HEALTH & FITNESS I want to build an aesthetic body. Please advice on a workout plan and diet.
Jigme TenzinHi Jigme,
It is always a pleasure to be of help, especially when one is calling him or herself a fan of mine.
By aesthetic I am assuming you mean an athletic, muscular and lean looking physique.
To achieve this kind of physique different types of training backed with a sound eating habit will yield [... Read More]
DRUKPA KUNLEY Now we have one of the great moments in Bhutanese folkloric tradition. The demoness shape-shifted into a beautiful, seductive woman. She brought chung to the lama in a crystal bowl. The stage was set for something special.
Hear me, Duty-Free Drukpa Kunley!…
I beg you to lead me to a blissful release.
Am I not a celestial ornament?
Above my waist my form is entrancing.
While below my waist in my Mandala of Bliss
My muscles are [... Read More]
LAST PAGE: Namseling, 12km from the capital city, is a scenic place with traditional homes, paddy fields and an open wide valley.
A work appointment took me to this place two weeks back. I met the group, officials from forest office and a desuup, who were going door-to-door to engage families in conversations revolving around forest fire prevention tips.
The job for the day, for the group, was to walk to the village Danglo, which [... Read More]
Suja, the traditional tea has undergone changes in the way it is prepared and its ingredients
COVER STORY Suja, famously known as butter tea, despite the name suggesting it’s churned tea, raises red flags for lifestyle diseases, especially in these so-called modern days.
Back when lifestyles were simple, work did not entail sitting in plush chairs in offices, but toiling in the fields, and suja often determined a person’s strength. Churning tea for the masses [... Read More]
A teaspoon of butter contains 45 calories
JDWNRH nutritionist advises nominal intake of Bhutan’s once favourite beverage
TEA Acup of suja a month is what a person should drink, if at all, one must drink the hot, buttery and salted beverage.
More than that, dietician with the national referral hospital in Thimphu says, is not advisable. As applicable to everything, the idea is to drink suja in limited amounts, since it is an unhealthy drink.
“It contains butter with saturated fats, and this raises [... Read More]
Yoenchab can be offered in multiples of seven
NEW: A fortnightly series on cultural and traditional practices
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO We give gifts and make offerings of things that are valuable to us. Water is fundamental to our existence. We are made up of more than sixty percent of water. For these reasons, the offering of yoenchap (water offering) is crucial.
One makes an offering to the Buddha and the holy beings with water, because it is essential to life [... Read More]
Ja-bachu sold at a shop in the capital
IMPORT Not long ago, a popular tea imported from Tibet made its way into western Bhutan. Tea connoisseurs in the Wang, Shar, Paro and Haa valleys developed a liking for it, to the extent that the common jari (tea leaves from India) took a back seat.
The ja-bachu or ja-baga, as it was known in the west, because of its bricklike shape, became an instant hit with almost all the shops that sell imported [... Read More]
DRUKPA KUNLEY It turns out that the Long Rong Demoness was many things: a monster, a beautiful woman, and a poet. In this iteration, she was a combination demoness and poet.
She opened with this bit of sprightly verse.
…The celebrated ascetic, Drukpa Kunley,
A poverty stricken, wandering beggar,
Talks nonsense and tells dirty stories.
What is so marvelos about that?
Don’t expect homage or offering from me!
Drukpa Kunley took a deep breath, and then delivered one of the [... Read More]
TECH CORNER: ASK BOAZ The government is giving 100 free electricity units to domestic consumers in rural areas. How many appliances can I use for free?
- Tshomo, Dagana
I think you are right. No one explained what these energy units are and what they can be used for. Let’s take a look at how these units are computed. The story starts with watts. Each electrical appliance has a power rating in watts (named [... Read More]
LAST PAGE Drinking suja, I think, comes from force of habit.
When I was a boy, my parents would often narrate stories of how they herd hundreds of cows and stock butter at home.
When I was growing up, there were no cows, and we were always running short of butter, and for this reason, we hardly ever drank suja, even when it was cold and the weather demanded it.
I never acquired a taste for [... Read More]