Parent of Masters Raydi, Kuenlay, Wangyal and Misses Tashi and Karma

Greatest grandfather in the world

Parents we could not trace in order to deliver report cards.

We have not heard of their parents because their admission was secured by their “grandfather”. However, they are not related to each other so we were a little hesitant at the start about how they shared one grandfather, but the Ministry said we must admit them under one parent. So in our school register, we have five students with one parent whose name is listed as “grandfather”!

Needless to say, their real parents have never attended the PT meetings. Neither has their “grandfather”.

Since this “parent” oversees five students, let me elaborate on his background. Contrary to his title of “grandfather” this “parent” is said to be a pompous upstart. His nickname may have arisen from criticism that he: acts too old for his age, is too big for his boots, has risen too fast for his proficiencies and all in all, is a “dud” with a nerd’s face. He’s the little dog who yelps and exults as everyone runs helter skelter, not realizing that they have actually seen a huge wild mastiff behind him in the distance. Oops, have I said too much? The ministry may wish to edit this report.



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  1. achophento says:

    Wasn’t the admission of these pupils admission required by the school charter?

    Anyway, I’ve been reading this site for a few weeks with great amusement at some of the articles, bemusement at some other articles and slowly some growing concern with the later articles. I’m always a bit wary about unknown or anonymous in this case, so I wonder what is the real intent of the site and especially this post?

    I wonder if the team behind this site is actually “Bhutanese”. Its an anonymous website and the internet provides the cloak about identity and location so some people will always have doubts. I know the site says it is run by “freelance writers” and is not funded by any “political organisations or company” (leaves out a lot of other groups, agencies, organisations) but supported by “well wishers” (which can be literally anyone). And the site’s motto says “Voice of the Bhutanese”. But, it is still anonymous and the tone of the later articles does make me wonder what “well wishers” and “free lance writers” really mean.

    Established satire channels like The Onion, Daily News, Colbert Report in the US, or the Prime Minister Parodies in the UK have or had similar strains and purpose but at least you knew it was their own people behind the satire, commentary and critique about their own state of affairs.

    In any case, if the team behind the site intends to inform through satire, some editorial work is going to be needed. There are some good articles I admit… many of the articles are quite witty, if not mean in some. However some of the articles on this site (eg. Deal Breakers is one i know about) contain factually wrong statements mixed in with some elements of truth (will comment there later on). Such articles do not inform but instead mis-inform people &and obfuscate facts so will only contribute to mischief does not really serve the general interest of the Bhutanese people.

    So again, what is the real intent of the site and especially this post?

  2. achophento says:

    P.S. despite what I said about anonymity on the web and my avatar/username, I know the admin can see my IP address and location since i’m not using a proxy server or other such tools.

  3. Bhutanomics, while your other ‘satire’ pieces have provided a chuckle or two and a reprieve from the daily grind, this post has left me disappointed. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this piece is not aimed at the Eminent Persons of the NC nor their ‘parent’. My only hope is that the authors of this site- sitting behind the armour of anonymity- not give in the impulses and the adrenaline rush fueled by wit and clever words. Give more thought and realize that the Bhutanese people are not a group of Yaks incapable of making decisions and observations without an ‘analytical’ anonymous group of intellectuals and comedians.

  4. rinchin wangdi says:

    Who is this grandfather?

  5. achophento says:

    Rinchin

    Who do you think appointed the 5 Eminent Members to the National Council (NC), thereby securing admission in this “school” (Parliament) in class N(c)?
    The one who appointed them as per the constitution is the “grandfather” being referred to by Bhutanomics.

  6. @Rinchen Wangdi: LOL

  7. I prize humor above many things. And elected officials and civil servants go to the head of the line as being held accountable by us is their occupational hazards. And, humor is the best way to expose their hypocrisies, corrupt practices and other failures to deliver. But there are certain things that are sacrosanct and must remain so. I must say the reference to the ‘grandfather’ in the piece on the ‘eminent’ appointees in the NC has crossed the lines of good taste and what is culturally acceptable to Bhutanese beliefs and value system. I urge all fellow Bhutanese to join me in giving putting a fist full of white powder on his shoulder and banishing him from this website for good.

  8. I prize humor above many things. And elected officials and civil servants go to the head of the line as targets because being held accountable by all of us is part of the deal. And, humor is the best way to expose their hypocrisies, corrupt practices and other failures to deliver. But there are certain things that are sacrosanct and must remain so. You may have spent a year or so in some Western Institute of higher learning or may be a fan of their nothing’s-sacred brand of humor. But no matter how long you stayed abroad or how much you find their brand of humor funny, we are Bhutanese and must remain true to our roots. That does not mean we blindly follow whatever our forefathers did. As I said, I believe politicians and civil servants and the like are fair game. But I must say the reference to the ‘grandfather’ in the piece on the ‘eminent’ appointees in the NC has crossed the lines of good taste and what is culturally acceptable to Bhutanese beliefs and value system. I urge all fellow Bhutanese to join me in putting a fistful of white powder on his shoulder and banishing him from this website for good.

  9. ( ( (((Oh! My!! Goat!!!))) ) )

    Humour is Humour!

    Carry on guys! Doing a great job! You guys/fellas keep us informed with stuff I wouldn’t know and in my language too. (One chat follower at my chat site actually thinks that I am the Editor-in-Chief of this site.) “Inna? Is that probably so also?”, is how I go with every posting. So what if it ain’t been put under the microscope? What else isn’t gossip at the Marriage Table. This humour cocktail comes with bitter-twist. Hello!,

    You guys and gals who think otherwise,stop going around bars in Bhutan or friends’ places to “have a drink or two” and speak in hush-hush,Subscribe to Bhutanonics! Save your liver. Clear your mind.

    (For those who are with me: Welcome to Boo-tan!)

    What would you call a spade if you don’t call it a spade? If grandfather sired 5, so it is. So be it!

    SN’s long hair got me hooked in here and got me seriously subscribed by email.

    I think these guys live “close-by” and “inside” the School; could be faculty too. Definitely ex-teacher or a very good and excellent student who once paid attention to his academic annual report cards, year after year; probably Kpg/Darj. “Others” wouldn’t know the latest nitty-gritty. “Japan” is too far away.

    I love bhutanomics!

    IP? Well, I do subscribe to pdf.kuensel too – a different kind of humour.


    Hallelujah! Long Live Bhutanomics!

  10. Food for thought for the Agay to learn from what is being said.

  11. Agree with Menda. There is a fine line between being funny, witty, satairical…and respectful of our values and leaders who have made us what we are today. This time bhutanomics has crossed this line and for me you have lost my respect. You should be ashamed of yourself trying to be seen “transparent and critical”…you sanctimonious goat!

  12. when i was a student in class( 2), my dzongkha teacher taught me, grandfather in dzongkha is Agay and menda & wikileaks must have also been taught in class the same

  13. Agay, your insinuation is preposterous!

  14. is this site run by persons owning bhutantimes dot com of 2004 to 2010 or 2011, whose main interest is in bhutanese election? the site liked to sway votes to their likes. this time its anti-dpt. i bet this type of site will always appear prior to any of the elctions in future and motivate voters to their interst i.e not to let a party do the second term.

  15. Hi sonam tashi,
    Still hiding behind the Internet ?
    Nice try by your obvious lack of language skill but you tried too hard.
    You should stop using the nicknames in public, especially when you want to remain as the ghost.
    Hope all is well in the trade ministry, really appreciate your time management though. Wish I could be as efficient.

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