Friday, July 21, 2017

Self Test

1.    What is the most important thing for you in your life?
Ø  A decent earnings and family
2.    What impresses you the most in a person?
Ø  A kindness to help others grow along with oneself
3.    What life means to me / meant for me so far.
Ø  Growing myself to a better human. Experimenting the change and faring well to the situation.
4.    Great times and great events that I have seen in Bhutan.
Ø  Abdication of the power of great fourth to his son, Institution of Constitutional Monarchial Democracy, Crowning of fifth King to the golden throne, Royal Wedding, birth of Gyelsey, two terms of elected government in power, laying of artificial football turfs across country,    
5.    My understanding of Traditional Bhutanese Cultural values and its importance.
Ø  Bhutan has picked up its name and fame over its unprecedented preservation of culture and the related values embedded along. Though over the years culture has remediable alteration but have not seen revolution. Varied culture regionally are important but having inculcate common culture would be of greater attention.
Ø  Culture plays vital role in making Bhutan unique and so does the sovereignty come together. The common values in its citizens would generate better understanding of humanity and sync to the needs.  
6.    How different experiences in my life have contributed to my successes and failures.
Ø  I studied science and the work I am doing is complete opposite. However, an  adversities in real ground has given me an opportunity to go out of box and do something helpful to the society and contribute in little way.  
7.    How my life was adversely affected by my youthful misadventures.
Ø  I did not have anything done out of the context where families, friends and people I am related have to borne the consequences.  
8.    Great personalities in Bhutan (past and present) who influenced my life, my heroes in Bhutan.
Ø  Fouth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuk, Lama Zhenphen, Kheyentse Rinpoche, Dasho Sonam Kinga, Dasho Aum Neten, Wangcha Sangay, Dorji Penjore(CBS).
9.    Some of my life experiences that may be useful to share with youth of Bhutan.
Ø  I am Drugs, Alcohol and Meat free and enjoying the healthy asset of life.
10.  If I get a chance to relive my life, how I would redress it.
Ø  Start a Charitable organization targeting rural youths and Old age home in Thimphu.
11.  Bhutanese history and its significance as I see it.
Ø  Bhutan’s history dates back to 7th century or earlier when Guru Rinpcohe visited Bhutan and in succession with so many great Lamas and Zhabdrubg unifying later in 17th century. Kings, wars with British India, independent, Buddhism rooting and boundary intact has leveled its stand to the world undeniably proud and high.     
12.  What my village, Dzongkhag and country means to me, and how they have helped to shape my life.
Ø  I started my early life in village and moved to town. The experiences in village and town has given me diverse proficiencies making me better person fight tackle life with support from friends and families.   
13.  Driglam Choe Sum and its importance in one’s life.
Ø  I am not religious but spiritual person. Not so regular, I do not fail to connect myself to Lama Kencho Sum. Drig, Etiquette I learnt in college and do not have trouble executing when in need. Lam, the tradition do not fail to impress any Bhutanese nor guests. So I am not apart. Well to move or get your head raised in life we cannot miss to leave Driglam Choe Sum behind. Harmonizing with society one has to synchronize Drig, Lam and Choe.     
14.  How my cultural values have deeply influenced my life?
Ø  Cultural values are something one cannot measure but helping/attending friends, relatives and any other when in adversity, being kind at any situation treats others eyes and get helped in return.   
15.  Lochoe and its importance to youth.
Ø  It’s a time when everyone pays their homage, thank the deities for the bounty year they had, families gather and feast themselves a good time together. So sacrificing a day or two would create more good and build a better society.
16.  Festivals, Losars and Tsechus and their significance in the lives of Bhutanese youth.
Ø  Like Lochoe it’s a merry time for all, coming everyone together, sharing and enjoying to the tune of the events create more harmony. Youths attending or rooting them the values would help take the traditions forward.  
17.  What are good and bad manners according to the Bhutanese culture?
18.  In what ways are Bhutanese different from others?
Ø  The mindset of Karma’s existent makes people different. 
19.  How to preserve and promote Bhutanese Traditional Cultural Heritage.
Ø  Having the basics included in academic curriculum, good parenting, large community involvement, immediate government attention/aid in renovation or new project.  Not making heritages business oriented, meaning free entries to any one any faith wishing to visit.  
20.  How do you view the present knowledge and practice of Driglam Chu Sum by the youth of Bhutan?
Ø  We have a system in place where drig and lam were well taken care off however youths are complacent when it comes to understanding Choe spiritually.
21.  What aspects of Bhutanese culture values are degenerating?
Ø  Tha Damtse amongst married couples. The atmosphere while dining, most family do not tend to dine together. 
22.  What are the main strategies that we should adopt to rectify these degenerating cultural practices and values.
Ø  Stringent marriage act or rules and parents/children sacrificing time to dine same time or even cooking together.   
23.  What are our timeless famous Bhutanese sayings that would be useful for our youth?
Ø  Jigten Machey, Damchoe Maha.
24.  What are Bhutanese folk stories for children?
Ø  I don’t have an idea.
25.  Bhutanese Children songs
Ø  I don’t have an idea
26.  Bhutanese lullabies.
Ø  I don’t know.
27.  Famous Bhutanese Lams – lopens and their stories.
28.  Our great monarchs and how they secured and sustained country’s sovereignty, unity, independence and progress.
Ø  Starting from Jigme Namgyel and installing Sir Ugyen Wangchuk to the golden throne in 1907 as first king of Bhutan. Second king Jigme Namgyel maintained isolation from outside world except for British India and the third king opened up to the outside world making him the king of modern Bhutan. The legacy continued and the fourth king ushered with greater responsibilities from early age gifted Bhutan the democracy.  The selfless youth’s fifth king is taking Bhutan to another level securing its independent and the prosperity to her nation.
29.  Can Bhutan lead the world in the development of a unique human value system?
Ø  Yes. Bhutan successfully proposed GNH to the UN and its adoption speaks aloud.
30.  The importance of parents in our lives.
Ø  First teacher is the most important of all.
31.  The importance of honesty, loyalty, integrity and hard work for youth.
Ø  It’s the most debated in today’s world but of course one would not grow in principles and lags behind in life.  
32.  The importance of family, friends, teachers, community and the country in the life of our youth.
Ø  The person you are now would determine the influences of the above.
33.  According to you, what is the source of our sovereignty, security, peace and prosperity?
Ø  Our culture and Bhutanese Buddhist mindset
34.  How much importance does Bhutanese give to the acquisition of wealth in their lives?
Ø  Time has changed and so do does the people and their needs. I would say it’s a first priority now. 
35.  The importance of practicing Dharma by the youth.
Ø  The differences is vast between those who has acquired knowledge of dharma and the lay people. The perception, the act and thinking differs.   
36.  The future of Bhutan and how we should shape it.
Ø  I would stick to the same pace with educating everyone to certain standard.
37.  What do we learn from the lives of common man and woman in our villages?
Ø  The hard earned lives and the responsibility we do not cater in town manually.  
38.  How modernization has affected the lives of present youth in Bhutan.
Ø  It has both good and bad for everyone indeed. Kids picks up learning everything fast and information on a click of button and other side minimizing socializing. 
39.  How do you view nature and eco system’s importance in our lives?
Ø  In Bhutan environment contributes to the economy and sustainable environment approach is a necessary.  
40.  How important is the recitation of daily prayers by the youth.
Ø  It depends on individuals, those to religious does every day and other spiritual do not. Likewise the effects varies and contribution to their happiness satisfaction.  
41.  How would you place the importance of money, land and house for the younger generation?
Ø  House first and then the money, land optional considering education taken care.
42.  Your advice to the present generation of Bhutan.
Ø  Never stop learning, master something you like the most. Do not part parents. Respects laws of the land. 
43.  What is a “Collective merit” and how it can be generated individually or collectively in our country?
Ø  Collective merit is merit generated by many people. Being kind, working on common goals, understanding dharma and following country’s laws would help generate merits.  
44.  What are the main tenants of value education that should be included in the development of human value system for the youth of Bhutan?
Ø  Aptitude and attitude
45.  What according to you are basic collective and individual aspirational principles and Temperaments and that may reflect true nation building characteristics
Ø  Loyalty, learn graciously the one one loves, be creative and contribute to the society.
46.  Is there a difference between in the upbringing of children among educated and uneducated parents?
Ø  Yes
47.  What do you understand by Bhutanese DNA?
Ø  Kind people, approachable
48.  It is said that Bhutanese are very united and resilient in difficult times but they lack integrity and solidarity in peaceful times.
Ø  It’s a universal trend of pointing flaws and defaming to one small mistake overlooking the so many greatest deeds one has accrued for the benefit of general public.  
49.  What are the reasons for increasing number of divorce cases?
Ø  Financial problems, easy accessible social networks, so many employed people depending on opposites.  
50.  What are your personal reasons for the lack of respect and love for ones parents by the children?
Ø  Parents’ divorce, limited time for kids
51.  What is the source of personal happiness?
Ø  Being able to be an independent person. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Recent Bhutan Football team conceding another countless counting fourteen goals from Oman in the ongoing AFC qualifying games at Oman marks another history and reflects some erroneous into Bhutanese football. On Similar stand Bhutan lost to Kuwait at Kuwait 20-0 in 2000 AFC Cup qualification. 

Bhutan looks to be underdog commented one of the Oman’s media personal in pre-match conference. The man in charge replied he doesn’t really know where Bhutan’s level with Oman stands. It’s a lame stand to hear him express “We are just at the beginning, we want to give great fight tomorrow and also show some good football.”

Bhutan football is not at an infant stage, started in 1960s the first National Football governing body known as Bhutan Football Association (BFA) was succeeded by the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) in 1983. The close competitive match being played in 2008 against India losing by 2 to 1 in Maldives in SAFF championship 2008, sacking Japanese coach in the middle of the international match, extraordinary Supe and Namgay Zam’s effort in supporting home games, and later beating Sri Lanka to rung up in the standing speaks volume and the expectations follows. 

Former National player Pema Rinchen commented on my request on his analysis to the Football in Bhutan. He said “I don't have much because players were giving their best. No one goes there to lose the match. I personally when I was playing, we went for win no matter who the opponents were. So what we lack is taking football as professional, and making professionalism in management & players.
If I see someone saying something bad about players I would personally fuck their zero knowledge face.” 

As luxurious as the Dragon boys are in the heart of football lovers in Bhutan, footballing in Bhutan lacks to treat the eyes of loyalties at many levels. Certain level of professionalism questionable and failing. High time the leading footballing body provide sense of pride, security & the financial aid and equally place responsibilities on each players to book their place in national team and please their subject the Bhutanese fan.

From the football loving perspective, disheartened that there were no effort to please subjects either from BFF nor government just paying Bhutan Telecom/BBS to live telecast the Oman Bhutan match. Moreover website looks dead so does the Bhutan Olympic committee web-page in terms of information dissemination. 

Not so confident on the players Sangay Tempa commented on one of the dead posts from Bhutan football pageIt is just a bunch of school boys chasing the ball and kicking it when it falls on their feet. But again, it just shows where we are at in the footballing world.” 

“It's high time to recruit new players. There are lots all we need is to go across the country to pick them coz they are underprivileged. Always losing” Karma Drupchu pinned his opinion from yesterday’s match Bhutan Football Team played against Oman.

I remember friend of mine football lover but Table Tennis enthusiast arguing investing in individual games would gather more pride to Bhutan than those games that requires huge investment in international arena.  

Conversely few Bhutanese compared Bhutan team, Chencho Gyeltshen and the likes to Iceland’s surprise rise in the footballing.

These are few collected lines and stats keeping offshore the positive accomplishment BFF achieved thus far.

Oman ranks 122nd in the FIFA world football ranking while Bhutan stands at 177th.  

Bhutan National Team. Pic: Bhutan National Football Team Facebook Page.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


The awkward little disorganized reception at airport, TSN restaurant in Paro town welcomed us for the lunch. The pure vegetarian meals free of garlic, onion, spring onion and leek should be something different for the change. Paro Rinpung Dzong was the first to be introduced to the group, built by Zhadrung, the official name Rinchen Pung Dzong means the fortress on a heap of Jewels. Besides holing a place for defending the Paro valley in earlier times, to this days it houses both monastic body and district government offices.  54KMs Paro- Thimphu only impeccable highway ride in Bhutan gave them a sound sleep from long sleepless journey they would have had from Singapore to Paro. The siren free Thimphu welcome gate at Babesa did not care to wake up few and some of them started their shutter, aperture business. The welcome tea at Tara Phendeyling hotel sparked the silent we were on and checked decked the luggage. The Edelweiss restaurant in town served us the dinner for the day. The frosty BBS tower was not welcoming to the group from plains but was a treat for few camera holders.

Buddha Dordenma, the huge 69 feet tall statue overlooking the Thimphu valley sprinted the program for the day. The three storey throne holds numerous altars while 125000 smaller statues of Buddha are filled inside the giant Buddha’s body.
Built in 1974 as a memory to the “King of modern Bhutan”, the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the memorial stupa holds seat of Vajrakilaya Mandala. Centrally located the shrine invites old, young, lovers and not to forget, the tourists. The group were more expedient with future Buddha, the Maitreya Buddha.  
According to Buddhist tradition, Maitreya is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha.
The next before lunch was the 12th century fortress like temple, Changgangkha Lhakhang. Initiated and built by Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo, the temple has root traditions that parents come to get their propitious names and seek protection from the local deity Tamdrin. The Orchid restaurant served us similar meals we had other day. The different was a fried eggs.  Bhutan post and ambiance inside was not surprising and enthralling to the group. I presumed it was because of the limited variation products it has except for posting own photo which was again of not respectable quality at Ngultrum 300. Introduced Bhutan handicrafts and National dress at Royal Textile Academy. Zhabdrung’s museum has embarked on them the history that has unrolled over the time. Few women weaving live has delighted their mood and camera shutter. The evening was at one of the local host my sister place, as per the plan we had the ball rolling and the event was something good to start and somewhat different any tourist would get to experience. The host Azhim Lhamo and family has the ambiance created well, gathered family and friends. We had received blessings from the group in their tradition, the Heavenly Tao. Praying and blessings from Maitreya Buddha.  It’s a secret scared and I am not sharing the whole process. “Dinner better than we get in restaurant” many uttered as we resign for the day. Thanked the generous host.

Checked out at 8:30AM from hotel Tara. Ascending gentle uphill crossing the checkpoint at Hontsho, the group stopped at Dochula (3140M). The guide commented, the magnificent Druk Wangyal Chorten at Dochula was built (2005) to honor the fourth king and to those who lost their lives during the flushing out, the militants in southern Bhutan. Descending down through pine and lusty green, driver padding the brake at certain bumpy road, enjoying the Chinese songs from our guide Dawa Choden and the guests was out of the box. Punakha Dzong was the last before lunch. The Punthang Dechen Phodrang (Palace of great Happiness) stands majestic at the confluence of Phochu and Mochu. The male and female rivers. Commentary done and history narrated Lunch was at Damchen Resort at Khuruthang town, initially not in plan. The bad meals we had in the tour. Sorry for my clients. The driver and guide’s meals were even nastier. The next before dawn was hiking Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, 7KM away from Punakha Dzong. The 30M tall stupa was consecrated at 1999 and informed them it is dedicated to the fifth, the present king and to the prosperity of the people in Bhutan. Walking through green-yellow paddy field, taking picture, sweating we perched ourselves at the top of the Chorten for group photos. Returning was not that hard, we made on time and seen many Indians gowned in swim suite for rafting. Dinner was at Hotel Lobeysa, and the hotel was at Zhingkham Resort. This was a stupidity of me. The night view of the Puankha Valley and the Dzong in essence from the resort was treat to the obdurate dinner time.

Started moving from resort at 8AM, greeted school going children and got to halt at Punakha Central School. The last Eh AW Sang with Punkha Dzoong as backdrop bid farewell to the valley. The tea break at Dochula was romantic for some and freshening to others. Group were introduced to the Druk Wangyel Lhakang. The fusion modern and traditional setup at the temple has murals of the king and king battling at jungle among others. Lunch was again in Thimphu town at The Cousin’s restaurant. The same menu I would say. Then out of blue, visited 200 surprise shop located at Jattu Building. They sell wide selection of Japanese and IKEA products ranging from stationeries to accessories to toys to decors to bags to cosmetics to gardening tools to utensils to skincare, kitchenware and glassware.  
The same program we had in my sister place was replicated again at my place with different set of audiences. The Heavenly Tao blessings. Ema Goh explains the affinity, virtues and the good merits we had has brought us all together and thanked those present. The program was well marked and ended with no dinner to everyone.

I just realized that I did not have dinner when my tummy crawl for the food. Started early I went to the Ibest institute, have the program initiated. ESV and my guests would like to thank two bosses and the employees of the company for hosting us, making the event successful and in all blessing Heavenly Tao. Cross Road restaurant was a pleasant place for the lunch.  We checked into Wang Sisina Nunnery and spent some time witnessing the prayer chanting from nuns. Impressed guests donated few amount and headed to Paro. Souvenir shopping and dinner again at TSN restaurant. Raven’s nest resort was cocoon for the night.

7:30AM started our day from resort and begun hiking the Paro Taksang, the Tiger’s Nest, one of the UNESCO world heritage. Slow pace, gentle and grouped together we made on time and inside took more than the planned schedule for the luxury time we had with us. Returning back, half way we had our lunch at Taksang Cafeteria. Another few hours gentle roll down cramped for little shopping at the base camp. Checked into hotel to find out there was no light and hot water to be supplied from outside on buckets. “The first ever experience in my entire travel experience” pronounced one of the member. The only in-house dinner planned for the group for good reason.

The 7th day. Started with my local scarf gifts to all the guests and Ampao (tips) from group to us, two drivers, two guides and myself. The engine sparked and ignited to move on, half way through I gave a small farewell speech and then continued with few songs from our female guide. A silent battered for a while and trollies set to bid adieu. A final handshake and last eye contact until next time when it’s a good time.