Title of the book: Right of Vision and Occasional viewsAuthor: Thakur S PowdyelEditors: Needrup Zangpo and Tshering GyeltshenPublisher: TG Media &infotainment (TGMI), Thimphu, Bhutan.Printed by Omega Traders (India), New DelhiTotal pages: 189Price: Nu. 399/-
First of all, hats off to Mr. Needrup Zangpo and Mr. Tshering Gyeltshen for their efforts to bring out this anthology. What more would a teacher ask from the students than this? It is a book of double tributes: two editors’ tribute to their beloved teacher and author’s tribute to Druk Gyal Zhipa on his 60th birth anniversary.
|During book release...|
I am very reluctant and nervous to review a book by such a literary giant. I am afraid; I may not do justice by reviewing it. Sometimes, I felt if their typos are really typos because what if they have different justifications and connotations. With this, I don’t mean that this book is filled with typos –very few and very minor typos has escaped the hawk eyes of two editors.
I jumped with joy when I came to know that Dasho Sonam Kinga launched this book along with Lyonpo TS Powdyel and Mr. Needrup Zangpo. I desperately wanted to read it. Then, I asked her to send it to me by any means. It is an honour to receive such a masterpiece as an anniversary gift. I would always cherish it.
I heard a lot about Lyonpo from many of my teachers since I was in Primary School. But I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet him in person until I reached High School –his speech still reverberates in my heart. He is one of the finest and most decorated teachers who inspired thousands of students as a teacher of various schools, Vice Principal of Sherubtse College, Director of CERD and as a first democratically elected Education Minister (2008-2013). He is an icon for now and forever.
This anthology is neatly divided into three parts.
1. Moments and mementos
2. Milestones and Messages
3. Journeys and Journals.
And opens up with the poem that author wrote while in Class X –which is so profound and rhythmically melodious. And it continues incessantly with deep contemplation of education and national integrity which is the essence of Powdyellian profundity. It is so deep, so inspiring. I felt his whispers close to my heart. Sometimes, author takes you far and has to read between the lines and sometimes he speaks directly with us –face to face, eye to eye, and can’t deny his statements. It makes me ask myself, if I am doing enough? Mostly, he focused on education as the solution and as a solace for everyone to find ‘soul behind the role.’ It is a book of meditation.
It also takes us around the country. It enlightens us on how our fellow teachers are struggling at far-flung valleys and hills where urbanites complain when electricity goes off just for few minutes or an hour at the most. It made me realize how fortunate I had been compared to some of the brothers and sisters.
I read some of the articles (of the anthology) through newspapers and other means. But many of them were new for me.
It has excellent paper quality, binding and design.
It is a book which you wouldn’t leave it in shelves after reading it once. Such is the magic of this book, of powdyellian wisdom... To read this book is like drinking salty water where your desire to read it escalates every time you reach the last page.