Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Book Review: KADRINCHE beyond words

“KADRINCHE beyond words” is a debut novel by Mr. Kinley Wangchuk who works for a private sector and who also happens to be a friend of my mother. So it was kind of inevitable for the book to land in my hands. First and foremost I would like to thank Mr. Kinley for the autographed copy and would also like to congratulate you on the debut novel and hope to see more of your work in the near future. As a person who aspires to write a novel of my own it is really inspiring whenever I read a book especially by a Bhutanese author. It helps me move closer to my dream even if it’s just a step.
As it says on the back cover of the book, “KADRINCHE; beyond words” is a story of a family overshadowed by an unfortunate turn of events. This story is about Wangchuk and the ever changing journey of his life. It tells about how uncertain things are in life and how they keep changing. For one moment you think everything is alright and the next moment everything in your world turns upside down. When you think you lost it all, you see a flicker of hope. And if you are wise enough to keep that flicker alive then you find that everything turns out just fine in the end. The story doesn’t just show the change of fate in one’s life but it also shows how people are also subject to change especially in a developing country like ours with the exposure to television and internet and top that with bad friends.
The novel traces the life of Wangchuk from finding a job to settling down in a new place, from a meeting by chance to tying the knot, from a successful rise in career to a sudden fall, from a state of misery to a realization and redemption, and ultimately to an eventual end.
For me I felt that it was a good read and it really did give me an insight into how other people think and express themselves. The book is really worth the time.
It’s not like I am trying to blow my own trumpet or look down on others but there are certain things that were a little off for me. This is just my honest opinion and is in no way intended to undermine the author or anyone else connected to the book.
First of all as a reader I really like suspense. I think that the suspense creates a kind of curiosity in the reader and making them want to read further into the story to find out what happens. And of course some people like to know beforehand what they are getting into too. In the novel, the chapters are titled like “to the East”, “the meeting of two souls”, “from moth to butterfly” and so on. This, for me, killed the suspense at the beginning of each chapter. I kind of got the gist of what was coming in the following pages. But that’s just me.
The other things that was off for me were the few silly mistakes spread through the book like missing words, inconsistent spelling of names on the same page, sudden change of the sex of the characters from time to time. I am not blaming the author or the editor for such silly mistakes at all. I just think that the finishing touch of the book not good because of these mistakes.

The titling of the chapters is just my opinion and I am in no way trying say that it is wrong just because I prefer it otherwise. I think that the mistakes are a little discouraging because after all the work put into bringing the novel to life if someone points out such mistakes, I am sure the author and the editors alike wouldn’t like it.... at all.
Lastly I want to clear out that I meant no offence to the author or the editor. It is because of people like you that people like me want to keep on reading and writing. With more Bhutanese authors on the rise I must say that it is really inspiring and I feel a kind of pride surge up in me when I hold onto and read books by Bhutanese authors.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Letter to my future children


Dear future son/daughter,
This is your dad (from 2016). I don’t know if you’ll ever get to read this letter but still then, weirdly enough, I suddenly got the urge to write this.
First of all I hope you are doing good, both physically and mentally, because with the changing time we can already see that children, especially in their teens, have a lot of problems mostly related to their state of mind. As for the physical health I am sure that your mom and I are doing a great job. And as for me I doing quite well and don’t have much to complaint about.
Anyways let’s get to the point; I want you to know that I am thinking about how I want our relationship to be from now only. I also want you to know that I am slowly planning everything so don’t worry about anything. This doesn’t mean that I am going to decide everything for you and ask you to do things as I please and rid you of your freedom of choice. But you should know that as a parent I will have some expectations from you, which I have come to learn is quite natural and harmless and you need not necessarily fulfill my expectations; it’s all up to you.
I want our relationship to be of siblings and not that of a parent and child. I want you to share anything you feel like sharing with me and not hesitate even a bit. That way we can be close to each other and we will be able to understand each other a lot better. If you are stressed because of your studies or because of your social life, share it with me, if you want to. I may not be able to solve everything but I promise you that I’ll do whatever I can so that you can tackle the obstacles in your life. I will always be there to listen to your problems no matter how big or small and always be by your side as you face them one at a time.
I want you to enjoy your life to the fullest and have no regrets. I know this is kind of a cliché. “When we grow old, we do not regret the things we did but we regret the things we were not able to do.” Whoever said this, hit the bull’s eye. I know I am still young and have a lot of time to do many things but there are certain things that will never happen in my life again and that’s the only regret I have as of now. So trust me on this one; I am talking from experience. Don’t worry about what other people will say about you or think about you even if they are your closest friends, as long as you are not doing drugs of course. Don’t be shy; make as many friends as you can. They may not be by your side all the time but it’s comforting to know that you have someone to turn to when you need any kind of help. If you like someone ask them out, the worst they can say is no (or not in a million years or you are ugly or I already have a boy/girl friend which are all just different forms of no).
Next thing I have on my list is to tell you that education is very important. You don’t have to top your class (although that would make me proud; no pressure here my love), as long as you learn something that will help you on the path you choose for yourself. What you want to become is all up to you as long as it makes you happy. Don’t worry about your parents not being happy with your decisions. From the outside, it would seem that parents are not happy with their children’s decisions but the truth is every parent will always be proud of their children. Whatever it is you choose to study or do, just make sure that you do it from your heart and give your hundred percent. Knowing that you put your everything into something will not only melt a parent’s heart but it will also satisfy your own soul.
Anyways I guess this is all I have to say for now.

With love,
Your Dad.