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A meaningful birthday

I will be eighteen soon. Many of my friends celebrated their birthdays with a big party. I want to do something unique and with more meaning. Does lama have any suggestions?
 Pasang Dorji, Thimphu

YOUTH IN FOCUS Congrats to you, Pasang. Well, it is traditional in many cultures to celebrate special occasions with our family and community. In recent times, parties are a common and fun way to celebrate birthdays. Unfortunately, though, once the [... Read More]

Fish rock terma

DK-Master-Revised-(dragged)-4The Pho Chu Fish Rock

DRUKPA KUNLEY One day Drukpa Kunley was sauntering up the valley when he noticed three children fishing in the river. Instantly, DK was on the alert, because he knew that a voracious demon lived upstream. Kunley ran down to the river. Using his normal consumption-oriented method of introduction, he asked the children if they could give him a fish to eat.

It turned out that these children were rude. Go catch a fish yourself, [... Read More]

Why I won’t forget red roses

LAST PAGE It was Valentine’s Day and my sister wore the most beautiful expression on her face.  Her eyes were glistening and her lips were curled into an unconscious smile.

The bringer of such a joyful expression was a bouquet of deep red roses, wrapped in a flimsy blue paper, with which my soon-to-be brother-in-law proposed to her.

It was for her the ultimate way of expressing his love for her.  Red signifies deep love, [... Read More]

Radio The comeback medium


Thanks to the rash of FM stations, the medium has literally risen from the grave  

COVER STORY Long before television came to the country, with all its flare and glare and blare, radio was the only source of news and entertainment, the only modern device that kept people in the remote corners connected to the world beyond.

Then came the television, in June 1999, and killed the radio, they say.  But radio lives yet, [... Read More]

Radio rebirth

Villagers-in-SamcholingVillagers in Samcholing, Trongsa, listen to radio (file photo)

The medium now has its widest reach in Bhutan although number of sets is in decline 

MEDIA For its portability, affordability and news and entertainment values, radio was and is one of the most popular devices, especially in rural areas.

The Media Impact Study, 2003, stated that radio was the most effective media in the country and reached the largest audience.  The Bhutan Broadcasting Service had then estimated that about 400,000 people, or 60 percent [... Read More]

TV replaces radio (sets) in Tangsibji

TsagayTsagay extracts his radio from a cabinet, its home for about three years

The advent of electricity spelt the demise of one and the adoption of the other

LIFESTYLE With access to television network, use of radio for most in Tangsibji, Trongsa has been fast fading.

Some villagers last turned on a radio about five years back.

It was, once, most indispensable, with villagers carrying a buzzing radio even to the fields.

“It’s been a while since I listened to radio,” Dhengem Druba, 59, from Drangla said, adding that he [... Read More]

What is expenditure rationalisation?


LETS MAKE IT SIMPLE  Expenditure rationalisation is a fiscal measure a government adopts to cut spending without affecting its operational efficiency.

This is how a government reorganise its budget especially when it is limited. Recently when the annual budget was presented in the Parliament, the government announced that it will not release money, for example, to buy new vehicles except for ambulances.

Ambulances are important and the government will not stop if there is a [... Read More]

Dance till you lose weight

HEALTH & FITNESS I am 5.4ft tall, and weigh 73kg.  I am in my late 20s and have been battling with weight for over five years.  Where I live there are no gyms, and the nature of my job leaves me with less time to exercise.  Lately, I’ve been, on someone’s advice, doing Zumba dance routine every morning.  Will it help me lose weight without having to compromise on my diet?  Any suggestion, including [... Read More]

Expert brewers’ offer

The-straightened-pillarThe straightened pillar

DRUKPA KUNLEY Our next story from Pho Chu could be described as light-hearted good works. It all started when Drukpa Kunley paid a visit to the home of Apa Tashi and Ama Nanga Lhama. It was infatuation at first sight, resulting in the couple begging DK to marry their daughter. If I’m going to marry your daughter I need chung, said DK. It turned out that they were expert brewers of chung— Kunley [... Read More]

30 radio sets later

The 67-year-old continues to find solace in the music box

LAST PAGE It was a hot summer night.  By the time I got into bed, it was late and everyone at home was deep in slumber.  The light snores broke the dead silence of the night.

As soon as my head hit the pillow I was asleep, only to be awoken by music.  No, I did not mistake the snoring sound for music and soon [... Read More]