Bhampa Rai’s vision was to work till all willing Bhutanese refugees were repatriated to their homes in Bhutan with honor and dignity. His goal was to fight against all the injustices meted out to the Bhutanese of Nepali origin.
Bhutanese people of Nepali ethnicity are known as the Lhotsampa, and are native to southern Bhutan and thus colloquially referred to as Southerners.
Being thin my whole life, I had taken my hilly physique for granted. I could eat together with the boys and still would be the last-woman standing – happy, on the weighing scale. It was only once that I had gone overboard with my weight. I was in college in Kolkata and had a can of cola and ‘kheer-kadam’ every single day for six months. First time in my life I had gained a whole lot of five kilos and suddenly found myself lethargic and fatigued by the end of the day. I checked my eating habits and found the two culprits and was easy peasy for me to get back to being energetic after I quit having these.