both in [... Read More]
Author: Rhonda Byrne
Price: Nu 700
Genre: Self help, spirituality
REVIEW How often do you keep track of your thoughts, realise its power or know the importance and implications of positive thinking?
These are the questions that provokes a reader to ponder upon in the novel, ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne.
Focusing on the power of thoughts and minds, and if used properly how it can bring endless positive changes and possibilities, the book tells about how one can be their own architect of happiness [... Read More]
LAST PAGE Monpa was just a means of communication to me when I was young. It was like other language that you speak and share your daily events with your friends.
However, as I grew up, the language became more than just a medium of communication. This language became the means to acquire knowledge in the field of Monpa histories, oral stories and songs.
Today, the Monpa language is spoken only by few in eastern [... Read More]