Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Chilli Story.

Our organic gang is robbing the country. This is for them,
the only possible remedy to stop them from turning illegal.

Nu. 700 per kilogram! For what? Green Chillies of Punakha. What's wrong with our chilli these days?

Chillies are an essential ingredient which make up 25% to 75% of our dishes. There isn't any other substitute for it. And going by the price hike, back home I am thoroughly confused what number of chilli should I add to prepare a meal. 

Expensive meals! It looks perfect but what about the survival, when Electricity tariff and Smart Net Pack system is already robbing us.  

If situation do not improve in coming days, I won't hesitate to beg chicken-chilli from my neighborhood lady.

After hearing the market price of our chillies, the very first impression I had was to quit eating chilli. I would rather prefer to go for other balance diet foods to hit my dining table than to pay this huge sum for one item. Honestly, I don't want to lose my hard earned money simply to these group of hungry farmers. 

Although, with the ban of foreign chillies, our local chillies are doing good jobs, have dominated the market and our farmers are being profited but this times they have turned out to be very harsh. I don't know what's wrong with their chillies. 

Through mathematics one meal is costing close to thousand bucks. I find this is a very expensive affairs for a common people to continue for every day.    

What do we expect our people to auction - their Kidney or their heart!  

Last year the same green chilli was sold for a maximum of Nu. 200 a kg at this time of the year. And today the same chilli is costing Nu. 700 a kg. I feel this is too high. Who is playing this hide and seek game? What if we are to market our produce outside Bhutan? What should we call them - literate or educated? But, I call them the Great fools, a crazy farmers!

Why this time, our agriculture ministry has fail terribly to maintain the reasonable and uniform price?  This is not fair! 

This is perfectly a barbarian hoard. I call this, a weaponless mugging. – Corruption and power struggle are still the growing concern we have in the country. I called this is a chilli war! 

Every time I walk past the street, I see endless posters calling for 'Gross National Happiness' and justice for all. Where in the name of this is our Happiness, while we mine the price unreasonably high?

Are they doing this to impress other organic gangs or simply testing the imperturbability of our rule makers?

In the name of organic product our farmers have already crossed the red line marketing norms of the kingdom. This is too bad for a small developing country!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bhutan National Flower

Recently the national flower of Bhutan has got a new name as Meconopsis gakyidiana from Meconopsis grandis by Japanese researcher team. The blue poppy now has been upgraded to a species. Earlier the national flower was misidentified as a subspecies to Meconopsis grandis.

The Maconopsis gakyidiana was named after country's development philosophy, Gross National Happiness. Gakyid stands for "Happiness" and diana is the nomenclature term for the flower.

The researchers have found that the Meconopsis gakyidiana is found only in Merak and Sakteng, Bhutan. Meconopsis, which are similar in colour and pattern are found in Paro, Haa and Bumthang are not Meconopsis gakyidiana, which people misunderstand with the national flower.

What more hoax do we expect to happen than this catastrophe?

There are number of assumptions we could draw from this failure; first, it seemed that our education system is not meeting demand outside the classroom and it has really wounded our education system, second, we have very poor sense for learning and it’s a crazy disaster, third, we lack in producing silver minds and it has aggrieved the most ordinary man, forth, we fail to produce individual equipped for better career prospects besides any qualifications and we are a mere beggar. And it has kept me mentally handicapped.
What our College of Natural Resources (CNR, Lobesa) is doing all these many years? What type of field workers are graduating from the college? 

Whatever, we are safe and lucky this time, team from National Biodiversity Centre and Blue Poppy Society, Japan came to rescue from this big gaffe, otherwise national flower would remain unnoticed for generations. And this time we have failed together as a nation. Who would pay for this big shame?

Thank you team Japan!

Thursday, April 6, 2017


I shall envy no other subject than this still subject. There won't be another bigger and happier moment than capturing this undisturbed mountain-top. 

I have seen many national and international family visitors and so is me.

The moment I have walked uphill to get some clean shots, I have seen few following me for the same. The minute later I have seen some more creeping closer to me shooting on the same subject. I am not sure how many of them have a gawked-eye to see 108TH stone stupas the way I have seen it.

I have overheard people around said about how beautifully it was built and placed over the landscape. 

The jewels of the valley and the country!

The name "DO-CHULA" came after successfully subduing the most terrifying demons. It is believed that the demons were uprooted and put underneath the soil in the same spot where 108TH stone stupas are standing today. 

Anyway, I got done my long standing dreams of Dochula photo-shoot and this is how I have seen DOCHULA.  



Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Most Lucky Phallus!

While people in Japan do enjoy the Penis Festival every year giving the genital organ the honour it deserves. Bhutan has the most amazing, decent and the attractive Phallus of different kinds. 

In Bhutanese context the Phallus paintings on the walls of the house, building, lhakhang and monastery symbolizes its miraculous workable values. Not only that, it is also believed that the painting alone can chases away all the evil spirit and the bad omens from the family.  

And the tenants of this building wasn't unlucky either. They are the luckiest of all the tenants living in some part of Thimphu. I hope they won't have any evil spirit surrounding their room. Since, they are well blessed and shielded with this handsome phallus parking board to welcome them. 

Perhaps, I wish I had one such lucky, strong, charming and the coolest chaps. So that I can demonize all the evil spirit like how Drukpa Kunley had once done it. Unlucky me and Lucky tenants! 

Can you imagine what size and color do Lam Drukpa Kunley had? Because he had subdued all the evil spirit of the beautiful women in the community.   

The most lucky Phallus

Achara and his Gun, the Phallus. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bhutanese has a very Poor Waste Management System in Place.

My Team of waste management
It is a century of rapid change in society, in science and technology and in everyday life. It is the age of super-fast computer system, space rockets and genetic engineering. 

But, where do we stand in waste we produce every day. 

The world's population has reached to over seven billion. That means we are producing seven billion different waste every day or tons and tons of all kinds of waste. 

And the question is where is it going?

Although we have Clean Bhutan project, municipal community and Green Bhutan project working onto monitor, sensitize and fix this growing waste problem. However, we experience no less waste free environment everywhere.  

With responsibility in hand, we have learnt that managing waste for a huge public gathering is not an easy affairs. This is because Bhutanese lagged far behind in civic responsibility.

Over the year, global concern such as threat to human life and nature is overburdened with the kinds of waste we produce every day at our home or at workplace. It is the main burning issues we have with everyone, everywhere at easy reach.  

In the recent years, the research have also proven that waste has become a new threat to personal health and new disease every passing year in the market globally. What do we expect more than this?

Despite working early morning in ball freezing temperature, to every-one-hour break and to late evening trying all the possible ways to keep surrounding clean. However, we couldn't do as expected. Since, our people were all far lacked in civic sense.

The sad part was that even after timely remainders we have found more people recklessly dumping their waste anywhere they like. What the hell Bhutanese education system have taught them?  

For the period of 'Zhemgang Melamchenmo' I have taken charge of waste management which is the most steep task that anyone can shoulder is basically to help people around fight with waste problem. And my other intention was to abreast people on the impact of waste.  

To move effectively, we have used different modes of communication and personality to inform our public, business community and highly educated minds about the waste. But, it wasn't easy. The most challenging was to sail and steer ourselves in creating awareness to our business community around.  

We have seen every eyes on the row was eagerly looking and waiting for us to come and collect their waste and clean their environment. As if we have polluted and they have paid us. 

Waste Management team busy in their work. 
If you have visited the place and found the vicinity clean and tidy, it is this group who have sacrificed everything just to keep your surrounding clean. "Thank them and salute them for their countless hardship for the cause of your life". 

My appeal to the Government would be, if such religious discourse is for the good cause and for the well-being of the community there shouldn't be any kinds of business stall -be it religious items or any. I could see and feel that our "Religious Ceremonies and Tshechus" over the year is becoming more like business opportunity. 

Plumbeous water redstrart

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bhutanese Has a very Poor Toilet Habit.

Meolam Chenmo being the most awaited religious event in the Dzongkhag brings thousands of devotees from all works of life together. It happens normally for four-to-nine days according to the Dzongkhags plan. And as a Dzongkhag toilet ambassador, this time is the perfect platform for me to give a trial based experiment to provide clean toilet for all.

Pit Latrine, the Bhutanese Soul 

However, for few days I and my volunteer team have been proudly and happily battling the responsibility to facilitate a 'clean toilet for all' with very limited resources in whatever ways possible. Even by covering some expenses from personal savings, thinking that we could help make a positive impact on their lives. 

But it wasn't a good turnout even after a constant remainders to use toilet mindfully. And even by safeguarding and trying hard by personally informing them about the impact of toilet one-to-one yet we saw our people so rude and carefree. They acted as if they were freshly transported from another planet without any values and ethics. 
Overview of Public Toilet for Zhemgang Meolem Chenmo
Toilet in Bhutan has a long story. It came long way though hiding behind the bushes, using stones and stick to wipe the anus to pit latrine to pour-flush toilet and the new season of Smart Toilet System in 21ST century. But, where do we stand in figure on clean toilet policy for all? 

It has never capitalized and touched the heart of our people in clean toilet and toilet habits although it plays a vital roles in everyone's life. It is a long never upended problem we have around in our neighborhood. Toilet is the most important part of everyone's life yet we see less people bothered and interested to take-up clean toilet habits in every doorsteps. Everywhere you step in, you would see this problem standing and unsolved. And the bigger challenges are on rise every year with increasing population with more rude minds. 

In making of VIPs Toilet.
Toilet in Bhutan has a bad impression from a long time ago. We are traditionally inclined so much in using bushes, stones and sticks to relieve ourselves. Aren't we rude to ourselves?  

As soon as we hear about the toilet, we have a very negative feelings about it - this and that! We feel so cheap to say 'TOILET', because we have never seen and used clean toilet system at home, community or in city. 

We never mind to invest thousands-and-thousands to buy smart phones to luxurious cars but not to a simple pour-flush toilet system at our home. What a big mindset we have in Bhutan?

Although there are endless clause made to fix this common problems for a long time ago, Ministry of Health collaborated with village health workers to fight for clean toilet for all yet the mission wasn't seemed successful. Honestly we are failing as a nation in proper toilet habits all day and all year. We have still long way to reach the goal of 'clean toilet for all.' 

Toilet Settings for His Holiness. 
Honestly, we live in a small compounded society and everything is still manageable. All we needed is a cooperative and civic minds in place rather than just a mouth-service. 

Until we come up with policy which can fit in everyone's mind we will never experience a better toilet life. Until our mindset change for clean toilet, we will never experience a clean toilet habits. And bushes, stones and stick would remain a companion for a toilet purpose.  


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Snow-capped mountain

11/03/2017 : Love or Hate!

The final line of snowfall. 

Mountain covered with snowfall, full of love. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy Women's Day

Let us empower our every women on their right and strength: 8th, March