Friday photo: Kids

I have written a lot about Bhutan on this blog and also featured it on my Friday photo series earlier. This time, it is Bhutan again. But not a single image but a collage of the cheeky kids I came across in that beautiful country. *** Read my other stories on Bhutan here… Also see:…

On a wing and a prayer

(Click on the image to read the story in pdf) Nobody tells you that flying into Bhutan is a mini adventure in itself. From my window seat on the left side of the plane – I have done my research well – I see the Everest and the Kanchendzonga, gleaming white on that clear, sunny…

Friday photo: Mother

Working as I am on a story on Bhutan for a magazine, this Friday, I give you an image from there that always brings a smile to my face. This was on the way to Takhtsang Goemba, or the Tiger’s Nest monastery near Paro, just before I had begun the hike. I had no idea…

Friday photo: Football

In Bhutan recently, I watched a group of young monks (monklings?) release an entire day’s worth of pent up energy on a football. It was late evening at the Chime Lakhang monastery at Punakha and prayers were over the day. What started as a listless kicking of a ball around the field soon gave way…

Ema Datshi and Red Panda: eating and drinking in Bhutan

Forget central heating and layered clothing. The Bhutanese eat their body warmers. Chillis. No meal is complete without ema datshi, the world-famous-in-Bhutan dish of chilli with cheese. And it is exactly that – chopped green chillis mixed with cheese. No bells, no whistles. Just lots of antacids. To be fair, they also cook other things…

One day at an archery match

When I reach the archery stadium, the group of men in traditional ghos are peering across the range, looks of intense concentration on their faces. It is a sunny morning in Thimphu and the match has been on for a couple of hours already. Spectators are drifting in and out; ardent team supporters who hoot…