Out came Mem Tak-Tak Pa – the old toad from his small marshy pond. The pond, formed of an accumulation of water that oozed out from the base of a huge old willow tree had few water lilies sprouting out and thick grasses surrounding it. With branches of willow drooping over the pond, it served a perfect home for Mem Tak-Tak Pa. This pond is also a source of livelihood for other wild animals. Creatures like deer, wild pheasants, boars and monkeys often frequented this pond for water.
Monday, February 28, 2011
In early 1990s, when the Royal Government of Bhutan initiated rural accessibility of basic services, officials with basic skills on agriculture, livestock and health services were posted in the remote villages as Extension Officers. Mr. Karpo Dendup, a cool tempered official in his early thirties was one of them. He got posted in one of the remote villages of East Bhutan as Livestock Extension Officer. By then he was already married to a young women of his own village– who is also his Serga Mathang. They had a year old son.
“Add fuel to the lamp” reminded my mother as she spun thread out of marijuana barks. Our age old traditional lamp was hardly visible, as small flame on the last piece of pine chip flickered to total darkness. She’d just finished a fascinating story of “Lingshing Rongme – a legendary hunter.” We were so engrossed in her story that we forgot to add pine bits to our lamp.