Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tour report - Totally Official

His Excellency Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi, Hon’ble Minister for Labour and Human Resources was the chief guest at the 102nd National day celebration in Pemagatsel dzongkhag.
Hon’ble Lyonpo and his entourage left the capital on the 13th of December via Trongsa and Trashigang. On December 15 2009, His Excellency formally inaugurated the Regional Employment and Labour Office in Trashigang. In his address to the public at the inauguration of the Office, His Excellency mentioned the increasing number of job seekers in the country every year. Thus, the need for such an office to provide employment and labour services to the employers and job seekers in the region. The office will cater to four dongkhags in the east namely, Trashiyangtse, Mongar, Lhuentse and Trashigang,
After the inaugural ceremony, Lyonpo and his entourage left for Pemagatsel on the same day. On December 16, 2009 Lyonpo visited Khar VTI and Druk Satir Gypsum mining sites. With regard to the site identified for VTI construction in Khar Gewog, Lyonpo informed the Dzongda and Gup that despite the fact that the site for the construction of the VTI was identified by the Government long time back, a need to look in to its future viability was felt necessary in view of the under-enrolment of trainees in the existing VTIs. Lyonpo expressed concern that the new VTI may not have enough enrolment, and as such, not prudent on the part of the Government to go ahead with its construction. Further, there was a confirmed funding only for one VTI and IZC each in the 10th FYP. Lyonpo also informed that the other possibility the Ministry tried of proposing was constructing a power training institute. However,as no hydropower projects is likely to come up near by Pemagatsel Dzonkhag neither soon nor in the foreseeable future, this was also found not feasible. Lyonpo informed Dzongda and Gup that in view of the circumstances, it would be advisable for the Dzonkhag to come up with alternative plans to use the identified site.
After Khar visit Lyonpo inspected all the mining and factory sites and met the staff and employees of Druk Satir. Lyonpo had discussions with the top management, staff and employees alike on the whole range of issues such as employment, working conditions, occupational health and safety, environmental protection, etc. On whole, the mining practices as well as employment and working conditions were found in pretty good order.
On December 17, 2009, Lyonpo was received with chipdrel precession to the celebration ground. The day took off with the singing of the National Anthem and listening to His Majesty the King’s Royal Address to the nation, live from the capital.
In his address to the people and students of pemagatsel dzongkhag, Lyonpo highlighted the significance of the day to the Bhutanese people. Lyonpo reiterated the significance and visions shared of our beloved Monarchs for the well being of Bhutan and the Bhutanese people. The day ended successfully with various cultural programmes performed by students and public representing different schools and Gewogs of the Dzonkhag.
In the same evening Lyonpo and his entourage left for Samdrupjongkhar after paying a visit to Yongla Gonpa. Lyonpo was received by Dasho Dzongda and other senior officials of Samdrupjongkhar Dzongkhag Administration.
On December 18, 2009, Lyonpo inaugurated another Regional Employment and Labour Office in Samdrupjongkhar. Lyonpo once more stressed on the importance of such an office in the region which would not only cater to the needs of job seekers but discharge labour related functions and services. His Excellency also informed the gathering about the 14 Rules and Regulations under the Labour and Employment Act, 2007 that were released recently and the nine regulations on Occupational Health and Safety that is due to be released soon. Lyonpo said that the opening of this office symbolizes the deep love, care and affection that the Royal Government of Bhutan has for the youth of the country. Lyonpo further added that for the RGoB to achieve the objectives of the country, whether on employment or Labour fronts, MoLHR seeks the support of all its citizens. He said that though the challenges are daunting, the vision of the Royal Government can be achieved easily if all the citizens of Bhutan work collectively.
The entourage arrived in the capital on 20 December 2009 via Mongar after a very fulfilling and productive trip.

PS: This is the official report i have submitted to the Cabinet, the unofficial one will be posted soon :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Well I am leaving for a week tour to the east and I know this is yet another tiring trip. But this time I am thankful for the trip. I needed a break from the monotonous paper work in the office. So this will be a kind of break for me. Thankfully I don’t have to walk any place this time.
My princess called me to wish me safe journey. At times this sweet little devil amazes me with her maturity. She talks beyond her age sometimes and that of course makes me proud. Only yesterday I met one of my cousin’s friend. Well he took me by surprise when he said he had a picture of my princess in his cell. And his words still chime in my ears “she is one child no soul would ever regret for giving birth.” And the funniest part was he was not aware of the fact that I was the proud mommy of this chirpy being. Whatever it is my princess at such an age has become somebody’s hero, not to forget that she acted in a daily Bhutanese television soap when she was hardly a year old and yeah her picture came in the newspaper too. I have the newspaper saved and I will definitely tell her this episode when she is old enough to appreciate.
Well before I go about bragging more about my princess (seriously I can go on and on…) and bore you, I take my leave here and get dressed for the trip. I have decided to leave my car at my boss’ place. It is safer there.
So folks let me say my bye for now. I will miss you reading my stupid articles…lol…
Take care!

Monday, December 7, 2009


It has been a week since I have shifted to my new place and it has been exactly three days that my princess, my sister and nanny left. The first night in their absence was not really hard for I had a company online; I know he had to go starving just to keep me company for I would not let him budge away from his Mac. If you are reading this piece let me convey my paramount of thanks, I am indeed really grateful and indebted. The second night, I slept over at my cousin’s place so no problem but on the third night that was yesterday after much thought and braving my heart, I decided to stay at my place. How long could I go on sleeping over at other’s place and how long could I afford to ask friends and cousins to sleep over at my place? So that’s how I decided.
First I cooked my self some noodles for dinner which I had picked up from my way back from work. I switched on the television. I dare not flick the channels for I feared that I might chance upon a horror movie if it is at all being shown in one of the channel. I stayed glued to the cartoon network channel. It was safe. I was doing fine until my refrigerator started making some funny noises and the roof above me made those eerie creaking sounds and not to forget the dogs outside howling like crazy. I could hear my own heart pounding and I felt that it could explode out any time. I could not even knock my neighbors’ door for I hardly knew them. I increased the TV volume to suppress the sounds of the surrounding but it did not help. Rather it added on to the already existing sounds. I felt the sounds were competing against each other. All kinds of creepy thoughts started looming in my mind. I regretted for watching those horror movies in the past which now pictured in my mind. The scene from the Korean horror movie “shutter” where the spirit of the dead girl pulling the bedspread of her lover boy started haunting me. I felt trapped in my own thoughts. Just at the wrong time my laptop charger gave its way, I could not even go online. My laptop beeped the out of battery signal just as I signed in. I wanted to run away but where could I go. It was already 11 30 PM. OMG 11 30!!! Just half an hour to midnight. I cursed those story tellers who told me that it is at midnight that spirits roamed around. I prayed hard that no such spirit would ever find the address of my flat. I browsed through my contact list on my cell phone if I could call anyone but at this hour every one would be snoring away to glory. I did not have the nerve to trouble anyone.
My eyes rolled around frantically searching for some comfort and that’s when my eyes caught the sight of the photograph of His Holiness Dungsey Rinpoche in my bedroom. It gave so much comfort and solace to my racing heart. I picked it up and embraced it saying thank you a thousand times. Don’t be surprised but I was crying. I felt like a little girl left alone by her parents. Well I was still scared but I felt safe and protected somehow. I put on the music on my cell, wedged the earphones to my ears, got in to my bed and tried drifting away to sleep. It was past 8 Am when I opened my eyes this morning. I rushed to work without breakfast and of course thanking Dungsey rinpoche for the timely rescue.
I know this is just the beginning but I also know that with time I will accustom myself to being alone.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


It is not really a sunny day today and I can feel the chill of the approaching winter creep in through my bones. And the crazy feeling that’s inside me is driving me nuts; I hate this uneasy, unexplainable feeling in me right now. The “missing you” feeling is always there so it is for sure that love is not at work this time. Love! My friend kesang is right when she says this is one abused word. It indeed is. Any way let me not dwell upon it anymore or I might land up boring you with all those same old story of hurt and deception.
So, I was telling you I actually don’t know what I am feeling right now. It’s something I cannot put in plain words. It’s a mixture of everything. There is happiness and with it a tinge of sadness. I am frantically searching for something I don’t know what, crazy isn’t it??? The Beatles are singing “yellow submarine” in my audio player. I can somehow relate to this song at this very moment.
People say life is impermanent and nothing is worth fighting for but yet again I see people fighting in the fit of survival. I hear news of bloodshed everyday on the TV; newspapers are flooded with news of killings and rapes of innocent people. Oh glory what has become of the world!
Just yesterday I was going though a blog and the pictures there simply amazed me. My heart pained to see those people in the pictures doing extraordinary stunts for simple survival. Yet on the other side I saw pictures of luxurious dining which my friend says is how the rich dine there, I mean in New York. Well he says a simple spoon on that table cost $150 and I could see hundreds there. Thousands of questions hammered in my head to which I knew there are no answers. He was right when he said “richer you get, greedier you would be” and I guess that answered all.
I am stopping here before I start sounding like a barmy person preaching some dim-witted lessons which I seriously don’t intend to. Bear with chuki! 

PS: I wrote this piece a couple of days ago but simply did not click the post button!

(photo courtesy Ugyen Zangmo)

My love story- sequel to 'a stranger online'

Yes I am in love and there is no denying to it…I am seeing someone, that very stranger I bragged about in my last post. Seeing him??? I haven't even met him, how can I possibly be seeing him? I have yet to invent a word for it. Well I guess that's what people would name "crazy love" yet so true, deep and pure. Now I am getting to appreciate that song "I loved you before I met you" by savage garden…I am still listening to it.

I know such stories exist only in movies and books but friends my love story is not something less than a fairy tale, I can assure you of it and hence I take pride in sharing it out.

Life for me has taken a new turn ever since this wonderful stranger stepped in to my world. And I am convinced that life from this time forth will be beautiful. Isn't it weird yet wonderful that we haven't met but so very much in love? "I miss you" has become our much treasured line and somewhere between the lines, the hope to be together someday is always there. I know we will and that's what keeps us going. We are world apart and yet a warm feeling always stirs in my soul when we talk. Well I guess that's the beauty of love or rather the beauty of our Love.

I don't know where these would lead to but for now I don't even want to care the end. This moment is special and I am living every moment of it with all my heart. I have come to realize that missing someone could be so hurting yet at the same time it's that sweet ache which makes you ever stronger. I can't wait for the day when we finally meet and prove the world that such story does happen in real. Yes we will prove it someday.

For now I am just amorous of what I am going through moreover of what we share…painful yet sweet, difficult yet worth it. I am left with no option than to take refuge in the same old line of romance that I won't promise I will be there for you forever but I do promise that I will be there with you as long as I breathe. I have found the perfect place where in I fit so perfectly...YOU, my stranger, my love

And this is my Love story!

A Stranger online

I finally got net connected to my place after my stupid office have blocked everything for that matter even friend finder sites. I wonder what contentment the IT people acquire blocking everything, if given a chance I very much would like to spank each one of them…seriously… "The labour net system is slowed down" is their rationale, well sounds vague but I cant do anything about it so be it…I can get net to my place and so that's how I got connected again…there's another reason why I got the connection…face book. ..Farming on the net!!! You sow, you plow and even harvest and sell…its real fun…and well of course you get to meet and chat with people from different walks of life!

Now here comes the main one…I don't know whether I should call it fate or chance but that day I was busy plowing my online farm as usual that somebody buzzed me…"hi…well I did not had anyone online and had been ages since I last chatted so I replied back hi there…and so it all started from there. From a simple hi hello to catch you next time. Well I don't know how the person on the other side felt but I must admit I have been utterly smitten (I hope it's the right word) by this stranger online at the very first chat. His way of conversation and his language was simply awesome. For him I might be just one more online FB girl he meets up everyday, so no big deal. And moreover he is living in one of the most happening cities of the world "New York" so that gives all the more reason he not to feel what I am feeling. Too busy to feel the feel!

Don't tell me I am falling for this stranger but I seem to wish him online everyday and the worst part I miss him too bad. Am I falling??? Hell no I tell myself…My sister and my flat mate think I am crazy wishing for something almost impossible and I know they are right…two different people living in two completely different world can never be one. ..Sigh…and being an English honors graduate, I have always been overwhelmed by people with good English and I believe that a person's nature is reflected through his writing so no doubt I was impressed here by a total stranger. May be I am being absurd and stupid like I always have…oh god its all "may be"….haha…

Whatever may be (again), I am leaving the whole thing to time which I hope will crack every unanswered question racking my brain now. And I believe in miracles so may be a miracle awaits me! And yeah I still go online for the simple reason I want to chat with this wonderful stranger I met online…serious!

PS : it is the same old post i have posted again