Monday, April 11, 2011

Live for Today!

And this was another article, that too got selected in the year 2006.
Thanks to Madam PC again.

Past is gone, never knew how fast, but it is gone and you can't do anything about it. Well, the only thing we can do about it, is to think and lament or think and laugh. You think, be it good or bad, you just think. But what's there for you now? Nothing. Nothing that can come from there. One of my friends, said to me, "past is past" and yes it is true that past is gone. Thank God! I can have another beginning.

Making Somebody feel Special

This is an article which I wrote back when I was in class XI, a night before I was asked. Thanks to Madam PC, this article made into Motithang High School Magazine.

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis but rather the feeling of being unwanted." Mother Teresa.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

'Racism' as I see it.

This is what I think, and most of it might not be applicable and I have put things as I see it. Good or bad, this is how I see racism as.
Before I jump into today’s article, I would like to pass a small comment to the racist people all around the world: Fug You!
With the F word used, let me begin my article.

Nobody can claim since when racism came into existence. The word might have come into circulation in 1930s when a German sexologist and homosexual activist Magnus Hirschfeld titled his book with this very term. Before that, race hatred was in circulation.

Racism is the belief that the genetic factors which constitute race, ethnicity, or nationality are a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that ethnic differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Racism's effects are called "racial discrimination." In the case of institutional racism, certain racial groups may be denied rights or benefits, or receive preferential treatment.

When I was in class nine, I read a book which had few works and stories of Abraham Lincoln.  In the year 1863 if I remember it well, he signed Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves of North of USA and the African American fought with the South of USA. Some say, that this was political resort to win the civil war and some cheer the generosity of Lincoln. But how on the first hand the buffalo soldiers landed up in America? Was it that all those people who captured these Africans shared the same insanity of Superior Complexity or was it the need for man power?

However, the African American people had reached US of A. And even though they were set free and won war for North, after 100 years, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech which was titled ‘I have a dream’. That was I believe given on the footsteps of Lincoln memorial and don’t ask me the date, I am too lazy to google it for you. Anyhow, this was the first time I read about African Americans.

TOday's Sketch

A gift for my father after my Graduation. His fav star

My good looking fren Passang

Friday, April 1, 2011

Few of Sketches again.

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My all time favourite sketch face. Sketched this lady for seven times, only twice I could sketch her properly. This is one among those two. I however am not satisfied, but since she says, she looks the same, I don't mind. 

Concreting for GNH

Gross National Happiness four pillars which every high school kid is suppose to know by this time. But even then, let me put them here:
1. sustainable development 
2. cultural integrity 
3. ecosystem conservation
4. good governance.

Out of these four, Civil Engineers can only work on two, sustainable development and ecosystem conservation. But in order to work on Ecosystem Conservation, Civil Engineers have to die out of hunger. But since Civil Engineers are always the bargainers, why not work on some of the ideas which would not kill Civil Engineers out of starvation and on the same hand the environment is less damaged.

I however feel that any construction is always a wound given to mother nature. And though many argue over Hydro Power being eco-friendly, I kind of feel that even it does disturb eco-system of that particular region. For example, when Itaipu dam was built, not only animals had to migrate, but humans too had to migrate. Even though rest of the world don't care much about nature, Bhutan somehow holds it's ground and plans to have its forest cover by 72% of the region. 

Design of Rotary for Royal Boluevard (Doebum Lam)

During the summer vacation after my third year, My Friend Namgay Dorjee and I planned to work together as interns. Our ideas were not to work, but to get into some office where we could sneak out most of the times and drink tea. Namgay, who is my best friend and a fellow Engineering student in NIT Bhopal, was going to be late for few weeks, and meanwhile, I didn't know where to join, so I went to Thimphu City Corporation to work under Urban Planning Division. Now, usually Urban Planning is not what one is taught when one's having Civil Engineering course. 

Before Namgay came, two of my juniors also had joined me in Urban Planning. Sonam Pelden and Dungchang Wangdi. When Namgay came, we were accompanied by Jigme Wangchuk from NIT Bhopal, who happens to be Dungchang closest friend. So there we were, reading "Thimphu Structure Plan 2002 to 2027" written by Christopher Charles Benninger. Though Mr. Charles and his work has caught eyes on forums of few media, Mr. Charles however have done more or less of everything. But, if one would ask my opinion on it? I would have selected our very own people to go for the Plans for they know the place better where they live than a mere visitor from outside. And this is just an opinion, not that my opinion would matter anywhere. So, there we were, five of us, not knowing what to do. Every morning I had to walk to office with Sonam Pelden but drop my sister first to MHSS, it was during these morning hours, I learnt about the junction near Swimming Pool. Once after dropping my sister to her school, let me be very honest, I was not after Rigsum girls or Kelki girls and had taken the long way to home. However, in that junction, I had to wait for around 15 minutes just to move towards Chhubha Chu Circle, not that we are always delayed but on that day, I believe some accident occurred and traffic policemen were there regulating the flow of vehicles. It was then, I realized what to work on during our summer internship. When Namgay arrived, we not only had sufficient man-power to work but we also had workable softwares to create 3D view and Plans of the rotary. Below I have presented a brief review out of it. 

“Architects and engineers are few lucky people for they build their monuments on public consent, on public approval and often using public money.”