This is a short excerpt from my book, The Joy of Beautiful Dream, which I published in 2011. Though it has been more than one year that I got this golden opportunity to be an audience of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, but it is still so fresh in my mind.
What is the most unforgettable day of your life?
I have been asked this question on a thousand occasions. But I had no answer.Now I do: March 7, 2011, when I was blessed to be one of the 153 students who received an audience with His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck at Lingkana- His Majesty's official residence.I heard about the palace, driven along the gates and seen walls. But I had never stepped inside; I never thought I would.
|His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck|
The invisible force at work sometimes showers you with blessings, which they did-I would be walking into the Lingkana Palace.
Happy, nervous, anxious, I do not know which feeling dominated the other. But everything was subdued by the fact that I would be relishing a moment which perhaps would be the last one.
At 9:00 am, 153 of us, who were selected to study abroad, stood in a queue. We were 153 students who were selected to study abroad in India, Thailand, Australia and USA. It was a special day for all of us and the fruit of our dedication that we put in class XII. It was a life time achievement for all of us.As I proudly stood holding my diary and pen in my hand, security personnel began to check. The machine buzzed as it ran across my stomach. I was worried: What did I have?I have never been as relieved as I was that moment: the buzz came from my bunch of keys.When His Majesty finally arrived, we were filled with joy and contentment. I saw flowers bloom and birds twitter, though there was none. Everyone listened to His Majesty's words of wisdom, inspiring and rejuvenating."Never change for any one, for any circumstances. Be who you are." His Majesty advised us and the moment, the way in which His Majesty said that is fresh in my mind.I would not change just to please my girl friends. My hair color and my dress code will not change. I am a Bhutanese by birth, in thoughts and in actions. I would remain honest to myself and a Bhutanese forever.Inspiration has been such that I feel like a different person today.
PS: Keep reading my blog. For the month of October, I would dedicate my blog to Royal Couple- His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Gyaltshuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck to celebrate the one year anniversary of Royal Wedding.