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The tunes they are a’changing

LAST PAGE As radio made its way in the country more than two decades back, it carried a heavy responsibility of reviving old Dzongkha songs.

When the national radio started in Bhutan Broadcasting Service, I remembered the revered Ap Dopay playing dramnyen on the radio, striking a chord in our hearts as he played.

At that time, dramnyen was an unheard and unseen instrument to many Bhutanese.  Hardly anyone knew what a dramnyen could do, [... Read More]

Social Media in Bhutan – The good side and the bad side


Like most things in life, there are positives and negatives to the phenomena

COVER STORY A Thimphu resident returned to find his apartment burgled recently.

In broad daylight, the thief had broken through two doors, and made off with several expensive electronics, including a brand new Apple Macbook Pro.

The police were called and a complaint filed.  The usual procedure would be for checkpoints leading to Phuentsholing to be informed, so that they would be on [... Read More]


Consecrating the physical representations of the Buddha 

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO Rabney is a consecration ritual. It comes from the Sanskrit term pratisthita – in which prati means good or well and sthita to remain or sustain. Thus, it is basically a process of inviting the enlightened spirits of the Buddhas to abide or remain well in the sacred objects.

When one has a sacred object such as a [... Read More]

The new (and virtual) hangout for kids

social-mediaA college student browses through a social media site

Children today spend an inordinate (and unhealthy) amount of time on such online sites

SOCIALMEDIA As soon as Tandin, 16, wakes up in the morning, she would pick her phone to check the updates on her Facebook page and Instagram, a popular site among the youth.

It has almost become a routine for Tandin to spend about 30 minutes browsing these popular sites before she heads to school.  If not, Tandin feels incomplete, in her [... Read More]

Like dirt on a diamond

Agressive or negative behaviour is not part of human nature

YOUTH IN FOCUS My 23- year old brother comes home late, doesn’t work and even steals from my parents. Sometimes, he’s drunk, and is often angry and breaks things. We all doubt that he is taking drugs. My parents have given up on him and want to throw him out. Lama, what do you think we should do?
Wangmo, Thimphu

It is tough to live [... Read More]

A local cartoon character for children


Ap Bokto is a worthy first attempt to picturise a local folktale and popularise a genre

REVIEW Ap Bokto, the first animated feature film made locally, isn’t animation at its best, but it’s a decent start.

It is also a first in many categories, for example it’s the first 3D animation film and the first time a folktale has been animated.

The 53-minute film is rough around the edges in terms of technicality, but it has [... Read More]

Make ‘sex confession’ page educative

LAST PAGE: ‘RTC Sex Confession’, a Facebook page, is a derogatory forum which, if turned around in a positive manner, can help educate youth about healthy physical and emotional relationship.

It was created in November 21, 2013 by an anonymous Facebook user ‘to have  a place where RTC students can share their horny, sexy confessions’.  The average age of the users on this page are between 18-24.  It has 199 likes and 70 confessions.

Most [... Read More]

The Phobjikha farm stay experiment pays off


Started by RSPN with the overarching goal of conservation, community based tourism has proved a success

COVER STORY Covered in a neat layer of fog, dusk sets in slowly.  This is followed by an eerie silence in the valley.  By 7pm, everyone is home after a laborious day in the fields.

It’s the potato harvest season for Phobjikha valley. And everyone is busy helping each other.  Potato is the main cash crop for farmers in [... Read More]

Macroeconomic Policy


LET’s MAKE IT SIMPLE Two institutions of any country have their biggest roles in shaping, structuring, regulating and controlling the economy. They are the government and the central bank. Without them, there would be chaos in the economy as every individual will protect their own interest without considering the bigger picture.

The government and the central bank therefore formulate several policies to guide and direct the economy. The most important policies are the monetary [... Read More]

Tapping the eastern circuit


A path less travelled now opens up to visitors with a host of innovative packages  

TOURISM For uniform distribution of benefits from tourism, efforts are on to develop the eastern circuit as a tourism hotspot, according to the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).

The eastern circuit remains one of the least explored regions in the country today.

The focus, therefore, is more on community-based tourism and various product diversifications.

The eastern circuit includes Mongar, Lhuentse, Trashiyangtse, [... Read More]