Master Jigmi Y Thinley

Jigmi Y Thinley

This boy must have been adopted because he is not Bhutanese. I have never come across any Bhutanese child so ambitious, so engrossed in himself and so ready to say or do anything to get ahead of other children. I find he seems to be more focused on looking intelligent than actually working to excel in his exams. And he expects the high marks that others who excel get, because he thinks he has outshone them throughout the year. He likes to be the one who speaks when any questions are asked. And when we have important guests, we have to find a way to put him at the back of the class because he tries to win the attention of the VIP guest and ingratiate himself, ruining the entire interaction period for everyone. At one such function, I had to ask the class bullies to keep him in between them and prevent him from speaking. As a teacher I am ashamed to admit I resorted to this, but I had no option. On the contrary I was quite happy to see him crying after the class, his arms having been twisted behind his back by one while another put his tongue between a pair pliers!

This boy will seek the limelight no matter what reason it is for. If there was a beauty contest, he’ll want to get into it…, even if it was for girls…, like beauty contests are supposed to be! I hope this boy becomes rich enough to fund his fantasies of himself. Or by some miracle becomes a handsome hunk of a man who can then become a filmstar or some such celebrity. Barring these, I fear he will clamber over people, organizations, rules and systems to get ahead and may cause much discomfort and even tragedy for people who come into his path. I gave him a double promotion to avoid teaching him next year. Of course, he thinks he got it through his brilliance. That’s Jigmi. He lives in denial of his faults and truly believes he is whatever superstar he has imagined at that moment. He does not see the resentment of his classmates nor that he is a constant target of ridicule.

However, with such kids you never how successful they might become. See Paris Hilton.

Drukpa Kinley
This story from Drukpa Kinley

Drukpa Kinley, from the 1400s, is one of Bhutan's foremost saints and yogis. He was known for his crazy methods of enlightening other beings, which earned him the title "The Divine Madman".