After spending nine long years in Paro I was finally able to move to down to Phuentsholing. Until my next transfer, it's going to be a home for my family for another 4-5 years. I am little surprised to discover that moving to Phuentsholing is turning out to be yet another chapter in my life. I look forward to having even more memorable days. At the moment my family is slowly getting settled. After a weeks of bad flu, we are all getting used to the kind of dusty and hazy environment. I am told about the excessive heat of the summer. But I am sure we can beat that.
In my coming days, I would like to write loads about the kind of adventures I had to overcome in moving my family to Phuentsholing. I would like to write about the housing crunch in Phuentsholing. I would like to write about my new experiences. I will also try to put up a story, -my daughters' thoughts on Phuentsholing. Although little uncomfortable, I will also bring up a unique personal experience in my new office. I Will let you all know as to why working is Phuenthsoling is challenge for any government official, especially if you are a Customs personnel.
But for now, let me write about the seminar I am attending in New Delhi.
I am attending a seminar in Chemical identification. We are three from Bhutan. Including the Australians, (host) there are delegations from eight South Asian nations. - From Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. We are progressing into our third day, but I must tell you that each day has been that much enriching and rewarding. Its been a lively event from the start. Introductory session was joyful. I came to know that many of my friends have sleeping and eating as their hobbies. As a Customs officials, we are a group of people which the society has never seen through this prism of life. They only loath us in abundance. They never see us though such innocence. So with this, I urge you all to sometimes read us emotionally also.
I never had the opportunity of going to Australia, (which is sometimes seen as equivalent for going to the eternal source of wealth and money for many Bhutanese) but it was a privilege and joy to have met few Australians here in Delhi. I take it as an honor to have met them all. Some of them are very senior Government officials. We talked a lot on Bhutanese diaspora in Australia. Amazingly all of them have such a good regard for our friends there. I am sure they are not being diplomatic with me though. Nevertheless I am happy to know about how our friends and relatives are working hard there to make a living. I told them how amazed I am about the fashion of Bhutanese going to Australia for for education and they told me how astonished they are with the kind of bank balances some of our friends have furnished!
I met delegates from Maldives. They are three gentleman. I have seen them with full of energy, open for any discussion and often crazily into photography. I had chitchat with our Bangladeshi friends. their group consist of one young lady officer and two senior commissioners. They are all Muslims. and if people think Muslims are conservatives, these people will prove us wrong.
There is a lone Napali man in our group and I think he is the only chemist among us. He does more smiling than talking. At the moment he seem to be enjoying his new Panasonic phone. We have three friends from Sri Lanka and two from India. All of them are equally jovial. This to me, says lot about their common ancestral root. Our friends from Myanmar are rather enigmatic. Two officials would only smile mildly while the other one, little younger one is always engrossed in photography.
Finally we have, resource speakers from WCO, a male from Mexico and a female form USA. They look great. Both of them possess a presentation skills which is making me envious. Our colleagues from Australian Customs have their own charm in presenting the resources and so are our colleagues from the Indian Customs. Their friendliness and openness is all that is making the difference. In between we had, Dr. Menon, the Director General of NASEN, Faridabad who enlightened us about the weapons of mass destruction.
Now, did I write about the seminar or just described my friends? Well, I would like to show their pictures later, if i am given due permission.