Tuesday, September 11, 2012


This is my Village Khordung (Valley of the wheel). I was born in this vicinity of lush and a plain valley. The present scenario is different and the changes are still taking spontaneously with the upcoming of the developments in the rural areas. Youths seen in abundance in the village, doing against villagers are now slowly going to extinct. Youths can be rarely seen. The dwellers in the village are our aged people and parents. They are fighting against the natural disasters and keeping the village as it is being handed over to them by their forefathers. The unprecedented changes in the village is uphold and seen by them. Everything in the vicinity is natural and the environment is undisturbed. You can really see the heaven on the earth. The ethical norms of our culture is degrading. Youths of today transcend everything else but the proper channel of upbringing is not in a usual way. The etiquette of the youth in Bhutan is the most acceptable and appreciated. But our traditional method of taking care of the old aged parents and relatives are declining and they are left alone on their own. It is our time to dwell and take the responsibilities of our parents. And at this age it's the time that they rest and watch us doing our best up to their expectation. Nothing will be spoiled, if we are integrate and say what others love to hear. Now our acquiescent youths are gone forever. It seems the place with inadequate flourish of the people. Villagers are now accustomed with this issues and they are deemed to be accept it as a natural condition. Things are going to be worsen, if the precautions are not taken before it's too late.  

 All my sisters and brothers grew up and studied in this valley till their completion of high school. But I am the only one, who was stranded and completed the higher secondary school from Jigsher, one of the renowned school in Bhutan. So I am the last person, who have spend the longest duration with my parents. Education is a major factor causing  the rural-urban  migration in our country, and migrating with their husbands. After my graduation from higher secondary school, I was also compelled to move and leave my valley and parents behind to pursue my Bachelor's degree in India and to find the better opportunities in the urban areas.Time comes to every individuals, we have to move to urban areas as our rural community does not have any employment opportunities and better options to sustain our life. If one does not leave their home, he/she may be left as an educated farmer or have to live like other village folks doing agriculture works. As our rural areas are isolated, lacks of basic modern facilities and it's still being a backward area, one can least heard of the outside world and its refrain from all. Nothing substitutes in rural areas and to difficult to sustain. As we youths are influenced by western modernization through medias and thirst to experience the opportunities and skills like other youths do. Staying at rural area is almost forbidden and it has become trend and mandatory that one has to leave or else you don't study and help your parents at home at the earliest. But everyone moves and goes on. No one dares to say "I will do a farming after my graduation ". While our youths are naturally compelled to seek the jobs to be an independent and a better citizens of the country. The eager to go and grab the best opportunity available in the job market is almost a hardest and a challenging in this competitive world. More and the most of the youths are either unemployed or dependent to their relatives. Youths dwelling in the rural areas are either local students or  students studying in the vicinity. They will soon complete their studies and join us. Should i stop my village inmates to come here?. Not possible, They are even better than me. They have to come and see the scenario and the issues of today. To refrain and deplete such upcoming issues, there is lot to do by....

   Jadrung Lhakhang in Khaling

                                                    Lay monks of Khaling performing rituals.