“Robbing the Country Blind”- Beyond an English Lesson

“Robbing the country blind” was a figure of speech that Druk Phuensum Tshogpa took literally. Over the past months many people including Dasho Benji himself gave the party several English lessons. This case became so popular that the whole nation would by now know the meaning of the figure of …

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Seriously SAARC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to South Asian leaders to overcome the many shared challenges holding back the region emanates from a stark fact New Delhi has long understood: India’s full potential cannot bloom on soil scorched by regional conflict and backwardness. He won’t be the first prime minister, though, …

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The kitchen will be your fridge

When I first arrived in Bhutan to work for the Centre for Bhutanese Studies (CBS), they couldn’t find me any accommodation. In the meantime, they suggested the Thimphu Hotel, a cheap, loud and cheerful place that looked down on the only traffic island in the entire kingdom, from where I …

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A personal tribute to Dasho Shingkhar Lam


My first memory of Dasho Shingkhar Lam Kunzang Wangchuk is from 1982 when I was a young boy. The community of Ura was renovating the village temple and building a colossal statue of Guru Rinpoche. Dasho Shingkhar Lam arrived on his yellow jeep to appraise the work. When the sculptors …

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The Expressway Again

The Expressway has been in the news for some time now for its dividers, dangers, over speeding and pedestrians crossing any where they like. Many of the problems of the expressway were originally created by not properly planning, studying and consulting before its construction. The solutions of today being implemented …

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RUB and need for scholarships

Sometime back, may be a month or two ago, the media announced the availability of the post of Vice Chancellor for the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). Interested eligible candidates were invited to apply for the post. We now assume that the university will soon have more vibrant replacement. The …

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