Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Last Snow Fall


The last snow fall, I don’t remember when it was
Might be around last December, when we rejoiced
I see rain and cold still lingers, but no snow fall
The ground is wet, yet it’s just the hard rock and soil

The last snow fall, I don’t remember when it was
For now, the season has come and the sky still clear
I look up every moment, there isn’t sign of one
Peeping out of the window every morning is a disgrace

The last snow fall, I don’t remember when it was
Buds from the trees are sprouting, and seeds germinating
Chirps of the birds have reigned the sky, and the crickets too
But even a crystal of snow didn’t touch my feet

If not today, frail drops shall shower on me tomorrow
And I shall find the joy I lost for a moment time
But how in this warming soil will it see a landing place
No, I am living in the phantom of dreams

If not tomorrow, whence will I get the snowfall?
The thing so dear to me and one I dreamt so long
I long to muddle with the soft end of your touch
And shall my cheeks be painted red in white

And my boots still enclosed inside my wardrobe
The fluffy coat no longer serves any purpose now
Putting on my cozy hat, I stand by the window pane
Thinking you might come with full of surprises.




Friday, March 3, 2017

The Garden of Eden

Out of pure curiosity why men are attracted to breast like no other. My apologies to any offended reader!


Hark hither! Who resembles the Goddess of Thames
Do you not hear my call, so loud and clear?
Or thy ears pinned to the softer melody far
Show me now, thou haveth one that I admire

Unravel the pair of supple hill on thy chest
For I urge to behold them with ecstasy
Shoot me if you will, but I wait for thee to unfurl
O I plead, don’t undo me and obey my request

The Garden of Eden, the ocean of pleasure it is
My eyes shall be full with admiration and sensual blessings
And the touch, it shall lead me to heaven's excitement
And I shall remember you for eons of time

That a lump of flesh, but with such a shape and supple
I am surprised how it is the wonder to the eyes of men
But the pleasure is such of an unimaginable taste
As that of the wild honey for the dear tongue

How now if thou deliver the pleasure I seek
Else, I will have my throat slit with a piece of blade
And end my desire, all with the life of mine

I beg of thee, save me from the claws of death

Beacon of Tomorrow

 .... to our Prince on His 1st Birth Anniversary....


As though the sun has risen from afar
My home glitters with the rays of hope
Our wings, rested on the colorful joy
The beacon of legend has risen over horizon

Such greatness of the Name, has been long called
The ripples still afloat the hearts of all
Whilst the joy peek through the trunk of ecstasy
I, a humble servant, greets Thee with all the love

May I call Thee, the promise of tomorrow?
The hope, we cling close to our tender hearts
Such a name, even the Thames can’t afford to make
Let me sail, and rejoice through the vales of joy

Oh! The great one, who hath for us all come
Thou greet us with smile, such of a priceless
It gives us pleasant ride, through the meadows of love
I garland Thee with all the love and prayers

I see now, the vales have turned themselves up to Thee
And so the Rivers, the brooks, and the streams
Hum the name of a Legend, who has adorned my home
The Nile, as holy as it is, has taken thy name in its song
 
Dear Lord, the one of unfathomable touch of greatness
Thy Midas touch shall be proved the holiest of elixir
Time shall stand still, to watch Thee perform miracles
Your one touch shall have the golden goose born

Thou art one, who shall defy the law of fall
All I see is the carpet of bliss and joy
That shall meadow the land of peace
I submit to thy feet, Oh, the great one!

Fearless, as thou stand, it shield us from terror
Thy great mastery promises victory over any evils
The power in thy possession shall triumphant us all
The dynasty shall ride further, high with pride

The flag of the dragon, as it flutters in the wind
It sings the song of tranquil, passes me a great comfort
The roar of the dragon, to the far and wide heard
I held my head high, salute to the jewel of this land
  
Thy reign will be a home for countless hearts
Thou shall lead us through the path of greatness
Thy deed shall sanctify us though boundless times
Bless me more, for I can serve my duties better

My heart melts to behold Thee rise higher each day
Oh Lord! I must make pledges with delight
Come what may, but I, an honest servant to thy land
Vow to serve Thee, lead me to the perfection


 ....May you LIVE LONG my Prince....

Monday, December 26, 2016

RIPPLES of DEMONETIZATION -We, the creator of our own Mess



'Indian Rupees (INR) are once again being illegally sold across the border. Both Bhutanese and Indian nationals in need of INR are paying between Nu 108-112 for INR 100.'
                                                                                                                   Source: Kuensel (December 26,2016)

Ever since the Demonetization of INR 500 and 1000 in India on November 8, Bhutanese people have been bearing the brunt of insufficient INR all these days, and it is going to happen for quite some time. The Royal Monetary Authority receives INR 130 million every week from India, but the figure is still too less. The demand has far exceeded the supply. 

RMA says that majority of the people coming to exchange INR are those going for pilgrimage in India and Nepal. And due to insufficient INR, RMA has come up with a lucky-dip idea where only limited number of people only gets to exchange. The worst of all, people gets into the Que near RMA's office as early as 2 am. Even the children are not spared. Parents also have been bringing their children so that their chances to get the admission inside the money counter is high. 


Isn't this a big shame on our mentality? Don't we have lots to learn?

It is very much agreed that we depend a lot to INR because we import more. We depend more to India, even for as small thing as Salt. It is very much agreed that INR is must for our daily well being and even survival is very difficult without INR, as we are much dependent on imports. But we could save ourselves from running into and getting victimized by lots of un-necessary commotions. 

Yes, that's well stated. We could save ourselves.  

Since when this pilgrimage has become necessary for us? It's a thing to wonder. I don't discourage anybody in going to pilgrimage. Infact I possess no right to do so. I am neither activist nor a bargain on anything, but this very small mentality worries a lot of us. Considering these very petty things, we forget a bigger picture and a more bigger concern. Health, for instance is a pressing issue for us all. As stated earlier, we very much depend on other countries and health facilities is one of them. A friend of mine has already delayed her medical treatment (surgery) in India because she can't avail INR that easily. 

How many more such cases might be pending, because we care less about others?

Bhutanese are very passionate pilgrimages, right? The Kuensel edition on December 26, 2016 reveals a story about Ngultrum Value falling in Phuntsholing. A 100 note of INR is being sold at 120 Ngultrum in Phuntsholing. This is a disturbing news. How far are we going to go on like this? Doesn't this tells a lot of story about our economy? Our carelessness? and our mentality? 

Bhutan is the Last Shangrilla  and The Last Buddhist kingdom.  We have heard, read, experienced and know it ourselves. Bhutan has enough sacred places, more sacred that what we think, enough to be the wonderful and satisfying site for pilgrimage. But, why it has been long forgotten? It's a big irony here that the world looks up to Bhutan for being so sacred and we,  flock down for pilgrimage. 

I fear that we are losing our own identity. 

And what good does it bring by getting INR illegally, serving black duties and going for pilgrimage? 

Chilli was the most talked matter a very few months back. People we literally crying for not getting chilli at the vegetable markets. The absence of the chilli was deeply moaned, and now it's the INR. I am wondering what surprise awaits next!!!


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

MOVIE REVIEW - HOW DO THEY DO?



'ARE WE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE?'

     This is a common questions when it comes to anything that affiliates to our grand culture - the unique identity of Bhutan. The unique culture and tradition is one of the many key factors Bhutan has been enjoying the fame of a Heaven epitome. And this trend will take Bhutan to eons of time bound. 

     What Bhutan didn't do, to keep this trend alive among our generations? And the effect has a long lasting impression in our mentality. Yes, each of us has a sacred duty as brand ambassadors to enhance and uphold this identity with pride. 

     But recently when BICMA disapproved the screening of the recent intentional HIT film by H.H Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpochhoe, Hema Hema: Sing Me Song While I Wait, produced by Pawo Chonyning Dorji, it created public outcry. Almost everyone is talking about Why! And the social media, the most active media in Bhutan is full of this question. 

     BICMA disapproved the screening of the film because it contains culturally inappropriate content. But I believe that the maker of the film, being no ordinary person would not have simply invested so much that it becomes inappropriate JUST for the Bhutanese people to watch it, when the world celebrates it as a MODEL

    And as everyone has the trust in the film, I as a commoner have much confidence that the film has a lot of messages for us all - message from the great Mind.

   Considering all these, the doubt comes in our mind instantly, 'Are we ignoring the greater cause just because it has a small loop? Or as most have pointed out, it is time we sit and talk about the very guidelines  to review the film. 

   This disapproval has further added flavour to the curiosity of the already curious people to watch the film. The film now seems more ambiguous to the public with the only authority reviewing the film disproving it for screening. 

   And the degree of public curiosity is increasing which and I believe people needs to be clarified.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Diamond on our Plate!

     
     
'While the price of a kilogram of chilli cost Rs. 40 to 50 in Phuntsholing, the price of a kilogram of chilli in Thimphu cost Nu. 300 to 400." A news reader in BBS reads. 

What do we learn from this?

The government banned the import of green chilli from Bengal in India in August. That was quite the move towards convincing people that vegetables with harmful pesticide is hazardous. And people understood that. Bravo! But it somehow added to the distress of the vegetable vendors in the country. It  added vile to their business. And somehow the ban was a boon for the local farmers. They got a pretty good market for their locally produced chilli. Justice to our own people! 

One of the many visions of our leaders is 'Self Sufficiency'  through organic farming. Our government and the relevant agencies are trying hard to make people understand that going organic is very crucial. And people seem to very much understand this. But at the same time, we feel that we are being robbed.

People were all smiles with the ban of green chilli from Bengal in India, excepting some disgruntle among the vendors. We got to eat our own farm produce, fresh and organic - no fear of pesticides. And this also created an idea to bring chaos and misunderstanding among our own people. From series of incidents we saw, we know one thing for sure that 'our people are opportunist!" In the sense that they make best use of unfavourable times. 

What we saw during the monsoon season was cabbies ferrying passengers with unreasonable fare - tripling the actual amount of fare. When that was the season our people needed them the most, a lot of them felt victim to the daylight robbery. Even RSTA had to penalize the ones caught. And now as the chilli season is about to meet its dreadful end, the price it fetches is skyrocketing - What nightmare is this?

Wait! Does this mean vendors fix their own price and we don't have anybody regulating them? The price of vegetable rising from 100/kg to 400/kg is not some jokes made by foolish people and consumed by foolish us! This is something to talk about! A lot has been talked and lot more frustration is being poured on this? These days whatever social media page you are on, it is always about the chilli price. When all of us are frustrated over this, there got to be something or somebody  talking on this. But sadly, we live in a society where  people don't bother much. 

But this is killing the commoner. Paying 400 for a kg of chilli is great deal for them and is beyond their capacity. 

However Agriculture department is exploring new market in Darjeeling and Sikkim in India to import green chilli, but what if the same fate is met? I guess we must not mind paying more or totally cut chilli out of the meals. 

         And amidst these misfortunes and hard times, we - the commoner always wait for better!
       

Sunday, November 20, 2016

My thought on BBIN Agreement!

       BBIN Agreement, a much discussed issue in the recent two sessions of the parliament has invited a lot of criticism - both constructive and the otherwise. The Motor Vehicles Agreement for the regulation of Passenger and Cargo vehicular movement in the regions of Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal was signed last year by the government and marked the move in bringing in more vehicular movement in the country. 

       While lot many said it was a good move and initiative in boosting up and building the economy of the nation, many were not in the favour of the idea that it will bring in lots of chaos. The recent parliament had a thorough discussion on this and the national Council in particular refrained from ratifying the Motor Vehicles Agreement for the regulation of Passenger and Cargo vehicular movement. The National Council was firm with the decision that the government didn't do comprehensive consultation with the relevant stakeholders before signing the agreement. 

       Pointed out right because as far as every citizen is concerned, the terms regarding the BBIN agreement was thoroughly out poured to the people through various source but people were not consulted on the pros and cons of the agreement. The people and the relevant stakeholders were not involved in the decision. The decision of the government to sign the agreement brought about a lot of pleas and cries from the concerned   authorities and individual, particularly the truck and cab owners that the move will definitely intervene in their business in ferrying passenger (regional tourists in particular) and load. All the possible media covered the story but it didn't change the mind of the government. 

      Finally, the much pain of the people were knotted into the agreement!

      The recent denial of the NC in ratifying the agreement somehow was a balm on the wound. It somehow removed the stain of doubt and worries our concern agencies and individuals were carrying for quite sometime.  And I believe that this is for the greater cause and the greater need of the people. 

       Men at the Service of the Public!

    From a commoner's perspectives, the BBIN agreement was for the good of the people and economy of the country, but more than the goodness it promised, it infact has a lot of disadvantages in package. 

       Considering a large figure in the import of vehicles in the country, the Government raised the tax for car imports. Infact it is very surprising that a very high tax is levied for the import of any vehicle in a very poor and developing economy of the country. This sent lot of people wanting to buy a car back home. As long as this 100% tax exists, a commoner's dream to own a car is impossible. And this was much respected and appreciated by all the people and infact the people outside, because out government was very concerned about the environmental pollution. But, the very agreement that will allow more vehicular movement and the 100% tax levied to our own people for buying a car doesn't correlate. This simply doesn't define any justice to our people. 

       Bhutan uphold its pride of being a carbon Negative country and the 100% tax is a means of limiting the imports of cars.  Justified move in maintain that pride! And the recent uproar in the parliament  was because they were less convinced that the vehicles of the rest of the countries is never a threat to the environment and security of the nation. I am pretty moved by the MP's statement about the 100% tax ruining a common man's dream to own a car and letting others roam in our land. 

       What a concern!

       Above all, people are still crossing their fingers that good will come out and there will be justice in the land of peace. And a lot of appreciation to our farsighted leaders who always gave a second thought for the well beings of the people and the Nation as a whole!