Going home

I’m off to my constituency.

We’ll walk everyday, some days for more than 12 hours, to visit some 18 villages in Gakiling and Sombaykha. In these remote gewogs live some of our poorest people.

I’m looking forward to meeting our people: to give them my report on the second session of the National Assembly; to ask for directives for the third session; to listen to their problems; to discuss possible solutions; to investigate income generating activities; and to renew growing friendships.

Gakiling and Sombaykha are not connected by car road. And by telephone. So my blog will be quiet for a while.

Pictured is the treacherous tsha zam over the Amochu. Our villagers rebuild the bridge every year after the river subsides. It’s plainly dangerous. And it’s barely useable during the monsoons.

I’ve crossed this bridge several times. But the last time I used it, in October 2008, I froze in the middle of the bridge. I was terrified. And, thinking that a suspension bridge will replace the tsha zam by now, I’d secretly vowed to never cross this dangerous bridge again.

But construction of the new bridge can begin only towards the end of this year. So my promise will have to wait, till I cross the bridge a few more times.

 

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  1. She Yo En says:

    Will surely miss reading your blog. Best of luck with the bridge crossing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good Luck Man!

    See you on you blog when you return.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Very glad to know that you are visiting your constituents. On the other hand our Health Secretary is on a junket visiting his daughter (which is fine), but I am sure on an all-expense paid “official trip” and preaching about GNH! I cringe when people just devalue and misuse GNH, and use it to sound novel to naive foreigners – when their very existence is all about money and material gains. If GNH is what he truly promotes, fix the damn health system in the country. Don’t let our doctors and medical staff become demoralized any further, and get some more work done on preventive health care.

    Hah, some GNH!

  4. Anonymous says:

    will miss ur blog….

    anyway…all the best..heard u ve alredy started campaigning for next election…isit not too early la.

  5. Anonymous says:

    A journey of a 1000 miles begin with a single step. So they say and so you take the single step. Take single strides during your walk so you don’t miss out anyone. Take your time through the villages and listen to them, talk to them as citizens of Bhutan and not as Haps. You are the nations Opposition Leader and you behave like one when you engage your fellow citizens.

    Good luck with talking about Gyelyong Gaki Pelzom – remember she is not that next door neighbor girl like of some of our old MP’s thought when asked about Gaki Pelzom.

    see you soon.

  6. THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
    Robert Frost

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;
    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,
    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.
    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

  7. Lobxang says:

    Enjoy your trip. Stay safe, keep warm and bring us a lot of news. Best Wishes on your journey.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Good that you are visiting your constituency…Hope people of Haa will have good time with you with lots of promised activities achieved by end of 2013.

    I hope you will also involved in defending the cabinets decision regarding the Nu.300,000 grant for private MBBS students without any criteria which is simply unconstitutional.

    Tashi delek la..

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