Skip to main content

BBS made it appear pathetic

Last week BBS tried to cover Bhutan's unemployment and its teething effects. It has the message that in the wake of modernization and increased development activities, human filial bond is weakening. But the crux of the matter is when one is stuck with unemployment, even his/her relatives and friends shun him/her. That might be true to some extent. 

Now, coming to the persons who appeared on the screen, two Sangay Phuntsho both of whom are from a village called Wamling in Zhemgang Dzongkhag, one Sangay Phuntsho is portrayed as having no one to put up with in Thimphu and staying with his friend, another Sangay Phuntsho, who is only recently employed.

BBS has overlooked the fact that they are from the same village. And especially Wamling is a small village where everyone knows everyone and everyone is related to everyone – it means the two are more than just friends.

They are from Zhemgang, which means Khengkha is their mother tongue, but it seems they converse with each other in Dzongkha on the national television camera. I understand there is nothing wrong in speaking the national language, but even what they were saying seems to have been scripted by someone else. But I thought they gave out a nice performance acting it out.

BBS quotes Sangay Phuntsho as saying he has no one to support him and that without his friend, he has nowhere to go. His elder brother has been paying for his fees in Sonam Kuenphen HSS, in Bumthang and makes every effort to get his brother a job and constantly sends him money. BBS made it appear pathetic and viewers took home the impression that Sangay Phuntsho has no one to support him.

And finally, even I choose friends over relatives because this way I get to do what I would like to do. Staying with brothers or relatives means discipline and listening to advice from the elders. Whether it is said in good faith or bad, everyone has aversion to advice - all the more good reasons to choose to stay with a friend.

But the bottom line is this: BBS needs such pathetic stories to ‘delight’ the viewers. And it is surprising why this shy and quiet youth who even hesitates to speak to people chooses the national television as a medium to express his frustration. It looked quite bizarre anyways and maybe BBS is trying to give these two friends some sort of training on acting.

Kudos to BBS! And we wish them good luck.

Comments

  1. Man, I like your critical analysis and thats how ppl should consume media.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nawang, i must say that was a nice observation. Its true. But whatever is being done, it is done so in the best interest of the public. Too bad that our people tend to get cramps the moment they realise it's going to be broadcast.

    Sometimes, i guess it turns out the unintended way. I had a talk with a reporter friend who scripted the story and he tells me that he was only trying to inform the general public about the available facility at YDF centre and nothing else. Alas!
    Tshering Penjo
    Check me out @penjo108.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

So what do you think?

Popular posts from this blog

Community of Bhutanese Bloggers Conceived

And finally it happened. I must say that it was by far the most attended Bloggers Meet. In the past we had bloggers agree to attend and cancel at the very last minute. But on June 24, 2015 – almost 100% of bloggers, who confirmed came. I would like to thank everyone for keeping his/her words, especially those who had to come all the way from Wangdue or Paro. Thank you!



35 Bhutanese bloggers met in Thimphu. We were honored to have the presence of senior bloggers like Aue Yeshi Dorji and Dasho Sangay Khandu. The meeting assumed more significance because of their presence. Equally, we were happy to have many young bloggers in whom we see so much enthusiasm and potential.



On top of many things that transpired during the Meet, one of the most significant outcomes was the unanimous decision reached to form a formal group of bloggers, a platform aimed at encouraging and inspiring more bloggers around the country. The members decided that we will call it Community of Bhutanese Bloggers (CBB) a…

When they are ready

The Ministry of Education discovered 890 'underage' children admitted in schools across the country in 2019. Thus, the ministry in May 2019 issued a notification revoking the admission for these children. Majority were in urban centres. 
Desperate, parents and the affected schools requested the government to intervene. They also requested the government to consider lowering the enrolment age to five years. Currently, in Bhutan a child can legally go to school only when s(he) is six years old. 
And that policy was strictly followed a few years ago to the extent that some schools refused to admit children even if they were short of a few weeks. So, parents, mostly in urban areas, resorted to faking their children's ages. Many parents were guilty of adding years onto their children's actual ages. However, most parents, we are told, managed to correct their 'mistakes' later. Faking a child's age was rampant both in government and private schools. But the story wa…

Utpal Academy - Bhutan's first All-girls High School

Welcome to Bhutan’s first all-girls school. Isn’t that wonderful news to all our parents? Certainly, as a parent of a one-year old daughter I am excited about the coming of a school exclusively dedicated to the needs of girls. Our girls need special treatment, which we can for sure entrust the responsibility to Utal Academy, Paro.
I really like the name – Utpal – in Buddhist world, Utpal is another name for lotus flower, which is believed to grow from mud and yet blossoms into a beautiful and majestic flower. It stands for purity and many deities are depicted holding flower Utpal, more prominently Jestusn Dolma, the Goddess Tara. Symbolically, it also stands for the transformation of our girls. What an apt name for the school!
The Principal’s message posted on the academy’s website promises providing our young women an “opportunity to participate fully in a wide range of extracurricular activities to develop skills and qualities that will lead to successful and fulfilling life.” That’s…