Running comments

I like receiving your comments. They show that you are concerned about the issues raised here. And that you are prepared to discuss them. Naturally, I enjoy comments that agree with and support my views. Please keep them coming! But I find critical comments – even those that are not obviously constructive – useful too. I read them carefully. And reread them.

I don’t like editing your comments. And, except for the one time I erased an obscenity, I have not edited any. I don’t reject comments.

But I’m closing one on-going discussion. I’m forced do so.

“Bhutanese runner” has attracted a lot of attention. That is good. That is the idea. But it has become painful to follow the discussions, which, increasingly, have been dominated by personal attacks. And that is not good for all of us.

So, with a heavy heart, I will not allow any more comments on “Bhutanese runner”. I hope you will agree – Rinzin, after all, is not a public figure.

Big Picture – 5

Big picture 5

The first one to get this week’s Big Picture wins a lunch at the Musk. Be specific.

More Bhutanese bloggers

PaSsu in Bajo

PaSsu in Bajo

Like many of you, I follow several Bhutanese bloggers. But, some of the first bloggers I came across rarely write now. And one of them – who used the pen name Bhutanese Blogger – even announced, two months ago, that it was time to “move on”.

But, there’s good news. Every now and then, I come across new Bhutanese bloggers. PaSsu, a teacher in Bajothang, writes about life in Wangduephodrang in his blog, PaSsu Diary. And occasionally, he gives IT-related advice, like “Speeding up your computer – some tips” which many of us will find useful.

Liz Warren is another blogger. She’s not a Bhutanese. She’s American. But, since she teaches in the Early Learning Centre and writes about Bhutan, I’m featuring her site, Teaching in Thimphu, in our blogroll. (the Postman: many thanks for the introduction).

Support our bloggers. Visit their sites regularly. Here are two worth frequenting (I have already introduced both of them earlier). One is Jurmi Chhowing’s IamDRUKPA. Jurmi (a.k.a. Taliman a.k.a. the Postman) writes regularly. And you’ll find his articles interesting.

The other is Yeshey Dorji’s Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon. Yeshey is one of our leading photographers. He was recently in London to cover the Wimbledon Championships. And he’s posted some of his photographs of Wimbledon. They are very good.

Right tatoo

It's a dragon

It's a dragon

The last big picture was easy. Too easy. Almost all of you seem to know the answer. Frankly, I’m amazed. And I feel silly. So I’m declaring the results before I feel any more sillier.

Yes, it’s a tattoo. Yes, it’sa tattoo of a dragon. And yes, it’s a tattoo of a dragon on Jurmi Chhowing’s left arm.

Jurmi, who’s also known as Taliman (not Taliban, dear Pompom), got this “lifetime marking for a temporary insanity”, as Ugyen put it, at Naktsi Tattoo Parlour. The parlour is located in Lhaki Lam in lower Motithang. It is owned and run by Sonam aka Brother John.

The prize goes to our friend Archibald, who sent phtographic evidence to back up the correct answer. Archibald: please contact me for your prize. You’ve won a lunch at Musk. But, since you may not be in Bhutan, I can send you, if you prefer, Nu 100 in lieu of lunch.

The Big Picture – 4



The first one to figure out the big picture wins lunch at the Musk.




This morning, while going through some pictures, I came across a photograph that had friendship written all over it. I’m featuring it in the banner to celebrate international friendship day, almost a week after it’s over.


He's funny too

He's funny too

In Big Picture – 3, many of you guessed that the sound was that of a bird, a cuckoo. Many others, however, chose to focus on the landscape and guessed, correctly, that the trees – the willows and pine – were in Taba, below my parents’ house. And one reader, a philosopher, saw the tranquility of weeping willows and pine trees coexisting peacefully, and suggested subtly that our political landscape needed more harmony.

We do have a winner. It’s “ps” who wrote: “I think its some kid pretending be a cuckoo!” To claim your prize, please email me your address.

The person making the sound was Leki, a ventriloquist and a comedian. He’s 27 years old, so he’s technically not a “kid”. But, he’s full of fun. And, he can make us all feel younger.

Leki, who is from Jala Rubisa in Wangduephodrang, went to school at Gaselo. He walked every day, to and from school, which was located on the other side of a forest. In the forest, he imitated bird calls. He says that during those days he could make at least 20 different bird calls.

After primary school, Leki became a monk. After that he became a soldier. And, now he’s a budding entrepreneur. He plans to open a club. There, you’ll be able to enjoy Bhutanese song and dance and comedy.

And now, here’s Leki!

The Big Picture – 3

Okay, let’s make Big Picture a bit more interesting. Here’s an audio-visual clip. The first one to correctly identify what the Big Picture is wins a commemorative Nu 100 coin celebrating His Majesty’s the King’s coronation last year. It’s the Big Picture – 2 prize that was not claimed.


About Tshering



A couple of months ago, I launched an “About” page in this blog.  But, that page, till now, remained empty. Instead, it announced that a certain Tashi P. Wangdi was writing the content for the page.

That content is now complete. So, if you go here, you’ll see what Tashi – better known as Tosh – has written about me.

Seeing ‘dungs’ and ‘jalings’

Did Linda see the "jalings"?

Did Linda see the "jalings"?

Tan, Archibad, Tshewang, I_am_glad_I_didn’t_vote, GoodToSeePM&OLLaughing&Talking(aspiring), Tshewang Rinzin, The Postman, Karma CW, Ping­ pong and Namgay all identified the picture correctly and collectively screamed that “The big picture” was a pair of dhung chen, the beautiful long horns used by our monks.

The flood of correct answers prompted one reader, Linda Wangmo, to try to distract other readers by pointing out that the picture could be a close-up of a pair of jalings. Only one, SonanG, seems to have fallen for Linda Wangmo’s trap.

One reader, Nedag, berated me for posting a picture that was “…too easy” and called for “…more challenging” ones. And that’s exactly what I’ll need to do.

All of you deserve prizes. But Tan was first. Tan was correct. And Tan was straightforward. So, I’m awarding the prize to Tan. Congratulations! Please let me know, by email, where I should send your prize.

I’ve learnt two lessons from “The big picture – 2”. One, that the clue was obvious, which made the challenge too easy. And two, that our readers have a thorough awareness of our rich culture and traditions. The picture of the dhungs was taken during the Tendrel Tsechu in Tashichhodzong last month.

On lesson number one, I will, as Nedag advised, post more challenging challenges. But you can help too. If you have any photograph that you’d like to feature in “The big picture”, please email it to me. But you’ll need to sponsor the prize too. Otherwise, the incentives may not be right!