Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Democracy is the best form of government only if you know that no government is perfect in the world

As Bhutan is gearing up for the third parliamentary election which is to be held this year, we have already started seeing a lot of public debates and discussions on social media about which party should be elected next and why. With about five political parties already registered to join the race this year, it is certain that the road to the parliament will not be as smooth as it is supposed to be. The general excitement and anxiety are already running high among the political parties and their supporters as we start preparing for the Big Day to cast our votes.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The unique beauty of rural life: a glimpse of my short vacation in the village

Photo of an orange tree in my wife's village

Shrouded in the surreal beauty of Nature, our rural villages have their own unique way of life that never fails to fascinate new visitors. No matter how sophisticated are the facilities and services in the cities, the villages always leave us with unique experiences that can never be acquired in the towns and cities. So every winter, I make it a point to send my kids to their mother’s village to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding environment and understand the cultural and social values that define people’s way of life in the village. I take it as part of wholesome education since children get the opportunities to learn about both rural and urban lifestyles.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Looking at parental suicide through the eyes of children who are left behind

It is very sad to know that out of 361 suicide cases recorded by the Royal Bhutan Police and health facilities across the country from 2009-2013, 66 percent of the victims constituted married people. This means that it’s not only youth who are dying by suicide in Bhutan. Many parents are also killing themselves every year leaving behind their innocent children at the mercy of the surviving parent or their relatives.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year. Photo courtesy:

As the year 2017 draws to a close, it is once again time for us to revisit the path we have walked over the past one year and cherish the good memories we have created together with our friends and family-members as we transition into the New Year 2018. Let us forgive all those who have not been good to us and leave all the bad memories behind as we embark on another new phase of our life. The sorrows and miseries we have encountered over the past one year should vanish with time because carrying them with us into the future wouldn’t let us move forward as we wish. The failures and losses we have already suffered should be a thing of the past and we should not let them interfere with the new hopes and dreams the New Year is bringing for us.