Monday, October 29, 2012

From "the Dasain Celebration..."

Dasain is coming. We will get new clothes and money from our parents.”
We used to sing it when we were children. It is the day we get to wear new clothes, perhaps, once in a year. Therefore, full of excitement, more exciting that we get money after the tika. When I was a young boy, I used to go to every house to get tika, neither for blessing nor for food, but for money.  I used to count money and walk off. Money was everything for me that time.
However, this year I celebrated Dasain, after three years. I could not get tika and blessing for three years because of my study. This year I felt different: for the first time I bought something for my family whereas they used to give to me before. For the first time, my mom didn’t give me new clothes. It does not mean I am sad, I just felt happy. At least, I am not dependent on my mom this time. I met with my childhood friends. They are no more children, they became mom and dad of the children. Our talking topics changed from toys to family topics, way we talk changed from the teasing and rowdy words to decent and respectful words. My friends do not call me by my name, rather with relationship title (like, Daju & Dada (Elder brother), Bhai (Younger brother) and others called me sir and greeted me). I am fine with the first three titles but not with the last one. Gush of nervousness and what-to-do-now feeling ran through my spine. I could not help but blush red.
Dasian was celebration for me: I got blessing from my old grandmas and grandpas, my parents, relatives and neighbors. I didn’t go for money this time. All family members get together from all places and consume the meal of same pot, where other time we are busy with our own lives. We pay respect to our elders by prostrating to their feet. I liked this idea because mostly we do not demonstrate our love and respect to our elders though we love and reespect them.
PS: I am missing my friends at Raichur. We can well understand the meaning of friendship when we are far away from them. See you guys very soon.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Bhutanese Valentine's Day

His Holiness the Je Khenpo offered Yangbum to His Majesty
Photo courtesy: BBS

Their Majesties with Prime Ministers and Cabinet Ministers, senior officials during first anniversary of Royal Wedding.
Photo courtesy: BBS

Before, young people used to be so excited about Valentine’s day, romantic and happy moment. But since the Royal wedding on 13th October, 2011, the day is more memorable to the young and old mind alike. The happiness and joy we celebrated is once again made alive with numerous celebrations on the day all over the country. On the day, our king and queen formally tied the knot of matrimony. It was the most awaited moment ever since His Majesty king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck ascended the throne.
Besides wish fulfilling day for every Bhutanese, we have romantic memories in our mind. It is for the first time that royal wedding in Bhutan is broadcast live on the television and covered by the international media. It is for the first time we saw Royal Wedding, some with naked eyes, others in the television and mostly through the media coverage in internets and papers. We saw our king giving affectionate smile to our young queen in presence of international media, we saw our king and queen walk hand in hand to interact with the people, we also saw our king and queen interact and smile, we saw our king kissing the queen thrice in the public. Those are the most happy and romantic moment ever happened in Bhutan History. I must say that we are not so fond of film stars and celebrities like our Royal Couple.
Royal couple inspired the young people like us in more than one ways. We had different notion about married life with the divorces and squabble the married people had. But now, we have different perception. We learnt what is it to love, to be affectionate, to be a happy couple and be a good couple. I would offer deep prayers for our king and queen to be the fish and water, sun and its rays, inseparable forever. I felt so lucky to be the Bhutanese; we have so many good memories in our life. I found 13th October no less romantic than 14 February. 
PS: Sorry for I could not update it earlier because I was in Village where there is no Internet access.

Friday, October 12, 2012

I am coming Home

I know my mom started counting her finger in expectation of her son coming home. My father could be walking round the village talking about me coming home (In a way, he would be offered with a few cups of locally brewed alcohol). My younger sister could be having mixed-feeling: she is excited  for I would bring her the gift and afraid to disclose her Examination result. I already knew that she topped the Examination from her class. But I don't appreciate her topping the exam, I appreciate what she has learnt.  My two brothers could have started guessing what gift I would bring for them. My grandma would have developed enough wrinkles on her forehead for she have to hide her bedi (smoke) from me. It does not mean that I hunt it for myself but I always request her to reduce the doses. I know all of them are excited like never before. I can feel that excitement in my mom's voice through the cell phone. 

Rice-cooker. Photo courtesy: Google

I don't have big gift in pack while coming home. As a token of gift I sent them the Rice-cooker and the Curry-cooker last time when my friends went  home. It may seem a little gift. But it is so special for me because:
  1. First time I am sending such gift from the foreign land to my family.
  2. It is the first gift I purchased with my own money. (Before, I always depend upon their money).
  3. It is a symbol of me being a responsible son.
  4. I will always have the pride of being the first child to contribute such asset to my parents.
These reasons bring enough happiness in me. Our village was electrified since December 2011 but I felt sorry that till few days ago they were cooking on the firewood because my dad could not manage to purchase it. He have to look after my two brothers and one sister in the school, and the welfare entire family. I appreciate him and I am so thankful that he keep us happy through thick and thin.  Thus, I decided that Rice-cooker and Curry-cooker could be the best gift at this hour. Yeah, it became the best gift. My mom already showed it to few of her close neighbors and served them the meal prepared in it. In village, it is pride to cook in it. 

It has been so long that I could not attend to the talks of my mom and advice of my dad, nag of my sister and challenge of my brothers. So, I am coming home soon. I would be happy if my dad and mom accumulate some butter and chicken for I have grown thin because of the study pressure and hot climate(haha...don't take it seriously), I don't want our local chickens to be vegetable garden where we can harvest it anytime we want. 
PS: I will start my journey on 14 October, if I get the train ticket. PaSsu sir, wait for me at Wangdue Zampa, I will drop my pen-drive (The Ron Clark Story) there from the bus while travelling to Tsirang (my Home) lol.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

To "Our Beloved Teachers of Bhutan"

"Which movie among Bollywood inspired you the most in teaching profession?"

"Three Idiots"

This movie inspired us to work towards our dream. It taught us to listen to our inner voice and follow it. It taught us to be the best in the field we can be. Just imagine if John Keats was made Doctor instead of a poet by parental pressure. He would have lived his life but he would have died with his last breath. He lives in our memory- through the generations and generations. He lived, is living and will live. Same is the case with 3 Idiots. Why should Faran be engineer when his passion is in wildlife photography? Ranchu opted engineering because he has the passion. Ranchu played very important role in shaping the future of his friends-Raju and Faran.

I would like to introduce another short film which would inspires our teachers no less. I am not sure of how many of our teachers watched it. It is 2006 television film. It is of 1 hour and 26 minutes. When I watched it I thought of how mischievous our students became over the years. Some blamed it for the ban of corporal punishment, some blamed the teachers, some condemn the time, some blamed modernization. We pointed out enough causes. But did we work on how to eliminate it? Yes! Is it successful? I would leave it to you all to answer.

Dear Teachers, it may inspire you all

This film has similar story. It is based on the true life event of teacher Ron Clark. I was so inspired with his endurance to make the rowdy class into the best class. In his class there are students who don't know who is their teacher,   squabble with the teacher, drops books in front of the teacher,  sit on the table instead of chair, make noises while the teacher is teaching, etc... It is so disheartening to see how the society go against Mr. Clark, not only his students. But he succeeded, he achieved it with his tolerance and innovativeness. The worst class turned out to be the best class.  How he did it? watch this movie, it gives us the strength to move on. Especially, our beloved teachers would love watching it. It is so inspiring and heart-touching movie.

The movie that I am talking about is The Ron Clark Story (also known as The Triumph). Photo Courtesy: 

Monday, October 8, 2012

What is TED?
It is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design.  It was found on 1984. It is a conference owned by non-profit Sapling Foundation. TED disseminates “Ideas worth Spreading.” First annual conference was held in 1990 in Monterey, California.  Early, it focused mostly on technology and design. These days it is held in Long Beach and Palm springs in US, in Europe and Asia due to increased number of audience where it is offered to speakers of wide range of topics (within the science and culture).  Speaker would get 18 minutes to present their idea in the most innovative and interesting way possible.

Who are the speakers?

Bill Gates in TED

In past, Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Rodney Mullen, Bill Gates, educator Salman Khan, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners were the presenters of TED.   Chris Anderson, British former computer journalist and magazine publisher, is the present curator of TED.
Three $100, 000 TED prizes were awarded yearly to the winners from 2005 to 2009. It is to encourage the people who wish to change the world. However from 2010, a single winner is chosen and from 2013, they are going to raise the prize money to 1 million dollars.
Accessibility to
Since June 2006, talks can be viewed online through in internet. As of November 2011, there were over 1,050 talks available for online viewing. They were viewed for 50 million times by January 2009 which became more than 500 million views by 2011 which shows sharp increase in the number of global audience. Online videos that can be accessed in internet are so amazing, innovative and marvelous. Various big head speakers speak on what they are big at. It is just so educative for a student like us to watch. They talks on various issues concerning the world, betterment of our lives with the help of science and technology.
PS: Complied from Wikipedia, and submitted for College Magazine. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Transformation- From a Student to a to-be-physiotherapist.

"My heart overwhelms to see you turning into Doctor from a student," said my English teacher, Ma'am Kinza Lhamo, during the Facebook chat last week.  I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness. I too felt heavy with the responsibility falling onto my shoulder, day after day. I instantly missed my care-free school days. I missed my my childhood days. I missed my days of dependence. Now, I have to be responsible, adult and independent. That brings joy and tears along with it. 

I am Practicing on Model: How to treat a patient?
It has been just little more than a year I am pursuing B. Physiotherapy here under Government Scholarship Program. It is sometimes sad to know that people see us only up to a "massage therapist." As you hear the word "Physiotherapist" it comes to your mind that they do massage and nothing more. I too had this concept. But let me tell you something more. I don't deny that we do massage as a part of the treatment but we do little more. 

In our Department, various kinds of patients come. Tears brim on my eyes when the patient who entered our department on wheel-chair walks off freely after our treatment. I feel proud, though I didn't treat any patient till now. But my seniors did and are doing. We treat all kind of patients: some come with back pain, some are paralyzed patients, some with rigid joints, some with weakened muscle, some with bed sore, some with amputated leg, so and so on.

I would proudly say, yesterday I got the first chance to treat some of our patients. I gave them therapeutic Ultra sound and TENS (Trans-cutaneous Electrical Nerve stimulation).  I felt bit emotional when an old patient thanked my seniors with blessing (kept his hand on them). From this year I have to give treatment on the advice of my Teachers and guidance of my seniors. I am just so happy that I will get the opportunity to treat them and cast smile on their face. I don't know but I always wonder how happy would be the day when a bed-ridden patients walk off independently from my ward. I am waiting for that moment. It inspires me a lot. It brings inner urge to learn more and be thorough on the skills that I require. 

This boy would come to Drukyul with skills acquired. I just have to wait for another three  years and six months, and I would be treating my own Bhutanese patients. It would be proud moment to be working-Physiotherapist of my own country.

"Where do you wish to work after completion of your degree course?" asked my Lecturer during one of the free chat session. 
"I would definitely return to Bhutan. I would serve my country. I am so thankful to my government for making me who I am today. I got free education, free health care, free rations in school. I don't wish for anything more than to serve my country."
He raised his eyebrows and concluded, "If there are another 20 Bhutanese students who think like you, Bhutan would be the paradise"
"Everyone has same dream like me." I said. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Druk Gyaltshuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck

Druk Gyaltshuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck
Young, beautiful and graceful is our Druk Gyaltshuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. It is obvious that our home has Portrait of Gyaltsheun since the formal announcement of Royal bride by His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on 20th May, 2011. His Majesty announced to the nation on the opening session of 7th session of Parliament.

First queen to be crowned in presence of Father-in-law.
"As a king, it is time for me to marry. After much thought I have decided that the wedding shall be later this year. Now, many will have their own idea of what a Queen should be like- that she should be uniquely beautiful, intelligent and graceful. I think with experience and time, one can grow into dynamic person in any walk of life with right effort." His Majesty said, and continued, "What is most important is that at all times, as an individual, she must be a good human being and as a Queen, she must be unwavering in her commitment to serve the people and the country."
"As a Queen, I have found such a person and her name is Jetsun Pema. While she is young, she is warm and kind in heart and character. These qualities together with the wisdom that will come with age and experience will make her a great servant to the nation"

His Majesty wished no grand celebrations from the government and mentioned that His Majesty's happiness lies in the blessing of Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the people of Bhutan. And wished that wedding be accordance to the traditions. As soon as the announcement was made in the Parliament, social media was the quickest way to disseminate the news across the world. Royal Media Office tweeted the photo of His Majesty and Her Majesty. At that time, I was travelling to Thimphu after visiting Punakha Dzong with My Madam and Sir. Pema sir downloaded the photo from twitter (connected to his mobile phone). We could just drop our chin to know how beautiful and young  she is. 

Then, her photo became our wall paper for the cell phones and laptops, profile pictures in the Facebook and the most searched after figure in the internet. After that, newspaper printed portrait size photo of His Majesty and Gyaltshuen where it was sold like a hot cake. If I am not wrong, Business Bhutan went for the second edition for the first time as per the demand in the market. It is clear, how much our people love our Gyaltshuen. Whole nation talked about Royal bride. Social media carried the photos of Royal Couple.  

Her Majesty the Druk Gyaltshuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck is the daughter of Yab Dhondup Gyaltshen and Yum Sonam Chuki. She has four siblings: Yeatso  Lhamo, Thinlay Norbu, Jigme Namgyel and Serchen Dema.

Her Majesty went to Little Dragon Montessori school and Sunshine school in Thimphu for elementary education, then to Changangkha school, St Joseph's Convent in Kalimpong and Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School in Thimphu. She completed high school from Lawrence school in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh, India and majored International Relationships with minor in Psychology and Art History from Regents College in London. 

Their Majesties granted audience to top 184 students(BHSCE 2011 batch) who all are selected to  pursue professional studies abroad. 
It is not common for the Bhutanese to display affections publicly, but His Majesty adores our Queen openly, often holding her hand while meeting the people. The Royal kiss during the Royal wedding in Changlimithang is the first of its kind. His Majesty and Her Majesty shares the common passion and love for the art (HELLO Magazine). In the crowd, His Majesty express his love through smiles, touch, words and playfulness. These Royal gesture taught the Bhutanese people the joy of married life through the expression of love and affection. 

14th September, 2012: Her Majesty is Bhutan's Ozone Ambassador. Addressing national celebration of 25 years since the signing of the international treaty to protect the ozone layer. 
Photo courtesy: Official fan page of His Majesty, Her Majesty and Google.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

World of my Dream

Mahatma Gandhi
Today is 02 October. On this day of 1869, great leader of India, Mahatma Gandhi was born. I would like to dedicate this poem to him because he fulfilled the dreams of all Indians by winning the Independence of the country from British. Today is the day we deeply honor the icon like him.

Have you ever thought of having this world little better than what it is today? Have you ever wished that there be no war in this world? Have you ever prayed that natural calamities never devastate the products of our hard work? Have you ever wished that all diseases be cured and mankind be free of all sufferings? I bet, Yes you did! I did too. I dream of a world like the one in this poem. Share about yours too. 

Dreams fulfilled
Lives not shattered
No fear of bloodshed and anxiety of terrorism

No dread of discrimination and rejection
Happiness and peace in every mind
Smile on every countenance.

Human respects human
No war against each other
No seek and hide of the Villains and the Heroes
No check and balance of the Light and the Darkness
No one walks head high with pride
On the tears of those poor and the subdued
No discrimination against the race and religion,
Color and complexion,
Region and background,
All aspire in solidarity for the sun of happiness.
To shine in the world and live in perfect celebrations.

Negate the evil and the jealous thoughts,
World where violence had extinct,
And all strive towards the excellence.
Leaders are so humble and subject so loyal.
Fruits un-plucked till it ripens,
Flowers un-thrashed till it wither up
Song birds singing the harmonious melody
And nectar sweetly sipped by the honey bee.

How precious our life would be?
How peaceful our world would be?
How happy our old people would be?
How splendid would be our youth’s dreams?
Vigor of dream and celebration lives eternally…

Destruction by earthquake in Haiti, source:Google 
HIV/AIDS and cancers killed
millions and millions of people.
Tempest and tornado blew off
thousands and thousands of lives.
Floods and tsunamis washed away
hundreds and hundreds of lives.
Accidents and calamities killed
enough people: our cousins and relatives,
father and mother, brother and sister,
and so many, countless!
But let us live as a human and spare human.
This is the world of my dream.


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