Of Rainbows and Clouds- the Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji as told to his Daughter

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Published In: 1999
ISBN: 0 906026 49 0
No. of Pages: 128

Book Overview

Memoirs of Yab Ugyen Dorji on his ancestors and decendants, as told to his Daughter, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. It’s written in first person, which makes it seem like an autobiography. The book takes us on a nostalgic and thrilling journey into our past, giving us a haunting account of an assassination, which had been whispered but not recorded.

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by Nima Doctor (October 01, 2021)

13 Reviews

BOOK REVIEWFirstly, I would like to announce that I am very much privileged to be prophesied to read this book, a book by a non-ordinary Author.Of many biographical books I have read so far, 'Of Rainbows and Clouds' is one that took my valuable amount of time and kept me engaged for the last one and a half weeks. And after reading it, I realized it's worth it. The book was written by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Azhi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck where it's entirely narrated by Her Majesty's Father Yab Ugyen Dorji...It mainly talks about the hardships Yab and His parents underwent since he was a little child then. It also reveals the truth behind how and who was involved in the assassination of the 5th and 6th Mind Incarnation of Zhabdrung in Talo goenpa. And how his parents and relatives, purely the descendants of Zhabdrung were treated by the Poenlops and Dzongpoens then. The book also displays how the Zhabdrung's family had survived despite undergoing the toughest circumstances which were never expected till then. Moreover, going through the lines of how they were chased by the Militants just like targeting a musk deer in the dense jungle, I even felt like what I would have done if I too were there. By some misinterpretation or alteration in the messages between the Real Leaders and the subordinates, assassination happened unexpectedly. The book also depicts where they had been surviving when the whole family in the name of Zhabdrung was being eyed by the whole others. It vividly says their life had been traveling to known or even unknown places, not on a family trip or tour, but in search of peace and of course, for their survival. The book also contains much significance of why Pungthang dewachenpoi phodrang is one of the prominent places of Bhutan.To cut it short, I recommend every Bhutanese to have a read of this book of history. I am sure, nobody will regret it at any cost. I am satisfied reading it. And you will too. Happy Reading...Thank you.

by Singay Namgay (May 25, 2021)

31 Reviews

The thrilling account Late Yab Ugyen Dorji's stay in Phunakha, escape from Bhutan and return to Bhutan reveal the struggles and tapestry of life of many Bhutanese.
The chilling and brutal murder of Zhabdrung at Talo gives us account of the volatile political situation of our country instigated by few middle man who had so much greed and hunger for power.
It's a great and influential historical book of our time.

by Tashi Dendup (April 04, 2021)

8 Reviews

More than reading it myself, I enjoyed reading it aloud to my students back then when I was still an English language teacher. It's an exquisite book penned by Azhi; it takes us back to a part of Bhutan history that our students do no get to learn in their history classes. I feel every young Bhutanese should leaf through the pages of this book and get to know our history more.