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Protest, prison and a lost appeal: the memories of Lok Nath Dhakal

One morning in September 1990 there was a firm knock on my door. It was an old buddy of mine from the village. He looked excited and came straight to the point.  ‘Hello Lok Nath,’ he said. ‘Let’s join the andolan for democracy and human rights, it is our day.’...

Devi Charan Poudel –Collage of Success and Suffering I

1.0 A life of traditions Devi Charan Poudel was the sixth child born to father Nar Bahadur and mother Rup Meena on auspicious day of Shreepanchami of 1983 BS (1926 AD). He was born in Lalidhapper hamlet, one of the remotest of Dagapela but comparatively with productive geophysical conditions. During...

‘We packed 18 yrs of our refugee life in four bags’

Yadav Sapkota, born in the  Bhutanese Refugee Camp in Timai, Jhapa, in 1993, was resettled in Roanoke, Virginia in 2011. Having completed his School Leaving Certificate (SLC) from the refugee camp, he attended his high school in Virginia, and then went to Virginia Western, a local community college. Now,...

Sir, I Will Change…

It has been three and half months now, since I started teaching in one of the private schools in Paro; every time I went to class, I felt sad on seeing a particular student. I wanted to ask him, why? But my profession acted as a barrier (should I...

Bhutan or Nepal- where do I stand?

When I travel through my memory lane, all I can remember now is all the happiest moments of my childhood. I would hang around with friends, steal chocolates and flowers. Spending the whole day in a playground and in Deuna River with my friends added to my happiness.

 What...

Yes, suicide is preventable— a survivor’s testimony

A resettled Bhutanese walks us through why he thinks suicide is preventable based on his experience of having gone through suicidal thoughts in recent past. Not quite long ago, whenever I heard about suicides, I used to question myself—why the hell people take their own lives? And my resolution-- at...

Bhutan a happier place with books

When Claire Thomsen was 11, her parents pulled the rug out from her comfortable Malibu existence. They sold the family business, rented out the house, and spent the year roving the world, 27 countries in all, with Claire in tow. Instead of entering middle school with friends, flinging with...

Towards the US Dream

The United States of America is vastly diversified with immigrants and refugees from different parts of the world. USA has an immense demographic variegation of the immigrants and refugees. In a sense, USA is a melting pot of all people with different ethnic background. There is no doubt that people...

Indra: a voice for the voiceless

Indra Adhikari grew up with the world against him, but as we sat down to discuss his life I quickly discovered that he was never going to live a life of regret. As I listened to the life he had lived, I could not help but contrast it to my...

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