Saturday, 19 January 2013

Magical Clouds and Snow Fall.

Yesterday, the magical clouds spread overhead Thimphu valley giving the azure blue sky a beautiful look. The cumulus shades were so beautiful, making constant splashes giving the normal sky a tantalizing look. But today as the dawn cracked, I peeped through the window and surprisingly saw crystalline flakes dancing in the air. Thimphu is getting her first snow fall for the year 2013. Every year, people eagerly waits for the first snowfall as the government declare the day holiday so that the people can celebrate the joy at home. Unluckily this snowfall on 2013 happens to be on a weekend. 


Reflecting back into the articles that I have posted over the past years, I discovered an Ode to Snowfall, and following the last stanza of the poem is as follows;
"As soft as the silky wool, yet as clear as the crystalline glass,
The snow in its purest form, afloat so silent yet never motionless.
It cleanses the world of misery and sorrow, the woe and sins,
Thus in rejoice, they eat and drink, all together the kith and kins.
It’s snow of health and happiness."
Over the last 20 days, I have been strolling in the Thimphu city and I sometimes feel that I am now even acquainted to the stray dogs. I have been to the bars, to the clubs and to the snooker rooms just like a lad loitering without a purpose in life. Since the day RCSC provided us with the appointment letters to join our offices, many of our friends have joined their offices, but me and few colleagues of mine in the Department of Forests and Park Services got struck in the midway with the hope to get our placement changed. As we waited for the RCSC's new resolution, we have already spent more than 20 days, and this kept us waiting, until yesterday, we made our mind to go to our first placings. 

So finally I am leaving Thimphu for Tashiling in Trongsa to officially join the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. I am sure that the like the magical clouds of yesterday, my journey across the two passes of Dochula and Pelela would be an adventurous one without any struggles on the way.

God Bless Me On My WAY. _/\_

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

To End is to Begin.

When 2012 kicked off, I was in my college fulfilling the requirements of my final year B.Sc Forestry degree. And when the year begin, there was a fear in every soul that celebrating 2013 would be a dream for there were rumours that the world will end on 21st December. The first day of 2012 was not so good for me as rain drenched us completely then.

As months passed by, the year with lots of ups and downs, have finally come to an end but not the world. Looking back into the year just gone by, i can say that the year had been one of the most challenging ones in my life so far, but in the end, things turned out to be a great blessing. At one time of the year i was not sure whether I would be able to complete my degree on time and sit for the premiere BCSE as our session was late. This worry had been wrecking me since the beginning of 2012.

Somewhere in the month of June, we were having our final semester educational tour in the Dehradun, visiting all the forest based institutes and industries. It was during those days that i was further depressed. First, like in a horrific nightmare, Wangdue Dzong, my district headquarter was reduced to rubbles, and in the mean time, RCSC has announced the timetable for the BCSE 2012 procedures. I came to learn that the preliminary exams were to be held in August, while our semester is scheduled to complete only in September. I could not think of waiting a whole year just because of 15 days delay in my semester. I wondered what exist beyond hope, that keeps us strong.

However, with all the requests made to the college authority, we could somehow manage to come for the writing the PE and attend the NGOP but without a degree in hand. I couldn’t really concentrate on the preparation as my mind was already preoccupied with worries. No sooner did we completed our NGOP, we returned to our college to write the semester exams, after which we requested for special attention to us in compiling the academic transcripts and PDC. When we finally reached home after completing the requirements of our degree, two of us were left with just two days to complete our verification for main exams, as we were through with the PE. Therefore, in times, things turned out to be blessing in disguise.

So, with each and every steps for BSCE 2012 completed, finally I am to join the league of Bhutanese foresters, after we were showered with words of wisdom by the chairman of RCSC Lyonpo Thinley Jamtso, and taking the oath of allegiance on 27/12/12.  
“In civil service you must take pride to serve with humility, appreciating small beauties, without ignoring the small duties, because, these small things make a big difference, just like the small springs together making a big river. As civil servants, always try to bring pride and honour to your country, to your parents and to yourself.” - Chairman, RCSC.
On the same day, we had an audience with Director General of Department of Forests and Park Services, stressing to the younger FOs that we explore the forestry studies with our best abilities.
“Issues like melting of snows and retreating of glaciers are a result of global phenomenon, the global warming so there is less we can do to control it. But within your reach are the minute streams so protecting the watershed in the proximity of your home will make bigger difference.” - Director General, DoFPS.  
And finally came the new years eve, where I got to meet with friends and relatives, over a glass of beer, waiving adieu to the bygone days of 2012. Thank you 2012 for making me bolder in taking risks, facing the obstacles and of course making choices and compromises in my life.

Meanwhile I am thankful to all my friends and peers for dropping new year greetings. "Years come and go but this year, I specially wish for you a double dose of health and happiness topped with loads of good fortunes. Have a great year ahead. Happy New Year 2013." Read one of the sms that I received from a friend. 

Today, the New Year is Thimphu for me is just like other normal days, but unlike that of 2012, the weather is good sunny day. The day somehow gave me a special light for me in living a sociable life and as the 2013 progresses, I only wish to have that special light glistening me brighter, and as a resolution, I want to keep my mind under my control and hereby I welcome 2013 with open heart, with responsibilities on my shoulder.
image courtesy: google.

Wishing all my Readers a Very Happy New Year.