Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Enchanted Land of Tuva : A book review

Folks have tendency to say, "I do not like this place because I do not like her/him." We also have the tendency to say, "I love that place because I got someone I love staying there etc." But when we are busy relating the loveliness of a place to our likeliness of someone or something belonging or dwelling there, we sometimes forget it is the beauty, serenity and grace of the place that people dwelling there are kind, generous, pious and beautiful.

The Enchanted land of Tuva is one of such places in the world, where Mr. James M. Brady makes a very long and a lonely, but a very memorable journey, although it was a complete new place to him. He visited The Enchanted Land of Tuva not once, but numerous times, firstly to see his awaiting love only to return again and again because he falls in love with The Enchanted Land of the Tuva.

The Enchanted Land of Tuva is a very lovely book and how James M. Brady, the author of the book tells his true love story in words is really heart wrenching. A happy family man suddenly hit by an un-warned and an unexpected accident puts an end to the life of his love and leaves him with not only great emotional pain but also physical challenges......... But, his will power to get out and live life with a smile brings him Alima, with whom he falls in love head over heels. And she is coming from a very distant place called, "Tuva."  ................ ...

How, when, where and what happens next??.............

To know this, you should read his book, "THE ENCHANTED LAND OF TUVA"


Besides his true love story there are 2 very unique things about this book, The Enchanted land of Tuva:


Although the author is an American and the book written there only, he says because he has got so much love and admiration to Bhutan and her Royal Family members and it is his respect for the Kings and the Country that inspired him to publish his maiden work in Bhutan. The Enchanted Land of Tuva was Published in Bhutan.


The proceeds from the books can be used for any good activities for students here in Bhutan.

If anyone of you wish to buy the book then kindly contact anyone of us at:

Ngawang Phuntsho            17641582
Passang Passu Tshering     17605030
Che Dorji                            17974598

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ocean wont be an ocean with one less drop, - Part - 2

Tashi Lhamo and Pema Wangchuk
Minjey Middle Secondary School, Lhuntse, Eastern Bhutan

I was waiting for this day quite some time now and when it has finally come, I just cannot hold any longer to share this story with you all, my generous donors and all the people who have helped me make this happen, yet again. What is interesting about this project is, my donors they don’t even know about this and it might come as a huge surprise to them and yes, that was my intention: to surprise the donors as much as the recipients were, when they were called upon in front of all the students in the morning assembly, in Minjey Middle Secondary School, a couple of weeks ago.   

This is a story of two students, a girl and a boy studying in Minjey MSS, which is 12 km away from the main road that is again 27 km away from the main town under Minjey gewog, Lhuntshe, one of the remote schools in eastern Bhutan. Tashi is in first grade and Pema a fifth grader; they come from a very humble family. Tashi Lhamo is a daughter of a physically challenged mother who is also partially visually impaired. Pema Wangchuk’s parents divorced way before pertaining to his father’s bad drinking habit. They are both staying in the hostel after school administration has permitted them to stay which otherwise, only students above seventh grade are allowed.

I was on the process of seeking donations for Shataksha primary School to revamp their school toilets in March, when a teacher from Minjey School Sir Galey told me their story and if I am at all left with some leftover budget, then the students would be more than happy if I could buy them shoes, track suits, socks, blankets, books, buckets and a jug each. Since then, I was planning things accordingly to fit all in the budget and it did fit too. I bought all the above mentioned items from Thimphu and had them sent all the way to Minjey Middle Secondary School, which is 274km away from the capital. It took almost a week for the goods to be delivered although; the actual number of days it takes is just three.

Tashi and Pema were informed way before that a few goods are coming for them from Thimphu, but when it will reach them was kept a secret so as to surprise them. And finally when the goods reached the  school, the very next day Principal and lopen Gayley called upon Tashi Lhamo and Pema Wangchk in the morning assembly in front of all the students and handed over the parcel. I was not there to witness the scene and how I longed to be there but, from the pictures sir Gayley had sent me I could feel the emotions Tashi and Pema was going through at that particular juncture. That automatically moved me like some invisible wave of happiness has hit me. May be it was the power of shared-happiness I was feeling, which was just beautiful.

No matter how big or small donation is a donation and help is a help, if it at all came from a clean heart and helped folks who are a little less strong  or happy than you are. I have felt and learned the magic it can do when folks work together with positive energy. This collective positive energy can do wonders; give hope to souls and the will to live on. It makes world a beautiful home for you and I.

I, sincerely hope my generous donors will feel this magic wave of happiness too after reading my blog as much as the students, teachers and I have felt. It was all because of you all my dear donors and folks who helped me both physically and emotionally. Thank you all so much from the depth of my heart, it was all worth working for, because I saw the students smiling!!!!

Photo from top to bottom: 

Sir Gayley and Principal with Tashi Lhamo and Pema Wangchuk posing for some photos, in the morning assembly, after parcels were distributed.  

Sir  Gayley with Tashi Lhamo and Pema Wangchuk, wearing their new suits and shoes.

Tashi Lahmo and Pema Wangchuk in Minjey Middle Secondary School

 My donors, this is what I have bought and sent them!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Prayer and Action

If you are going on a pilgrimage, because you want to go to heaven when you die and don't want to help others live, then please don't go. If you chant because you don't want to work, then plz don't chant. If you are practicing to generate compassion and don't want to help others grow, then please don't practice. If you want to pray but don't want to help a broken-winged-bird to fly, then please don't pray.

I feel you are doing it all wrong. If it's of no help to yourself or the soul next to you now or later, then it's all naive and total waste of time.

May be it's time you review the course of your action or prayer.

Keep smiling and be positive, that's the simplest and the best form of prayer if you are confused. Later when you have time, please explore about it more with positive conscience. It is supposed to go hand in hand together like earth and the sky.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

What you wish to see

If you wish for the sun you will see the sun, if you wish for the moon you will see the moon, if you wish for the star you will see the star at all times. Guns may not fire flowers and words may not bring rain on droughts, but it can heal the wounded epos and light the darkened eons.

Smile, you just forget to smile and not to react.... Everything will fall into its place if it is meant to fall, if not it will never. Understand this and the waves inside will never erode your positive conscience or else it will kill you every second, for every second you are a different person; because every second you are a renewed soul and that is dependent on who you chose to be, by how you wish to see.

Keep smiling, life's just beautiful!!

Getting a lil creative to keep myself awake midst managing toilets in the
Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition - last day.
-Taken at 4pm in Ugyen Pelri palace, Paro, June 10, 2016