Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dayscholars in Yangthang

My winter vacation ended with a brief visit to my village for the lochoey. It pains me to realize how growing up took me away from this place I once thought I can never part from. I never had a dream bigger than living in Yangthang. Perhaps this is always going to be my dream now that it is becoming harder by the year to pay my annual visits.
Vacation ends in Yangthang
Every year Yangthang seems like another place to me, everything about it is changing. There are good changes that I am proud of. But there is a price to pay for changing. Sometime I wonder if everything is worth the change.

Once upon my time in village, family was the most important relationship among my folks. Divorce was just a myth we just heard of. Only death could do a couple apart, literally. But now that's a fairy tale. This time when I was home I was introduced to a new term in the village: "Dayscholar". You know the actual meaning of the word but in my village it's a term referring to a person who has returned to their parental home because of marital issues with their spouse. Coming out as a dayscholar sometimes ends in divorce, like in the cases of many couples there. I met some men back in the village who were married into other villages when I was a little boy. They are dayscholars now.

Beautiful Yangthang from the Highway
This is a sad development in a village where marriage was considered sacred. They believe that this is the price they are paying for using cell phones besides the endless recharges.

4 comments:

  1. Oh Passu Sir, I think I saw your village in my last village there. It's beautiful place as you mention here. The effect of modern development is inevitable, for better or worse, but we need to accept it. Happy new academic year to you and your students!

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  2. D*** I thot u were talking abt tht new pvt. high school.
    Porkie Pie

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  3. Everything changes, and whether we accept or not change is the only permanent thing. our village changes as we grow and change. Systems also changes as new technologies replace old system. Haha..... sir, thanks for reminding of, its happening same to us all.

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  4. I think that such kind of communication happens out of fun and later, it becomes sort of a fashion and people start using it anyways.

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