Sunday, January 28, 2018

Bhutanese reality Shows!

Reality show, I am sure that the word means different genres of staged performances; like dancing, singing, acting, talents, writing, mimicry and lot others. Countries like Australia, Great Britain, US, and the closest to Bhutan, India do really showcase varieties of reality shows.

But in Bhutan, it's just singing, singing and singing. Because throughout the year it's just singing on BBS 2 and nothing else.

Initially we had Bhutan Star which was the master piece initiative of the legendary singer, actor, lyricist and a versatile man first, Ngedrup Dorji. And ever since, it has been just the singing.

Going with the exact number, we already have three singing reality show: Druk Super Star, Druk Gi Kalapingka, and Drinchen Phamai Sunkay, going round the year, turn wise. And beginning this year, we have an additional egg in the basket, The Voice of Bhutan and God knows how many more are on the verge of inception.

Does this mean one thing? That Bhutanese is filled with singers? Or the other, that Bhutan has hell lot of copy cat. Well, if that was an offensive statement, digest it because it's what the truth holds. In the name of upholding our sacred culture, this lucrative business has been quite the golden egg for the organizers; a good way of dragging people in front of TV every Saturday and Sunday.

By the way, is our culture all about singing? I guess not.

On the other hand, shows like 'Dzongkha Reading Skills' 'Lamsoel- as in Tangible and Intangible Culture' is really a good show and we need to promote this kind of shows.

Besides singing competition, it would be really a great show to bring out the most Talented actor, writer, lyricist, Bhutan Got Talent and many more. God knows how many more genres we haven't thought of now.
It's always good to have singing show but with all we have right now, and considering the audiences, the ratio is very very very unbalanced.And Bhutanese audiences need varieties.

Now have anyone been thinking about TRP - Telivision Rating Point? This gives us an index of the choice of people and also the popularity of a particular channel or show. Well we don't think about it. Infact, we don't care about it. producing and organizing a TV show should have this very concept of TRP, and only then we will be able to judge how good or bad the show is and every aspects related to it.
May be we aren't ready for this, because we are busy bringing in the flavour and styles of Indian reality show.

And it will take lot more years that we think before Bhutan can come up with our own show.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Bhutanese Fans mourns the death of K-Pop Singer

K-Pop and Korean lifestyles, who doesn't know in Bhutan. Korean lifestyle has a huge influence in our Bhutanese people, especially the youths. Music, dress, food, hairstyle, almost every bit of the youths' life in Bhutan is has so much similarity. Which even give the sense of Koreans' vibrant presence among us. 

If anybody takes a casual walk around Thimphu city, it's very obvious that Koreans alike Bhutanese youth are everywhere. 
Talking of which the recent tragic death of K-Pop singer Jonghyun of Shinee at 27 brought so much sorrow and pains in the hearts of Bhutanese youth. 

They even took it to the street, an open space to mourn the death of an accomplished singer, songwriter and dancer, Jonghyun. 

In June this year, the first ever KPop concert at the Changlingmethang National Stadium also gathered large crowd, the highest gathering so far for a concert in Bhutan. In a concert, where the highlights were performance by world -renowned artist Park Jae-Sang, popularly known as PSY, ifve other K-Pop artists, Badkiz, Boys Republic, Girlfriend, Hwang Chi-Yuel; and Lovelyz, youth and old, child and mothers had a feast for their eyes. 

Rumour also had it that few girls even fainted in the sight of their favorite K-Pop stars on stage in person. 

While Bhutanese youth has so much madness and likeness for the K-Pop and their lifestyles and has influenced our youth in such level, a question always arise, "How many more years before Bhutan become next Korea? When they have taken to the open space to mourn the death of a K-Pop star, do we have to understand something from this?"

But I am sure, as Bhutanese first, one will also be greatly influenced by our bloodline, instincts and the consciousness, to be a citizen of Bhutan at the end of the day. 

RIP Jonghyun!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bhutan has more jobs than job seekers?

"Bhutan has more job vacancies than the job seekers registered with the Labour Ministry."

-Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay

Now this is something to think and talk about. The very first thing that comes into our mind is 'job.' What kind of thing or work is called 'job?' And the next instant people think like 'are the youths laying back, not registering with MoLHR? 

But an unemployed youth will always take a bigger consideration for the job, whether registered or not, because in one or the other the small population of our country is all connected  and all come to know about the jobs available in the market. Because it isn't really necessary if one is registered with the MoLHR or not. Or is anybody trying to defend the position here? 

Considering the ratio of the jobs available and the job seekers do we really have more jobs? Are we considering the kind of jobs available and the qualification of the job seekers. 

While it's true that Bhutan has jobs available but not many for the qualified people; especially the university graduates. It's through the experiences, through people whom I know and have good relations with that university graduates don't get jobs for their qualification. Seriously we can't expect a university graduate to work on the road as laborers, neither in the constructions sectors because these are skilled jobs. On contrary, if the skilled graduates from TTI (technical training institutes) talk about not having jobs, then it's something to talk about because Bhutan is undergoing vigorous development phase and jobs in these sectors are plenty i guess. But expecting a graduate to earn just three meals a day is not done and we just can't go on bragging we have enough jobs.

 Because the jobs we do compromise other necessary things, it is for this reason that youths always opt for high end jobs and remain jobless. Taking a consideration of the high inflation in the market, difficulty in getting comfortable accommodation, especially in the urban areas and other risk factors, the unemployment figure is always on the rise. Because we have countless youth unemployed, it's still not understood why nobody is doing anything on the most crucial thing; accommodation and the house rent in the urban areas. house owners keeps increasing the house rent every two years; that's what the law says while the salary and the remunerations remains stagnant. Youth don't want to do small jobs because they can't afford to live in such places where house rent and inflation is sky rocketing. 

And therefore we can't just simply study the figure and brag we have more jobs than the jobs seekers. 

If I have diverged from what i intended to write it's because lots of others things that matters are left unnoticed while we keep on defending our own right. 


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dear Life

With all the sorrows and sadness over the kind of life I have, these free verses flows out ....

I can’t finish thinking of how beautiful you are!
Dear life, with you, everything is heaven
And every moment a blessing, such joy
How blessed I feel that you are every breath I take

You’ve me and I’m happy for this
I can afford it, something which is above godly
 And precious, and because I’m a chosen one,
I have all the joy. Nothing as beautiful as you, O life

But how sad that you found a poor me
And rested upon who couldn’t have afforded it
But because you don’t differentiate, I am happy
For this makes me a fortunate one, though small

You were rude at first, when I was tender
I grew up a man cub without proper clothes on
And I hated you for all you were with me
But then, you were still that beautiful life

You put me through tests, of which I failed so many
But taught me how different I can be with failures
Because nothing can be beautiful without fall
And that, is the biggest lesson you have for all

Do you still remember me spending starving nights?
Because that loaf of bread was such a luxury
And I was no match for such an extravagance
But you always taught me lessons through such

You watched me grow, take adventure and be wise
When I broke down, you always showed me the path
Promised better days with each dawn break
Things were going well and I was all smiles

You have me tested enough and your test never ends
As if I have something you must juice out
I can no longer hold on to these sorrows
Why don’t you show me a path as you did before?
I wonder if you can watch me right now
Because my shouts are getting fainter with days
And these pangs of pains rip my heart out
Why do I see only sorrows and no moment of peace?

Or do you say it’s all my doing and I am responsible?
But all I say is just an omen of goodness that you exist
 Because that you have me, you should have a better plan
Or this is just what you got for me this life?

Why I can’t make people around me content
Of what I do or is everything just a doom?
I’m going feeble each day and can’t bear it anymore
For you are the maker, why don’t you show me a path?

Or maybe, why don’t you tell the people who despise me
That’s you are not about hatred, jealousy and ego
But a way through where everyone passes with joy
And no regret as you bid your last goodbye to them?

I will not make an end of you, no, not like others
Because I still know how beautiful you are
I have made up my mind to be little patience
And wait for the right time you show up

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Why on the earth she had to be set on fire? What kind of crime and sin deserves such a treatment? What could have provoked the man, the Ex, to set her on fire? 

These are some of the questions that triggers in people's mind when they heard the sad news of the 'Woman who was set on fire' by his ex-husband. The bitter pain is in imagining the excruciating pain from the burn. It's heart wrecking. Whoever has been on the scene must have felt the cold stab in their heart to see a woman running in flames. The most horrible of the scenes a mankind would ever watch! 

What kind of monsters is he? The man who was nobody for her, for it was already a month since they separated had to be his Death. The strength of the issue might have been so serious that it triggered the man to burn his ex alive. Or was it not the issue and his uncontrolled mind that went haywire? Or did he intend to by any means burn her alive because the coronation park doesn't have kerosene outlet and the man had it already with him. 

The question here is why it happened and how it happened, but its about the incident that happened. It was such a disturbing incident. It could stay in the minds of people for days, weeks or even for years.   

And for the child, it might be what the fate has for her that she had to witness the most tragic incident in such a tender age. Without any crime, without any wrong doings, she has to bear the pain and loss for the rest of her life. We could only pray that things goes well for her. 

The incident would have shocked the world that things like this has become so rampant in a country where PEACE & HAPPINESS are the way of life. It also happened that a tourist was also on the scene and posted on social media about the incident. 

It was such a tragic incident that people of Bhutan get exposed to, and more intriguingly the child of the deceased. The only thing we could do for now is that such incidents never happen in Bhutan in future and that we be careful with people around, because anywhere, anything can possibly happen.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pay Revision - a nightmare call for the rest

Since the institution of Democracy in 2008 in Bhutan, we have had many chances to witness lots of interesting changes. While some were for the good and betterment of our country and countrymen, some were, as we can't expect everything to be so perfect, pretty unsatisfactory. Things come and pass, but some seem to have unending ripples in people's life. And the daily basic happenings are the foremost thing that people consider, like inflation, salary and generally the common and most important things that affect us. Salary, as bluntly as I can say, is the first thing for most of us and is an undeniable fact. 
The recent pay hike of 40% for all the local government leaders, excepting Thrompons proposed by the government is something to think about. Now another blunt statement from a commoner like me is, this is a 'HUGE'  proportion. It's almost half of their monthly share. 
Because I say this on many grounds. I ain't any economist or budget professional, but whatever I write here is a very basic concern that can strike up from this. A lot of public outcries has already been flooded on social media about it. People are crying foul over it and a large proportion of people are being disturbed. Many prefer to stay quiet, as our larger society is, because they think that it isn't going to be any good. And here I gather my courage to say it all. And I am very sure that having said about the public outcry, I am not alone with this opinion. 

During the time of the pay revision for civil servants and corporate employees, thorough discussions were done in the parliament. It dragged through quite some time, not being able to come to a common consent regarding the precise percent the pay should be revised. And somehow, when it came through, many cried foul about it. Not all were satisfied with it though it had some additional value. And I guess it is because the pay revision was kept very minimal. People respected that for many ground realities had to be considered - the debt, borrowings, budget outlay and much more. 

But don't we see the same ground realities that should be considered here as well? 

The National Budget Report 2017 - 2018 which was released on Monday stated that Bhutan's public debt has hit 160.5 billion Ngultrum by June 30 last year, which is an increase of 39 billion Ngultrum from 2015 figure. How did we forget this, when so much consideration in the pay revision, as high as 40% was done? 

Besides, this is going to affect the mentality of civil servants and corporate employees. And not beating around the bush, this is going to hurt them to a new high level. I am sure that the same is being thought by all. 

I am also sure that everyone understands how important LG leaders and their responsibilities are. This is very well taken care about, but this should not demean the job responsibilities of other employees in the civil service and other sectors with such a differentiating difference when it comes to the salary revision. Expenses in the urban areas are skyrocketing - house owners keep increasing the rents yearly and nothing is being done, vegetables are being sold at the prices wished by the vendors and very less is being taken care, transportaton is becoming more expensive, but incentives has the pace that of a tortoise. 

After all, it's quite the contradiction that our system delivers. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

When I am that Lone Wolf

Sometimes, I feel every single moment when some situation slowly transforms me into the loner in the thick abundance of acquaintances. More than the family, the workplace is the most suitable place that turns me into a Lone Wolf. The feeling becomes so intense that so suddenly I feel that energy of Alpha male...hahaha. 

How funny is that?

Now the situations vary- from duties to responsibilities, opinions to suggestions, and lot more. The very source that really turns somebody to a lone wolf is unending. But whatever is the case, most tend to forget that it's not just for a personal gain. The capacity to digest less of what is being talked and discussed is the core concern.  And a lot of aftershocks follow the deep concern that really keeps disturbing us and that we are trying to uncover. hatred, side looks, making it personal and worse than these at times. 

But I have this feeling that unless I am standing for my personal cause, I don't really care and doesn't really bother me much. Because what I talk and believe is the benefits of mass and if this makes me any black sheep, doesn't bother me anyway. More often people say that your boss is always right. Well, I say 'F*** that shit. Who the filthy hell said that? And who else believes this? I am obviously not a believer of these kinds of Bull**** and I believe you should not be as well. Because whoever or whatever it is, you always stand for the right - as simple as that. 

But anyhow, I am just pouring my frustration and anger here, because I can't really shout at people or else people gonna call me 'a Mad Dog.' So, better safe than sorry. 

Anyways, I am trying to reconnect myself to my past habit of writing. Was lost for long time in between.