It is early morning in Nasekha village in Wangdue. Aum Chhimi Wangmo is up and busy sorting things. She has the breakfast ready. It is red rice and beef curry. Sitting in circle, they begin to eat. All of a sudden, three women appear at Aum Chhimi’s door, and they share the family’s special meal.
After breakfast, some more men and women show up. Aum Chhimi looks busy and tensed. She has loads of job to do today. In a single file, all of them go towards the family’s paddy field. It is the first day of paddy transplantation at Aum Chhimi’s.
Men ready the oxen. Although power tiller has replaced oxen in many villages in the west, Aum Chhimi prefers oxen. Oxen make her feel closer to her field. The women are getting ready for the task with the saplings. They joke, they laugh, and they work.
A little later, Aum Chhimi and her husband come with suja and biscuits. Men and women come for tea. And after tea, ara is served.
At about 1 pm comes Aum Chhimi’s younger son to tell the men and women to break for lunch. Lunch too is special. Red rice, pork curry, emadatshi, and mixed vegetables.
They go to work after lunch. At 4 pm, there is evening tea followed by ara.
At around 6, all’s done and they head to Aum Chhimi’s for dinner. It’s a day during the paddy transplantation season in western Bhutan.
By Thinley Dem
Paro College of Education