Friday, October 13, 2017

Alcohol Free Birthday Party -- part II

Although, one's essential needs of food, clothing and shelter is something measurable. However, for kids the more important is the social environment in which they live in. For every kids their parents, relatives, friends, uncle and aunt usually plays a very significant role in making the kind of person we want them to be in future. 

Of course, their parents having a brand new car and a smart phone can give them a temporary feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment. But, in reality it will never give them the peace of mind and justice they want as a child.

We have been hearing and becoming a constant victim of so many alcohol related misconducts –lying, stealing, cheap sexual behavior, fighting and murdering are the most common happenings.  

The study conducted by RENEW and other relevant agency have also found out that about 96.7% of the crime and unwholesome domestic violence are reported to happen due to alcohol. Therefore, I personally feel banning the sale of the alcohol products legally is the only way forward to put end to all forms of violence. 

To better seal my opinion on the new idea of alcohol ban birthday party. I have recently met a group of unschooled women in the market with baby at their back. They seemed so traditional in their attire but not so much in their conversation. Their language were –beyond my education to understand. Yet, I made some rough conclusion. As I stand near to them, I had sensed some of them are desperately hunting to quench their thirst with popular Druk 11,000 brand. I knew their favorite brand wasn't in the market for some reasons. So, I waited patiently to hear their response. 

However, after sometime one of the woman seemed to be more desperate was leading a group had willfully accused the shopkeeper for not keeping the brand with so and so. 

I see 99.9% of our people are crazy in drinking. Since, they are made socially fit to drink right from their birth or many even before that. So, we share equal blame for this. 

The program's main motive is to educate people on drinking habits in front of their kids. The other is to give more and quality time at least during their birthday party. Conversely, what usually happen with us is, all the parents sulk in one corner with their brands and the child are left freely to the other end. Often, times before the birthday party ends, many parents would be intoxicated. They won't be in a good position to reach home. The safety of the kids is always forgotten.  

Therefore, as a responsible parent, I feel what other parent feel for their kids. In this modern world, I could see unfathomable challenges and responsibilities ahead of us to nurture our juniors; to an alcoholic or an addict is right in our hand!

Perhaps, I feel rather doubtful on how other parents would like this idea. I know it will take us long and needs all our dedication to understand on the cause and the effect of alcohol. However, this program can only be successful if all of us join hand sincerely and wholeheartedly. The concern agency have a similar plan to sincerely educate on free alcohol birthday party celebration to a wider audience have given me some hope. I wish them good luck!

Nonetheless, I have some reservation on how this customary offerings would end. I know Coca-Cola drinks also serves the same purpose. But, to what form? I also know many invited guest and relatives would surely miss distant uncle's birthday party.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Alcohol Free Birthday Party

Yesterday, I was reminded by bbs television on 'Alcohol Free Birthday Party. They have hijacked my emotion and took away my happiness. And to many it may have seemed like a Hiroshima bombing. The program aired was so ambitious. However, I have some personal reservation and a doubt on how this can work. I could see some painstaking challenges ahead of us. If everyone like this new idea of birthday celebration, it would definitely benefit us. But, it would be difficult for those friends and families who can't live without it. I am not saying for my sake. I am honestly a sober guy. 

The one who came with the idea deserves my hands down salute for making such a catastrophic program. I am thoroughly confused how this age old customary tradition will end without the offering of alcohol for the guest. 

Drinking and offerings of alcohol in our culture deeply rooted in our age old tradition. We have a society that is best known by the offerings of alcohol in a most traditional ways. In fact, offerings of alcohol to any level of guest shows, how kind and generous are the host. In many celebration, alcohol offerings is necessary because our culture and tradition demands for it. Perhaps, actually such belief hooked us more deep into alcohol accessible society. 

According to World Health Organization report, Bhutan has the highest per-capita adult consumption of pure alcohol, 8.47 litres which is even higher than the average global consumption of 6.2 litres.  There are around 5,400 bars and about 700 of them are in the capital alone. Some study have revealed that one outlet per 98 Bhutanese aged 15 and above is easily available. For a small society the number is amazingly so high. 

                                                                  Alcohol Free Birthday Party -- part II

Monday, October 2, 2017

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk Factor in Zhemgang.

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, Education Minister
"Kuzozooo…zangpooooo…La…zhemgang", began Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk in his deep shimmering voice like he used to do in the parliament house. My students were surprised, they have never faced him in person like this before. I am sure many of my students would have seen him for the first time as an Education Minister. As he begin, the hall went mad silent which was –beyond my expectation and even to those students who have been the most boring and sluggish have their head high up in the air trying to make some sense through Lyonpo's thrilling and hilarious talks.   

Honestly, this talk has been the best so far in my school hall. I feel very sorry for some Class VIII students who couldn't have made due to limited space. And to those who have been purposefully absented from the day's program are the most ill-fated and unlucky one in their entire life. Perhaps, they have missed Lyonpo's talk forever like a flowing river. The lucky half who have attended the talk have graciously snooped Lyonpo's talk with all their energy and interest they have in their fate.

Lyonpo busy in his talk with students and staff of ZhemgangCS
Lyonpo's talk basically was about the youth, their poor mentality and attitude towards tradition and culture, the way they perceive their lifestyle and the balance for quality of education. 

Of all, I liked Lyonpo's classical example of a gallant and a cool guy is what I too have during my school days. The concept of a cool guy is all to ambush the girl you are in love with a piece of cigarette in one hand and gogs on his forehead. I could feel the same psychological break-down of behavior and mentality  of cool is still hanging around with our youth today.

Lyonpo trying hard to control three balls
To further exhibit what actually is trying hard, he took out three different colored balls and immediately started to juggle with his two hands so merrily and mercilessly. The hall filled with surprise that turned into a huge round of applause for his talent and ability to play the ball in the air. However, his recent example of how he have won the Open Men's Double National Level Badminton Championship is all due to his co-partner and his positiveness. So, the lesson is that sometime being positive alone is more important than talent, is what I called as Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk's Factor!

Lyonpo giving a real trying juggling shot in front of students
and staff
Lyonpo in action
However, His Excellency's example of beautiful volcano eruption on plasma TV screen have captured my attention the most. But, I worry how it could be possible in Bhutanese Classroom setting, when the classroom wall is still poor.

Honestly, I have never seen my students responding to any speakers so impatiently like this before. I must say, it is not that he is a Minister but his talk has all the substance that have captured the audience mood the most as a parent, educator and a politician. His real life experiences have added all the charm in his talk show. The big laughter came when he cited an example of his most ugly friend and his 10 pages love letter. However, the hall went pin drop silent when he finally said that his ugly friend have left the school when the girl he loved the most have terribly failed to accept his proposal. It is lucky that he is still alive with different life partner.  

There are many things to learn from Lyonpo's talk and I am sure everyone present in the hall would have deeply committed within themselves of the strong take home message. He also have shared that his two kids are far too superior to him in fiddling smart phones and other items is what amaze him the most.  

To further authenticate the reward of hardship, he narrated and took us to the world of movie. He shared how he took the challenges to become a successful movie script writer? He also said that it took him sleepless night to become a successful writer. Now, given a challenge he can write any good movie script within a week time. He was proud to say that, some of his movie was very successful and even earn the title of blockbuster film. Some of his movie script includes, 'Senglem, Sleeping Beauty', etc…

His Excellency then talked so proudly about the magic of hard work and positive mindset. Within very short span of time as an education minister, he was deeply fascinated by the fact that change in curriculum was successful. He is also happy to see the talented and skillful youth all across the country. The way they play with all kinds of gadgets is incredible and awesome. However, at the same time, it is little disheartening to see many of the youth are ruining their life into drugs and some even to unlawful activities. As an education minster, he worries about the quality education, the declining values and culture over time with the introduction of western cultures that are slipping in through different forms. 

He also have noticed that the most vulnerable stage is when our students reach to class nine until they finish class twelve, he reminded to all of us that, this four years of schooling is very important and crucial. What he have noticed was, most of the drop out and criminals are made in this segment of schooling. He have shared his concern over our young, talented and beautiful youth start to mess up their life into drugs and alcohol. 

And particularly, to me I have been longing to see and hear from him in person for a long time. Because I have heard few hundreds of his ability to talk to any kinds of audience. His talk would especially benefit young school going children and some cynical heroes. I am quite sure there won't be another set of such talk in future from him. But, let us make a point to hold whatever he have said for long one-and-half-hour talk till the very end would do a magic in our life for all times.

His message was strong to those who think education is the vehicle and game changer for whatever maybe the reasons; religion, blood and the color won't matter in education. He requested all the teachers to be a role model and continue to educate -beyond textbook. He also have deeply reminded to us that no matter what ever maybe the curriculum and how high end technology that may slips in, we must not forget to prepare our child for 21st century. Lyonpo said that, although we are seven ocean apart from United States of America, yet we are politically and economically connected. Which means we share many common aspects of life, and education is a game changer for all of us. 

We must remember that education is a big vehicle and we must start to build this vehicle a responsible vehicle for all times to come. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review title: To sir, with Love.

Book title: To sir, with love.
Author:  E.R. Braithwaite
Publisher: The Bodley Head
Genre: Autobiographical Fiction. 
Year of publishing: 1959

To Sir, With Love is a 1959 autobiographical novel written by E. R. Braithwaite set in the East End of London. The novel is based on true events concerned with Braithwaite taking up a teaching post in a school there.

The author brings in the weave of twist and turns of his fate, on his new teaching job and the nature of different adults he have encountered in his new profession.  

The book takes us through the life of the author regardless of having outstanding qualifications is denied job fit for his education because of his skin color. Thus, he takes the teaching job at Greenslade School in East End London, as that was the possible best job he could get at that time. But, the school's culture presents another shock to him. Having worked in Royal Air Force, Braithwaite finds it hard to be surrounded by undisciplined, unmotivated and unclean students. He tries to teach them but he becomes a victim of their pranks, rough attitude and rude remarks. He decides to change his teaching style. So, instead of teaching them book lessons, he starts giving them life lessons. He gradually begins to prepare them for life. And that's when things begin to shape and his students start responding positively to his efforts.

The book clearly stated the challenges he had faced, filled with suspense as he gets into the task to handle ill-mannered students. As you read on and meet the better end on how he have overcome all the challenges is an amazing. However, left with the thought as to how could he have made such a huge commitment in changing the behaviors of his students is yet another miracle we see through the book angle.

The suspense slowly begins to unfold as we get introduced to the other characters like school principal and his colleagues and all. It is like how one thing leads to the other and finally to the utter surprise of the readers.

However, somewhere in the middle his relationship seems to decline a bit when his senior colleagues have discourage him to work extra miles. However, we find him back together due to his love and care he hold for his students.

Through his own life experiences, the author attempts to actually tell a racial division and discrimination in London that have divided many people during that time. Although, racial discrimination is a notable aspect of the book, it also talks a lot about the London Politics, about the grim human acumen and a culture of how black people were portrayed and perceived openly by the society.

The ups and downs in his life, his interactions with his class and their transformation from boisterous teenagers to young responsible adults is what keeps a reader glued to the book till the end. 

This book closely reveals the relationship between a teacher and the students. It is this journey of Braithwaite that makes this book undying and lives with a reader long after the story ends.

In a nutshell, a committed teacher have the power to turn hatred into love, teenage disloyalty into self-respect and dislike for others into introspection.

Mr. Braithwaite a rejected technical graduate from many interviews have finally turned to become a school teacher. The rejection in all the interviews mainly came because of his skin color, as he was a Negro. An engineer by profession have finally settle to become a school teacher is all the twist of his FATE.

“It is easy to be called, but difficult to be one amongst many is a teaching job”.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Lesson for Bhutan from Doklam issue.

Finally tension at Doklam was over after two countries have unwillingly agreed to withdraw their troops from the disputed area. But, for number of reasons the boundary issue between Bhutan and China have remained unsolved. Now it is time for two countries to sit down together and solve the matter at the earliest. Otherwise, next attack would add another flabbergast to dragon people and Indian counterpart defensing on Bhutanese side would further worsen India-China relation.  

According to China, road construction over the place in Doklam area is part of their efforts to boost infrastructure and not aimed at any other nation. But, India was afraid that the completion of the road head would give them military power in the area and at the same time Bhutan would face the dominance. Thus, immediately India have taken the case in their hand to keep Chinese troops at bay by sending their military power to defense the border. But, it was sad to learn that New Delhi have claimed that they have fought for Bhutan. Bhutan's security is India's morale responsibility. We feel Doklam fuss is actually between Bhutan and China and not between India and China.

In China's logic, development can underpin each other from unnecessary threats in future. However, India felt insecure with Beijing intention and they have immediately sent their troops to defense the disputed area. 

After a multiple attempts of boundary talks, Chinese government have surprised Bhutan with never heard Doklam to be the disputed land of Bhutan with China. This is an unlearned lesson for us but not necessarily a new thing for Bhutan. Now, we came to know that we have some disputed land piece with China in the North. 

When the world is busy hunting for artificial intelligence revolution, China pressing on boundary issue, Bhutan need to prepare for safe and secure economic progress and need to tighten defense in their boundary. With change in time, Bhutan also need to prepare for possible threats such as anti-national terrorism, oppression and food and water security. Now over the years China and India are testing Bhutanese government's ability on self–reliance and military capabilities. We must learn that indirectly using Doklam crisis, India and China are testing their military competence but Bhutan is at the losing end and our sovereignty is at stake. 

Over two months now, undeniably the Doklam stand-off boomed a serious strategic skeptical between India and China. Nevertheless, beside this backdrop some upbeat have also happened which would pay a better understanding of China in India and Bhutan to look for alternative solution to settle the land knot. There is always a secret behind, why Bhutanese government remain as a buffer state in such cases is that we believe in honesty and by nature we are a decent people and not like Chinese and Indian nationals. We want to solve this land dispute with peace discussion and not by using military will and not involving New Delhi either. We believe that Doklam is an ancestral land piece of Bhutan. We don't want Indian involvement to settle this case. We pray China would understand our feelings and India would spare us to work alone for the greater cause.

But, no matter how bitter things get, we still are a close friend to India and we are no enemy to China either. I feel extremely noble for Indian government for having remembered and remained within the power of Indo-Bhutan treaty statement. We want India to be more humble and cooperative friend hereafter. However, India should know that boundary talk is a home matter of Bhutan. Such issue need no foreign assistance unless it has to end up in the Power of the Gun.

China should know that Bhutan have never asked for Chinese boundary fencing in the North. We are not the Mexican nationals and we don't have any terrorist!

Although, no amount of word can explain the damage caused between Indo-Bhutan relations but we are still very close friend of India without forgetting their help and assistance for centuries. 

Finally, this deadlock have given exactly what step should Bhutan take hereafter to solve this crisis with Beijing. I request Bhutan dignitaries to kindly invite the Chinese delegates for a cup of SUJA and request them to sign the deal to end the long standing boundary dispute. It is time to end this game.  

Although, during this battle I was busy lurking in the corners with my duties. However, as a concern citizen I have realized that this matter is very genuine one and any delay would be hairy. 

We should know that, what we do now will decide how successful we can become in future. Furthermore, this matter will surely decide our sovereignty and independence that we want to pass it down to our younger generations.

It is time we must know and understand that, what China and India are asking for. We are responsible for the right answer. We need to find ways and means to end this game. The truth and ancient history must be the basis for the game. If there are any depth examination on the case, Bhutan should never mind to hire a trustful expert and bring in all kinds of ideas to do this job but at the earliest. This is an inevitable and urgent task Bhutan need to advance first without any support from Indian government.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Lesson for Chinese from Bhutan on Doklam issue.

Fire Female Bird year is not a very auspicious and lucky year for a tiny Himalayan Kingdom. Recently, we have seen some barbaric attack by Chinese government on Bhutanese disputed land piece. It is also sad to see that the government was drag to court for blaspheming the rules by other political party, people being jailed for smoking in the public places and gruesome hydropower depth are some of the pressing issues.  

The most unfaithful was the Doklam standoff. This long disputed issue have brought unprecedented sadness and frustration to both the parties after China have made their illegal entry. The situation has further worsen after Indian government assure their full support to help Bhutan fight boundary war with Chinese government. 

This boarder issue have not only sadden our people around but also have made a difficult journey for media house in gathering some antediluvian data and information. Nevertheless, talking on the matter, till date Bhutan and china have seated for 24TH round of boundary talks and we have seen very less progress from Chinese side. It seemed that China have no regards for Bhutanese sincerity, honesty and the Royal Concern.

Bhutan must know that, why Chinese Foreign Minister was absent for all rounds of boundary talk. Who indeed, is the pawn in the game. They have always claimed that he was jammed-packed with some other pressing matter. 

It seemed that China has some concealed agenda to discuss with Bhutan beyond this land territory. No wonder their agenda could be to annex some more portion of Bhutanese land or wanted to give complete freedom over Bhutan's parental land. Otherwise, this Doklam issue would have not ensued, that too at tri-junction of Bhutan, Tibet and Sikkim. Thus, looking at their weight of attack, China is claiming themselves to have the most powerful military might. Indirectly, China is claiming their own Veto Power on the matter and taking control over the matter without knowing there are other cannier nation looking at them. China have to keep in mind that, no nuclear and biological weapon will going to solve this boundary issue. Since, no record have confirmed that Bhutan is under their power. Bhutan was well under their self-rule, ruled by vibrant and selfless Monarchs before China unofficially invaded Taiwan and Tibet. China should know that, Bhutan in no way is pleased with their economic growth nor with their nuclear dynamism.

China must understand that Bhutan is neither under the control of India nor going to be under any other nation in any condition. Bhutan will going to remain as the sovereign nation and independent state in any matter. 

Honestly, we are not much worried about this boundary issue, rather we are worried about what the Chinese diplomat have in their mind; to give them power or take away their right! It also matters on what role Indian counterpart is playing in between two countries is still very unknown and risky. So, to win this boundary line, Bhutan will never going to use New Delhi for their military power to win this race. China and India must understand and respect that for centuries Bhutan have never invested in nuclear line nor will going to open gym for terrorist. 

This is not the first time Bhutan is undergoing such attack from Beijing. The message is clear on their part. They are ready to pick war with us. India by far is their ultimate enemy and line of attack making Doklam as their main battle field and nuclear powerhouse. 

In the past, Bhutan have fought several battle and no history can prove that Bhutan have invited her neighbor to fight a war. Seriously, China must understand that Bhutan have never invited India to fight this boundary war either. During 2003, Bhutan alone have flushed out total ULFA, KLO and NDFB militant groups from the country's soil. Instead, Royal Government of Bhutan have requested Government of India not to interfere, stating that it was a home matter. But, we are not saying that Bhutan is ready to go head-to-head with China in any case. We don't have any powerful weapon nor do we have manpower to go against them at this time. It is too early and harsh for Bhutan to exercise their handful of military power.

Although, India have been a good, kind and generous neighbor for centuries. China have to understand that Bhutan have never requested New Delhi to send their troops to protect Bhutanese territory at Doklam and will never going to invite them in future too. However, to solve this land issue successfully, India should leave Bhutan fight alone their boundary battle in Bhutanise manner.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Samdrupjongkhar, FCB godown on Fire.

Every time, when I hear about fire incidences, I have a very different feelings, feelings of exasperation. I was never pleased and swayed on any fire incidences so far. Honestly, until now I have never trusted on the cause of any fire disaster either.  

This morning, Kuensel updated me on, Food Cooperation of Bhutan, Samdrupjongkhar on fire. Which lasted nearly for seven hours. The more peeving news was that thousands gathered couldn't contained the fire. 

The more surprising to me was on the cause of fire which was reported unofficially was to be electric short circuit. Why every time our electricity circuit and LPG cylinder being upbraid? What is wrong with our power network and LPG cylinder?  

The big concern lies on the loss of food stored worth of Nu, 100 million plus that was completely raised into flame. Mathematically, the total amount that was consumed by fire cannot be earned by 1000 strong men in their entire life. 

However, the big worry is on survival of our civil servants and school children across the nation. What they will eat from tomorrow when every bits of ration was ruined by fire in the base. It must have occurred due to a human error. Where do we stand in term of GNH mindful index, when such incidences continues to ensue?

For me I feel, this is particularly a very melancholic fire incidences of all. The reason is very simple. Even a year old child can answer you on this, without any penny of hesitation. Firstly, Bhutan is a complete dependent nation to a giant India. Secondly, Bhutan has the least developed economy in the world. Thirdly, it is completely a huge loss for the whole nation. 

On June 24, 2012 –Wangduephodrang Dzong completely gutted and on October 25, 2010 –Chamkhar town raised 66 shops to ground and 267 people homeless for months. However, during this two separate massive fire incidences, honestly I did not worry much. But, this particular fire incidence have left me disturbed and bothered. Since, my concern was on how six schools in eastern Dzongkhag will survive, when their ration was gutted by fire in the base. They were little unlucky this time. Who should take a blame for this?  

Evert time, when I hear or see any fire incidences I always feel something is hidden and my mind always fills with tons of suspicion. I cannot guarantee all but almost all the fire incidences would be a forged one. Otherwise, every house has to be on fire every minute. Since, every household possess power line and LPG cylinder that runs every day. Why every time government properties and offices has to be always on fire? Until we have as serious monitoring system in place, we can never stop from fire incidences to happen.

I am unsure, when next electric short circuit might go wrong in PHPA offices. And I do hope that LPG cylinder in Damchu by-pass office will not storm and explode either. 

This is a serious matter to consider. It is time we must stand out together to put end to such rampant fire incidences from happening in the country, any big or small incidences can cause a serious crisis on our unstable economy and lives of our people. Please, play safe. Stay alert can only safe us from any man-made disaster in future.  Say NO to fire is the only solution!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Setting the National Goal

The training on English for effective communication is far too short but the impact will live on for thousands of teaching fraternity. This five day training has stirred thoroughly on teacher’s spoken competency level. With the spread of English for various reasons at home and abroad, the training have also emphasized on the advantage of being a good communicator as a teacher in school and –beyond.     

Although, English is neither our Mother Tongue nor our official language. But, English being the main medium of instruction in our schools, ministry felt that conducting such PD program for teachers would immensely benefit in making of competent teachers and better education system in the country.  

With the spread of English for political medium, to access information and entertainment and to function actively in the world no more holds the ownership of Great Britain alone. Thus, learning to communicate effectively has become necessary not only in our country, but also to rest of the world. And to a surprise China is pushing forward for learning and communicating in English language. 

Today, English being so invincible it is obvious that even in our context, knowingly or unknowingly it is seen that the usage of English is becoming unofficially official language in all offices.

So, when English has taken such rapid growth every part of the globe, back in our school setting, it is very sure that, English is being practiced and used excessively in our curriculum, organizing school activities and to adjust in the school system needs good English proficiency. In the modern world, it is seen that someone's personality can be easily judged and made with good spoken English and not any other proficiency.  

Although, we have learned English from the very first day of our schooling till the end of university. However, we lack being very effective in this four bands –reading, writing, listening and speaking. This training has mainly conducted to enhance skills on building effective communication skills, barriers of communication, non-verbal communication, public speaking maladies and hitches.

It is hope that all such gap can be filled at the earliest provided that individual teacher have taken this summer PD program positively. I have learnt how to manage and overcome stage fright. From this training, I have realized that the importance of teacher's spoken English language is all to put better food on the table at the end of the day.

The other reasons could be to inspire and motivate our fellow teachers of their importance and the value they carry in the society.   

However, at the same time we have seen lot of mayhem being levitated through social media throughout nation. Some of the mentioned hue and cry was about the unreliable weather, the road conditions and wrong timing. Many felt it was planned and conducted during winter break. But, finally without any hitches the training was over and everyone seemed to be happy and satisfied.

We look forward for continued support from our ministry for all times.

Monday, July 24, 2017

White Wagtail

White wagtail (Motacilla alba)

                                               To mark, World Rangers' Day.

Length: 16 – 19cm
Status: Fairly common winter visitor.
Altitude range: 110 – 345m.
Habitat: Rivers, streams, damp fields, vicinity of water and short grassland.
Food: It depends mainly upon varieties of insects, fish, frogs, etc.
Description: The white wagtail is a small passerine bird in the wagtail family, motacillidae. It has extremely variable head pattern and mantle color indicating its racial identification of breeding males. This species breeds in much of Europe, Asia and parts of north Africa. In Bhutan, it is found in all the places especially in southern and central areas.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Taxi Driver - The Most Challenging Job in the Market.

This past one week I have been constantly watching bbs Television just to be on the toe of latest happenings. But, to my surprise, almost all the news fed were neither informative nor educational, many were unmannered except for few road network connectivity for commuters due to recent heavy downpour.

All the coverage were, "15 nabbed for smoking in public areas, Druk PNB ATM teller accused of siphoned Nu. 10M, 54 years-old man gets 17 years in jail for raping a minor, etc." 

What is happening to GNH country? 

Yesterday's headline on, 'Aspiring taxi drivers may have to face an interview.' have captured my attention the most. The content of the news has really alerted and touched my nerve, although I am not making life out from gearing taxi string. I feel their feelings. 

Though, I fear for sharing my opinion on this agenda, but it's my long term frank opinion. The three most hatred jobs are, 'teacher, taxi driver and police personnel.' I don't know why people have to hate these profession so much.

Is there anyone who don't take a taxi drive? Is there anyone who don't want to do education, teachers are the inevitable person and the main pillar for the success of education? Is there anyone who don't want law and peace in order and themselves to be well shielded by our police personnel?

Although, the need to sit for an interview to become a taxi driver has become important due to many reasons. However, more important is self-consciences. Given a chance anyone can pass any level of test but this test alone can't define person's integrity, knowledge and inner self.

As stated by taxi drivers, "most people look down on their profession today.", "people feel that those who fail in their duties, as a civil servants, armed personnel or monks become taxi drivers." How can we determine one flash of interview alone is enough to determine that person and change the whole mindset of our society towards taxi driver?

Then, what going wrong with our teaching profession, they have a decent qualification and have taken all kinds of tests and interviews. Yet, we see their profession isn't sailing well in the society today, although many say, 'teaching job is a noble profession.'

Dear taxi drivers of Bhutan, as you have raised your voice over the low graded job you are doing in the society for the society and so does is my job. I am an educator and people have same notion about my profession too. Don't worry we share the same fate. Not only you and I share such poor fate. There are our police personnel who have even vilest fate than ours.

Besides all the hurdles, I know our teachers will continue to nurture minds, taxi driver’s drive their passenger home safely and police personnel continue to guard the nation and uphold laws and justice for all of us. Our country will continue to prosper better. 

Don't forget to Burn and Shine! It won't cost you more.