Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Plastic pollution, one of the biggest environmental concerns of our time

The recent decision of the government to reinforce the ban on plastic bags has triggered some interesting debates on social media. Many people still believe that plastic pollution can be addressed better through public education, not through policies or levies. But the experiences that we have got over the past 20 years tell us that these two should go together. When the ban on plastic bags was first introduced in 1999, there was no enough public awareness on the harmful effects of plastic wastes. As a result, the single-use plastic bags and other plastic products continued to appear in the market and litter our natural environment: polluting our soil, air and water. Of course, there was a time when we started getting Doma, meat and some other products wrapped in newspapers but with no proper public education and monitoring system in place, this initiative could not last long. Today, most of us are aware of the adverse impact of plastic wastes on our environment and health, but with no active policy in place, we have become complacent over the years.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A tribute to my precious Guru, Lama Singye

My dear Lama, you have been my real source of light
For, you have shown me a path, so tranquil and bright;
I have until now wasted so many precious years in the dark,
But now I can’t thank you enough for igniting in me a magical spark.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Reflecting on the meaning of life as I embark on another level of spiritual journey

Group photo with Lama

It was a good coincidence this time that my New Year began with a special spiritual retreat which enlightened me on many aspects of human life. Administered by my own Root Lama, the sacred teachings and the subsequent meditations opened a new horizon for my spiritual journey. For the first time in my life, I could see a light that could ultimately guide me to my grave and beyond. I deeply regret that I have already wasted 38 years of my precious life, lost in the whimsies and fancies of the materialistic world. But now that I have received the most special teachings from my Lama, I shall try my best to make the remaining part of my life more meaningful than before.

Monday, December 17, 2018

The significance of our National Day

111 years have passed since Bhutan emerged out of the dark shade of its history and embarked on a new political journey. The enthronement of Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck as the first hereditary monarch of Bhutan on 17th December 1907 sealed off an era of political turmoil and civil wars, and opened a new chapter in the history of modern Bhutan. Since then, we have been enjoying uninterrupted peace and harmony under the leadership of our visionary kings. Today, we have a nation in our hands which we can hand over to our children as proudly as we have inherited it from our forefathers. As the people of Bhutan are celebrating the 111th National Day today throughout the country with the main event being held in Samtse to commemorate that historic moment, it is time for us to revisit our past and pay respect to our beloved kings who have successfully guided our nation through some of the most critical junctures of its history and transformed our lives. Had it not been for their selfless contributions and wise leadership, we could not have reached where we are today.

Monday, December 3, 2018

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

It’s unfortunate that I can’t physically see the world around me, but I always find a great comfort in the thought that the world is seeing me leading a meaningful life everyday. The painful experience of having to lose sight at the age of 9 and the ensuing years of hardships and struggle added a new meaning to my life and shaped my future. Among all the factors that have played a part in making me who I am today, I should say that education was the most important tool that actually crafted my destiny. Had I not been given the opportunity to go to school, I can’t even imagine how pathetic and painful my life would have been today. It is education that has widened my horizons and unlocked my door to independence and freedom. Today, the world sees me as a happily married man blest with a beautiful family and a successful career. But not all persons with disabilities are as fortunate and privileged as me. In many communities, disability is still seen as a major barrier to social inclusion and mass participation. As a result, there are many persons with disabilities who are still locked up in their homes, deprived of the right to participate in the mainstream social, economic, political and public life. If we can break all the social barriers and give them the voice they are entitled to, they would definitely be able to come out of their closets and contribute to nation-building. This was the gist of the theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed throughout the world today.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The academic year for my eldest son ends with a tea party

Photo of me with my eldest son Thukten Subba and his teachers

With the closing of academic sessions for this year, my eldest son, Thukten Subba and his classmates at Changangkha Middle Secondary School had hosted a tea party day before yesterday to celebrate their friendship as well as to thank their teachers and parents for their continued support and guidance. I was one of the four parents present at the party to share the happiness of our children. When I and my friend reached the venue at 12:30 pm, the atmosphere outside Class 6B was already charged with excitement. As children ran in and out of the classroom, fetching extra desks and chairs, I and my friend waited outside, surveying the whole environment that was brimming with life. It was really amazing to see young souls in action. Even my son who is otherwise reserved and quiet, was actively engaged in making the arrangement. As soon as he saw me, he came to me and respectfully asked me to go inside the classroom and take a seat. But I told him that I would wait outside until they are done with the preparation.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

How drugs can ruin your future if you let it take over your life

Journey through life is not always smooth and peaceful. Regardless of who we are and what positions we hold in the society, we all have to pass through the bitter taste of time at certain junctures of our life. We cannot evade the obstacles that come our way everyday. But we can always find more peaceful solutions to the problems if we can just take a break, rejuvenate ourselves and come back with renewed strengths to continue the ordeal. Just as nothing is permanent in life, so are our problems. With time, we can definitely find the light at the end of the tunnel. When you fall upon the thorns of life and bleed, using drugs to numb your senses to evade the pain would never solve the problem. Drugs can only ruin your life and destroy your family. Here is the story of a young teenager whose future has been shattered and ruined by drugs.