Thursday, 18 September 2014
Cute little Tenzin is the 5 year old son of Yeshi, a weaver lady from a small Bhutanese hamlet in the south, Umling. 10 hours by bus from the capital, Thimphu followed by a trudging 3 hour walk, Umling is the worse place to be in for a mother with a sick child. Afflicted from birth, Tenzin’s legs are very weak, he cannot walk for more than a few minutes without falling over. Desperate to seek better medical help, Yeshi uprooted herself and her son to Thimphu, her only hope to see little Tenzin run and skip like a normal kid.
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Monday, 11 August 2014
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
11 years later, I went back to collect my heart that is left there and instead she now has taken my soul too. Oh. Bhutan indeed beckons
First reason why Bhutan beckons. The smiles. The miles of smiles. It captivates.
I even got to dress up in a Gho. Looking as handsome as a young prince. But the menfolk shook their heads and refused to take me out if I dorn the Gho. I suspect because I will get more attention from the ladies than they can. They don't want competition.
But I suppose I fare ok in the kira too. Specially chosen by Karma for me. They say I can pass off as a Bhutanese lady if I keep my mouth shut after saying Kuzuzangpo.
And how I love the children. They are so bright. So cute. And my, speak such beautiful English too
And the beautiful sights
And most of all, my sweet brother dupchu. Who took time off to take care of me. He is my chauffeur, camera man, translator, bag carrier, protector, guide. And he does it with such graciousness. And each night as he drops me off at the hotel, he would say. I am so happy today. What beautiful words
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Fast forward 11 years, Dupchu now invited us back to his country as his guests. Yes he is still so,what shy. Somewhat quiet. But his heart is generous and overflows with warmth and care. His first words are You re my family. I am happy to take care of you in Bhutan.
When we are at the riverside today I mentioned that I love collecting smooth rocks. He immediately swirled into action and swoop up many rocks for me to choose as souvenir.
What a wonderful brother he is