Monday, September 19, 2016

Ageing Love - II

I am thoroughly confused where and how shall I begin my 89 years old Love Story?

My watch reads 6:11 pm, time for dinner with Chicken Soups and a cup of tea.   

But, to my dismay I couldn't found them. The room was empty. I couldn't believe my eyes and started to look for them around hurriedly but couldn't. I tried to inquired duty in-charge where about that 89 years old patient, I mean Grandpa?

'He was discharged.' Said duty in-charge for the night.

'When, I mean at what time La?' I guess, after lunch, said duty in-charge. I'm further confused about the matter. Hum! Was there any one who came to pick them up La? 'I don't know.' Said duty in-charge in confusion. I wanted to continue further but duty in-charge have left the scene for round check-up in the Pediatric Room.

For the last time I tried to look back at the bed when I first saw them lying silently and sympathetically sharing their little food and a cup of tea.    

I was lost completely in the thoughts of how they would have spent their young life, how they would have fallen in love with each other, how they would have made their 'First Love'? 

Now, I am completely exhausted. At the same time lost in mixed feelings of the scene, I have left the place in confusion with how my life will be 20 years, 30 years from now? 

"Where they went lo, my wife interrupted?" They said, they have no ideas about them, lo.

Peep, peep! Someone’s car have checked into the parking. I made my journey back to home with dissatisfaction. So, many questions stated to knock on my head, Don Williams, Listen to the Radio Music was on play, wife questioning about the same matters again and again as if I know everything, my head started to become heavy. It has started to behave as if it had received thousands nailing. However, after some minutes of drive, we have safely made to home.

I can't imagine, what would be my state at 89? 

At 89, I may not be standing like him, I may be challenging the next realm of life, at 89 I may be taking so many different forms of life, because I am happy to see 89 years old Grandpa still strong  to hold all by him selves. 

I guess he is a man who has stand so many hard life, he is someone who had seen our beloved second King of Bhutan. I think as a man he might have sacrificed all of his life for making his family yet he is alone to challenge his sickness. The fate of our life always encircle within the dimensions of lonesome, being disappointed and nothing more, it's the part of life. 

I'm lucky to find him on my way to patient's room that day. Because I've seen someone who've seen our Second King. He is the man of Second King's Reign. I hope there will be just few people like him who have experienced the reign of 'Four Kings of Bhutan'. 
  
I'm very sure he won't last much longer by age. However, I will never stop to pray God to bless him for his next life. 

I am unable to say exactly whereabouts their journey. Where they have reached and how they have reached back home. But, all I wish is safe journey and peaceful life ahead.

 I am happy to be in, 'The Land of Khengpas.' 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ageing Love!

89/M old Grandpa and granny eating from one plate - magic of love. 
No sooner had I stepped into the BHU patient's room than my eye caught hold of an old love, an ageing love. Of course, at this age it is time for them to rest in a sheer blissful peace, chant mantras and time to count rosary beads but their situations wasn't so jovial. 

All I could see and feel looking at their warmth relationship is the power of love, love exist throughout and eternally in one's heart.

It may seem absurd to believe in this entwined love story of 89 years old Grandpa and Granny, a primitive love culture in the Himalaya but it is very true, a real take home story. In fact, they've portrayed us the best example, a quality of human bond one should have for any kinds of relationship. I know what it is to love and be loved by someone with uncut heart is a great fortune of life. And that is what I've seen in them.

Although, today everyone mien for happy ending future and the true love but all in uncertainty. Perhaps, if someone desires for happy and unbroken family lineage one must continue from the very primordial time of one owns ancestry otherwise it'll never end like 'First Love'. Happy and strong bonded relationship impart the sense of high integral family values, sincerity and dedication. Remember love works and survive in all types of situations if conditioned properly.

Looking at this seasoned and old love cultures in our society I ne'er feel like to abandon this world of impermanence. But, this same journey of life will never going to spare me and anyone. I feel very sad and empty when I look at this earthy suffering of old age. I can't wait to see this kind of grim situation but it is the part of life. The cause and condition of life improbability start to begin from the time we merely start to swim inside mother's womb. And simply reflecting upon life down to subtle line gives me even more painful. The menace persuasion always starts to fill my mind as soon as I think of old age. All I want is to die as young as possible. I don't want anyone to suffer for me, I wanted to die in harmony, peacefully. 

At the door step to BHU, Zhemgang I was surprised to see very old couple helping each other unwearyingly with much love and care. Although it is time for them to get love and care from their lovable child but the situations wasn't so fair to them.   

They cherish the moments of being in love but for how long? When the uncertainty of life knocks on the door of impermanence they need to license their material presence yet they believe is love that is more powerful than any medicines. Although, I've never known them before, I'm not their biological line, relatives but I started to feel as one, an honest heart to serve them with few basic elements.  We know no one dares to leave this place yet no one can escape the bond of death, uncertainty of life. I know initially they might have fallen in love like you and I do for so many reasons - beautiful and charming life but today same life has reached beyond repair. It would be same for all of us - no matter how rich, how powerful, how beautiful and how famous one is, the path of death is same? I can admit evanescence of life and the moments of ecstasy reminisces far unless you and I sojourn with peace mind. 

Looking at the situations of this senior citizens honestly I don't wanted to live long to the time when I can't eat, sleep, dress, walk and see around by myself. What do you say?

Whatever, maybe the situation, the ingredients of all sacred emotions which binds two lovers with destiny and faith is to remain in harmony and in peace. I wish everyone to have mutual love bond in-between family, lovers and to living world. So, that you'll never regret to the action you've made knowingly or unknowingly. 
Food of LOVE!
I was surprised to see this couple eating together from a single plate, drinking from one cup and sharing what little they've is something we must take as an example. But, can you do like them at this age, when the love has become too old? 

My message to all the lovers is to be tolerant in love, have dedication to each other and be faithful. Because you'll never going to escape the path of death, lonesome and old age. Remember your single love counts more than how you'll live your entire life. 

Please, experience the new height of love every day and every moment...Love happens anyway and then miracle will follow your footstep.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ap BOKTO's Curriculum!

Day II: Curriculum review and Kagan's structure in place
In the name of Ap BOKTO - let us cement our education system together exuberantly. Let us not forget to invest in right share of education today to our youth because if we fail we'll fail as a nation, if education system fails nothing will going to succeed. 

Although, Bhutan is experiencing a rapid change yet we can't forgo in investing for right education system in place.  The one major changes that was brought in for education sector is 21st century transformative pedagogy. However, the question arises on curriculum being very vast and need to incorporate/use Kagan's structure is a new challenges faced by school nationwide.   

However, at our level we've reviewed our own subject thoroughly regarding currency, accuracy and challenges that are being underline are submitted to education office to send it to curriculum division, Ministry of Education. My appeal to curriculum designers and ministry would be to review on each subject Dzongkhag wise and not to slash down too many points submitted as the acquiesced proposal is all based on field experience.  

We talk so much about the world class education system of Finland and Singapore but are we ready to accept and change for it?

To put in quality education system our Ministry must put in place the sturdy curriculum - relevant and accurate than vast and irreverent one. Education only subsist if Ministry take full charge in designing appropriate curriculum else the fate of education will remain the same. At the same time close monitoring on implementation and timely reviewing of the content are also equally important.  

English PLC
The main focus for English department encircle within the dimension of literature, language and composition. On these basis our English teachers felt that curriculum would best suit if more importance is given to language development rather than literature for preprimary to middle secondary section. As they have seen and felt that the rapid growth of language development takes place maximum at this stage of life and the class level.  

Dzongkha PLC
Obviously, the Dzongkha teachers felt that the standardization of the Dzongkha spellings need to be address soon. They felt some of the important Dzongkha literature felt neglected and need to be reintroduce conspicuous topics like Lagsey Langdor, Ashi Nagsa, Namthar and some subterranean text before its cessation, which has the ability to change the mindset of our Youth into today's rapid changing world. They also felt that the present curriculum has diluted long standing culture of Bhutanese civilization and the existence before it dies completely.  

Math and IT PLC
Our maths and IT teacher felt that the present curriculum for all the level seemed to be beyond their level. Some of the content present in lower classes were not toning when they reach to higher classes. Moreover, some of the maths teacher pointed out that what they are teaching in middle secondary mathematics (i.e. understanding mathematics) is a curriculum that has been derived from Canadian syllabus and when they reach to higher secondary, the change in content to ISC brings so much of disproportion and content mismatch ideas that could be one main reason why our present twelve graduate is not in a position to score good mark and couldn’t perform well in their higher studies.  They have pointed out that the lack of proper working model or teaching-learning materials are also the main concern they think are hindering the better learning outcome for mathematics. Teachers felt that need of common rubrics to assess students, need of reintroducing some of the imperative topics according to their standard or omitting some of the unwanted topics are also the highlight of the curriculum review work. Moreover, some teacher’s share their views on doing away with back answer key for the activities as it simply promote the habits of manipulating answers and makes students lazy, but same can be given to teacher’s manual book in which teachers can tell the answer only after the work is being done by all the students. So, in this way better learning outcome and healthy practicing habit can be inculcate to every students. Some teachers felt that there are broken topics like Matrix which is giving them trouble to make the lesson appropriate and connect the links and ideas is also a big test.  However, IT teacher felt that the up gradation of windows, software and latest information in the textbook are necessary to build rhetoric learning in our child.  
Day II: Presentation on curriculum review work
Science PLC
Teachers teaching lower and middle secondary classes felt that the present science subject has so much broken, irreverent, complex and repeated topics which are actually encumbering on timely completion and better learning outcome of the students in the subject. They felt the new science curriculum has come through lots of research study but there are still room for improvement like streaming down of too many practical activities for each topics.
  
All the science teachers felt that the contents that was given for higher secondary curriculum are too vast, irreverent and broken concepts are taxing on why our science students are unable to perform well in exam.  Teachers are made to deal with demanding situations without any proper working model, suitable classroom setting and laboratory environments. There are problems of classroom size and lab size to class strength which are also the main reasons for poor learning results. Science teachers finally land up teaching the concept as what is given in the textbook merely explaining the practical work through hand and verbal gesture. It is difficult to making them believe on the abstract things without any better facilities like working equipment. It is difficult to improvise all the concept in the form of chart paper all the times and verbal explanation which ultimately would result in poor performance and even many students lose their interest in learning the subject. Every time we land up teaching the theory concept making our students build up their own concept in their mind though hand and bodily gesture which at time is very difficult. We are indeed facing boundless challenges with inadequate teaching learning materials, overhead projector seemed must at this time and system support. Tell me for how many times should we say Backmann's experiment and Etherification process looks like this or that from the board or chart paper. I am bit worried about how my students will put me in their sphere when they reach to degree level on this and that explanation. Moreover, I also felt timely supply of chemicals, reagents and equipment in school is must and important to cover up syllabus in specified period.


Humanities PLC
Teachers teaching arts and commerce subjects felt that some of the topics has no fixed or prescribe textbook, vague/less contents for some topics, lack of continuity of ideas, concepts of principles and concept assumption are all mixed up in some subjects, need to reduce accountancy content, need only one textbook for the subject covering all the topics in order to reduce the cost and the confusing factor, need updated version of textbook with current information intact, need to update the textbook every four-five years duration to timely keep track of the changing facts on the subjects matter, need teachers manual book in order to guide students uniformly and to maintain the standard of every school and need for updated version of maps, data and figures will undeniably solve all the standing problems of education far and wide.

Some teachers from humanities department pointed out that there wasn't much link between GNH and history subject. As they said that GNH is a developmental philosophy and history usually talks on country's history and political issues of past and the present. They felt that linking GNH and history content is creating many uneven ideas and conclusion among different legion/social groups.

Need to do away with the content of Gandhi's philosophy or history as it usually contradict or has no links on Bhutanese philosophy, culture and life accounts. Our teachers felt that the view that is given or reflected in history of India brings some social prejudice and different political views for Bhutanese democracy.

Nevertheless, teachers and students representative felt that it is also important to include all the contributions made by our Kings with images and figures to remember and cherish their dynamic rule as a King or kingship in the history of Bhutan. 

Day II: Teachers and students participants 

Friday, September 2, 2016

5 Noble Truth About Bhutan.

google.  Bhutan Map. 

Number 1: Bhutan's isolation
The first national television has arrived in 1999 on the command of Royal King of Bhutan. And internet also arrived only late in 2000.

Number 2: Gross National Happiness
 Although most of the nation measures their development progress through Gross National Product but our visionary Fourth Druk Gyalpo has commissioned Bhutan's core idea of development progress through Gross National Happiness concept. The main inkling of GNH measures environmental protection, sustainable development, cultural preservation and good governance.

Number 3: Environment
 It was relented that Bhutan is the only country that absorbs more cabondioxide than it release out. The only carbon neutral to negative country in the world today at the era of developmental phenomenon. At the same stand forest coverage should remain more than 63% for all times and that was fully roofed by new approach of GNH pillar.

Number 4: Dress code
The dress code of Bhutan is world's big surprise. All the Bhutanese national must wear traditional dress code (Gho for men and kira for women) to work in office and to visit monasteries/Dzongs. We see even more bright and colorful dresses being wore and displayed during the national occasions, festivals/ceremonies. Bhutanese men's gho has the world's largest pocket to hold all necessary stationary for the working days. In fact, for all times we've always surprised the world in cultural and traditional uniqueness.

Number 5: Phalluses
The hanging of wooden man-made Phalluses on the side of every Bhutanese houses is not a surprise culture for us but it's a big, big bombshell for the west. Nonetheless, the paintings of handy and beautiful Phalluses is a common cultural activities to drive away the evil eye and the spirit. It represents a symbolic token of luck, used for house warming rites and represents for many culture demands.

What do you know about Bhutan and Bhutanese? What do you know about outside world? I'm proud to be a Bhutanese. I hold a national citizenship identity of Bhutan and will be Bhutanese throughout. I heard many saying I was born in Bhutan, is Bhutanese, breadth in the Bhutanese air, sleep under the dynamic rulers and will be taking away life in Bhutanese soil. So, I also thought to experience the same and wanted to die in the Bhutanese land/soil.