9 April, 2008 – What is democracy going to bring us? How is it going to be different from the past? A straight answer to this would be that, looking back at an era of incredible development, we will be extremely lucky if can achieve nearly as much as we have in the past four decades.But the question is very relevant today. The process of democratisation in Bhutan comes at a time when there are [... Read More]
… but the primary problem of alcohol-abuse still looms large
8 April, 2008 – Twenty-three-year-old Tshering from Punakha is a teetotaler. If there is anyone who is totally against alcoholism and substance abuse, it would be him. He lost seven of his relatives to liver cirrhosis.Like him, there are many others who are fighting a losing battle against this social evil, which is deeply engrained in Bhutanese tradition and culture. [... Read More]
Commonly known as a rich mans disease, diabetes is on the rise in Bhutan. Kuensels Sonam Pelden finds out how people are switching from western to traditional medication to treat diabetes.
A diabetic patient taking a shot of the ser khab
7 April, 2008 – For the past one year, Kinley Gyeltshen has been under Western medication to overcome diabetes. It worked, to an extent. His blood [... Read More]
7 April, 2008 – Trees have regained their colour and flowers are blooming. The city has a new look with the pink and white petals of cherry blossoms dotting most parts of the city.And although Bhutanese dont celebrate Hanami, a Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers by sitting under the trees and celebrating, we sure know that in all its zest and colour, spring has arrived.
Why not [... Read More]
7 April, 2008 – Bhim Maya Chettri, 35 from Dungpha, Samdrupjongkhar, has been running a pharmacy in Thimphu for two years. This is what she has to say about diabetic medicines and test kits available in pharmacies.
1. What did you do before opening this pharmacy?
I worked as a nurse in Thimphu and Paro.2. How long did you work as a nurse?
For ten years.
3. What made you open this [... Read More]
5 April, 2008 – Bhutanese society came alive in more ways than one in the past months. The excitement of the first general election stirred lively discussions, although it has been largely mixed with speculation. But that was only to be expected because of the confrontational nature of the campaign period and the election itself.We hope that the stimulation now matures into discourse that is so critical in a democracy and, more important, to give [... Read More]
2 April, 2008 – We have had a number of post election issues to deal with. After the results of the election, when the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa overwhelmed the Peoples Democratic Party with a 45-2 constituent victory, we saw one result reversed, two PDP candidates proposing to withdraw and then reversing that decision, and a range of allegations, observations, and comments on the results of the election. Then we saw about 1,000 people appealing to [... Read More]
31 March, 2008 – With the regular vendors and sellers gone home to cast their ballot in the National Assembly election, Thimphus dusty vegetable market had little to offer last weekend.What was available, in little quantities, were not fresh and green chillies from India could not be found anywhere. Shoppers had buy what was on offer. Dried red chilies had gone up to Nu 350 a kilogramme.
The weekend ritual of [... Read More]
31 March, 2008 – Hey, procrastinator: Dont you dare bookmark this to read later:
In 1956, George Armitage Miller, a professor of psychology at Princeton University wrote a paper entitled, The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two. He had discovered that people can only focus on five to nine things at a time anything beyond this has to be held in the unconscious mind. For most of us, it would be a dream come [... Read More]
31 March, 2008 – Thinley Om, 37, from Phuentsholing is a vegetable vendor at the Thimphu
vegetable market. She spends about three days at the market.
1. When do you open and close the shop?
We open by Thursday afternoon and close late in the evening on Sunday.2. Where do you get your vegetables from?
We get the vegetables from Phalakata and Panchmili, India.
3. Do you face problems when you go [... Read More]