Overview for Bhutan: Through the Lens of the King
Bhutan: Through the Lens of the King transports us to one of the most vibrant, ancient, and peaceful cultures of the world. Bhutan's vast and stunning landscape, beautiful people, rich wildlife, and the mystical and dynamic culture are sensitively captured through the eyes of the photographer, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
The collection of over 160 striking photographs of rural life, isolated communities, ancient fortresses, monasteries, and Buddhist traditions reflects the socio-cultural, religious, and political life of the remote Himalayan kingdom. There are photos that also reveal the deeply affectionate and caring relationship of His Majesty with his people. Many of the photographs were taken by His Majesty when travelling on foot for days, which he often does to reach out and engage with his people. The brilliant visuals not only depict the King's care and concern for, and connect with his people but also his pride and admiration for his country, countrymen, and culture. The images also endearingly capture the arrival of the twenty-first century to Bhutan.
The engaging essays by two of India's most prominent writers narrate a fascinating tale about the King and his Kingdom. This book will impress and please any reader interested in travel, photography, and/or Himalayan culture.
Malvika Singh (Author)
Malvika Singh belongs to one of the families that built the new capital of India and is currently working on an interview-based book on the subject. She is a reputed journalist who has worked with many leading national publications. She was the editor of The India Magazine and is the publisher of Seminar, a journal of ideas and alternatives. She has authored Freeing the Spirit: The Iconic Women of Modern India and India in One City – Delhi.
Pavan K Varma (Introduction)
Pavan K. Varma graduated with honours in History from St Stephens College, Delhi, and took a degree in Law from Delhi University. A member of the Indian Foreign Service, he has served in Moscow, in New York at the Indian Mission to the United Nations, and as Indiaâ€™s High Commissioner in Cyprus. He has been Press Secretary to the President of India, Official Spokesman for the Foreign Office, and is at present Director of the Nehru Centre in London. He is the author of Ghalib: The Man, The Times; Krishna: The Playful Divine; Yudhishtar and Draupadi: A Tale of Love, Passions and the Riddles of Existence; The Great Indian Middle Class; The Book of Krishna; and Maximize Your Life (with Renuka Khandekar), all published by Penguin. He has also translated Kaifi Azmi (Selected Poems) and Atal Bihari Vajpayee (21 Poems) into English for Penguin.
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk (Photography)
His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck born on 21 February 1980 became the King of Bhutan in 2006.
His Majesty is overseeing the laying of strong foundations for a vibrant democracy. He travelled the length and breadth of the country to discuss the draft Constitution to ensure a smooth introduction of parliamentary democracy in 2008. In 2009, His Majesty launched a land reform project to resolve the long-standing issues that affect every Bhutanese -- especially the farmers. In the same year, following major earthquakes and floods he immediately toured the affected areas and personally led the rebuilding process. An orator of exceptional talent, the People's King enjoys painting and designing and is also an avid gardener and a photographer.