Saturday, June 15, 2019

Elevating the teaching profession by motivating teachers

Many of us who had lived through the late 20th century would agree that teaching used to be considered one of the noblest professions in Bhutan. Until 1990s, to join the teaching profession was a matter of pride and honor because the society had a huge respect for teachers. When I was a student, I had many friends who wanted to become teachers in life, not for any additional monetary incentive, but for the love and respect they would enjoy from the society. Even my late father had wanted me to become a teacher because he too knew the nobility of the teaching profession.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Raising children without a village

Those of us who grew up in the village would realize how convenient it was for our parents to raise us during our childhood. Whenever we fell sick, our parents did not have to cancel their appointments or take leave from work. They always had someone from the family circle to come over and take care of us for the day. Even when our parents were away for several days, we always had the love and blessings of our grandparents, uncles, aunts or neighbors. We never felt alone. But now that we are in the towns and cities, our kids are mostly growing up in a compartmentalized world, cut off even from the closest neighbor.

Monday, May 27, 2019

The inner beauty of Zhemgang Bhutan

Photo of me near Kuenga Rabten Palace in Trongsa on the way to Zhemgang Bhutan

Although Bhutan is a small country, there are still many places I have never been to. On 11th May 2019, I was really excited to be in Zhemgang for the first time in my life. I had travelled from Trongsa with my colleagues that morning. The snaky road cutting through the edge of rocky mountains, deep valleys and steep gorges finally led us to the beautiful landscape of Zhemgang Dzongkhag and made our bloodcurdling journey worth it. The panoramic view of virgin forests on either side of the highway and the spectacular display of spring blossoms over the hills and valleys thrilled us and made our journey memorable. Even the dangerous stretch at Riotala cliff was calm and peaceful. We felt as though we were being escorted by Nature. Soon, we were greeted by a golden langur, the first sign that we were in Zhemgang Dzongkhag. After four hours of drive, we finally descended into the beautiful hamlet of Zhemgang town where we were received by the Manager and youth volunteers of Zhemgang Youth Center.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Vixen in the bottle

In the eerie silence of the night, a 41-year-old man in Paro woke up to see nine cats in boots and hats dancing in his room. The dance was so mesmerizing that he found himself enjoying it. But all of a sudden, the cats vanished as mysteriously as they had come. He never saw them again but days later, he saw a man at his window who told him he had planted a device in his head with the help of a gun and that he was now wiretapped. Since that day, he felt he was being completely controlled by somebody. He started hearing a voice at his right ear giving him orders and instructions every day. The voice would sometimes even ask him to eat odd foods. However, the invisible man at his right ear seemed to hate alcohol and would discourage him whenever he decided to take it.

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.