Stu­dents re­ceive cash prizes for book re­views

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Tsh­er­ing Pem from Sherubtse Col­lege, Deki Dolki from Samtse Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion and Sonam Cho­den from Col­lege of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy won the first, sec­ond, and third prizes of a book re­view com­pe­ti­tion among the col­lege stu­dents in Bhutan.

They re­ceived the cash prizes of Nu. 15,000, Nu. 10,000, and Nu. 5,000.

Or­gan­ised by NehruWangchuck Cul­tural Cen­ter ( NWCC), the com­pe­ti­tion asked col- lege stu­dents to re­view two re­cently launched books – Depa Bondeypa’s Rel­a­tives by Rinzin Rinzin and Kyetse by Chador Wangmo.

At the prize award­ing cer­e­mony held at NWCC in Thim­phu on 5 Jan­uary at­tended by a di­verse group of peo­ple, in­clud­ing govern­ment min­is­ters, writ­ers, teach­ers, and stu­dents, a panel dis­cus­sion was held. The In­dian am­bas­sador to Bhutan Shri Jaideep Saideep mod­er­ated an hour- long dis­cus­sion on the two books with au­thors Rinzin Rinzin and Chador Wangmo.

A to­tal of 11 stu­dents from dif­fer­ent col­leges in Bhutan, in­clud­ing Geaddu Col­lege of Busi­ness Stud­ies, Samtse Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion and Col­lege of Lan­guage and Cul­ture Stud­ies, par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion. The par­tic­i­pants were also awarded cer­tifi­cates.

The prizes and par­tic­i­pa­tion cer­tifi­cates were awarded by for­eign min­is­ter Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji, Labour Min­is­ter Ny­eema San­gay Tshempo, Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment Min­is­ter Dorji Cho­den, Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­is­ter Leki Dorji and Am­bas­sador Jaideep Saideep.

The panel dis­cus­sion fo­cused on some themes in the two books like cul­ture, su­per­sti­tions and myths, and the metaphor of jour­ney that both the au­thors used in their books.

Chador Wangmo said that her writ­ing con­tained a lot of cul­tural el­e­ments which en­sured that Bhutan’s cul­tures and tra­di­tions did not die out. “We see our youths in­ter­ested in lot of other stuff than our own rule,” she said, adding that her in­ten­tion of build­ing the story was to make sure not to lose the cul­ture.

Rinzin Rinzin said that his us­ing of many lo­cal su­per­sti­tions, myths and leg­ends was based on re­li­gion. “Ma­hayana Bud­dhism has di­rectly in­flu­enced our cul­ture, tra­di­tion and the way of life,” he said. He said no Bhutanese sto­ries would be com­plete with­out us­ing su­per­sti­tions, myths and leg­ends.

The book re­views were eval­u­ated by a three mem­ber jury.

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