Bumthap Me­may: Kan­glung’s hap­pi­ness icon

Business Bhutan - - Na­tion - Jigme Wangchen from Kan­glung, Trashigang

Kan­glung in Trashigang is fa­mous for more than its premier ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tute, Sherubtse Col­lege.

A lo­cal icon, 70-yearold Ap Gyembo, pop­u­larly known as Bumthap Me­may spreads hap­pi­ness and cheer, oc­cu­py­ing a niche in the peo­ple’s hearts,

Me­may has been a res­i­dent of Kan­glung for more than 40 years now. He runs a shop and can be seen wrap­ping doma by a cor­ner but every­body in Kan­glung vouches for the fact that he is one per­son who is full of good­ness and whose reper­toire of jokes never run dry.

Me­may feels he has lived life to the fullest and that his great­est achieve­ment has been serv­ing in the armed force for 25 years. He has also trav­elled ex­ten­sively across the coun­try.

Dressed ca­su­ally in gray­ish black trousers and a shirt of the same hue, Me­may is orig­i­nally from Chum­mey in Bumthang.

But he has al­ways felt most at home in Kan­glung ex­em­pli­fy­ing that home is where the heart is.

Most of his cus­tomers are at­tracted by his cheer­ful de­meanor and the fact that he tries to make them as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble. He is also known for his kind­ness and will­ing­ness to help oth­ers.

Talk­ing about Kan­glung, he said that he has seen dras­tic de­vel­op­ment and changes here over the past few years mainly due to the growth of Sherubtse Col­lege.

Most col­lege stu­dents are Me­may’s fans be­cause of his flair with wise­cracks.

“Some­times, the lo­cals ask me to ne­go­ti­ate and re­solve their prob­lems,” he said.

Bumthap Me­may is fa­ther to four sons and was one of the ac­tive work­ers who con­trib­uted to the build­ing of the Kan­glung Zang­tokpelri.

Ev­ery evening, he takes an evening walk ac­com­pa­nied by his nieces and neph­ews.

At other times, neigh­bors ac­com­pany him lis­ten­ing to his tales and jokes.

Apart from run­ning a shop for a liv­ing, Me­may rents out ex­tra rooms at his build­ing.

“I am in­ter­ested in farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties but I can only do so for my house­hold be­cause I do not have strength left,” he said.

Sherab, a col­lege stu­dent who stayed as a ten­ant in Me­may’s home for more than three years said that Me­may is a kind and help­ful per­son.

“His cheer­ful­ness and smile are the best things about him,” said Sherab.

Sherab added that he con­sid­ers Me­may a con­fi­dant and one of the best hu­man be­ings he has met in life.

Mean­while, Me­may also gives wise coun­sel to youth goad­ing them to serve the na­tion through in­no­va­tive ideas and work.

As Bumthap Me­may folds another doma and packs it into a pa­per cone he said his ul­ti­mate aim in life is to be a friend to every­body.

“My great­est hap­pi­ness lies in mak­ing oth­ers happy,” he said.

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