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Engine of the economy


The supposed role of small and cottage industries in Bhutan 

LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE It is obvious that Bhutan’s economy is heavily dependent on the hydropower, but revenue alone cannot create a vibrant economy.

It demands opportunities, innovation, entrepreneurship, socially and geographically diverse sectors in the economy.  In other words, social issues like unemployment, income disparity, poverty and so on, play an important role in shaping an economy.

So, how do we achieve a socially, geographically [... Read More]

A sin Beyond atonement

The taking of one’s own life is taboo in many cultures including our own 

BUDDHISM In Buddhism, human life is the best realm in the universe.  Taking a life, be it of another or one’s own, is a sin.

The human realm is considered the best because it is gives best opportunity to practise our religion that gives a chance to attain enlightenment and it is also a chance to do good for others and [... Read More]

To reverse the swelling waistline

Hi Tshering
I’ve always found it difficult to lose fat around the stomach and arm area. Is there any easy exercise I could do in my living room?
Singye 26 

Trust me you are not alone.  Fat always makes its introduction at the belly and also bids its farewell from there.

Fat stored around the belly is an accurate indicator used by health and fitness practitioners to determine how [... Read More]

Sharmo Kungzang’s song

DK-Master-Revised-(dragged)The hanging gardens of Sha, Galeykha in the background

DRUKPA KUNLEY Sharmo Kungzang sang this touching song.

Listen to this sad girl’s song 

I feel like the misused wood of a cellar doorstep 

Held firmly in place by the door-posts, 

Abused by trampling dogs and swine. 

Don’t leave me here! Take me to Ralung in Upper Tsang 

And make me part of the temple, so I may gain Buddhahood.


I feel like the ill-treated iron on the blacksmith’s anvil 

Caught by pliers and pinchers, unable to move, 

Beaten by the hammer [... Read More]

The troubled teens

LAST PAGE Some would agree with me when I say teenage years can be the most difficult phase in an individual’s life.  It is a testing ground, a launch pad, a research lab for solidifying our identity that is to become us for the rest of our lives.

We are on the lookout for a role model, whom we would like to emulate, learn a few mannerisms, speak with an accent, and adopt a [... Read More]

Working(out) mothers


Pre and post natal exercise is not just safe, it’s good for you

COVER STORY At 42, Dechen Wangmo has the perfect body.  She is fit and strong, and despite having had two babies, she has a toned body.

Spending a few hours, four times a week in the gym for the last two years, has paid off for the doctor, whose children are now 10 and 17 years old.

She looks young, confident and has [... Read More]

Trailblazing women bodybuilders

unnamedKinley Wangmo

EXERCISE For many women, bodybuilding is an intimidating sport, and fear that weight training will transform them into a female version of Hulk.

However, this is not the case, said Kinley Wangmo, who is one of three women, who participated in bodybuilding shows and competitions held in the country so far.

“Many women have a misconception that bodybuilding will lead to a bulkier body,” Kinley Wangmo, 24, who works in a private company, said.

To encourage [... Read More]

Getting set with ngondro

What is ngondro?

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO Ngondro literally means preliminary or preparatory practice that people should do before taking up the actual practice of Vajrayana.

It prepares a student for the actual practice of Vajrayana Buddhist meditation, which mainly refers to meditation on the nature of the mind.  It’s like preparing the field for sowing the seeds.  It helps one to prepare the right mind-set and attitude in order to [... Read More]

Workout Plan

For mothers, including those expecting

EXERCISE Hitting the gym and working out can be difficult for a busy mother, and even tougher if one is expecting.

Three times Mr Bhutan Tshering Dorji said exercise is no different for women as it is for man.

“We have the very same body, except for the reproductive organs, which dictates the various amounts of hormones produced,” Tshering Dorji said over an email interview.

[... Read More]

Life’s like that

Whenever I meet difficult situations or have to work with other students who I don’t get along with I get so disturbed and anxious. How can I face things in more peaceful way?  
Tashi, Bumthang  

YOUTH IN FOUCUS Well, Tashi, most of us are unwillingly to accept that difficult situations are an inevitable part of life. We feel that only the good times are part of our lives and that anything else [... Read More]

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