She lives in a small traditional house surrounded by Bhutanese culture and traditions. Her village is not far away from the road point and the district town. Yet she has no knowledge of urban lifestyle nor does she prefer to stay in town. She remembers vividly how the town took shape in her Dzongkhag. She tells that she saw the old huts made of bamboo and planks turned into solid huge multi-storied concrete building within span of few decades.
She does not desire to live in these modern concrete buildings nor is she in any way in desirous of modern amenities; rather she is frustrated with the way modern people look at things. She has seen television, computer and owns a mobile. She does not know how to use a remote control or dial a mobile or does not have a slightest idea of operating an LPG Gas stove. All she knows is how to make her own food on an old mud stove dusted with thick layers of smoke in the corner of her two roomed house. She earns a meager income of about Nu.150 a day when she is hired by other people and she is pleased and satisfied with that.
She does not recognize Prime Minister and other government officials. She only knows His Majesty the King. She is watching BBS and suddenly sees Lyonchen and other Ministers. She just smiles and utters “Oh I think I know his name”. She does not know exactly who he is. She says she prepares her own meals; she works for her own survival, and respects the laws of the nation.
On her political contribution, she did participate in mock elections to national council to national assembly member elections. She voted for someone whom she said “I pressed a button among many buttons on the machine”. She does not understand why she has to vote. She just joined her fellow villagers. Her reason for joining others was that she was commanded by the local leaders – gup. She continues “he tells us to come and press that machine, so I went and pressed.”
Did she listen to the political manifesto? Of course she did! She remembers it was about three cranes and a horse. She enjoyed the feast but did not understand what they were talking. Then why did she attend the election campaign? It’s simple; she was informed by the village Tshogpa meaning it is like any other normal village assembly to attend talks.
She continues her life without contemplation and worries. She does not have worries to die, does not bother to know what is happening around the world, for her Bhutan is world. No Tunisian effects, nor Afghan suicide bombers or Libyan political unrest or Japanese disaster matters to her because she is totally unaware of any of these. She could be one of the finest old human being on this earth. All she desire is to fill her stomach, recite OM MANI PADME HUNG and do her normal chores to survive her life till her death comes.
She is definitely an innocent human being, a humble citizen and a real Buddha natured without desire, attachment, jealousy and anger.