Harmonic Convergence at the Faux Bhutan/Smithsonian Folklife Festival, 2008

Click this link for an abridged version of a beloved chapter I had to cut from Radio Shangri-La. I usually do a good job of “killing my darlings,” as the process of editing has been charmingly called, but in this case, it was tough. Volunteering at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2008–a living museum to Bhutan, with the largest delegation of Bhutanese to ever leave the country– was one of the most thrilling and exciting experiences of my life.

When my friend Aby at Business Bhutan asked if he could put something from my book in the paper’s anniversary issue, which is out this week, I asked if he’d take this. So now, here it is for you.

Monks loved to go shopping each night after the festival.

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