Staff Reporter  

Bhutanese author Chador Wangmo was awarded the SAARC Literary Award on December 3 in Delhi during the 64th festival organised by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL). 

This accolade makes her the third Bhutanese writer to receive such an honour, following in the footsteps of authors Kunzang Choden and Rinzin Rinzin (PhD).

The award ceremony celebrated writers from various countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Expressing the significance of the award, Chador Wangmo emphasised its importance for Bhutanese writers, especially given the relatively small writing community in the country. 

Chador Wangmo credited the 63rd convention for playing a pivotal role in FOSWAL recognising Bhutanese writers as deserving of such prestigious acknowledgment. 

Regarding the award, Chador Wangmo said, “I view this award as finally being ‘accepted and appreciated’ for our craft.”

She highlighted the positive impact of this recognition, stating that it serves as an inspiration for young aspiring writers in Bhutan to embrace their stories and embark on crafting their own books.