About me and this blog

The theme of my blog is #MaanKiBaat. It is a Hindi phrase meaning Words from the Heart. Truth be told. It is not an original idea. It is lifted from a radio/TV show featuring Indian PM Modi.

I started using the phrase with a hastag together with a punchy one liner on Facebook for everything how I was feeling to what I eating to making fun of issues facing my country. I targeted water problem, sewage issue, power blackout, ATM malfunctions, etc. I started as a parody. As a joke to make people laugh but for people to ponder.  It became very popular among my readers. Many readers commented that they enjoyed my #MaanKiBaat than my blog.

Now I have decided to name my blog with this phrase.

This blog is about Bhutan and this blog is also non-political and non-religious.

About me

                Engineer, communication scholar and educator – and a dog lover and passionate about airplanes, coffee and travelling

               

                I come from Trashigang – the eastern-most district in Bhutan. I am a Sharchop. My father was a bus driver and my mother a house wife. Both didn’t attend school – thus making me the first generation to go to school – in the family and in the country too.

                I graduated with laurea cum laude (distinction) in electronics engineering from the University of Bologna in Italy in 1995. I worked as the chief engineer for the Bhutan Broadcasting Service – leading the teams that brought both the FM radio services and television to Bhutan between 1997 and 1999. Subsequently, I made a career shift and moved to documentary filmmaking (following my passion), where I won three major international awards and several nominations. My best-known works are School Among Glaciers, Rocking the Himalayan Kingdom-Blof in Bhutan and Long Walk to Education.

                From 2009 to 2013, I served as the communications director and spokesperson for the Royal Family of Bhutan.

                As a third career, I have opted teaching and research. I taught in the Royal University of Bhutan as adjunct professor and briefly served as a dean at the Royal Thimphu College. 

                I am, currently, pursuing doctoral studies in communication at the University of Macau – specialising in social media, discourse analysis and Buddhist communication. 

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