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Weaving from waste

DSC_5457Sonam Choden with her weaves

RECYCLING Instead of staying idle at home, Sonam Choden, 21, a resident of Dewathang, decided to intern with the Samdrupjongkhar Initiative.

That was five months back, and it was a decision she is satisfied by, for she has gained skills she had not known of.

She was taught how to make bags, cushions and stoles, all of which are woven from re-usable plastic material.  And to top it all, she earned Nu 4,990 each month [... Read More]


WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO Drubchen is an advanced form of ceremonial practice in Vajrayana Buddhism. One of the main differences between exoteric or sutra form of Buddhism and esoteric or tantric form of Buddhism is the visualisation and worship of deities or Buddhas. Vajrayana Buddhism has a lot of meditation on the Buddhas in different forms – peaceful, wrathful, celibate, in sexual union, multi-armed and multi-headed among others.

In a tantric deity [... Read More]

Bioplates in the market

IMG_4246Biodegradable plates and bowls made from areca tree

Made from fallen areca leaves by a Gelephu-based company, started this year

ECO-FRIENDLY In an attempt to provide an alternative to the non-degradable use-and-throw plastic plates and cups, Bioplate Company has initiated the production and sale of biodegradable plates and bowls.

Managing director of Bioplate Company, Kamal Neopaney, said the plates and bowls are made of fallen areca leaves. .

Rural households in the district collect the leaves and sell them to the company.  This has [... Read More]

Lessons from Angulimala

YOUTH IN FOCUS  When I was using drugs, I created many problems. After I went to rehab, I changed and am trying hard to be a good guy. Unfortunately, my family doesn’t accept me. I am disturbed by their rejection and afraid that I’ll relapse. Please advise me.  
Sonam, Thimphu

Well, Sonam, big congrats on staying clean. It is a huge achievement.

Regarding your family, it will take time for them to accept that you [... Read More]

Camaraderie and class distinction in the time of war

Battle_of_Broodseinde_-_si-copyBook: Many Miles to Babylon? Author: By Jennifer Johnston. (Hamish Hamilton, 1974. 156 pages) ISBN: 978-0-141-04696-9

REVIEW On the hundredth anniversary of WWI, this is as good a book as any to review.

How Many Miles to Babylon? begins with one of the most moving and powerful foreshadows.

Alexander Moore, son of a wealthy Irish farmer, is an officer in the British army and a gentleman.  That privilege has given him notebooks, pen, ink and paper.  A few hours that he can count is all the future he has.   And [... Read More]

In litter and spirit

Bringing change to religious gatherings where waste disposal may be last thing on the minds

LAST PAGE Climate change is a reality, and the selfish ways of  people are to be blamed.

To act on this realisation, while attending Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy’s community mapping workshop recently, my group decided to pursue the issue of offering packaged food as tshok.

We visited Changangkha lhakhang.  Devotees offered packaged food.  After the rituals and prayers were [... Read More]

ECCDs- Schooling for school


Begun as glorified babysitters for working parents, daycare centres have long since transcended that limited role

COVER STORY Dressed in a white frock with pink flowers, polka dotted leggings and white sandals, Dechen Choden Phuntsho, 3, looks all set for a day-out or a birthday party.

But it’s a weekday and her office-going parents have a busy schedule.  In the capital’s morning rush hour, Dechen Choden Phuntsho is dropped off at Tiny Toes daycare, where [... Read More]

Learning, the Montessori way

IMG_4221Tandin Zam and a Montessori student engaged in a learning activity

PRESCHOOL In one corner of the room, a four-year old is washing a table with soap and water, while another two-year-old at the far end of the room learns how to unbutton a cloth from a frame, and several others are writing on a notebook.

The children at Wangmo’s Montessori early childcare centre were busy, thoroughly engaged in one activity or the other, where they learn how to spell, arrange and sort all kinds [... Read More]

What is Non-Tariff Barriers?


LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE With recent tax revision, the price of vehicles has radically increased. Not many can afford to own a brand new luxury car because the import duty is too heavy. This would cut down the demand as well as import. So such barriers to trade is called tariff barriers because duty restricts trade.

To explain what is a non-tariff barriers lets take the same example of vehicle import. In 2012, Bhutan [... Read More]

For children and parents in rural communities

ECCD-1Children playing outside the Decheling ECCD built with labour contribution from parents

EDUCATION In the capital, parents have numerous day care centres to pick from, but of course it comes at a cost. In rural Decheling, Pemagatshel, there isn’t a choice. There is only one daycare centre, but it’s free and parents are happy to have it.

The Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre in Decheling gewog, an initiative of the education ministry, came as a blessing for parents like Dawa Pem, 40.

There are no [... Read More]

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