Body weight skill called The Human Flag
CALISTHENICS While weights and gyms are becoming increasingly popular among urbanites, for various reasons, health, fitness and grooming included, there is a certain exercise routine that has been picking up pace.
This group practice calisthenics which does not use gym equipment or apparatus. It’s a training that uses one’s body weight only. The end product is strength and flexibility. The workout routine involves bending, jumping, swinging, twisting and kicking among others.
Namkhay Gyalpo, who is [... Read More]
REVIEW Generation gap, impacts of globalisation, and tradition vs modernity are universal themes that occur in countries, especially developing ones, around the world.
Soong Na Oie reflects these themes woven around the story of a father and a son.
Kezang Dorji plays the role of a lam, who is head of a monastery in Paro. His Son Khenrab (Kuendeen Norbu) is a contrast to his father’s figure, with ripped jeans, sleeveless shirts, unkempt hair and [... Read More]
Dog Chorten at Chimi Lhakhang
DRUKPA KUNLEY We now move to the east of Chandana, to Chimi Lhakhang, the only temple in Bhutan that is dedicated to Drukpa Kunley. This place is popularly known as the fertility temple, and has world-wide notoriety. Women (and couples) come to Chimi Lhakhang incessantly, getting fertility blessings from the presiding lama. In fact, the authors’ son and daughter-in-law made a pilgrimage here. It must have worked, because they now have two children, [... Read More]
LAST PAGE Growing up I was extremely skinny, unsatisfactory in sports and a little slow academically. To top it, I was constantly bullied.
I was sent to a British boarding school called Dr Grahams Homes, located on a hill in Kalimpong, Darjeeling district, when I was seven.
Many like me, had to endure painful criticism from fellow students, house parent and teachers. But among the havoc of physical and mental abuse, I secretly admired characters [... Read More]
Mask-dancers’ accounts of what goes into putting up a good show at the tshechu
COVER STORY Save for the echoes of the bird chirpings as they scan the courtyard, stopping only to preen at the edges of the rooftops of the Trashichhodzong, the expansive courtyard is rather silent.
The rays of the sun shoots on the open courtyard filled with some 200 spectators, a good mix of old and young, clad in almost all imaginable [... Read More]
PROFILE On normal days, Dorji Norbu is not bothered with the weather forecast, but tomorrow he will silently keep an eye on the skies. If the clouds gather, he will be happy.
Dorji Norbu and his team of about 24 dancers will want the outside temperature to drop. Performing the two-hour long Raksha Mangcham (Dance of the Judgment of the Dead) under several layers of robes and a mask that weighs about another kilo [... Read More]
It was almost lunch and monk Pema Yoezer, 12, had some time to kill. He was outside the Dechenphodrang monastery, playing with two puppies, which wagged their tails vigorously and followed him around.
After a while, he sat on the green lawn and the puppies rushed to sit on his lap. The sky threatened to open to a downpour, but the puppies snuggled in his lap, content.
Nearby, monks as young as Pema or older, were running [... Read More]
The dance of the Four Stags (Shazam)
September 13, 2013
The stag dance portrays the subjugation of the Wind King, who caused great misery through his powers, by Guru Rinpoche. Guru rode the stag which happened to be the mount of the god of the wind, when he subdued the earth and appeased all beings by establishing peace and happiness. As a blessing, the first [... Read More]
HEALTH & FITNESS I weigh 60kg and I am high on cholesterol. How can I reduce the level of cholesterol in my body? I don’t eat any meat but only eggs along with the regular vegetable curry and rice.
Pema Wangmo, 44, Thimphu
Lifestyle disease, such as high cholesterol, is eating into our society. Lack of activity and over or unhealthy consumption of food has led us to so many [... Read More]
The mani rock, where DK cut off the demon’s knees
DRUKPA KUNLEY Awhile later, while still enjoying his life at Tsewong’s house, Drukpa Kunley decided he should subdue the Lungdram demon, which lived at the head of the valley. While he was helping an old man cut peat, the demon assaulted DK. Kunley hit him in the mouth with the Flaming Thunderbolt and chased him down the valley, cutting off the demon’s knees along the way. That place is now occupied by a [... Read More]