Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Paradigm Shift



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 eat.

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?
New craze

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?