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.


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.