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SISTER NIVEDITA CONVENT SCHOOL, DAKSHIN NARARTHALI, ALIPURDUAR ( W.B.)                                                          (MY CONCERN FOR CHILDREN)

Dear Parents,
Being your well wisher and children worshipper, and out of my irresistible passion I write this letter to share my feelings and experiences with you about our children who are the greatest wealth of our life. The beauty of children’s happiness surpasses all other beauty on the earth. Even God feels happy at the happiness of the children. A home becomes God’s abode when children are happy.  Rabindranath Tagore said, “ From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, and God watches them play and forgets the priest.”
In spite of the above fact, most of our children receive inadequate love, care, support and guidance from the parents, teachers and the society. We devote ourselves more towards other material pursuits and less towards nurturing our children. This is what I have observed and experienced through my long teaching career and dealing with the children. Many of our innocent, fragile and vulnerable children fall victim to unhealthy and unconducive home atmosphere, unpleasant societal factors and uncongenial school climate which cause irreparable damage and loss to the children’s physical, mental and intellectual growth that cannot be compensated by any material wealth or enjoyment. Children are so delicate physically as well as mentally that even the slightest unhealthy or harsh behavior of a parent or teacher damage their growth beyond repair. Love is the greatest tonic for children’s all round development. Yet many a time we perform poorly in this aspect of child rearing. The other day a child with tears and broken heart approached me and sobbed: “ Sir, I think I cannot write my exam. Then he narrated his painful experience of his unpleasant home atmosphere.  I felt devastated by hearing the child’s heart rending situation. Like this, scores of sad stories of our school children I came across over my teaching career in Bhutan as well as India. So, through this letter I want to be part of you, dear parents, and aspire to participate together with you in offering them a home of love and a school of happiness. Let us try to explore ways and means and apply them to save the children from unpleasant experiences. As their final exams are approaching, we must provide them a happy and harmonious home and school for their study and health so that they can perform well in the exams. John Bowring said: “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” “ The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother, and the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to love their father.”May God shower all His love and blessings on our children and transform them into fully blossomed Buddhas!

With love and best wishes,

Yours sincerely,
Santosh Chowdhury
(Ex-Teacher of Bhutan)




(A Highly Inspiring and Motivating Life Story of Cheten Zangmo, Tsebar, Pemagatshel)

The wondrous life story of Mrs Cheten Zangmo might be an inspiration to many, as it is to me. The great lesson I have learned from her life is we can change anybody’s life through our sincere prayers, wishes and earnest desire coupled with the person’s cooperation. I had desperately wanted to see the little girl, Cheten Zangmo, in a noble position in her life and it did happen. This is the wonder of the mystery of mind.  Her entire life story could be filmed into a good movie. The story is thought-provoking and insight-giving.


Dear Cheten Zangmo & Tshewang Tashi, I can’t thank you enough for your love and kindness in offering us the wonderful opportunity to meet you yesterday, Saturday 4 January 2017, on your way back to S/Jongkhar. Your sense of gratefulness signals your further rise in life. Lord Anukul Chandra said: If you want to be great, learn how to be grateful. Cicero said: Gratitude is not only the greatest of all the virtues but also the mother of all the rest.


“O LORD, as I am too humble to express my gratitude to you for your incredible mercy, I prostrate before you in all humility and surrender myself to your feet. I am overwhelmed by your might and mercy.  You performed miracle through me and my Bhutanese student Thubten Dorji (Chanda), Pemagatshel, Eastern Bhutan. I never dreamt that you would utilize my crippled life in such a great need. I feel blessed and elevated to have been able to render my humble service to the devastated Bhutanese monk, a holy man, at Alipurduar Hospital on Wednesday and Thursday, 29 & 30 June 2016.”  


O Lord, what a blissful sight! Yonten Thinley smiles! The accident victim of 29th June 2016 at Madarihat, is bounced back to his healthy and holy life. What a wonderful gift you have bestowed upon the holy man! Myriads of prostrations before you, Father. I could learn you are always there to extend your healing touch when your children fall helpless. What can be a greater joy for me to see the monk radiating rays of his smile at me from the seat of his brother’s car, who was just a month ago lying in Alipurduar Hospital in a critical condition smeared with blood and crippled with multiple injuries.


I write this article to share my experience with and my observation of a teacher with a view to benefit my brothers and sisters elsewhere. It has been rightly said: A good teacher is more influential than a hundred priests. I could see the reflection, radiation and validation of the adage to a great extent from the life of Mr. K.C.Jose, senior lecturer, Samtse College of Education, Bhutan. In my letter entitled, “ Blessing of Bhutan: A farewell Tribute to Mr. K.C. Jose”