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These Mandatory "Vestigial" Documents

Back in our high school biology classes we were taught that “vestigial organs” – or as Charles Darwin called them “rudimentary organs” are nothing but those organs that have lost their functions in the  due course of evolution. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, “The concept of vestigially applies to genetically determined structures or attributes that have apparently lost most or all of their ancestral function in a given species…. emergence of vestigially occurs by normal evolutionary processes, typically by loss of function of a feature that is no longer subject to positive selection pressures when it loses its value in a changing environment.”
It seems that these “structures” did have some functions in the past. But the word here is “loss of function” or loss of their “values” due to “changing environment”. I like this definition. This only means that those things that have no value or create values are basically “useless” and that they must be done away with. Of course…

Beyond Fines: One for the Road Safety

Today I violated a traffic rule by talking on the phone while on the road. And the vigilant traffic police on duty caught me red-handed. I knew it coming. This is my first offense since I obtained the legal documents that allow me to sit behind the wheel.
The man in uniform took my bluebook and my driving license. I requested the policeman and said that it was my fault for using the phone while driving and I repetitively promised I would not repeat again. The man did not hear me. He was busy scribbling down my offense and instead handed me a yellow slip. And knowing that I would be wasting my energy pleading him I drove home with my first driving report card.

But it was a good experience getting caught and having to pay for the blunder. “Expect the unexpected” reads a signboard a few meters away from where I got caught. And getting caught unexpectedly made me reflect on some pertinent issues.
As drivers, we must not bear any grudge against those men in uniform for they are simply c…

Bhutanese Bloggers e-Conference

First up – it is so good to hear from our own bloggers and I am happy to learn that the Bhutanese blogging community is mushrooming by the day. This is good for the nation. 
And secondly I would also like to thank Rekha Monger for initiating this bloggers’ conference. It was timely and fun, and I am sure this initiative will for sure lead us somewhere in future; except that I wish we keep doing this quite often.
Thank you Rekha!
1. Why did you start blogging in the first place? And what’s the story behind your blog title? Back in my Shercol days, I used to fiddle with a lot of sites that allowed us to write and post pictures. The idea was tempting. Back then I tried writing on www.helium.com - it was of course my friend PaSsu, who directed me to this site. And later I caught hold of our own sites www.nopkin.com and www.kuzuzangpo.com. But the best thing came about when I started my own blog on a platform that www.blogpost.com provided. However, back then it was a site where I would post p…