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

DOCHULA

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.  


DOCHULA - THE TASTE OF BHUTAN. 

DOCHULA - 108TH, STONE STUPAS. 

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.  


HAPPY TOILET SESSION!

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 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

White-bellied Heron

Photo courtesy: Mr. Yeshey Dorji, bird photographer.
Lately, before the news covered on 'White-bellied Heron, pride of Berti', ended I became quite ambitious about easy watching of the bird along Bertichhu, zhemgang. One of the world's critically endangered bird species.   

Before the dream of watching the bird dies, I have planned my travel to reach the site and have nonchalant one-to-one watch over this exquisite bird - feedings and patterns.

The place somewhere lies to a good distance of Forty kilometers stretched away from the place where I live and work. Unless, one has a very genuine reason to travel to the place, one can. Otherwise, it is very expensive affairs to-and-fro travel for bird watching alone. However, with much sacrifices and without compromising my passion for the love of nature and the bird, I have made myself in the place on one national holidays.

Upon reaching the place, my first priority was to have a closer watch on its habitat, style, nest, body size and the population. I have stayed along the main stream for almost three hours trying to locate and photograph the bird movement. I have even reached near its nesting place to have even more closer watch with the help of one kind locals. But unfortunately I couldn't locate and view the bird I was looking for. Which left me some disappointment over expensive affairs but I have got some new birds species on my bird list. And as a bird enthusiast and photographer, it's enough to have one clean and quality bird shot and some landscape frames, which is enough if you can't make it to Bird you are looking for.   

It's a good initiative that the government and responsible agencies are trying their best to protect such bird species from its extinction from the land. But, at the same time it's not easy to conserve the natural habitats of birds, animals or fishes in this time of modernization. While the population of the world keeps on increasing, farmland and other necessity of life is becoming increasingly scarce. We can't stop people from mining our mountains and keep away from modern amenities but now it is time for education sector to take extra responsibilities to educate every mind on such important issues.

According to the international bird survey report, white-bellied heron is one of the fifty rarest bird species in the world. Today, there are about sixty herons in the world of which thirty of them have homed in Bhutan. For a small landlocked country, the presence of this bird is a trademark, a brand to say that Bhutan has rich forest coverage and good policy in place to protect its survival and habitats for all times to come. When the world outside is busy experimenting and experiencing on to a chain-revolution and Hi-tech technology era, I remained simply woven over the feathers of this little bird.  

Should we want our next generation to uphold on such values to mine everything for human goods? We don't want our young people to say – what is and how white-bellied heron looks like in reality, or is it possible to manufacture in factories for daily syllabus to learn by our Youth in schools?   

Photo courtesy: Mr. Yeshey Dorji, a pair of White-bellied heron in their nest,
a home-sweet-home. 
What all our common people have to understand about the bird conservation and preservation of habitat is everyone's responsibility. The concern agencies scaling some good initiatives forward through various awareness program is to benefit the live of bird species, because the future of this bird species is very uncertain. Let's not demand for the iron lance from the government to protect bird backyard. Simply creating awareness and protecting its natural habitats is enough to fight against its extinction. We don't want any people involving in its trade deal to China, Tibet or anywhere in the world like 'Cats eye' trade. This bird neither wear costly linen nor does it have any such expensive values to benefit your lungs and kidney but the bird population is getting lesser by each year, indicating its extinction. 

I am not a lone mighty warrior responsible to prove next White-bellied Heron generation like to be Dinasorous period. 

Who am I?



Tashi Jamtsho - a little boy who loved the game of hide and seek.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Common Kingfisher

Common kingfisher 

common kingfisher


Name: Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Length: 16cm
Status: Common resident
Altitude range: 140-900m
Locality: Mangduechhu, Bertichhu.
Habitat: Streams, rivers and wetlands.
Food: Fish, worms, aquatic insects.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dzong

Zhemgang Dzong: 23.02.2017

Zhemgang Dzong: 23.02.2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bird Photography

In the world of photography, the most difficult part is to catch images of live Bird in their natural habitats. Although, we say and see photography is a set of complete package of right amount of light but it’s not always right and sufficient.  There is no certainty about how one can get the satisfactory wildlife images. However, for a bird it’s all to do with their natural behavior and the way they behave with human. And obviously none of the birds are sociable with human beings. It can neither remain in a noisy out-fit of human merriment nor does it a league match to see again and again. By the time they sense your presence, it fly away to distant making it difficult to capture them.   

For a long time back I was thinking to shoot this little bird but it’s never easy. It’s not like somebody directing the position of someone and the best appear like in film, the human drama. Film is the product of many people - director, good photographer and artificial lighting but it’s not the case in wild life photography.  Otherwise, I would have hired many professional film director and light-man to help me get best bird images. So, that I would get the super high definition wildlife images.

The challenges lies in going into the wild and getting some wild life images is only be best known and felt by wildlife enthusiast themselves. Not anyone else.   

Actually, I was chasing this bird for many different occasions and none of the time I am successful. I never got it done the way I wanted it to appear. But this time I am eager at least to write something on the challenges and the better part of wildlife photography.

Bird photography is extremely challenging yet this bird never kept my energy freeze. Although, it has seized my time and energy yet not satisfying picture of it into my list. I am thoroughly in love for its beauty, the body architecture, the colorful feathers combination and the way its dance. It is completely camouflage because it is a stream or river residence. This bird has added my passion to wildlife photography every time I come across. It is immensely inspiring to capture such absolute beauty bringing to life tricky feather patterns and exquisite details into one whole armful images.

Over the year, I have acquired a modest collection of bird images and the skills that is required to shoot a birds in their natural habitats. I have travelled fairly good distance to photograph birds. The surprising beauty of our countryside and the winding mountain roads on every trips has always left me flabbergasted and joyfulness in my face. The journey, my sacrifice for time and family have never dejected me nor will it drain me of my passion for bird watching, wildlife photography and love for nature.

But I am not trying to say that one need to be well armed to shoot a bird images. The rule is completely simple, as far as I know one must have tons of passion, energy and a set of right equipment. Unless, one have deep passion and love for nature the art of going into the wild would be never charming, would be never satisfying. If one has all these in package, the feeling of joy is equally satisfying when a good and quality image is captured. 


Here the message is simple - safe wildlife to safe us, because we are not different!

Slaty-backed forktail

Slaty-backed forktail

This little soul showed me this action when I was busy shooting. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

School Track Suits

Rest In Peace! Bhutanese School Track Suits, according to Local leaders of East.
For them it is above cultural norms. 
Maybe they might have larger vision and greater diversity.
Otherwise, it would entirely humiliate the education's mission of going dynamism.

For many reasons, it didn't even qualify to reach my ear.  
The idea was comprehensively unpromised to far to reach our House of Law. 

It shouldn't be always trial and error test. 
The idea was totally pseudo and not so futuristic.  

HOW???

 When people in the WEST has already
started planning for 22nd century.
It seemed our leaders are still at large.

When people in the WEST has already
started planning to settle in Mars.
It seemed our leaders are still inside the cocoon. 

Thinking's of our people is -beyond 'Compoundable Interest'.
It can fetches the best price if sold in the market, thoroughly unused. 

RIP!!!

Source: google

The Bhutanese Faces










Saturday, February 18, 2017

Zhemgang Trong, Heritage Village On Fire

It is neither easy to see fire gauging the house nor fighting against it is possible with common man’s energy. But if we unite as one and work for it, nothing is impossible.

Honestly, I have seen house-on-fire for the first time and it’s not easy to see someone’s life long hard work and accomplishment going into flames. In front of everyone’s eye the house has become out-of- service, the rubble is all we can see now. I have seen people around had successfully fought against fire with all the possible brand of the energy. The dedication they have put this time was beyond measures.
House on fire
Personally I feel that, Zhemgang is a subject so close to me since I belong to this place for five long years and seen this 'Majestic Trong, Heritage House' every day. It housed almost quarter of total population. I have subjectively fallen in love with the age old stone designed house for so long at the very first sight. The place where I live happily with everyone around, the place where I get to hang-out with families and friends and the place where I get every possible clean and fresh air. I only know how special this place is to me.

Initially the pressure, tension and people squeak mounted to the highest level but due to many hands put together finally we could successfully contained the fire after a heavy battle for more than two hours. If someone ask me to choose between People’s battle and Fire battle, I would rather go for human battle which is far too easy and assertive but not in punching my Wife to black-and-blue.
 
Scene after fire battle
This time, I have honestly seen the most unity among our people like never before. People from all works of life (i.e. firefighters, civil servants, Police personal, Dessup team, Business community, students) came together to battle the fire, we came together to share the loss and felt the pain together by our helping hands until the last flicker and the last curl of smoke is completely put-off. This is what we are taught from the time we are living a life in this well fenced Kingship country.

We did it and together we can!

In this great tragedy my heartfelt goes out to the owner of the house and to the tenants who resides there with all hopes to live a life. I have seen this time that indispensable disaster equipment and human power didn’t fail at all. When someone was busy thinking on how to control the fire, some busy lost in watching fire engulfing the whole house, few bold-hearted police personal and the selected few of disaster teams who selflessly risked their own life to climb up to the roof to rescue the further spreading of the fire are truly the heroes. If there is someone we could call a hero, it is them who climb up to battle the fire and they are my heroes. They deserve our hands-down!


If someone ask me how you have contained the fire from spreading to next house. I would say we did it together but more importantly there are selected few who did their best job to control the fire. And not everyone was a hero.

After a heavy battle and when the last flicker and the last smoke rolled up into the air, I have seen people around with their satisfied and glaring faces once again. Because no one was injured and fire was successfully put under control from spreading further. If otherwise, Zhemgang would hold another national headline on the same story cover like Chamkhar town had just before few months. Nevertheless, I am happy to see once again the continuity of age old traditional houses built with Bhutanese architect in its same foundation. Although, the real cause of the fire was still at large. However, some unknown source told that the fire initially started from one of the tenant’s kitchen.

But the sad part was before the fire was under control I got my ball freeze to its smallest size possible since the water is icy to touch. Even, if someone drag me to the court of law stating I haven't bathed for so long, I would seek for Trump's Lynch to fence me from freezing my ball.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Special Gift!

source: kuenselonline
PLEDGES -- Zhemgang Central School
          We pledge to HRH the Gyalsey on his 1st Birth Anniversary that in the academic year 2017, 
          we  shall;
      1.   Read at least ten books during the academic year.
         2.   Always respect my teachers and parents.
         3.   Always abide by my school rules and regulations.
         4.   Always be kind and helpful to my schoolmates.
         5.   Always be friendly with my schoolmates.
         6.   Always do my work on time.
         7.   Work very hard to accomplish my goals.
         8.   Always come to school, prepared to learn.
         9.   Actively participate in school activities.
        10.   Always maintain a positive attitude towards everything.
                    11.    Always refrain from undesirable activities.  
                    12.  Work on improving my communication skills
                    13.   Work on improving my character.
                    14.   Always take good care of school properties.
           15.   Exercise zero tolerance against indiscipline that is harmful to self and others.