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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The International Week

A friend of mine asked me if I was interested to participate in the so-called International Week organized by the University. 
I blatantly said, "No!! Assignments first, Leisure second. I am busy these days". 
The response made my friend stand dumbfounded near the door of my room. Few minutes later, after boldly taking some steps towards me, "Do you think that you will get this chance to be in this kind of meet?", he asked. 
I thought it over again and made up my mind instantly to take part in such international occassion. 
I was accompanied by two seniors. We reached the scene to showcase our food items. As we reached on the spot, I was fascinated to see many of the other team with their own unique national dress. I asked Auw Namgay, the lady who led our team, that we will also make ourselves presentable in our national dress. She agreed and liked our idea that we immediately rushed to our own apartments to get dressed. 
The idea to wear our national dress was never a bad endeavour. Although it contradicted the face of the weather that it was very hot, our national dress did attract many others besides us. Many of them were fond of seeing us. They came to taste our food not because they liked it. But it was the design of our national dress shining in the air that captured their movement towards our spot. The Shamu Datshi and Bhutanese Yue chhum gathered thousands of hands then. 
We were captured on almost every camera that was there in the place. Because of our national dress, I was pleased to have been featured in the cameras from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Bangladesh, and Myannmaer. 
These are some of the moments I captured for the memory.       
 
The standing stage that spoke the theme
Free snap by the University: Me with Auw Namgay Lhaden


Ema datsi from the Land of Thunder Dragon
"Please taste, its from the Dragon Kingdom", Mrs. Melam, Ms. Sangay and Ms. Namgay
Ohhhh.... reminded me of my female idol.... Aung San Suu Kyi, The Powerful
Sushi from Nippon: The Land of the Rising Sun
Sausage from Siam: The Land of the Free
Taste from The Land of Kambuja
The taste from the Republic of Indonesia. I miss that cucumber juice...just cool....
The team from Bangladesh
The food from Truly Asia
Long live Bhutan-Myanmar relationship
Long live Bhutan-Thailand relationship
With my Thai friend and Auw Namgay
Whats the deal? I am excited to speak about....bla bla bla
Showing the Bhutanese face
Attractive dress from Indonesia
Trying to take smiles with some friends of Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar
How do I look like?
Please can I have a snap?  So, I was busy for the pose.
Oh my God..many cameras..where should I face?
"I am sorry. What did you say?" The Bhutanese Jamesbond
Bingo...I am between two Thai queens
A friend from Malaysia caught a moment with the Thai beauties
What have they used to prepare this? A 100 percent concentration achieved in my life
Let me taste it anyway. Yummy..
Pose with Mrs. Melam Dema
A smile with Ms.Sangay
Pelden Drukpa. Lha Gyelo....

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Can “LIKE” mean anything we like?


Should I call this a coincidence or ignorance?
Coincidence because, I saw it like a graffiti on the wall of the Facebook the second I logged into it; and ignorance because, I notice one of its kind constantly surfaced on the wall.
I was closely following my friend after he has dropped a message in the Facebook saying that he is visiting his sick mother. Since we’re the bosom friends, I bored an equal dividend of his mother’s pain. And that sterile internet access through his mobile phone sustained to feed me flickering flames of messages each day.
Yesterday, he has left another message that read:
Hi buddy,
I will return to my office tomorrow. The ten days casual leave is almost over. And the few days I have has to be invested for any unforeseen emergency next time.
The health of my mother has almost regained but now, I am worried of the health of a road that connects to the highway. It has been two straight days that the rain did not stop dancing its feet here in our village.
Will keep you informed anyways.
After reading his message, my heart broke into two slices of mood: Happiness and Unhappiness. Happiness because the bent pole of his mother’s health was almost straightened. And unhappiness because of the torrent of worries that kept me thinking of the road.
The road that bonds to the waist of the national highway isn’t always stable. It never hesitates to be chopped into many segments even with the slightest slap of the blunt rain balls.
So, I was gobbled up by the worry because, it has been two days that the rain launched a jam session. I could easily paint the equation of the road’s condition in my mind then. Besides, the diminishing number of his entitled casual leave nailed my heart with thousand pains.
This fact has always grievously alarmed me that teachers don’t have that luxury to move out like any others do. At times, we have to sacrifice the meals of our personal necessity and strive to feed other’s wants. The bread of our profession is such that we have to eat on time before the dateline. Eating after the date failure will only invite thousands of verbal food poisoning from every boneless tongue because none of their ears capable of hearing the whisper of heart will not hear our voice that possess higher frequency. This is a sad tale that I have to think about him. Hence, I wrote back with each word trying to hymn the silent wishes of my heart for his safe return. 
The scoreboard of LIKES my friend achieved
The next morning, I woke up to trace the footsteps of his updates. This was what he was written on the forehead of the Facebook:
Huh!! Have to wait another some hours due to the road block.
His words did not stun me because it was expected. But the worst thing that shocked me was to see 33 people who liked his misfortune.
I couldn’t believe my eyes and failed to understand what that word “LIKE” meant for these people.
“For them LIKE can be anything they like”, I assumed.
Call it as an accidental hit or a deliberate one, it mirrored to me a different connotation. Because if I put myself in his shoes, it can count to a thousand meanings based on the name of a person.      
Even if it was one of his good friends, it would express that they hates my friend to be with them in reality. If it was some friends with whom he share a kind of lose-circuit-friendship, it would mean them celebrating on his pain. And if it was his boss, we can draw the image of a meaning in our own mind.
This trend of attempting to kiss the face of the word ‘like’ when somebody is drenched with the sweat of trouble and swimming in the sea of worries is so ironical in its literal understanding.
Those 33 likes in the case of my friend’s pain could mean 33 celebrations or 33 feeling sorry; or 33 feeling humorous or 33 feeling strange; Or 33 deliberates or 33 ignorance?
None knows. But only the person who liked and the GOD know about it.   

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Buddha Monthon


Originated from Sanskrit Buddha Monthon, meaning Buddha Mándala or “Buddha’s Sphere” is a Buddhist park located in Nakhon Pathom province of Thailand, west of Bangkok.
The park was the brain child of Thailand’s Prime Minister Phibunsongkhram and was created in 1957. It covers an area of 40 hectares (2500 rai in Thai). A 15.87 (52 foot) high Buddha statue (same like the one in Thimphu presented by the people of Thai to Bhutan), believed to be the highest standing Buddha in the world is the main centre of attraction here.  The Buddha was crafted by the hand of a notable art professor Silpa Bhirasri.
The King of Thailand, His Majesty the King BhumibolAdulyadej named it Phra Si Sakaya Dasabalayan Prathan Buddhamonthon Sudassana, which literally means 'the Graceful Statue of the Shayamuni who was of the Tenfold Power, the Presiding Buddha of the Beautiful Phutthamonthon'.
The surroundings were very calm and serene. The air that blew sang divine prayers and freed my mind from tensions. I have even forgotten of my major assignments that were left incomplete at home.
It was a place worth visiting in my life. 
I have few snaps of the day: 
Hey, I am going now...
 
Excuse me! What did you say...

I don't care. I got the way anyway.

The lateral view of the tallest standing Buddha

Let all the sentient beings be free of sufferings. 

Meditation, a medication to the disturbed mind. 

Chapsumchoe... Please bless me too.
Retrieving the face of the Buddha in a Dabaang pose
Doedro tham chen ranggi phama yin..All the sentient beings are our parents

Hum...This monument is the nice creation..
I am satisfied now....
The peace of the place has made me numb to realize that I was hungry.

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