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This semester has been frantic and exhausting and occasionally unbearably heartbreaking but all of that belongs to another blog because this blog is about what we ❤ , and honestly despite all that there have been things I really really do <3.

One is a new long-distance ( almost) daily ritual my brother and I have developed since he moved to Switzerland pretty much forever. When I get up I send him a picture of his card of the day with a quick interpretation.


And then a couple hours and half a continent later when he wakes up he posts an image on the “first beautiful of the day” a facebook page he manages.

1st beaut

I feel like this helps us both to set the tone for our days but we get to do it together despite the distance.


As for old friends — I once famously forced Sarah to watch a cross-over episode of  “Grey’s Anatomy” and ” Private Practice” – she spent the whole episode wide-eyed with confusion. I am no longer a very regular viewer but every now and then I do tune in and I do still really like the melodramatic pretty music they set their over-the-top storylines to. So I was sort of pleased to find that they recently used this beautiful song by Jasmine Thompson about missing old friends- a sentiment I feel– oh about 20 times a day. It made me think of Sarah and her loyalty and her gameness.







My sister in action on the set of ” Honeygiver among the dogs” ( Photo credit: Jigme Tenzing)


My sister spent most of the last three years working on her first feature film, “Honeygiver among the dogs”  and it is really really really her baby. She wrote the script, cast everyone, assembled a team, cobbled together financing, directed it and then spent months editing it like the perfectionist she is. Start to finish, conception to final polish this was her film.

And then earlier this month it premiered at Busan International Film Festival  and got the glowing  review her hard work and passion and brilliance ( its such a smart beautiful film)  deserved in the Hollywood Reporter no less ( I googled it- its a big deal according to Wikipedia).  In the very first line the reviewer Clarence Tsui writes, ” A genre long associated with sex and sleaze, film noir receives a surprisingly spiritual and feminine reworking in Bhutanese filmmaker Dechen Roder’s beautiful and inventive debut.”

I can’t help but hope that is is beginning of many more people discovering this wonderful film and the depth of my sister’s talents.

( Below are a couple more picture of my sister on set and in action. All of them are taken by her talented Director of Photography Jigme Tenzing )



( Photo credit: Jigme Tenzing) 


Photo credit: Jigme Tenzing 

The last couple of weeks at work have been particularly stressful and unhappy. (That feeling is not exactly unusual and the  details are terribly uninteresting.)

So that’s makes being publicly and enthusiastically appreciated by someone unexpected, someone you admire all the more encouraging.

This year, I was once again asked to moderate a session with a popular Indian writer, in this case Anuja Chauhan, at the annual Mountain Echoes Literature Festival in Thimphu. Anuja has written three funny, smart, interesting books ( that happen to be centered around  female protagonists.)  It was very much “love at first read” and I can’t even tell you how excited I was to get a chance to talk to her in person ( with or without an audience). This year I was ever more nervous then last year because when you like a writer’s books this much you really want them to like you too! The session turned out to be this amazing combination of very fun and very serious, irreverent but also earnest. Its just felt like such a treat.   And I loved that.


But ever more than that I loved that took to twitter to say how much  she enjoyed the session too and that she appreciated the work and thought I put into it.




Bonus that it turned out to be a nice picture of us too!



My amazing siblings ( along with my sister’s boyfriend) recently pulled together an amazing 5 day short film festival.  They had 32 films, both local and international, live music every night, workshops during the day and good audiences for almost all the events. It was intense and exhausting and hugely successful.

But rarely still for a large scale event  in Bhutan– it was informal and inclusive and fun. I can’t even begin to explain how much there is a tendency towards the super formal in Bhutan. And while for some events it make perfect sense, for an event like this that was about art and pleasure and community the informality was just the right tone.

The picture below of the Minister of Communication being served tea on opening night sort of highlights how laidback and casual the event was. The serving girls are wearing t-shirt over their kira. There is a group of kids playing in the background (later they took over the empty bench near the minister). Seated in front of the minister are my causally dressed sister and the projectionist.


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Informality– what’s not to ❤


PS also video put together by my siblings to advertise the event: