High And Mighty
When Jigme Khesar Namgyei Wangchuck, the Dragon King of Bhutan, gets time out from his royal duties, he takes up the camera. His new book, Through the Lens of the King (Roli), released last week at Mountain Echoes, the annual literary festival in Thimphu, captures his country’s splendour. It has stunning pictures of the mighty Himalayas, of the many monasteries and forts, and of village folk on fields. And the king also has a keen eye for detail. For instance, there is this caption: This young girl from Jurmi village is wearing a necklace of miniature phalluses, carved in wood by her father, in the belief that they will ward off the evil eye and protect her.