Bhutan – The land of happiness

Gross National Happiness, popularly known as GNH, is a guiding philosophy of Bhutan’s development activities. It is a philosophy of co-existence and harmony. GNH stands for the perpetuation of a holistic range of capital or resources such as, ecological, economic, social, human resource and cultural, all of which should be valued and possibly measured. Such needs are said to have been listed in the literature on principles of political philosophy. But usually their range is not comprehensive, and it often tails off with rights and freedom as catch-all categories. read more

Sarajevo

Sarajevo

No – it was not love at first sight! How could it be when even the city’s own publicity says the best things about it are the surroundings and the inhabitants? The city itself is, indeed, not specially attractive. There is an unremarkable river and not much noteworthy architecture. Many buildings are scarred, damaged, neglected and decorated with graffiti. Of course it does have its good points, like Bascarsija, the historical and cultural centre of the old city. A network of small streets, formerly a bazaar. Too many tourists and far too many souvenir shops for my taste. On the other hand it has a multitude of busy, attractive street cafés and restaurants. Ideal places to do what Bosnians everywhere like doing best: meeting friends, drinking coffee, chatting and watching the world go by. read more