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Grim-looking monster

DK-Master-Revised-(dragged)-1View from Kungzangling, with the ruins in the distance

DRUKPA KUNLEY Kunley wandered this way and that in Sha, and after awhile found himself in the village of Kungzangling. DK gave some teachings there, although the main event was a confrontation with a grim-looking creature known as the nine-goiter monster.

The monster story unfolded as follows. The village people had been tormented a long time by a monster whose main physical attribute was nine nasty goiters. They knew that Drukpa Kunley was in [... Read More]

My bashes at baking

LAST PAGE If baking had anything to do with fate, perhaps I was never destined for it.

It all started a few years back.  As the southern bureau correspondent in Phuentsholing, I had plenty of time on my hands.  That was when I started to develop an interest in that form of cooking.  With ingredients readily available in the Indian border town of Jaigaon, my sudden interest in baking was like a calling of [... Read More]

Growing up before time


Living away from parents for education’s sake, children become adults in their youthful days

COVER STORY Dawn breaks slowly in Maogaon in Sarpang revealing fleecy clouds floating over the Black Mountain range.  As if to acknowledge the light, birds chirp and insects buzz.

It’s July 31, the day celebrating the first sermon of Lord Buddha and it’s a public holiday.

Inside a hut, nine-year old Pema Dema who, like the birds and the bees, has just [... Read More]

Informal boarding facilities- A forward upon practice

IMG_0309Students of Narang primary school in Mongar queue for lunch outside the school’s makeshift kitchen in 2010 (File picture)

The government is going to establish large all-found central schools soon to alleviate the problem

SCHOOLING Although the concept of informal boarding facilities in remote schools is not new, the education ministry till date has never approved it.

Department of school education’s director general, Karma Yeshey, said the department has not kept any records regarding the informal boarding facilities, because the ministry does not encourage it.

“From the ministry’s side, such a facility was never encouraged [... Read More]

The spiraling effect of fuel price rise


LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE When fuel prices start to rise, consumers express frustration over high gas prices but lets take a look at what determines the price consumers pay at the fuel stations.

Often when there is a political crisis in the countries where fuels are extracted, the price rises. This is because it distorts the supply and demand chain in the market. Another factor is the taxes that individual countries impose. For instance, [... Read More]

CDG builds hostels for primary school students

199Zamtari community primary school’s informal hostel constructed with fund from CDG

SAMDRUPJONGKHAR Constitutional Development Grant (CDG) was a blessing in disguise for three community primary schools students in Wangphu and Serthi gewog under Samdrupjongkhar.

The grant was used for building accomodation for students in the schools, without which students had to walk for over three hours to get to school everyday, or live in huts near the school on thier own.

The three schools, Yarphu, Wangphu community primary schools in Wangphu gewog and Zamtari community primary [... Read More]

The bee-stung moose called takin


DRUKPA KUNLEY Sha will be the eastern-most place we reach in our journey with Drukpa Kunley. Although DK’s travels took him to many remarkable parts of Bhutan, we need to put Sha on the honor roll of beautiful places. Bhutanese often refer to this valley as the hanging gardens of Sha, because of the almost perfect combination of natural topography and gorgeously etched terraces.

We begin with a story close to the hearts of [... Read More]

Putting on weight the right way

Hi Tshering
I’m 25 and weigh 49kg.  I am underweight.  Can you please suggest some tips to improve my weight.  Is there any medicine available for gaining weight without any side effect on health?
Phuntsho, Gelephu

Looking towards medicine for answers before exhausting all options available at hand is not prudent.  We are currently living in an era where we’re constantly chasing quick fixes.  They tackle the [... Read More]

Nothing has changed for rural children

LAST PAGE  It was in the winter of 1987, when parents of four small children in a remote village in Trongsa decided to enroll the children in school.

With the school located a day’s walk from the village, the parents decided to construct a small hut for the children.  They also decided to take turns to stay with the children to cook and look after them.

The children, who never went beyond the village of [... Read More]

The S/J Initiative


The four-pronged program is making slow but steady progress in the dzongkhag

COVER STORY It’s peak monsoon and in Ata Daza aka Tshering Jaypo’s farm in Bangtshog, Dewathang, tomatoes, beans, spinach, radish and potatoes are thriving.  He has a green thumb, and more important, his land is fertile with home made organic compost.

Ata Daza makes the compost himself.  Each day, it’s a routine for the 33-year-old to collect cow dung and deposit it in [... Read More]

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