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Traditional marriage was not for me

LAST PAGE By the time my mother knew I was married, my son was born.  It was my wish not to marry, at least not in public or in front of family members.

As a child, I saw a wedding ceremony.  I can’t remember how I got there, and obviously I wasn’t invited, because I remember peeping through the door to see what was happening inside.

The bride was the daughter of a couple, who [... Read More]

Suicide is not the solution


It is preventable and there is help at hand \

COVER STORY There was a time Pema Dorji would envelop himself in depression, a consequence of a failed business, which had driven him to insolvency.  He resorted to alcohol and drugs to overcome depression.  But it made matters worse.  He became suicidal.

But then he changed.  He moved on, shrugged off the negativities and learnt to think positive.

“I look back and am thankful for not [... Read More]

Raising awareness on suicide

ThinleyAn exercise for preventing suicide by addressing communication gap

CAMPAIGN Among youth, drug addiction and depression are major factors behind suicide or attempted suicide.

Filmmaker Phuntsok Rabten, some of the cast of Chuut Wai, and recovering addicts, who wanted to make a difference by addressing social issues like drug addiction, behavioural changes, disabilities and suicide went on sensitisation tour earlier this year.

After making the movie Chuut Wai, they went on an ‘emotional sensitisation tour’ from April 28 to June 12, to prevent drug [... Read More]

Engine of the economy


The supposed role of small and cottage industries in Bhutan 

LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE It is obvious that Bhutan’s economy is heavily dependent on the hydropower, but revenue alone cannot create a vibrant economy.

It demands opportunities, innovation, entrepreneurship, socially and geographically diverse sectors in the economy.  In other words, social issues like unemployment, income disparity, poverty and so on, play an important role in shaping an economy.

So, how do we achieve a socially, geographically [... Read More]

A sin Beyond atonement

The taking of one’s own life is taboo in many cultures including our own 

BUDDHISM In Buddhism, human life is the best realm in the universe.  Taking a life, be it of another or one’s own, is a sin.

The human realm is considered the best because it is gives best opportunity to practise our religion that gives a chance to attain enlightenment and it is also a chance to do good for others and [... Read More]

To reverse the swelling waistline

Hi Tshering
I’ve always found it difficult to lose fat around the stomach and arm area. Is there any easy exercise I could do in my living room?
Singye 26 

Trust me you are not alone.  Fat always makes its introduction at the belly and also bids its farewell from there.

Fat stored around the belly is an accurate indicator used by health and fitness practitioners to determine how [... Read More]

Sharmo Kungzang’s song

DK-Master-Revised-(dragged)The hanging gardens of Sha, Galeykha in the background

DRUKPA KUNLEY Sharmo Kungzang sang this touching song.

Listen to this sad girl’s song 

I feel like the misused wood of a cellar doorstep 

Held firmly in place by the door-posts, 

Abused by trampling dogs and swine. 

Don’t leave me here! Take me to Ralung in Upper Tsang 

And make me part of the temple, so I may gain Buddhahood.


I feel like the ill-treated iron on the blacksmith’s anvil 

Caught by pliers and pinchers, unable to move, 

Beaten by the hammer [... Read More]

The troubled teens

LAST PAGE Some would agree with me when I say teenage years can be the most difficult phase in an individual’s life.  It is a testing ground, a launch pad, a research lab for solidifying our identity that is to become us for the rest of our lives.

We are on the lookout for a role model, whom we would like to emulate, learn a few mannerisms, speak with an accent, and adopt a [... Read More]

Working(out) mothers


Pre and post natal exercise is not just safe, it’s good for you

COVER STORY At 42, Dechen Wangmo has the perfect body.  She is fit and strong, and despite having had two babies, she has a toned body.

Spending a few hours, four times a week in the gym for the last two years, has paid off for the doctor, whose children are now 10 and 17 years old.

She looks young, confident and has [... Read More]

Trailblazing women bodybuilders

unnamedKinley Wangmo

EXERCISE For many women, bodybuilding is an intimidating sport, and fear that weight training will transform them into a female version of Hulk.

However, this is not the case, said Kinley Wangmo, who is one of three women, who participated in bodybuilding shows and competitions held in the country so far.

“Many women have a misconception that bodybuilding will lead to a bulkier body,” Kinley Wangmo, 24, who works in a private company, said.

To encourage [... Read More]