This column was published in Business Bhutan on 17th October 2015. I now understand the rage directed at BBS when live streaming fails. It comes from a good place. When you are a Bhutanese living abroad, the smartest way of being part of anything momentous in the country is via the internet. When that opportunity […]
I don’t get baseball. I, therefore, felt no guilt in letting my eyes watch the audience instead of the players at my first baseball game at Chase Field, some weeks ago. Kristi, a huge Diamondbacks’ fan immediately noticed my roving eye. But she was kind. “Namgay, did you see Rally Sally?” Who? “She’s up there…waving the […]
A lot can happen in ten days. And a lot is seen and known in ten days: 1. Phoenix is friendly. The people are nice, even courteous. 2. Google Maps can get you lost even if it starts out with the best of intentions. 3. If you’re vegetarian and you’re used to the Indian McDonalds […]
First appeared in Business Bhutan on June 6th 2015 for my weekly column: wordywise. Our youth are falling through the cracks. They are lazy and spoilt for choice. Our youth are killing themselves without a thought. They are wasting their lives. Our youth are lost. I have an uneasy feeling that our youth are internalising […]
“If found guilty, the offence would be graded a fourth degree felony, and the men will also be liable to pay compensation to the husband.” I cannot believe I just read this line in Kuensel. This was stated by the newspaper’s sources (the police) and I cross-checked the Penal Code to ensure that this was […]
I thought Maleficent would be fun, and that Angelina Jolie would be “productive of harm or evil” as Merriam-Webster, helpfully explained. My friend and I did imagine our own ending fifteen minutes into the film, inspired by its subversiveness and by subscribing to the school of Frozen thought. We didn’t do too badly! This is […]
I went to watch “Gazoom” today. No expectations. At all. At the end of almost 150 minutes, I left the hall with a warm and happy heart. The film did not disappoint. At all.
It annoys me that young Bhutanese kids watch a lot of cartoons dubbed in Hindi or in Hindi. I get annoyed not because I believe that the ideal situation is where Bhutanese kids only watch cartoons in Dzongkha, I get annoyed because they do not have a choice. Or so it seems.
The “Sherubtse film industry” has produced about 14 films, so far. This is a group that is constantly changing. Constantly growing. Members have no real experience in filmmaking and no professional equipment. They have, in fact, been sharing/passing down a Nikon and Canon camera (over the years).
Are there enough youth-friendly spaces in Bhutan? A straightforward question which, unfortunately, did not elicit a straightforward response from me. Instead, the question turned into my shadow and finally into this: