Thursday, 28 July 2016

Dochula

མཐུ་ཆེན་ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་པོ་གིས། །ཞབས་ཀྱིས་བཅགས་པའི་ས་གནས་གྲལ། །

རྫོང་ཆེན་དང་པ་སེམས་རྟོགས་ཁ། །ཕར་གྱི་སྤོག་ཏོ་གུ་ལུ་མཇལ། །


སྟོང་ཕུ་ཚལ་གྱི་ནང་ལས་འབད། །འཛེགས་པའི་གྱེན་འདི་དཀའ་རུང་རང་། །

དེང་སང་དུས་ཀྱི་འགྲུལ་འཁོར་བརྟེན། །འཛེགས་པའི་གྱེན་ཡང་འཇམ་འཇམ་མཐོང་། །


འགྲུལ་འཁོར་སྒོ་ཅུང་ཕྱི་བའི་ཚེ། །བསིལ་ལྡན་རླུང་མ་གཟུགས་ལུ་རེག །

ལོག་པའི་གཉིད་ཡང་ཡལ་འགྱོཝ་མས། །སེམས་ཡང་མ་འདྲཝ་དགའ་བ་བྱུང་། །


དུས་ཡུན་དག་པ་ཅིག་གི་ཤུལ། །གཟི་བརྗིད་ཆེ་བའི་སེམས་རྟོགས་རྫོང་། །

མིག་གིས་མ་མཐོང་རྒྱབ་ཁར་ལུས། །ག་ཏེ་ལྟ་རུང་ཤིང་གི་ཚལ། །


གྱེན་འདི་ཡར་ཡར་འཛེགས་པའི་ཚེ། །འགྲུལ་འཁོར་འདད་གཡོགཔ་དོན་གྲུབ་ཀྱིས། །

རྒྱང་བསྒྲགས་ལས་འཛིན་གླུ་སྒྲོམ་དཀྲོགས། །འགྲོ་འགྲུལ་འབད་ནི་བཟང་ཟེརཝ་མས། །

      
གཟའ་སྐར་བཟང་མི་གོ་བའི་ཚོ། །བུ་ཆུང་རང་ཡང་སེམས་རེ་དགའ། །

ལམ་ཁར་བར་རྐྱེན་མེད་པའི་ཁར། །མནོ་བའི་དོན་དག་སྒྲུབ་ནི་མས། །


ས་གནས་དབུས་སུ་སྤང་ཟེརཝ་མས། །གཡུས་དེ་ཆགས་ཚུལ་ལེགས་པའི་ཁར། །

སྔོ་ལྗང་ལྡན་པའི་ས་གནས་མས། །ཐིམ་ཕུག་ཁྲོམ་དང་མི་འདྲ་བས། །


དབུས་སུ་སྤང་འདི་རྒལ་ཞིན་ན། །ཧོང་མཚོ་ཟེར་བའི་གཡུས་ཚན་འདུག །

ལམ་གྱི་གཡས་ལུ་ཨམ་སྲུ་ཚུ། །ཤིང་འབྲས་ཨེ་པཱལ་ལ་སོགས་བཙོང་། །


དུས་ཡུན་དག་པ་ཅིག་གི་ཤུལ། །བསིལ་བའི་ལ་ཆེན་གུ་ལུ་ལྷོད། །

ལ་ཆེན་འདི་ལས་བལྟ་བའི་ཚེ། །གངས་ཆེན་ལེ་ཤ་མཐོང་ཚུགས་པས། །


ལ་འདི་གི་མིང་ཤེས་དགོ་ན། །རྒྱལ་རབས་ཅན་གྱི་རྡོ་སྐྱོང་ལ། །

ཆོས་རྟེན་བརྒྱ་དང་རྩ་བརྒྱད་འདུག །ཡ་མཚན་ཆེ་བའི་གནས་ཆེན་མས། །


གནམ་ལོ་གཉིས་སྟོང་གསུམ་གྱི་ལོར། །མི་དབང་འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་བཞི་པ་དང་། །

འབྲུག་གི་དྲག་ཁག་གསུམ་པོ་གིས། །མི་མཐུན་དགྲ་ལས་རྒྱལ་ཁ་ཐོབ། །


དུས་དེ་བརྗེད་འདྲེན་འབད་ནི་དང་། །མི་དབང་མཆོག་དང་དྲག་ཁག་གསུམ། །

གུས་བསྟོད་ཞུ་ནི་དམིགས་ཡུལ་ལུ། །ཨ་ཞེས་རྡོ་རྗེ་དབང་མོས་བཞེངས། །


ས་གནས་རྩ་ཅན་རྡོ་སྐྱོང་ལ། །ལུས་སེམས་སྐྱིད་པའི་ཞིང་ཁམས་མས། །

འཇིག་རྟེན་མི་ཡུལ་མཉམ་ཆུང་ང་། གནས་འདི་མཇལ་བ་སྐལ་བ་བཟང་། །

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A Dzongkha Tsom

རང་ལུགས་མེ་ཕོ་སྤྲེལ་གྱི་ལོ། །གཞན་དང་མི་འདྲ་ཁྱད་འཕགས་ཅན། །

ཆོས་ལྡན་འབྲུག་གི་རྒྱལ་རབས་ནང་། །རྩ་ཅན་དུས་སྟོན་མང་རབས་ཡོད། །


དུས་སྟོན་ཚུ་གི་གྲལ་ལས་ཡང་། །གལ་ཅན་དུས་སྟོན་གསུམ་པོ་ཡོད། །

འབྲུག་མི་ཀུན་གྱིས་ཤེས་པ་བཞིན། །མཉམ་ཆུང་རང་གིས་ཞུ་ནི་ཨིན། །


དང་པ་མེ་ཕོ་སྤྲེལ་གྱི་ལོར། །ཨོ་རྒྱན་གུ་རུ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ། །

འགྲོ་བ་ཡོངས་དང་བསྟན་པའི་དོན། །འཛམ་བུ་གླིང་དུ་སྐུ་ཁྲུངས་ནུག །


ཨོ་རྒྱན་གུ་རུ་པད་བྱུང་གིས། །སྨན་ལྗོངས་འབྲུག་གི་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ནང་། །

ཞབས་ཀྱིས་བཅགས་པའི་བྱིན་རླབས་ཀྱིས། །སྦས་ཡུལ་རྩ་ཅན་གཅིག་ལུ་གྱུར། །


གཉིས་པ་མེ་ཕོ་སྤྲེལ་གྱི་ལོར། །མཐུ་ཆེན་ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་པོ་མཆོག །

འཆིབས་ཁ་ལྷོ་ལུ་འགོར་བའི་ཤུལ། །ལྷོ་མོན་འབྲུག་གི་ཡུལ་ལུ་འཕེབས། །


ཞབས་དྲུང་འབྲུག་ལུ་བྱོན་ཞིནམ་ལས། །དུས་ཅི་མི་ལོ་བཞི་བརྒྱ་འཁོར། །

རྒྱལ་ཁབ་དབང་དུ་འདུས་ཞིན་ན། །ཆོས་སྲིད་ལུགས་གཉིས་འགོ་བཙུགས་གནང་། །


གསུམ་པ་མེ་ཕོ་སྤྲེལ་གྱི་ལོར། །རྒྱལ་སྲས་འཇིགས་མེད་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་ཁྲུངས། །

དབང་ཕྱུག་བརྒྱུད་འཛིན་རྒྱལ་སྲས་ཨིན། །འབྲུག་གི་མ་འོངས་རྒྱལ་པོ་ཨིན། །


སྔོན་དང་ད་ལྟོའི་རྒྱལ་པོ་རྣམས། །ཐུགས་རིག་མཁས་ལ་སྔོན་གཟིགས་ཅན། །

དེ་འདྲའི་རྒྱལ་སྲས་ཁྲུངས་པར་དགའ། །རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ཡོངས་ལ་དགའ་སྤྲོ་འཕེལ། །


Saturday, 20 February 2016

Royal Institute of Management

 
A long journey it's been.
How long it'll be isn't seen.
Learning every little bit -
A life is all about it.

Yet another part of learning -
RIM stands high and inspiring;
Aiming to produce proactive leaders
And professionally sound managers.

With goals set high and clear,
All are set to learn for another year.
Ola Rongchu's muffled roars
Grow louder as silence soars.

Higher up stands Semtokha Dzong.
The arrival of dusk to stay night-long
Makes this historic structure glow
endlessly like the Ola Rongchu's flow.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Predicting Australian Open Men's Single Title

It's been a few years since I developed an interest in watching tennis matches, although I do not not how to play it at all. I started following tennis mainly because of Roger Federer. Without my realizing, I had become a die-hard fan of him. 

And through the past couple of years, I have learnt a few things that almost never or very rarely change, especially in Grand Slams. 

1. Rafael Nadal is a real nemesis of Federer. He always has his way against Federer. Federer might beat all the players on his way to the semi-final or final and that run always comes to an end when he comes up against Nadal. It's invariably a losing battle for the Swiss. 

2. The same happens with Maria Sharapova. She might play her best tennis but she always comes short against Serena Williams. The Russian star stands no match for the American. Serena keeps beating her Grand Slam after Grand Slam. It happened at Australian Open this year too. 

3. Novak Djokovic has become a tough hurdle to cross for both Andy Murray and Federer in recent times. Those who follow tennis closely will know how many Grand Slam Finals Murray has lost to Djokovic. Federer, too, has been suffering the same fate, though not as bad as Murray. Djokovic's stamina, movement, perseverance, and work rate are just too much for the Briton and the Swiss stars.
So, having observed this pattern of win and loss over the years, I see Djokovic beating Federer in the Semi-Final of the Australian Open. I would seriously like to see Federer prove me wrong. And even if Murray wins against Raonic in the Semis and go all the way to the Final, he will meet Djokovic. I can't see the trend changing this time too. Another Australian Open title for Djokovic!

P.S.: It's sad I can't watch the matches since Sony ESPN HD channel is broadcasting them and we don't have the channel in the country.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Major Challenges Thrompons Face

Now that the Thromde elections are over and Thrompons (Mayors) elected, hope they deliver their pledges and make Bhutanese towns better than before. Congratulations on winning the elections!
I haven't really followed their pledges and therefore, don't have a clear idea of the promises they made during their election campaign. But as a concerned citizen, although not an eligible and registered voter of any Thromde, I think there are some common problems that plague or will trouble Thromdes sooner or later.

First, towns have higher populations than other places. This naturally means the amount of waste generated in towns and cities are way much more compared to other settlements. The problem of waste management is growing in the country. The problem can be best seen in Thimphu and Phuentsholing - choking drains, every possible corner used as dumping places of every kind of waste and so on. A clean city should be a priority for and concern of all the Thrompons. Hope they come out with some concrete plans or else we might have stinking towns/cities in the near future. 

Second, all the Thromdes have a major problem of shortage of drinking water. With growing populations, the problem won't get any better. The Thrompons have a major issue in their hands to tackle. Hope they all have thought about it. 

Third, they have to ensure that urban planning is done with farsightedness - with an eye on the future. I am no expert on this but I find a lot of problems with the way the towns are designed today. For instance, every time I halt a night in one of the hotels nearby or travel by the road that leads to the round-about near Druk PNB from the main gate (entrance to Phuentsholing town and Bhutan from Jaigoan), I find it too narrow. Huge trucks carrying construction materials ply on the road everyday and hardly two vehicles can be accommodated by the either lane of the highway. Those trucks have problems negotiating the turn at the round-about in one go. This shows the planning that was done when the town was coming up has gone utterly wrong. There is no space for expansion or widening of road now. 

These problems are not something that can be seen by myself only but all of us. As I saw the Thromde Election results on BBS TV news, these are some of the issues that came to my mind. I am seriously concerned about the waste management problem. What is even more saddening is that with every percent of literacy growth the country is achieving, it looks like there isn't a similar growth of civic sense in our people. Is our education all about knowing how to read and write? I am sure it is not! If every one of us do not throw the papers, plastics and other wastes in the wrong places, our places will be naturally clean. It is as simple as that.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

True Love and Football

True love and football...
What can a man possibly write about them?

The two look quite distant to have any sort of connection to be written about. But they are very similar in many aspects. Once you fall in the trap of love for football and true love, you begin to realize how they bear uncanny resemblance to each other. When I say football, I mean it from the perspective of a fan/supporter, who is not actively playing but watching his favourite team play and supporting the team and its players.

Football Clubs of different leagues across Europe have become popular world over thanks to television networks that enable us to watch big football matches live. Football enthusiasts, almost all, have a favourite football club and a player. We follow every game that club and player are playing, no matter how busy we are. With time, we develop a very close connection with our favourite club and it turns similar to being in a romantic relationship with someone: the kind of relationship where one loves the other person truly and deeply. A person madly in love with someone who is not equally bothered like the former so far as their relationship is concernced - that's the kind of relationship I am trying to refer to.

Once we have become a die-hard fan of a particular football club, we always want to follow its matches and dealings in the transfer market to know which players the club is buying and selling during the transfer windows. Inconvenience in terms of time also takes a back-seat when our favourite club is playing a match. It might be midnight or sometimes even 2 a.m. but we keep ourselves awake to watch our favourite team play.

Sometimes, the football club we support experiences a dip in form. They keep losing or at their best, earn a draw. The losing streak continues for weeks and at times for a couple of months. We get frustrated with the club and the players, lose hope and feel like we will never watch the club play. But that feeling succumbs to immense love for the club. The next weekend, we find ourselves glued to television as the club's players and the opponents make their way to the football pitch for the match.

When we love someone truly, nothing seem to be able to deter us from loving that person. We might hear negative comments on her from friends and other people, but we just can't stop loving that person. There might be times where you come across some flaws which are significant considerations in a relationship but even that doesn't stop us from loving him/her. That's the kind of love which is true and deep. In such a situation, our head tells us, "Man, you are crazy. Why can't you just leave her or let her go? You are wasting your life!" But our heart just can't get over that person. It keeps reminding and insisting us. "It is either his him/her or no one!"

The same thing happens to die-hard football fans. We get so frustrated and feel let-down by our team one day that we decide that it will be the last match of the club we will ever watch. But our heart simply can't help. And it wins over head almost always. The head might say we are losing a lot of sleep and time following a club which may never win a match anytime soon. But the heart says, "I am always right. You love this football club and you just can't stop following it." Come the next match of our football club...we realize the heart was right about what it said the other day.

So, both in True Love and Football, there is an endless argument between the head and the heart. What is even more intriguing is the the fact that the heart wins. Almost always!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year - 2016

As many friends get emotional and some philosophical, I too can't help saying a few words about the year 2015, which left us forever several hours ago.

Nobody has a perfect year. It was the same with me. It was, as usual, a year of mixed emotions, fluctuating happiness and so many high and low moments. However, I can't deny the end of the year was great. 

I had a brilliant BCSE result, which is a big worry for most graduates like me. And it was made even more special in terms of personal achievement as the Honourable Chairperson and the Commissioners of the Royal Civil Service Commission hosted a dinner for the BCSE 2015 toppers on 30th December. It was a really prestigious opportunity to interact with them and the fellow toppers at close quarters. The Chairperson, who is recognized and well known for his capability and integrity, and the Commissioners were very cordial. We talked about quite a lot of things over the dinner. I would like to thank them for the dinner and more than that for giving us the opportunity to meet them.

I hope everyone had a good year too. Likewise, I wish everyone has a great year ahead. May you achieve your aspirations and goals. May the year be happy, healthy, peaceful, prosperous and successful for all of us.

Happy New Year - 2016!

Sunday, 27 December 2015

A Winter Water Droplet

The evening was cold,
and the night is even colder.
An icy breeze keeps blowing.
That doesn't help me a bit.

I dropped from a water pipe overhead.
This leaf came to my rescue.
The night is growing old.
And the air turns colder every minute.

My muscles are stiffening.
So crippled my limbs feel.
My base has become sticky.
I'm struggling to move.

I decide to rest here tonight.
I wake up to an icy morning.
Motionless, I'm stuck to the leaf.
I have become solid as rock.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Happy 108th National Day

Bhutan celebrates the 108th National Day today.

Today was the day when the representatives of people of Bhutan unanimously agreed to put an end to the warring factions and regional politics. They did so by enthroning the Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck as the First Hereditary Monarch of the Kingdom of Bhutan on 17 December 1907. Thus started the Wangchuck Dynasty to which we all owe for the peace and happiness this country has seen and we have basked in.

I join the Nation in celebrating the 108th National Day by offering a humble tribute in the form of a pencil portrait of the First Druk Gyalpo.

May the sun of peace and happiness continue to shine on us for eternity.

Palden Drukpa Gyalo!