Microblog Mondays: Bhutan’s journey to becoming carbon negative

Bhutan - The mysterious kingdom
Bhutan – The mysterious kingdom

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Bhutan is a tiny mountainous country landlocked far away in the Himalayas. Aided by it’s expensive visa policy for most tourists, Bhutan has largely stayed away from excessive commercialization in the name of tourism and has thus kept it’s mysterious aura intact.

72% of the country is covered in forests and this has helped it become a carbon sink rather than a carbon polluter. While it’s trees can absorb about 6 million tons of carbon per year, Bhutan only produces 1.5 million tons of carbon annually. Another key factor in helping it become carbon negative is importance given to Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

As part of GNH, one of the key initiatives was the pledge to not let forest cover go below 60%, ban logging and also encourage the use of hydroelectric power and other renewable energy sources. While this started off as a project to becoming carbon neutral, today Bhutan stands out as the only country in the world which is carbon negative. Moreover, GNH has been adopted into happiness surveys and reports in many other parts of the world.

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Guest post: Top 10 enthralling locations in Jamaica

Jamaica, the most sought-after destination in the Caribbean, is flocked by tourists every year. The tropical weather and the warm golden beaches make it the most relaxing place for a variety of fun-filled activities. The beautiful beaches, cool mountains, coral reefs, forests and springs are the nature’s gift to the island. If you are looking for some tourist hotspots in Jamaica, you have reached the right place.

Negril Beach

Negril Beach
Negril Beach

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Known for its’ aqua blue coloured sea and golden sand, Negril beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Jamaica. The shore is full of coconut palms, resorts and restaurants. The clear water is a home for water sport lovers and snorkelers.

Doctor’s Cave Beach, Montego Bay

Doctor’s Cave Beach
Doctor’s Cave Beach

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In Montego Bay, Doctor’s Bay Beach is considered the best. The name ‘Cave’ is due to the fact that there was a cave on that beach which was destroyed during a hurricane in 1932. Moreover, a British doctor is said to have made this beach famous by claiming that the waters had curative powers. Even now, cruise ships crowd this beach regularly all in all making the beach very popular with tourists.

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100 word fiction: What you don’t know

Fear of the unknown
Fear of the unknown

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“There is always the fear of the unknown. We are all wary of taking risks lest we fail and fall down by the wayside. But a life without challenges isn’t really a life worth living.

While success is always welcome, only when you fall do you truly realize what it takes to rise and shine all the way.”

Rakesh had failed to clear a number of job interviews in succession due to one reason or another. And when he finally did, the first thing which came to his mind was his father’s words which had shaped his approach in life.

Day 2 Prompt: What you don’t know



Five Sentence Fiction: Stranger than fiction

Ron always had the knack of being at the right place at the right time. Despite, being born and brought up in one of the most violent neighbourhoods in the city, he was used to cheating injuries and even death day in and day out.

As life went on, his business took him to far off nations which he wouldn’t have even dreamt off a few years back. While the odds of an air-crash are 1 in a million, he was unfortunate to be at the center of two such accidents in 2 years.

He would have miraculously survived both of them if only it wasn’t the fire truck which killed him after the second crash.

Day 1 Prompt: Stranger than fiction


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Oman Diaries: Royal Opera House Muscat

Royal Opera House Muscat - Doesn't it look majestic?
Royal Opera House Muscat – Doesn’t it look majestic?

Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is Oman’s premier center of music, art, culture and more. It can seat upto 1100 people for a show.

The lovely entrance to ROHM
The lovely entrance to ROHM

Since it’s opening in 2011, ROHM has conducted numerous shows featuring artistes from across the planet. The ROHM compound also includes gardens, restaurants, theaters and more.

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Moscow Diaries: A visit to the legendary Eliseevsky grocery store

Eliseevsky Store - Does this look like a grocery store?
Does this look like a grocery store?

Are you wondering what’s special in a grocery store that am writing a blog post about it? Eliseevsky store at 14, Tverskaya Street in Moscow is one of the oldest stores in the city. It was built as part of a historical building and opened to the public in 1901. It’s actually named “Gastronomia Eliseevsky“.

Can you imagine the work involved in constructing such a store more than 110 years ago?
Can you imagine the work involved in constructing such a store more than 110 years ago?

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Singapore Diaries: Christmas in Singapore

Christmas in Singapore
Christmas in Singapore

Christmas in Singapore is celebrated with much fanfare and is particularly reflected in the elaborate lighting for the various malls across Orchard Street and the rest of the city.

It’s as though each mall is a prop and dressed to impress to the maximum. There are competitions every Christmas for the best dressed mall of the year.

Orchard Street is generally full of people singing, dancing and taking lots of photographs.

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