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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
The Paradigm Shift
Dorji was slim, tall and handsome but he wanted to put on some
weights in the midriff because in late 1980s in Bhutan it was considered good
and it was kind of a status symbol to be fat. All dashos and dashos’ wives used
to be fat. He was a gazetted officer by grades in the civil service standard
but he looked like a kid for not having personality and personality during
that time used to be having a big tummy.
measuring the growth of the personality
People used to flaunt their tummy as it showed that they are
from a family that’s well fed or having plenty to eat. Dorji tried hard to
build his tummy, it was in early 1990s. He resorted to eating lots of fatty
food mostly consisting of pork. Slowly a bulge appeared in the midriff, he was
very glad that he is getting his personality. With the appearance of ‘the
personality’ he had to buy new sets of clothing. He did not mind at all and
cloths he bought; keeping in mind the expected size that he would try to grow. He
was heard saying that he would grow to the size of dasho Dzongda. (Dasho
Dzongda and Aum were very fat that time) Being fat that time used to be a
status symbol, maybe because it showed that they have nothing to do and lots to
After couple of years when I finished my trainings in India I
meet him again. He had really become fat and he did look like a dasho but he
did not look that happy. As for me I was toned down by all the strenuous exercise there, I
was all bones and little bit of muscles with no fats. He told me that he now wanted
to become slim. I was flabbergasted. But I knew the reason – why?
Dorji was sandwiched between the paradigm shifts. By late
1990s and early 2000s, the new craze to become fit and slim came, by then it was
too late for him, for he had already gained his ‘personality’. Dashos were no
more fat but they were fit. He realized that it is easier to gain weight
than to lose it.
Now a days, when you meet a person after long time they
would be happier if you ask,
“Oh, what happened
you become slimmer, are you sick?”
Even, when the person you are talking to, looked fatter than
before. But before it used to be –
“wai, ku ngam shey nu may la”. (“Hi, you have put on weight”)
That used to make the people happy earlier, and took that as a
compliment. Try saying that today and you would offend someone very badly.
Whatever maybe it was good for Dorji that the shift in
paradigm happened at the right time for he does not have diabetes, hypertension
and other weight related diseases. Last time when I saw him he was looking fine
– huge but not so obese. But then the hugeness did add on to his personality. Is
it the beginning of another paradigm shift?