ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Spray some Dzongkha!

While some people think Dzongkha stinks and is a hoax, other claim it contains darker notes. No, we're not talking about the national language of Bhutan.
Dzongkha is the name of a perfume developed five years ago by a boutique Parisian perfume company, L'Artisan Parfumeur. As far as I know, the Dzongkha Development Commission was not involved in that project.

Dzongkha is somewhat pretentiously described as "a bewildering fragrance inspired by the Kingdom of Bhutan, by the odors of stones and incense from the temples, leather, spicy chai tea, and opulent nature". Yeh, right. The price is quite inspiring as well: US$95 for a 1.7 ounce eau de toilette.