Weekdays are best time to fetch Kurje Drubchu

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Religion: If you are a resident of Bumthang and you intend to fetch Kurje Drubchu (holy water), you should plan it for the weekdays.

An unknown but sacred choeten in Bumthang

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Heritage: Most are not aware of a small choeten (stupa) located beside the road from Chamkhar to Jambay Lhakhang above Wangduecholing hospital in Bumthang.

Hitching a ride in Zhemgang

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Lack of a frequent public transport system in Zhemgang forces many to depend on lifts

Transport: Sangay Wangmo, 20, and Lemo, 26, were waiting for a vehicle at the dzong and Tingtibi junction in Zhemgang town at around 2pm on December 28. They were sitting in a small shelter built for people waiting for vehicles.

Palace of the exiled Tibetan prince

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Heritage: Guru Rinpoche’s contemporary king Khikha Rathoe also lived in Bumthang at one point of time. The ruins of his palace at Jalikhar in Bumthang still stands.

Gamung’s long wait for water

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Water: In a small village called Gamung in upper Shali in Shumar…

A hotelier turned birder

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Hobby: Whenever he meets anyone, Pema Lhendup, 46, likes to talk about the birds. If given an opportunity, he easily includes the plants as well.

“Hema, Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait”

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Review: Hema, Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait evokes a story of  the past and the present. This is the unusual space the movie occupies; it is of this world and of another at the same time.

Lekzin: A portrayal of domestic violence and its impact on women

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Review: The predicament women face in this modern day and age, especially those that are not educated is well portrayed in Lekzin, the first film by debutant director Druksel Dorji.

An age-old culture in the face of modernity

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Review: Kesang P Jigmee’s new release Serga Mathang can resonate with people that are aware of this concept, which literally means ‘golden cousin’ a marriage between cross cousins. In some parts of the country, this age-old tradition is still widely practised.

Reviving the art of Chog-Zhi-Bur-Zo

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Craft: The details are just astounding.

Tshorwa – The Inner Call

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Review: Revolving around the existence or the non-existence of black magic practitioners in the country and the intermediate state after death known as bardo, a romantic horror movie returns to the silver screen.

Khotsa’s healing hands

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Health: Like people in many rural places, villagers of Domphu in Samdrupjongkhar have someone in their mind whenever they fall sick. It’s not hospital. It’s dungtsho Khotsa.

Back home to pick buckthorn berries by Tang Chu

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Two educated farmers from Tang return home from Austria buoyed and hopeful 
Feature: For some Bhutanese staying in Europe for a short while, nothing can be missed more sorely than the traditional three square rice meals a day. Tshering Wangmo, 29, and Tashi Dorji, 22, from Tang in Bumthang recently flew back home from a two-month stay in Austria salivating at the thought of a heavy rice-and-curry meal.