Saturday, April 20, 2019

Some basic tips on how to make smart phones and electronic gadgets safe for kids

In a world where internet is riddled with porn and other adult contents, leaving smart phones with children can be dangerous. At any given time, they could click on a wrong link and end up accessing contents that are not appropriate for them. If we do not monitor the online activities of our kids, the smart phones and gadgets that we give them for self-engagement and entertainment may end up ruining their future. The findings from research studies tell us that the early exposure to pornography and sexually explicit contents can negatively affect the overall development of a child. It is said that those who get exposed to pornography or graphic materials at their early age lose the ability to form positive relationships with people as they grow up and can often become aggressive.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

How BBS Television can be made more accessible for the visually impaired and illiterate viewers

For decades, the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation (BBSC) has been playing a crucial role in informing the nation and influencing important decisions in the country. It has been one of the most popular sources of news and information for the general population. But in a bid to reach out to the larger audience, it seems to have forgotten those who need additional adjustments to avail its services. As the only national television channel in the country, the BBS TV has the moral responsibility of making all of its contents accessible for the entire population. But with some of its contents not at all accessible for the visually impaired and illiterate segment of the society today, it is not doing justice to the nation as a whole. It sounds unfair why only the sighted and literate audience should have the privilege to access the channel without any hinderance when the nation has all the resources to make it fully accessible for all.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Technology and unemployment: the two sides of the same coin

With the continued growth of science and technology in the world, the modern era has seen some of the greatest changes that had never been recorded in human history. The advent of advanced technology in every field of work has transformed the world we live in, making our lives easier than ever. Today, our homes and offices are filled with electrical appliances and sophisticated equipment that enable us to carry out our daily tasks without having to drip even a single drop of sweat. Be it in the field of agriculture, education, health, manufacturing industries, transport, tele-communication or entertainment businesses, the technological advancement has given a new dimension to our lives, shaping our society as per the needs of the moving time. It is the evolution of modern science that has helped us close our door to the primitive society of the past and embark on a new journey into the modern world. But the greatest danger of living in such a sophisticated era is that if we can’t keep pace with the technological advancement of the day, we can be left behind and pushed aside from the rest of the population. The advanced technology has created job opportunities for millions of skilled workers in the world, but at the same time, it has also forced so many unskilled workers out of their jobs.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Smaller deeds done are better than greater deeds planned

It is said that a young man was once walking along the seashore when he saw the beach littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed up by tidal waves. He instantly got down to his knees and began the most arduous task of rescuing the helpless creatures. He picked them up one by one and threw them back to the water. A few hours later, an old man who had been watching him from the distance approached him and asked him how much difference he would be able to make by doing so, because there were still thousands of starfish on the beach. Without uttering a word, he bent down, picked up one starfish and threw it into the water. He then turned around, smiled at the old man and said “I have made a difference at least to that one”.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The monetization of online news in Bhutan and its impact on visually impaired readers

While it is understandable that the decreasing revenues and the increasing cost of production are compelling news agencies to come up with creative methods of monetizing their products, the Kuensel Corporation’s latest move to monetize some of its online news articles has come at a wrong time for the visually impaired readers in Bhutan since E-Kuensel is still not yet fully accessible with screen-reading software. In the absence of braille news magazines and other reading materials for the blind in circulation, KuenselOnline had become one of the most accessible sources of news and information for persons with visual impairment in Bhutan over the years. But now with readers requiring to register for E-Kuensel to access certain news articles, the visually impaired readers would be missing them until the day E-Kuensel is made fully accessible for the blind.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Truckers: the unsung heroes on our roads

Photo of a loaded Bhutanese truck. Image source: Google

As the world below disappears into a miasma of fog and darkness, the driver slows down his truck and decides to stop for the night. He parks his fully loaded truck on the edge of the road and asks his assistant to start preparing dinner. His assistant takes out an old kerosene stove, lights it up and cooks a simple meal for dinner. Once the food is ready, they have it together and after cleaning up the mess, they climb back to the cabin of the truck to sleep. They get up early in the morning the next day and continue their journey. Such was the life of truck drivers when I was a young boy and I think they will have the same stories to share even today. They have no time for their families and friends. They spend almost their entire life on the road, hauling goods from one place to another.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

A true love never dies, as this video shows

Life is just like a dream. We won’t know when we would be jolted awake to face the ultimate fate. Today, we find ourselves enjoying our life to the fullest, always laughing and smiling, but the bitter truth is that nothing is permanent in the world. No matter who we are and where we are, death is inevitable in life. It is a natural phenomenon we all must go through someday but when you know that your days are numbered, dealing with your impending death would definitely be a different experience. It is said that at this juncture, we realize who our real friends are and what matters to us. This is the story of a man who has immortalized his love for his beautiful daughter and wife after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.