18 June 2011

Finding Happiness in Kitchen Garden

The long excited wait for the end of the month ends in an hour of bliss, this is the story of every ordinary Bhutanese working on salary. Our salary, which lands in our hand in slow motion disappears like a ghost. That one hour of ownership you have over your salary, before it goes on to fill up the holes you have created throughout the month, is all the joy you could have by right.
How do you extend your ownership over your salary? You are not a delivery boy who collect the salary from your office and go from shops to fuel pump to BPC to Telecom to your landlord to deliver their share as if it were their salary you collected. You money has the right to say in your purse for a night at least.
Since you can't produce petrol you have to buy it. If you don't own a house you have to rent one. Telephone and power bills are unavoidable. You have to pay for clothes since you can't weave on your own. But what about a tomato? or an onion? a bunch of Coriander leaves? Can't we grow them? or do you want to put so much pressure on your salary?
You will call me miser but I call myself awake. I started a kitchen garden- a small one. It gives me a reason to wake up early and feel the dewdrops on the leaves. It gives me time to relax in the evening with a cup of tea along with my wife. It shall give all the basic vegetables I will ever need in a few weeks time- green and fresh.


  1. hey,
    truly said. I too keep a small kitchen garden where ever I live and I relish on the fresh tomatoes, onions and other green veg. depending on the seasons. :)

  2. i'm jealous :DD thats been a big dream of mine for a long time and it still is a dream :)
    good work sir

  3. @Sangay, I am please to know that you keep a kitchen garden too. I will like to share what all I grow next time... hope to share seeds later!

  4. @Lotey, stop dreaming, just fill up some old buckets with soil and sow coriander seeds. You don't have to wait for a big garden to begin- start small because it is easier to start small!

  5. Hmmm,thought of owning a rental house to stay in (in future of course) but never a vegetable garden to survive with.
    Aum Lotey, I am gonna follow your dream :)

  6. Yeesi, thanks for your comment. Nobody in Bhutan can survive on a kitchen garden, but is it not being unfair to our own abilities, having to be dependent even for a piece of tomato?


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