What it takes to be the eldest?jpg

What it takes to be the eldest?jpg

Being the eldest of the three siblings, you are required to juggle between familial obligations, societal expectations and personal ambition. As the only son, my parents tell, ‘You are like the only gho/kira’ (khamong leng nang ma wa prus ken gi la). It is empowering as much as challenging to live up to these words.

Picture courtesy: Chimi Dema, 2000.

Dechen Rabgyal

I am from Drepung, Mongar, Bhutan.