Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Words Can Make You Cry

Words can make you cry
They can break your heart into pieces
Forcing the times you didn’t like to think
Pains throttle you
Memories struggle you;
Deflated and deflected
The life moves on
Always depleted.

Memories of unkind days
Only bring stream of tears.
They are part of life
And acceptance is a fate
Hush, don’t weep
No one gonna care
You let go
And forget to remember
Is the way.

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Dying Breed of Readers

Reading is to decode, to understand, to evaluate and foster knowledge and information. It leads to appreciation and understanding of the pluralistic nature of society, cultures and values. Our people must read and access changing ideas and expressions.

Despite all the benefits books offer, Bhutanese are quite poor in reading habits. I would say reading habits have declined, owing to rapid development in our country. Bhutan has taken ‘a great leap’ within a short span of time, and this has affected our readers. Television, computers, internet and motor vehicles, among others, keep our youth occupied. Or are they conquered?

Just a decade ago, back in my village, when I was in my early teens, my family sat together and read religious canons, like Kanjur and Tenjur, to cleanse our sins and for good fortune. Now, hardly any youth has heard of the great books.

In this so called ‘new life’, reading has to be forced. In schools, students are taken over by modern amenities. Reading habits are dying and may completely die soon.

In bookstores, the treasures are left collecting dust. Our children desire sophisticated gadgets, fancy miniskirts, skin-tight clothes, jeans and sugary sweets. But the books have more than all these to satisfy. Buying a book is buying life’s wisdom.

The object of writing this article is because I am a bibliophile, a great lover of books. I would like to promote reading habits. I have persuaded my students incessantly to read and buy books. But sadly, the aforementioned reasons have conquered some.

I’ve also published a book, hoping to give a typical Bhutanese author for our readers. However, it was not received well. The problem – too few readers! Hardly anyone visits the stores and picks up a book.

How can we have a knowledge-based society if we are not ready to read and learn? We had a knowledge-based-society a decade ago, when books were gold. Having modern imported gadgets and machines hinders our in-depth history and culture. It’s like trying to construct a road on a river. We become ignorant, even as we live in the so called modern life, because we ignore learning. We want ease and to be laidback; as a result of which, we are becoming a so-so group.

To build a knowledge centre, our government must promote reading, through formation of reading circles/groups, and promoting Bhutanese writers through some means. This in turn will promote readerships among our youth.

This article was published in K2 magazine, kuensel on16 December, 2010