During one of my tours to Samtse, I wanted to try some Indian food on the other side of the gate. Walking into one of the hotels, I asked the man in the counter if I could get some rice and mutton curry for lunch. He looked at me and said, “If you eat more than three plates of rice, there isn’t enough.” I was amused and at the same time it made me wonder what had prompted him to ask me that particular question. So I asked him why he had asked me that question and if I looked really voracious. He said that many Bhutanese eat many servings of rice. He said that some of the Bhutanese, especially those “Resettled ones” eat at least four servings and then bargain for price like bargaining for clothes. Well, I guess that’s what Bhutanese are good at.
...During my university days, one of my professors told me the story of an eagle. It is said that the eagle lives for over 70 years. But during its 40 th year, it has to make some hard decisions. Its long and flexible talons can no longer grab its prey. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old, aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the eagle is left with only two options: either to die or go through a painful process of change which lasts for over six months. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountaintop and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back. Then it will pluck out its talons The talons are what an eagle uses to catch food. To pluck them out would not only be extremely difficult and painful, but would also take away their ability to provide food for themselves. When it's new