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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Love them any way!

While i was reminiscing my past incidences (from the diary i have but not read since the day it was closed), i found the following article in it.

I was not aware even,that whether i copied (i only remember now it was from one of the magazines-the date says the article was copied on 8 Sept, 2008), but it made me feel so good to read again. I share you here; it is the words of wisdom from Mother TERESA. Hope you enjoy this.
I dedicate this message to all souls who had minds like her and to the whole world who seeks peace.

(Mother Teresa from google)
                          -Mother Teresa

People are unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered.
             Love them any way!

If you do good, people will
accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
            Do good any way!

If you are successful, you will win 
false friends and true enemies.
           Succeed any way!

The good you do today will be
forgotten tomorrow.
          Do good any way!

Honesty and frankness make
you face harmfulness.
         Be honest any way!

What you spend years building
may be destroyed overnight.
        Build any way!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Thank you teachers-We respect you!

Here i am after sixteen years of schooling. And this is the time i feel indebted to all my teachers who made me what i am today. 

From the moment we are enrolled to a school, we are actually introduced to varieties of talented, kind and hardworking teachers. This is where our education starts, the very first step towards learning how to stand on our own. And thus, teachers guide us till we finally stand. KUDOS TO ALL TEACHERS FOR THE SELFLESS SERVICE!!! 

Teachers, you are simply great. You may be condemned of the quality of education; you may be accused (by parents of students) for being too responsible to develop their children; you may be barred from joining other profession-they need your sacrifice; and you may be jeered and insulted by your own students because, "if you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives". But you continue doing good anyway!!! 
And the same student(s) who insulted you, the society who blamed you, the parents who complained you, will come to you, some time after. This will be the time, they respect and appreciate your out of their hearts for your benevolent services. You may not know it;the sacrifices you made will come to you anyway. 

I may not be very helpful to the teachers who taught me. But I always believe in their contribution and influence in my life; I have faith, respect and gratitude to all the teachers for making a difference in my life.
Mr.Vijayan Nair, Mr. Somarajan and Mr. David Joseph were three of the teachers who taught me during my high school. They influenced my life; I still feel the effect of their encouragement and guidance although they may be too far now. I reproduce the words of my teachers whom i could correspond after more than four years since we never met.
Between You and Vijayan Nair
Vijayan Nair September 26 at 12:19am Report
Karma my dear...
A few years back there was a teacher in Nangkor HSS teaching English .I am the one.How are you my dear...Where r u now?
Karma Yedzer September 26 at 12:43am
Hello sir, thank you so much for writing to me. i am very happy to see you here. I tried many times to find you and sir Somarajan in this social network website(face book) but i could not find then.

I am working as an assistant teacher in Gaeddu College of Business Studies. After having done common examination (RCSCE), i was posted here. Thank you so much for making me stand on my own feet; i still respect you-KADRINCHELA.

Between You and Vijayan Nair
Vijayan Nair September 26 at 10:41am Report
It's indeed a great pleasure for all of your teachers to hear such a great news. My heartiest congratulations!!!
Do u remember our trip together to Gamung?
Those were the beautiful years.How is Gedu?Some of my kids have come this year to Gedu.Convey my regards.Any news from Tshewng Dendup?
Have a great weekend my dear,,,, Really ..I am proud of you.
Karma Yedzer September 26 at 2:41pm
Thank you sir;
i still remember all those days- those were the beautiful days and moments i cherish in my life.
Tshewang Dendup is at Sherubtse college as an asst. Lecturer;we both joined teaching.
yes there are some students here who studied in Nangkor last year- will convey regards to them as well.
hope to see you soon la.
from your former teacher of Nangkor Mr. Davis
Between You and Davis Joseph
Davis Joseph November 14 at 9:59pm Report
You are grown up from the time I have seen you.
Now I am working in Maldives.
good to have a contact after long time
bye. take care
Karma Yedzer November 14 at 10:31pm
Dear sir,
Thank you so much for making us stand on our own feet. we really value your contribution towards our development. We respect you sir.
i am happy that we could meet here.
we miss our teachers.


Saturday, 13 November 2010

The blood pressure concern

I got my blood-pressure reading; i was bit worried.

(wrist digital blood-pressure-monitor)
My blood-pressure was 114/72 (mm Hg). I felt that it would translate into low-blood-pressure, because i remembered someone saying normal pressure would read 120/80. So, my concern was, i might be a low pressure victim even if i did not feel any symptom of low blood pressure then.

Thus, i started browsing through internet, searching information on blood pressure and found that i didn't have any reason to worry about. I realised that my pressure was in fact normal. RELIEVED!!!

The following chart shows blood pressure categories defined by the American Heart Association.

Blood Pressure
mm Hg (upper #)

mm Hg (lower #)


Less than 120

Less than 80

High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 1



High Blood Pressure
(Hypertension) Stage 2

160 or higher


100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis
(Emergency care needed)

Higher than 180


Higher than 110
                             (chart showing blood pressure category)

Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers and written in ratio. E.g: 114/72 mm Hg, read as " 114 over 72 millimetres of mercury".

Systolic:The top number (which is the higher of the two numbers) "measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts)".
Diastolic:The bottom number (which is also the lower of the two numbers), "measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood)".

According to American Heart Association,there is no specific number at which blood pressure is considered too low, as long as no symptoms of trouble are present; and the lower pressure reading is better within certain limits it says.Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg.

It is said that low blood pressure is dangerous only if it causes signs and symptoms of:   
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness 
  • Fainting (called syncope)
  •  Dehydration and unusual thirst
  • Lack of concentration
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Cold, clammy, pale skin
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Fatigue 
  • Depression
note: I got the reading from private home-use digital-blood-pressure-monitor.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Meanings behind the names

I come from one of the eastern parts of the country. Whenever somebody asked me where i was from, i said Pemagatshel.

But i would have been completely unresponsive if those people had asked me what laid behind where i hail from; I might not have been able to explain them the myth,history and legend about the dzonkhag i belong. Now i know atleast a little about Dungsam Pemagatshel,meaning behind the name associated with it.

The present Samdrup Jongkhar and Pemagatshel districts were popularly known by the common name Dungsam. One of the two oral sources explains that the word 'Dungsam' came from the three conch-shape hills surrounding Pemagatshel(present name); It is said that there are three hills(out of many) that resemble conch. Dungkar/dung in Sharchop dialect means conch and Sam would mean three. Thus, dungsam refers three-conch-shape-hills.

The second source has it that there was a lake, called 'Dungtsho Karmathang' on a hill above the present day Khar(in Pemagatshel) known to have revealed a ter (a sacred hidden treasure) from it by Tertoen Pema Lingpa(1450-1521) . The ancestors who settled there(after the lake dried) came to be known as Dungtshogpa, the people of Dungtsho. Latter Dungthogpa was corrupted into Dungsapa and finally became Dungsampa which in turn was the corruption of Dungsapa.  

Specifically present Pemagatshel was known as Dungsam Khoidung(village of Cuckoos) while present Samdrup Jongkhar was known by the name Dungsam Khotri untill 1970.  Again Khoidung became Khidung; and the place was known by this name untill it became Pemagatshel. 

Thus, in 1969, when Lam Sonam Zangpo(who resided in Yongla goenpa) Invited His Holiness Chabje Dudjom Rimpoche to bless and give discourse on "Rinchen Torzoe Wangling" to the people of the place, got its name PEMAGATSHEL, meaning "blissful land of lotus". 

note: the above given map must have changed due to some alterations.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

On Bhutanese film industry

Bhutanese film industry is growing but not without limitations.
(from www.bhutanobserver.bt)
With the institution of Motion Pictures Association of Bhutan(MPAB) In1999, the Bhutanese audio-visual industry has come long way now. In his article on Bhutanese films,Tshering (2010) found "there were 102 film and music producers and other artists registered with MPAB" as of 2009.

But producers say, taking into account the rising cost of production, there is little room for the profit.

Some decades ago, when there were no television and Internet services in the country, the films and movies were only public entertainment; JIGDREL of Norling Production became blockbuster in 1998. The first BHutanese film was GASA LAMAI SINGYE produced by Ugetsu Communications in 1989. 

In 1999, Bhutan was introduced to television and Internet facilities. Thus came with it the influences of Bollywood and Hollywood. There was a time when people(of Bhutan) where satisfied with the qualities of entertainment that the producers(local producers) produced, meaning the cost of production was comparatively low but now the film production houses invest huge amount in procuring equipments and producing standard movie to market their products(=movies). Today, "average Bhutanese feature film costs around Nu 1.5 million to produce."(ibid).

The filmmakers say that "the loans should be made available for producing films, building more movie theatres and tax exemption on film making equipments."(BBS, 2009). Another issue expressed by our filmmakers is on the selling of unauthorized(pirated) movies in the border town of neighboring country India.
It came as a big achievement of the industry when the local films could take prime time in Lugar theatre; since February 2005, only Bhutanese films were allowed to screen in the theatre (now none of the theatres in the country screen foreign movies though). But again owing to the increasing number of producers and thus the number of movies, the two theatres (including Trowa threatre) in the capital are never  felt  sufficient.   

The film industry creates employment opportunities for our youth( and of course any age). It also helps contribute to our national exchequer; in 2007, the Entertainment Sector (films & cable TV) was the " 7th highest contributer to the national exchequer." (Wangchuk, n.d, most probably 2008).

Bhutanese film industry has come long way-from story telling to audio-video to acting. And it is still growing but not without limitations.
note: this text was not proof-read.

  1. BBS.(2009).Bhutanese film producers say the film industry is shrinking.Bhutan broadcasting service. Retrieved November 8,2010     from http://www.bhutanmajestictravel.com/news/2008/bhutanese-film-producers-   say-the-film-industry-is-shrinking.html
  2. BBS.(n.d).Bhutanese film industry, a long way to go.Bhutan broadcasting service. Retrieved November 8, 2010, from   http://www.bbs.com.bt/Bhutanese%20film%20industry,%20a%20long%20way%20to%20go.html
  3. Tshering, N.(2010).Film business blue.Bhutanobserver. Retrieved November 8, 2010, from http://www.bhutanobserver.bt/2010/happenings/11/film-business-blues.html
  4. Wangchuk, D. (n.d).BHutanese film industry: National experience. Retrieved November 8, 2010, from   http://www.ipbhutan.gov.bt/ReportsFile/film%20industry_experience_Dorji%20Wangchuk.pdf