Nothing matches the frenzy that enveloped the whole country in 2008. People wrote and they wrote everywhere, about which political party was the best and who should win and why. Debates were flung in all directions, between friends and colleagues and between couples at mealtimes.. at home, casual dinners with friends or official dinners. Even before the real election, there were anticipation of who should hold the post of which minister and for what reasons. My mom at one point of time told us to stop talking politics at home because she came close to puking. That was how it was. Every citizen’s day began and ended with politics. Histories of candidates were excavated and examined, piece by piece. People were curious and people were hopeful for the betterment that would come into their towns and villages and they desperately wanted the person in whom they invested all their hope to win.

Fast forward to 2013, nobody is bothered save for the candidates standing for election, nevermind the media houses who have the compulsion of introducing the candidates to fellow countrymen. Other than that there is no news of campaigning, no free lunches, no luring messages… no zeal, no zest, no hope? The only constant through these years seem to be the comical Phurba Thinley.. A number of people I met said that they were not interested in politics. Honestly, how would you live in a country run by politicians if you were not interested in politics? Isn’t that a suggestion of irresponsibility?

Upon my return from studies, I asked around me which party was doing the groundwork that would win people’s earnest vote?  

“Do you think Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa has better and promising candidates?”

“Who is the president of DNT?”

“OK, what about Druk Chirwang Tshogpa? Do you know what Aum Lily is like?”
“Isn’t she gorgeous still!!”

“Is Lekey Dorji in PDP now or DNT?”
“Is he still contesting?”

“Is DPT still in? Is Lyonchhen JYT standing for election again? ”
 “Why not? Barack Obama stood for the second round and won!”

“Heard some Sonam Tobgay is heading Druk Kuen-Nyam Tshogpa. How old is he? Heard of him anywhere?”
“Does he wear glasses?”

“Oi seriously. Do you think anyone would do justice to the Prime Minister’s post and be able to represent our country on the global forum the way our current Lyonchhen did?”
“Mashey Khorey..”

“But atleast you’d know if Tshering Cigay, Nima Tshering and some other young and zealous guys will be participating in some party?”
“Oh, they are friends of my brother’s friends..I think? Are they married?”

“Is OL Tshering Tobgay and Damchhoe Dorji still in the same party?”
“That reminds me! I haven’t been visiting OL’s blog for months!!!”

“Will you be voting at all?”
“Yes”   Ahhh, finally an affirmative

“Any idea for which party?”

This reminds me - Shrek Part 1 was a hit, part 2 not so much and part 3 just floated by without notice.
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