OPINION

No School on Saturday

One regret I have from my childhood is not having spent enough time with my parents. I thought I would get all the time in the world to be with them once I finish my school. I didn’t see this coming. After school came college and then came my job …

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The Pain of Growing Up in Thimphu

I look back at my childhood with blissful happiness filling my heart and if I could, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back and live there again. Cornfields and a small orchard of different tropical fruits surrounded our house. During summer, the air was filled with sweet natural smells from fruits …

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Re-thinking college education in Bhutan

Concerning the establishment of three new colleges in Bhutan, I am not convinced of the efficacy of having three additional colleges. Every economy without doubt faces the problems of scarcity and choice. As a corollary, the decision to allocate our limited resources becomes important. While different economies allocate resources in …

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A visit to Chari with His Majesty the King

April 10th 2016, Sunday will go down as one of the most memorable days of my life. His Majesty the King was offering six chests made out of sandal wood to be taken up to Chari Monastery. Fringed with gold-plated metal carving of traditional design, the 6 dark reddish chests …

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Toilet Experiment During Paro Tshechu

Tshechu being the oldest and the most popular festival in Bhutan brings thousands of people together. It happens in every Dzongkhag from three to fives days every year. That gives Bhutan Toilet Org the perfect setting for our Toilet Experiment. Actually it’s more than an experiment, it’s a campaign to …

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The Moment with His Majesty the King

It was the last day of Paro Tshechu and my team was celebrating our four days of success, having delivered our mission of providing clean toilets to thousands of people and literally putting an end to open defecation in the place of worship. We were paid a surprise visit by …

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WHO WOULD LIKE TO PLAY THE BLAME GAME ? ME ME ME

A young Bhutanese man who allegedly committed suicide in Dubai has sparked debate on social media and I am only hoping and praying that it has done the same for every Bhutanese who aren’t online. Commenting “RIP” on a post shared by people who do nothing but blame the government, or the …

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Choose your words…with your Children!

I like to be positive, think positive and act positive when with Lolo. I am criticized for trying to bring her up with distorted realities – meaning painting only about the “good things” around her. Well, she is just three – won’t she imbibe the realities as she grows up? …

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Human Capacity Trumps Hydro Power … Everytime! Part 4

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Productivity and Growth The intent here is not to put the onus squarely on hydropower. Hydro fan-boys must be champing at the bits to write their own sharp rejoinders to this paper. But if it all sounds dismal, the bigger picture isn’t any better. Bhutanese productivity across all sectors isn’t …

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