Friday, October 24, 2014

Ara a cup of tea; Bhutanese

A sip of Ara penetrates into your head, It generates a self confidence and special effective features of intoxication are withered upon us. Ara is traditionally and culturally used as an ingredient in the daily life of our Bhutanese society. Drinking alcohol is a mandatory and socially acceptable in our country. Bhutanese consume alcohol irrespective of age and time, although there is a certain restrictions to be followed. Alcohol business is available in every nook and corners of the country and it is a lucrative business to boost the economy.  

Any occasions and celebrations are not so called as grand celebration without a presence of the wine and dine. More over our indigenous games are relevantly well played indulged along with a alcohol. Our Bhutanese society is rich in culture and tradition, alcohol also act as an ingredient and uplift the stigma of our rich culture and tradition. Ara acts as a catalyst between individual and the nature of the Bhutanese society; Ara stimulates a person to act boldly and overcome against harsh and wild natural environment of Bhutan. We Bhutanese normally start to seek the purpose and the meaning of the actual events after intoxication and enjoy the moment in the state of drunk. 


We drink and we become the thirst of alcohol, then there is no limitations to haves and have-nots. "Ara is a cup of tea in Bhutan". 


There is no customs and traditions that our forefathers have served a tea and coffee as a greetings to our guests. And we don't have a culture of celebrating a tea ceremony like Japanese and Korean. Later Suja and Ngaja were served with the Tibetan influential But our parents brewed local Ara using our own available domestic materials in a distinct methodsEuchang (local brewed wine from maize) is a discovery by our illustrious peasants and to brew ara has become a custom and tradition in our isolated country. Offering and serving a Ara is a cultural existence that still prevails in our country. Ara was officially served as a welcome and greetings to our friends and guests (tshogchang). Ara is primarily used in Buddhist religious rituals and offerings to local deities and during religious ceremonial events. Ara is a indispensable part of our Bhutanese society. 


In rural areas, Ara is an intrinsic part of the rural life. Our villagers can drink a Ara from dawn to dusk. Farmers drink for a cause and against their tiring and heavy field works. They are not drunkards and their bodies can resist and but their bodies are not repellent alcohol effectsAra is usually served as an antidote for any issues and also for body dysfunctional problems. The social issues caused from drinking alcohol are lesser in our rural areas compared with the urban areas. Villagers work and they drink to relax their body after a tried-some work, they drink and they work for their life. 


Scenario of Tuesday in Thimphu 


Although our government have tried to minimize the production and the sale of alcohol but the outnumber of trendy night clubs and Drayangs kept on making a good sale of alcohol and escalate the problems.


Thimphu street seems to be isolated and evacuated during Tuesday. They are not secluded and have abandoned the city but they are exempting a day, abiding the law enforcement as a "Dry Day". It is a good initiatives and a farsighted visionary taken by our government to reduce the consumption of alcohol beverages.

It is a major issues to be discussed and to find out the alternatives and solutions at an interest of the public. According to the health report,the alcohol related diseases and the death caused by consumption of alcohol are drastically increased over a year. The law enforcement on the ban of such activities should be abide and encouraged, and to foster the best way to maintain the same trend for the beneficial of our public

Tuesday is considered as the worst day of the week. The night clubs, bars and Drayangs  are all kept closed. The day becomes restricted with ban on a sale of alcohol.     


There are no hustle and bustle in the city. One can really feels the certain triumph of the Bhutanese traditional village life in the modern city. The instinct and the cultured characteristics of the Bhutanese  are still intact and confined. People are friendly in the street and there is no pressure to take a concern and be vigilant. Everyone seems to be inside the home and getting together with their families. Even the alcoholics are likely to be found skipping the daily drinking portion of alcohol. After the dusk, silence and howling of dogs seems rhyming & enchanting to our ears.  

The street lights of Thimphu city are perfectly illuminating without any dangling and swaying of the drunkards. The roads and the street path are clear and there is no one walking through the pavement. There is a less movement of vehicles and it is almost a free zone around the city. 

A dog are very vigorous and howls to every passerby. Street dog’s dwells and it’s the bed for a night to them. Thimphu is everything without wine and dine. City is perfect and calm to live. Tragedy is not a possible and hunger and poverty an unheard word.