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Along the transit towns

indo_nepal_border_20140407Mechi bridge at the Nepal-India border

It is almost dark and the traffic is heavy. Tashi has already made two rounds trying to find a parking space. Finally he parks his car near the Anaconda hotel in Phuentsholing. He must make a dash across the border to book a ticket to Kakarvitta, Nepal.

The transit town is flooded with people travelling to and from different places. The two-day strike across the border has left the travellers trying to find something useful to [... Read More]

Lui, Dhoe and Sipa Chidhoe

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: In the previous essays, we have discussed the topic of giving and also covered the types of recipients. In the Buddhist theory of life, we have lived so many lifetimes in the past and, if we do not reach enlightenment, we will again live many lifetimes in the future. In this process, we accumulate a lot of karmic debt, i.e. we commit actions which will lead to [... Read More]

Of fear, rumours and security


COVER STORY: From this side of Norbugang (Dholpani) in Sarpang, the whole expanse of Gelephu spreads like a vast green carpet emblazoned with myriad little white dwellings. Far beyond the richly fulvous fields that extend until a long line of thick, tall and dark forest, farmers are winding their farm work. To the west, the aureate sun is turning red and sinking behind the cold dark mountains.

Hari Kumar Karki, 45, is looking down [... Read More]

Dirty old town

IMG_5756Sarpang town

Under the warm setting sun, Sarpang town, located about 32kms away from Gelephu, remains a busy hub where travellers rest before heading to Gelephu.

Some stop to eat at restaurants while others stretch for a breath of fresh air.

What was once a thriving and oldest town is today nothing but a dusty place made up of temporary shelters.

Every few minutes a car zooms and dust envelops the shops located right next to the road. Shopkeepers wave [... Read More]

Building better guns


I am having difficulty developing my arms despite working out regularly. It’s frustrating to put in so much work with no results. I am doing three sets of three different exercises for both biceps and triceps for 12, 8 and 6 repetitions each. I also feel that my left arm feels more pumped up than my right when I train. Your advice will be much appreciated. 

Sagar Gurung 

Hi Sagar,

Building a great pair of arms [... Read More]

2014: Journey comes full circle


COVER STORY: 12 best of the year

January 11: Lauri students labour for learning  

Children and youth in the capital are kept engaged during their vacation with different activities ranging from learning how to paint to dance to music lessons. The choices are in abundance for them and they are able to pick up different skills from a very young age. The idea is to involve them productively [... Read More]


WHAT WE DO WHY WE DO: Marchang is type of serkem or alcohol offering in tantric Buddhism, which we have already discussed. Literally marchang refers to chang or alcohol with mar or butter. In the Bhutanese culture, the marchang offering is made to launch an auspicious event, mark an important occasion or receive an honoured guest. Alcohol is put with fermented grains in a container, often a decorated traditional vessel called trho, with [... Read More]

Celebrating the New Year

10858005_423911304432336_6879047334024491392_nCrystal Ballroom at Namseling Boutique Hotel

CELEBRATION: It is time to say goodbye to 2014. We look forward to the coming of 2015.

If you want to welcome the New Year by partying hard, Viva City is one of the clubs to party in Thimphu. The club is preparing for a grand celebration. There will be local bands playing around a campfire.

Rinchen, the owner of Viva City, said the main purpose of setting up a party place outside is to [... Read More]

Perseverance is the key

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I work in an office. Everyone says that I am lucky to get this job, but I feel really bored. Is there anything I can do to feel better or should I just quit?

Tashi, Thimphu

I know that doing the same job everyday can feel boring, especially if it is not challenging. However, any kind of work can be satisfying when done with perseverance and a good intention. If [... Read More]

Farewell K2

LAST PAGE: Once every Saturday, I would reach a particular shop that deals with newspapers before Kuensel would reach the place. Summer or winter, I would never mind Phuentsholing weather.

I would hurriedly flip through the newspaper for any stories that I would have missed. Normally, they would not interest me much. What kept my heart beating faster would be what K2 – the weekend magazine that accompanies Kuensel – had in store for [... Read More]

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