If you cannot afford it, go without

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Youth in focus: I’m in a lot of debt. I wanted the latest cell phone, new clothes and to have fun and so I took advances on my salary and borrowed money from friends. My boss will deduct the advance from my salary but it will take a long time to repay the advance. My friends are calling me all the time, but I don’t respond to their calls. I feel depressed and hopeless. How can I handle this situation? In debt, Thimphu

Rising star of Bhutan

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Main story: In a fledgling music industry where singers and musicians can hardly make music as a career, Kezang Dorji has achieved something no other singer has ever dreamt of before.

Putting on weight

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Health and fitness: Dear Sir, I am eating a lot because I want to gain some weight. Could you please tell me how to gain more weight?  Gyamtsho 

Nyingje – Compassion

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Why we do what we do: The second of the four immeasurable thoughts, tshemed bzhi (ཚད་མེད་བཞི་), is compassion. Compassion or nyingje (སྙིང་རྗེ་) in its broad sense refers to all caring and benevolent thoughts. In this context, it is often called the expedient method and paired with wisdom.

So that storytelling culture doesn’t die away

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Main story: In a quaint little village of Punakha more than three decades ago, a young girl lived in a traditional house with her parents, grandparents and cousins. At the end of each day, the family would gather around the hearth and listen to stories narrated by their grandparents.

Thai Style Pineapple Fried Rice

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img-20161010-wa0000 Recipe: Method: Heat oil in a wok, add ginger, chilli, curry powder and turmeric. Cook till ginger and curry powder releases its aroma (1 minute). And in the vegetable and rice, toss thoroughly till each grain is coated with the curry oil mixture. Season with salt and sweet soy sauce. Add in the roasted cashew nuts toss for another 1 minute and serve hot. Cooked Basmati Rice: 150gms

Tshechu – touching the sacred

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Youth in focus: Hi Lam, we are now in tshechu season. I’ve been attending the dances since I was a child, but I’m not sure why. Everyone tells me that seeing them is auspicious, but I’m not sure what that means and why it is auspicious. Can you give me a simple explanation? Thanks.    ST, Thimphu 

Persistence is the key

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Health and fitness: Dear Mr Bhutan, Please show me the quickest way to put on muscle like you.  Vishal 

Jampa – Loving Kindness

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Why we do what we do: The cultivation of four immeasurable thoughts or tshemed bzhi (ཚད་མེད་བཞི་) is a common Buddhist practice. The concept of the four thoughts of loving kindness (བྱམས་པ་), compassion (སྙིང་རྗེ་), appreciative joy (དགའ་བ་) and equanimity (བཏང་སྙོམས་) existed even before the Buddha but was taken up strongly by the Buddhists.

14 Bhutanese titles get shortlisted

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Main story: With the Bhutanese film industry moving rapidly towards commercial productions, a small group of filmmakers have been experimenting different and thought-provoking films.

For good muscle gain

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Health and fitness: Hi Acho, I have made good muscle gains, but now my progress has stalled. I have a few questions: 1. Is it better to train in the 6 to 8 repetition ranges or 10 to 12 repetition ranges with shorter rest periods?  2. I have little knowledge on supplements, should I take a whey protein, BCAA or beta alanine?  3. Your advice to make further muscle gains?  Tobgyel 

The way we see the world depends on our mindset

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Youth in focus: Hi Lam, here is my situation: I graduated class 12, but was a drug abuser from class 8. I recently went to rehab and completed the course a few weeks ago. During my first few days home I felt full of life and was happy to move on, but now I feel low. I tend to sleep late, and am irritable and angry most of the time. I’m not depressed, but feel frustrated about life. I’m afraid I’ll relapse. I know it’s my problem, but what can I do? Worried recovering addict, Thimphu

Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel – the founder of Bhutan

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Main story: It’s bright, the main room where the exhibit is carefully placed behind sealed glasses. There is a special aura in the room. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel – the founder of Bhutan – who we read in history books suddenly came alive through the sacred relics and objects displayed at the Royal Textile Academy (RTA) in Thimphu.