Escapades

SYNOPSIS

The Novel attempts to offer a unique glimpse into some aspects of social, cultural, spiritual and democracy experiences of Bhutanese society in TRANSITION. It does so by taking the readers through a series of AWAKENING ESCAPADES of Thruebaab Wangmo lovingly called as Chechey, the central Character in the story.

The Author hopes to achieve the followings objectives through this book:

–          To contribute in recording what it was like in remote and rural Bhutan until very recent times with special focus on the trials and triumphs experienced by Bhutanese women in various stages of Bhutan’s journey towards development and modernization – Bhutan in Transition

–          To contribute to the Bhutanese literary development

–          To contribute in updating and educating Bhutanese youth of today and future on our own society, art, history and culture.

–          To add to the travelogue collection of Bhutan

–          To record the early times of very recent Democracy in Bhutan

–          To further promote GNH and trigger discussion

–          To promote the idea of spirituality as the path for ultimate awakenings

The story is a fiction portraying rags to riches story of a Bhutanese girl lovingly called as Che chey, who is the main character in the book.  Che chey who was born as a bastard girl to a single mother in one of the remotest and poorest villages in Bhutan. She who had only three years of primary education later becomes the core proprietor of the richest business house in the country. While Che chey is a fictional character but the trials and tribulations she undergoes can be true to many rural Bhutanese girls. However her remarkable triumph over the appalling adversity though can be rare in the real world but not impossible. Therefore the story gives motivation and inspiration to such marginalized girls and women of Bhutan.

The life story of Che chey touched upon many aspects of Bhutan and Bhutanese life viz: contemporary history, religion, geography, culture and tradition, including the newly born democracy and even delve into future. It portrays life in small, poor and far flung village in Bhutan in the 1970s and 1980s. Even in the 20th century, the villages in Bhutan are not any different from those villages in Europe during the medieval times in terms of the development status.

The book critiques some aspects of Bhutanese life such as the gender disparity that exists, in particular the unfair sexual exploitation of poor and helpless girls and women in the rural areas by the economically better off urban based males. The story accounts three generations of single motherhoods of which two are victims of such exploitations. It brings into light the plight of young children who have to work for others. It is not often that a young maid or “alu tami” succeeded in their masters house. They have to go through all the hurdle like getting beaten up, sleep without food, scolded for no reasons etc.

Interestingly the book also explores spirituality as the best path for ultimate peace of mind. Spirituality can ensure peace and happiness of individual minds and happy individual minds would add up to the Gross National Happiness.