May 15 2016

Reviving tradition way of cooking

| Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu

Trongsa Poenlop Thuendrel Club (TPTC), (alumni of Trongsa Poenlop Scholarship and King Scholarship) in collaboration with top 10 chief of 20 dzongkhag has organized a five day traditional dish training to club members and students from various school in Thimphu.food
TPTC program coordinator, Pasang Dorji, said main motive of organizing this tradition cuisine training is to uphold our age old culture and tradition.
“Unemployment problem among youth is so critical. Training our club members and the young students may one day help them to stand on their own feet and they may also be able to provide employment in future if they come up with their own business setups,” said Pasang Dorji.
He further added that five days training had also showcased different traditional cuisines of our country and how it has to be prepared.
Tsagay, 52, from Chukha who is one of the top 10 chiefs, expressed that our traditional cuisines are deteriorating since youth of today hardly cooks anywhere.
“Children hardly know what their parents had packed for the lunch and they don’t even bother how it is cooked,” he said.
“I feel our age old tradition cuisine has to be reintoduced,” said Tsagay.
Tenzin Tshogyel, 13, a student of Changkha Middle Secondary School, said it was fun learning and trying out food which he has never seen before.
“This training made me learn the fusion methods to preparing puta and other foods. I am now confident that I can also prepare these foods at home and impress my parents,” said Tenzin Tshogyel.
Similarly, Dorji Wangmo, a student of Jigme Namgyal Lower Secoundary School, said that she knew cooking was always enjoyable and this training made her reignite her interest in cooking.
“I knew what are the ingredients that are being used to prepare various dishes,” said Dorji Wangmo.
She also mentioned that in future she would like to take up more cooking lessons and setup her own restaurant so that she can keep more traditional dishes in her menu.


New SUV, KUV100 in the town

‘Singye Agency opened a brand new showroom in Thimphu ‘

|Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu

Singye Agencies launched SUV, KUV100 last week with a brand new corporate showroom in the heart of city which commands world class Brand experience showroom at Flyover Plazza building, Thimphu.
The KUV100 is set to appeal cool and trendy youth with its aggressive styling and dominant SUV stance, stylish premium interiors, ample space to accommodate 6 passengers comfortably. IMG_7038

ABS and EBD standard across all variants and optional airbags are available even for the base variant, peppy performance, high fuel efficiency making it fuel efficient diesel SUV with good mileage.
It is powered by the all new mFALCON family of petrol and diesel engines and marks Mahindra’s entry into the petrol space.
Vice Chairman of Singye Group of Companies, Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji while speaking at the launch said that this is a very proud moment for them as the KUV100 turns a new lead in Mahindra’s evolution in the SUV segment.

“Today’s youth would want SUV that helps them stand out, that reflects their personality and enhances their lifestyle. I believe the KUV100 will appeal to youth and first time car buyers with its aggressive styling, trendy interiors, long feature list and attractive price point and emerge as a winner,” said Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji.
“ I am proud to be able to offer the youth of Bhutan , the Young SUV, more for same value , why settle for less,” Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji added.
He further mentioned that the KUV100 is India’s most fuel efficient diesel SUV and now available in Bhutan.
He said the KUV100 is all set to create new benchmarks in safety in this price segment with ABS with EBD standard even on the base variant. And also dual airbags are available as optional variants from the base variant as well and standard on the top end variant.
“The vast array of safety features includes ISOFIX mounts for child seat on rear seat, a “body cage” of ultra-high strength steel that provides enhanced safety to the occupants, ELR seat belts with emergency locking retractors, speed-sensing auto door locking and auto-unlocking in the event of a crash, automatic hazard lights on panic braking and dual rear fog lamps,” he said.
“Peace of mind is guaranteed with an excellent warranty of 2 years/unlimited kilometers,” he added.
Customers can choose between 7 variants (K2, K2+, K4, K4+, K6, K6+, K8), petrol and diesel engine options, 5/6 seater options and 7 exciting colours – Fiery Orange, Flamboyant Red, Aquamarine, Pearl White, Dazzling Silver, Designer Grey and Midnight Black.
KUV100 even features flat-floor storage in the 2nd row. This cleverly designed space lets customers stow away those soiled clothes and shoes after your jaunt in the off-roads. And if customers need more storage space, there is also under floor storage space facilities.
Singye Agencies is a Mahindra authorized distributor in country. The Mahindra Group focuses on enabling people to rise through solutions that power mobility, drive rural prosperity, enhance urban lifestyles and increase business efficiency.
A USD 16.9 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, Mahindra provides employment opportunities to over 200,000 people in over 100 countries. Mahindra operates in the key industries that drive economic growth, enjoying a leadership position in tractors, utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership.
In addition, Mahindra enjoys a strong presence in the agribusiness, aerospace, components, consulting services, defence, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, retail, steel, commercial vehicles and two wheeler industries.
In 2015, Mahindra & Mahindra was recognized as the Best Company for CSR in India in a study by the Economic Times. In 2014, Mahindra featured on the Forbes Global 2000, a comprehensive listing of the world’s largest, most powerful public companies, as measured by revenue, profit, assets and market value.
The Mahindra Group also received the Financial Times ‘Boldness in Business’ Award in the ‘Emerging Markets’ category in 2013.



A tale of an underprivileged Thimphu resident

| Usha Drukpa, Thimphu

Life can at times be bitter and unfair, with poverty and mishaps enveloping you for years. Penjor Tshering, 33, who earns a living selling homemade momo (dumplings) and thukpa (porridge), personifies the dark face of life. While most of his friends go out playing, Penjor Tshering would be busy working in the fields in Punakha. Now 33 years old, he still hasn’t found an end to his miserable life.

“There is no end to my suffering. We have always been poor. I was just nine when I had to go through the burden of being poor. Life is unfair!” says Penjor, heavy heartedly.
In most cases families and relatives come to your rescue, when one is in trouble, but it wasn’t the case for Penjor. Soon after his parents died, 10 years ago, his brother took almost all the land that belonged to their parents, saying that they needed money to pay for their father’s funeral. Camera360_2013_7_20_082810_jpg20130720082852
“He sold all the land. The remaining one land was mine but he sold that too. I appealed to the Supreme Court but I lost the case. I have only 21 days left to pay Nu. 45000 in order to reopen the case and I don’t have the money,” he sighs.
Living in Hejo, Penjor looks after his divorcee sister and her three sons. His eldest nephew, studies in Kelki Higher Secondary School in the 11th standard but due to their financial problem, Penjor says he may have to discontinue his nephew’s studies though Penjor wants his nephew to complete class XII.
“I just studied till class VI. My education background has always been a problem; I couldn’t get any suitable job. I do work part time in RSTA canteen, other than that I try selling porridge for few bucks. That is how I look after my younger sister and her sons,” Penjor says, with bitterness in his voice. “Selling porridge and momo is the only thing I can do with such little qualification. I have trouble buying kitchen items and moreover City Corporation restricts us to sell these items,” he mumbles. “I wish they would allow us to sell our homemade goods.”
He feels suicidal at times. “Sometimes I think of killing my family and committing suicide. I hate to see my family suffer,” he sobs.
Adding to his problems, his sister was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer.
“My sister is sick, that’s why I don’t let her work these days,” he says.
The irony is that Penjor has always been a man helping others, even to the extent of donating his kidney to one of his friends. “In 1999, I donated my kidney to my friend, not for money but as a friend,” he says with a sense of pride in his voice.
Penjor narrates stories of how he had to borrow money from others in order to feed his family, “Once I had to lend money around Nu. 1, 80,000 for my mother’s funeral but I covered up the debt by selling porridge. Even Ashi Kezang Wangmo Wangchuck helped me,” he says.
However, a silver lining is now appearing in his life. “My situation is much better. I earn around Nu. 400 to Nu. 700 per day and much higher during party nights,” he says.

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