Review: This book talks about the achievements of the successive monarchs who brought to Bhutan and the Bhutanese unprecedented peace and happiness. It answers the question of what it was like to live in the long-ago Bhutan. It takes the reader to a different age and time.
The book opens with Bhutan’s pre-monarchy era. Bhutan was, of course, vastly different from what now it is. There were unending internal conflicts, as well as external threats, including outbreak of epidemics, famine and other calamities small and big. That we enjoy unprecedented peace and tranquility is not by chance. It took extraordinary courage, strength and efforts of our kings.
Kings, particularly the Bhutanese kings, are born according to the prophecies of the divine and the collective merits of the Bhutanese people. They all have reigned wisely through love and compassion to achieve peace and prosperity of the nation and its people. Our kings, therefore, are the true Bodhisattvas.
One Hundred Years of Development is the story of the blessed country’s extraordinary monarchs and their godly deeds that shaped the nation that is Drukyul, our home.
This book will serve as an excellent reference for those who wish to enquire into the process of nation building. It is an important source of information for researchers, academics and young people alike, for making of Bhutan that it is today took love and labour immense of kings selfless and visionary.
The book paints the true picture of Bhutan that was and is. In many ways, it proffers great lessons – cultural, social and historical…
The author has put together information from written sources and the experience of individuals who served the kings. Research employed by the author is commendable. It shows. From the closing lines from blurb: “The book manages to capture Bhutan’s transformation in the 20th century in a fresh narrative punctuated with intimate anecdotes of former courtiers.” Indeed!
Needrup Zangpo, former editor of Bhutan Observer who now heads a consulting firm, Druk Lotēr, deserves special commendation for excellent translation of the book.
This book that celebrates the development that it has seen since 1907, was published to celebrate one hundred years of monarchy and to commemorate the coronation of The Fifth Druk Gyalpo.
Review by Jambay Dorji