Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - 10:10 AM

In debt?

LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE What happens when you are highly indebted, and not able to pay back the loans you’ve taken? You don’t have any promise of future earnings either. This means trouble.

If you have taken the loans from a bank, and cannot pay back, the bank will take away your properties.

Becoming highly indebted is a major reason why people suffer from depression. The same thing could apply to a country.

Bhutan’s debt has [... Read More]

A new sport for youth


JUDO While those walking in the streets of Thimphu are bent because of the cold, in an attic in one of the schools is a group of students sweating like it was peak summer.

Dressed in white uniforms, held together by a belt – of different colours – the students were practising the newly introduced sports, judo, at Pelkhil higher secondary school.

The class was divided into two groups of defense and offense.  One student [... Read More]

Why get motivated to exercise

HEALTH & FITNESS I lack inspiration when it comes to hitting a gym or exercising and most of the time I am busy working in my office. Can you please give me simple exercising tips, such as what I should do on a regular basis. It’ll help me and others like me. 
- Thinley, Thimphu

Hi Thinley

You must build or find inspiration and motivation for yourself to ensure that you do what it takes [... Read More]

Beating the Long Rong demoness

DRUKPA KUNEY The demoness was not born yesterday. She knew perfectly well that DK was on the way to visit one of his girlfriends. In a jealous rage, she threw away her Buddhist vows and mounted an attack.

He found her straddling the valley with her breasts flying in the wind, her hair trailing on the ground, and her organ gaping between her thighs.

Kunley knew this was a defining moment.

The lama took hold of [... Read More]

Doing business to learn business

LAST PAGE Since the death of my father a few years back, the responsibility to help and look after my mother and sister fell on my shoulder.

This involves helping mother at home and at the farmers’ market in Thimphu where she sells local rice and zaw (roasted rice).

We have been selling such produce for over five years and I have been helping my mother do that for the past two years during holidays.

Helping [... Read More]

Becoming the Gateway to Bhutan


The commercial hub of the country is now more than 50 years old 

COVER STORY The winding broadened highway have gentler curves making driving to Phuentsholing from Thimphu or Paro pleasant, with opportunity to enjoy the view, especially if one is a passenger.

Just past Ramatey, the air begins to weigh warm and musky, and the sight of the plains brings in a wave of excitement for destination is near.

The sprawling settlement in sight constitutes, [... Read More]

The story behind the name


Phuentsholing was once known as Chankona or Dotibasti.

Elders who’ve resided in Phuentsholing for decades said while the actual meaning of what Chankona meant was not known, it was a name of a small settlement near Ammochu river.  Dotibasti was a name derived from the river Dotikhola which flows by the present bus terminal and joins the river Toorsa.

Although many are unsure about why the name was changed, according to Lha Tshering, 81, who was then [... Read More]


Subduing the ego 

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO Chag or prostration is fundamentally a practice of paying respect.  But it is not about submission to others, as some may think.  It is, and should be aimed at getting rid of the greatest enemy, flaw or evil which is the ego, the sense of I.

One can find this practice in other religious tradition as well. In India as one greets, one says Namaste, which [... Read More]

A snapshot

of places and structures in Phuentsholing


The quite and calm of Zangdopelri lhakhang attracts the old and the young

Zangdopelri lhakhang : Often, when one plans to meet in Phuentsholing, the Zangdopelri lhakhang, located in the heart of the town is the meeting [... Read More]

The true cost of printing

TECH CORNER: ASK BOAZ  I am looking for a cheap way to print at home. Which is cheaper, inkjet or laser printers?

- Mukul, Thimphu

Dear Mukul,

Trick question! Inkjet printers are, in general, cheaper than laser printers. They can also print in colour, unlike the cheap black-and-white laser printers. If you are looking for a low-cost colour printer, an inkjet printer is your only option, and you can stop reading this column and head to [... Read More]

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