Students receive cash prizes for book reviews
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.