Sunday, 15 April 2018

Reminiscence of Year 2017: Without Dark there won’t be stars

I was sitting down with a blank paper in my hand getting ready to map out 2018. Then I realized that the three months of 2018 had already passed by and a new month has just started. It would be unfair on my side if I don’t look back at 2017. Twenty Seventeen will always be a special year to cherish and indeed a chapter of my life.
Though the year had been hectic and stressful, at times it was more like a dream of summer midnight. The thought of travelling during the monsoon, the undulating boulders, sleepy muddy road and having to halt 2 to 3 days in the middle of the journey due to road blocks still scares me. There had been a time when I cried to bed, cursing myself for what I was doing. However, the self trust within me kept me alive.  As September began, I remember myself sleeping among the books flooding around me. Before I could at least enjoy a single summer day, fall has already started. The summer of 2017 was too short. As October bided its goodbye, the cold air started spreading around. The feel of winter has come. Then my days were always in the thought of my ultimate goal. The perplexed November was occupied with Maize survey which indeed helped me to get out of my stressed thoughts. By the time I was back to my station, December has arrived. It was then; I realized that even sleeping was scarier. December has been kind to me.  The last 30 days of 2017 had been the best days of my life. What could I ask more for; news of my much awaited result, Lomba and National day celebration at Home. Everything came systematically.  Thank you 2017 for the memories, the lessons you have taught me and the simple joys that has marked some special days. Thank you 2017 for being there, for adding to conversation, for reading the words and for enabling me to do what I love. I am extremely grateful to all those wonderful people involved in making 2017 a success.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

March Madness- Stay Warm

The winter of 2016 was much calmer than I ever thought. It was smooth and wonderfully mild. The long anticipated wait for the winter snow never came and by then winter came to an end.  Just as we thought the spring was approaching, March blew in like a lion. Yes! It was the first snow fall of the year. I must say, March is tricky.

Who don’t like waking up to an unusual surrounding and experiencing an extraordinary feeling?. Snowfall and indeed the first snowfall is considered as a real happiness. That feeling of gazing at the world covered in a sea of snow is one of the most beautiful feelings. No winter is fun and complete without a snowfall. The March snow has made everyone bring back their warm jacket, boots, gloves, etc... The beauty of molding and building snowman and sharing laughter over a snow fight can be  a lifetime experience and memories.. Today we have cameras where we can freeze the memories forever.

The excitement a snowfall can bring is beyond limit. With snowfall whether you choose to play in or appreciate it through a frosty window, there is no denying that the flakes make you pause and grab the attention of their arrival. This beauty of a nature is unlimited and worth appreciating.

I have grown up experiencing snowfall and it is very much associated with my childhood; however I missed it this time. I woke up to a gloomy and wet morning here at Punakha but I must say I woke up to a Facebook page flooded with snowfall post. The reminiscence of my snowfall days couldn’t stop me from writing this and just than I have realized that the side effect of the snowfall has touched me. Somewhere deep inside I missed my home, the warm bhukhari and ofcourse the hot changkey.

The spring has just started with this unexpected snowfall and hopefully it will bring a change, newness and freshness to our surrounding. Wishing everyone a happy weekend!!! Stay Warm!!!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Climate Change: A Risky Business

(My Essay From 2015... Academic Skill )

The world today has encountered one of the most complex issue it has ever had to deal with; the climate change. Lately, climate change and global warming has become the talk of the town. It is one of the major global issues faced by the world today and everyone is responsible for the change occurring and has the responsibility to prevent it.

The change in the climatic pattern of the world due to gradual increase in the global temperature is defined as the climate change, (Stanford Solar Center, 2008). Many scholars, geologist and climatologist did detailed study on global warming and climate change.  Those studies have revealed that the climate change is taking place and the effects were seen (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007).

Over the decade, the change in climate has been observed and some of the serious causes of global warming have been known. The impacts human have on the world has literally changed the climate; since the industrial revolution, human activities such as using burning fossil fuels for energy, agriculture and land clearing, building up of industries have increased the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, (New South Wales Government, 2011). Carbon dioxide is the main gas responsible for warming. The other contributor includes Methane released from landfills and agriculture, nitrous oxide from fertilizers, gases used for refrigeration and industrial processing and the loss of forests that would otherwise store Carbon dioxide (National Geography Society, 2015).

The world is facing the most dangerous environmental challenges the current generation has ever seen. No matter what people are passionate about, the climate change is affecting something people really care about. Over the past 150 years, human have changed the balance of planet by living beyond their means. Today, the effect of climate change is happening and the world is experiencing the changes bought about. Climate change is affecting the planet in many ways, (WWF, n.d.).The rise in temperature leading to a change in precipitation and weather patterns are effect of climate change. The change in number and intensity of storm weather reports, prolonged drought, unreliable monsoon and violent thunder storm ensures that the weather phenomena have become extreme (IPCC, 2007). The heating up has caused the melting of ice caps at the poles resulting in the rise of sea level (Stanford SOLAR Center, 2008). Sea levels have risen by an average of 1.88mm per year since 1961 and from 1993 it has increased by 3.1 mm. If it continues to happen the places lying near the coastal area like Bangladesh and India would be in danger (IPCC, 2007).

Global warming is likely to be the greatest cause of species extinction (IPCC, 2007). According to IPCC report (2007), a rise in 1.5 degree Celsius average temperature may put 20-30%species at risk. Experts have predicted that one-fourth of earth’s species will be headed for extinction by 2050 if the warming trend continues. The warming up of the planet causes ecosystem to struggle leading to extinction of those wild life animals that cannot survive in warmer environment, (World Wildlife Fund, n.d.).  The effect of global warming on human health is also expected to be serious. The American Medical Association has reported that increases in mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever and chronic conditions like asthma are occurring as a direct result of global warming, (IPCC,2007).

It is obvious that climate change is one of the utmost threats faced by the world. Some of the latest happenings of climate change around the world include melting of ice at the polar regions of Antarctica and Greenland. The declinations of Adelic penguin, polar bear, and golden toad and Acropora cervicornis at the poles and scientists have correlated the rampant blaze in United States as a result of increasing temperature (Amore, 2014). 

Climate change is not something that is predictable, nor an unconquerable enemy.  Each and every one can control and combat the climate change. A simple measure like recycling the usage of plastic bottles and plastics, planting trees in degraded lands, minimizing the usage of equipments which gives out CFS can be taken as the first steps towards it. The scientists are calling on the World leaders to sign up on an agreement on eight points to combat climate change (BBC News, 2015). The world had been involved in planning the ways to prevent climate change. Various Summits, conferences and meetings in relation to prevent climate change issues were held. As per the Earth League, the United Nations meeting in the coming December is the last chance to avert dangerous climate change (BBC News, 2015).  Of the eight points, some points like safe guarding ecosystems such as forest and oceans can be done by every nation across the world. Climate Change is not only a problem but also an opportunity (World Climate Summit, 2014).  With the entire world concerned for climate change issues and constraint, the world will have better motives toward introducing cleaner energy supplies or reducing the use of energies, air quantity, better health facilities and good quality of life.

Climate change is a risky business. Within the last few decades, various effects of climate change had be seen and known. It is not an issue that can be left out easily. The upcoming dangers and challenges of global warming require a steady and cooperative response from the planet to boost communal capacity to predict, alleviate and adopt. Every individual should be aware of what is happening with the climate change and should be ready to face the challenges. Global warming has become a serious threat to humanity and before it brings an end to the planet earth, everyone should think globally and act globally to mitigate this issue.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Happy Mothers' Day

“The touch of her hand, the sweetness of her laughter, the taste of her food, the warmth of her hug, the depth of her love… she is the most special person on this earth”.
As the world celebrates this beautiful day, I can’t hold back myself from jotting down few lines for all the mothers and especially my mom. There won't be a better day then this to appreciate and acknowledge our mothers. Life won’t be that easy without her. Mother is a relationship that can’t be bought or neither be replaced. She is the first person to embrace you wholeheartedly and shower you with immense love. The person who sacrifices her time to nurture us, the person who fights for our right and the person who wakes up at an odd hour to attend us, she has done so much. It is time we pay back our gratitude. Mother’s day is a special day for the world. It is a day to remind us how special a mother is. Thank you all the Mothers for being an amazing mother and nurturing us. Salute to all the mothers.
For my mother:
It is a mother’s day and unlike others, I can’t text her since she won’t understand it. All I could do is chew over the memories and pray for her long life.
“You are my strength, confidence and weakness. I am so blessed to be born to you…You have been a wonderful mom and I love you with all my heart. You are the person in whom I found my life and on whom I shower my love.  A thought of losing you scares me to death. I wish if I can make you stand by my side forever. A smile on your face means a lot to me. I may not have been a good daughter but I am trying my best to be the best one. My world revolves around you. I am truly blessed to have you on my side as my guidance. Thank you for loving me immensely. I love you always and forever”.
 As the world joins in to celebrate your day, I silently pray for your long life and happiness. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Lets keep Our Toilet Clean.....

Toilet or lavatory gives you the first impression of any place or home you visit. A clean and tidy toilet speaks more than a beautiful host. Moreover, it is the only place where we have the complete freedom to be ourselves. It is a place where we express our emotion; someone would run into that place to cry and someone would be laughing evoking a moment, someone would be preparing for a exam here. Most of the confessions are made here. It is for sure one of the best place for brainstorming. The majority of our ideas and plans are born within those four walls.
We love visiting a clean toilet yet we never bothered to keep it clean. Whoever visit a dirty and messed up toilet would come out covering their nose and spitting. it is us who created the mess and we should take up the responsibility to keep it clean. Bhutan Toilet Organization, a non-profit NGO is one of the best initiatives any individual can take up. Who would have ever thought of toilet? When the entire nation is running up for other sort of foundation. It is one simple step for an individual to contribute. Thank you Bhutan Toilet Org.!!! People will never appreciate when you say you have cleaned a toilet indeed they would say,”Khai, toilet ya, Kham lo si si bay”. I have my own friends saying this and on the other side I have people who said cleaning a public toilet is equivalent to a “rimdro”. Whatever the notion is, having a clean and organized toilet is all we desire.
Last November 2015, I had the chance to be a part of “Bhutan Urgent Run Campaign” : make Public Toilet a better Place (1-18 November 2015) to observe the World Toilet day on the 19th November. We cleaned three toilets in Punakha. Despite the hardship we faced, our hard work was worth it. It had been one of the most satisfying work I have ever done till now. Having a clean toilet will provide a better and healthy space to live in. Let’s keep our toilet Clean; it is just a matter of one flush.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Straight From My Heart.... With Much Love

The new day was just born. It was 12:35 am, the 12th of August 2014. I was awaken by the repeated beeping of my cell phone. In my half sleep state I could see many familiar numbers calling me; I rubbed my eyes to catch the clear view, yeah! My family member started ringing me one after another. I rejected everyone’s call for I already knew why and what they wanted to say. Slowly tears started oozing out of my eyes and for a while my heart stopped beating. I was left in a state with No-emotion. “Om Mani Padmae Hung” I whispered to myself. It was that moment when my uncle breathed his last. The midnight of 12th August 2014 I lost my dearest uncle.
A million words wouldn’t bring you back, I know because I have tried them…. Neither would a million tears, I know because I have cried them. This is the uncertainty of the so called life. A month ago we shared the same food from a pot and our talk over a cup of tea, these memories are killing me. I still don’t believe you are no more!
Those were the days, when I used to irritate and play prank around you. For I wasn’t the best niece you had but I did my best to be the one. You are that jovial man I came across in my life. I have many beautiful moments with you and each one is dear to my heart. Your last moments weren’t that colorful. I could feel the pain you had. We did our best to safe you. I hope you must be happy with what has happened. At this age, you left us and I feel contended since you have lived enough. Deep inside, the empty space you created in my heart, no one can replace. Each and every second of my life I will miss your absence for you are the most loved uncle I ever had. Your demise is a chapter of my life; it taught me to be stronger, braver and more responsible and for now all I could do is pray for your peaceful journey towards your next birth. Rest in peace!!!

Much love


Saturday, 14 November 2015

Celebrating the 60th Birth Anniversary in our Style!!!

Ladies and gentlemen dressed in their best attire, a huge curve of smile on everyone’s face just reminded that the nation is celebrating a big and historic day. The 11th of November 2015, the 60th birth anniversary of our beloved Drugyal Zhipa will remain as one undying and cherishable moments of each and every Bhutanese. As the Nation celebrated the day, we came forward with our simple floral designing and product development exhibition. That was the best effort an agriculturalist student can come up for such a big day.
The exhibition was a part of our module which carries mark, yet never for a moment had we thought of the scores. Everyone just gave out their best dedication and pure sincerity to mark the special day. Despite a hustle bustle month of preparation and sleepless nights, the result was worth the hard work we have put in.
The exhibition dedicated to our beloved king was added with beautiful colors of flowers and plants. Each group came up with different floral design which were eye pleasing to watch out. Some made beautiful boutonnieres from the plants and flowers, there were wreaths which can just make your heart melt. The dried flowers were also presented in different styles. Only after this exhibition I have realized the beauty of dried flower. Truly dried flower has its own charm to win a heart and the presence of having the dried flower has its own beauty. The flower cake was designed in such a way, that it just looked natural and beautiful. The 60th logo was made with the charming yellow and white chrysanthemum. Various flowers available at this period of the year were utilized according to the language of flower. With the 60th birthday as our theme, the flowers were designed in such a way that the crowd can’t stop gazing it one after another.
There were various medicinal products made from different plants. Diversity of teas; guava, buckwheat, ginger, mint, drumstick, mushroom and loquat teas were presented in various packaging. Each product contains various medicinal value and are free of any chemical constituents . Many came up with capsules of various plants like wild asparagus, turmeric, avocado and puti-shing. The candies from ginger, amla and lemon were also exhibited for their medicinal value. The kumquat nectar and herbal soap along with various herbal hair oils were also prepared. The diversity of the product crossed 25. The products were prepared from our locally available medicinal plants. Beautiful packing materials were used to add color and give life to the products. The knowledge we have extracted out in coming up with these products will be of great help in future. The next exhibition will be held at the Capital and just looking forward to it.

That’s was a simple exhibition we came up for marking the day. Wishing our beloved drugyal zhipa a prosperous 60th birthday and long live our hero. It had been a beautiful day and the moment from that episode of celebration shall always be remembered. 


Flower Cake


Bitter Buckwheat Tea

Queen of Herbs; wild Asparagus capsule

Ginger-mint tea

Herbal oil and drinks