Gratitude Doesn't Say It All:

Rathin Bhattacharjee
Posted November 2, 2017 from Bhutan
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Dear Madam,

I have written a story again. Despite me best efforts, I couldn't attach it. So here it's for your consideration. Please go through and forgive me for my ignorance regarding the use of computers and modern technology.

With warm regards,

Sincerely,

Gratitude Doesn't Say It All:

Everyone feels grateful to someone in life. It may be a parent, teacher, relative or even a friend. I have been inspired and influenced by a great many people in my life, like my late Ma, my bro-in-law, my late professor. They allare wonderful human beings and I remain eternally indebted to them. But the greatest influence on my life hasn't been a human being. She has been more than a living being to me though. She is God's greatest gift to the world - the country called BHUTAN.

The year was 1989. I's like a lost soul desperately trying to earn a living. I's working as a sub-editor of a bilingual magazine published from Kolkata which didn't pay me enough to survive in the rat race. Then happened the interview at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, by the fag end of December, 1989 and life was not to be the same for me anymore.

It's not so much as the financial stability that this majestic, mesmerizing country has provided me over the years. It's more to do with my all round growth that Bhutan has wrought about in me.Todaymy students, colleagues, even people who don't know me all that we'll, I mean, complete strangers, compliment me stating what a good human being I am and how I am aninspiration to many. I accept their compliments and reflect on Bhutan's countless munificence and benevolence on me....

If I'm a good human beingtoday, it's all thanks to Bhutan for I've seen in her Monarchs, her people goodness aplenty. If I'm more compassionate, kind and lovingtoday, it's all thanks to Bhutan for in the simple act of a student picking up an injured insect and keeping it out of harm's way, I've seen and understood the true meaning of love and compassion.

Bhutan has taught me so many values that a lifetime may not be enough to talk or write about them. What would I have been, how might I have shaped up and where would I have landed up had Bhutan not embraced me and provided me shelter with open arms?

I'm a Proud Indian but if there's a second or third life, I'd love to be given another chance to serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum (the Monarchs, country and her people) for bringing the best out of me.

I do wish that people the world over get a chance to know, learn about this magnificent, Himalayas country for their own growth, fulfillment and happiness. I love Bhutan and acknowledge her as the greatest influence on my life.

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Rathin Bhattacharjee
Nov 02, 2017
Nov 02, 2017

I Love Bhutan. I owe so much to this god-blessed, pristine country that what ever i may do, might not measure upto the tremendous sense of gratitude I feel for this country. I've spent the best part of my formative years in this mind-blowing country. As my days of stay in this glorious country are slowly coming to an end, I just have this irresistibly temptation to get the rest of the world drawn to The Last Shangrila (the most peaceful country of the world). 

Even when I am gone, i want people all over the world to visit, love and gloat about this country for no other country can bring such happiness, peace, tranquility and joy like the way she has done it by soothing my soul over the years. 

jlanghus
Nov 02, 2017
Nov 02, 2017

Hi Rathin. Thanks for sharing your story and gratitude for Bhutan. I don't know much about it, but it sounds lovely. Why do you need to leave if you love it so much?!

Yusra Shaukat
Nov 02, 2017
Nov 02, 2017

Hello Rathia,

Your concept is very inspiring. Being a student of an International University, I get a chance to meet student from Bhutan on daily basis and trust me I found them one of the most humble, sincere and dedicated to their work. I can say I am lucky to b surrounded by such people and I am thankful for you to share this post:)

Nov 03, 2017
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Rathin Bhattacharjee
Nov 03, 2017
Nov 03, 2017

Madam Sarah,

Thanks for your encouraging words. The fact that you like my post, makes me happy. Keep inspiring people.

With love and regards,

R.N.Bhattacharjee

Yusra Shaukat
Nov 03, 2017
Nov 03, 2017

Thank you so much dear:)

Rathin Bhattacharjee
Nov 03, 2017
Nov 03, 2017

HI, Madam Jlanghus,

I love everything, well almost, under the sun. My love affair with the god-blessed country began way back in the early 1990s. My love for Bhutan hasn't decreased a wee bit since then. But all beautiful relationships do not last for long. Things begin to sour then. I consider myself extremely lucky that our love affair has continued for so long.

The truth of the matter is I am a civil servant. All civil servants are to retire by the time they are 58. I'll have crossed 57 next May. Although I'd love to stay in this country eternally, that is not possible. So i have to hang up the chalk and duster by next December.I feel heart-broken but there is not much I can do about it. Whatever it may be, I'd continue to love Bhutan till my last breath.

Thanks for your concern. I have a feeling that we may land up being the best of friends in the years to come. 

With love and regards,

R.N.Bhattacharjee

jlanghus
Nov 03, 2017
Nov 03, 2017

Hi Rathin. Thanks for the clarification. You can't retire there or teach English or another language there, so you can stay?! You're welcome. Looking forward to more stories.... Let me know if you would like to private message me, if you would like to discuss further:-)

Rathin Bhattacharjee
Nov 07, 2017
Nov 07, 2017

Thank you, Madam. Once I am past 58, I think, it is best to go back. Bhutan has enough talented, qualified grads now, who will make fantastic teachers in the years to come.

What i am going to do, post retirement, is a big headache for me right now. Anyway, thank you for your concern. I love writing and I won't fail to write for such encouraging readers like you all, God willing.

With regards and best wishes,

Sincerely,

R.N.Bhattacharjee

jlanghus
Nov 07, 2017
Nov 07, 2017

You're welcome:) So, you plan to go back there to retire? I'm sure everything will sort itself out, hon, especially if that's where you are meant to be:) Thank you... Have a great day!

Olutosin
Nov 02, 2017
Nov 02, 2017

Wow wow wow... I have researched abour Bhutan just last month and here I am reading a confurmation frim you again. May you, all humans, Bhutan, India and the whole world learn more about compassion, empathy for all and development that reapects all beinf.

thank you for this inaightful article mydear.

Rathin Bhattacharjee
Nov 03, 2017
Nov 03, 2017

Dear Madam Olutosin,

Thanks for your comment. To tell you truthfully, both India, the birthplace of the Buddha and Bhutan, where the reincarnation of the Buddha, Guru Rimpochhe, came to spread the Dharma, do not really need a lesson on Compassion or Empathy for the matter. Both the countries are great emissaries of Love, Peace and Harmony. So far as Happiness is concerned, Bhutan is way ahead of not only India but also the rest of the world. No wonder Bhutan is known the world over as The Happiness Country.

I love Bhutan and want the rest of the world to try to take a leaf out of Bhutan's universally acclaimed philosophy of GNH (Gross National Happiness) for their own benefit.

Thank you so much for your encouragement and appreciation.

Regards,

R.N.Bhattacharjee

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mae me
Nov 04, 2017
Nov 04, 2017

Thank you for sharing your experienced Rathin. With your story I become curious and need to google it :). What I learned from travelling to other places...you will really bringing home memories and story to tell :) It’s a blessing ti be able to travel.

Rathin Bhattacharjee
Nov 04, 2017
Nov 04, 2017

Dear Maeam,

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement. I am delighted to be able to arouse your interest in Bhutan. i am not sure though if you ever have been to this god-blessed country. You are very correct to opine that travelling is a great blessing, especially if you happen to travel to a country like Bhutan.

Regards and all the very best wishes,

Sincerely,

R.N.Bhattacharjee

mae me
Nov 05, 2017
Nov 05, 2017

thank you :)