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Showing posts from January, 2006

Bhutan - The Living Museum

The young boy Namgay 11 years of age was high in energy and spirit. This is the first time in his life, he’s enjoying freedom.
He was stuck to that wall glass in the Paro airport with his nose flattened, He was seeing the landing of Druk Air flight, national carrier of Bhutan from Calcutta in that narrow valley with those big mountains in the background. He felt grace in that. He wondered when he could become a passenger to see those rooftops of the great Himalayan Mountains partly covered by moving clouds.

Well, he’s actually a monk from Trashigang Dzong, a monastery in the eastern Bhutan, He was donated to the monastery by his parents, In Bhutan, its customary that each family should ‘donate’ a percentage of their siblings’ count to the monasteries… even today! This is required to maintain the required workforce strength in the community as monks are involved in the active administration of the country along with His Majesty The King. But from 2008, the whole set up is going to be res…