It was just another call of duty and, I was assigned a project that spans across Thimphu, Punakha and Gasa. Before I could think of anything, the first thing that came to my mind was the most legendary tale of love, set in Punakha, Gasa and finally in Thimphu. This story survived for generations and even to this day, it continues to draw attention of
|Galeem's house at Changyul in Punakha|
It is a tale about two ordinary people, but their extraordinary love and commitment for each other made their tale an eternal legend. Such feelings of extraordinary love and commitments has become a thing of past in this day and age of pure materialistic world. Galeem, a beautiful girl from Changyul in Punakha and Singye an official who served in Punakha were in love. They were both eager to tie the knot and move forward in their life like any one of us.
|Gasa Dzong (Rear view of Gasa Lama's residence)|
In their undying love, the legend continued but it only became quintessential tragic story where the fate and circumstances kept separating them. They had rebirth as banana trees but were uprooted and thrown away. When they took form of cats, one of them was killed by a dog; when born as a rooster and hen, one of them was eaten by a mongoose; when reborn to a cow and bull, the bull was sold away to a far off place and it continued for many lives.
Finally, after many lives, they were born again as humans. This time, Galeem was born as the daughter to a rich family in Sisichhum house at Sisina in Thimphu and Singye to a poor family in nearby village at Genekha. Sisichum house is located beside a road at a distance of about 24 kilometres from Thimphu towards Phuentsholing. They met again in Galeem’s house in Sisina when Singye visited the house to sell earthen pots. In each other’s presence, the memory of past lives began to reel and she fainted. Before Singye could do anything he was chased away by Galeem’s parents and their servants suspecting him to be the cause of her falling into unconsciousness. When Galeem regained her conscious, she followed him and met him at another village where he was still selling earthen pots. Thereafter, they united together both in heart and soul.
|Sisichhum House at Sisina in Thimphu|
During my visit to these places from Changyul to Gasa and then to Sisina, I met many generous people, some of them even invited me to their houses and we talked of this great legend. To me,
I am so happy to have set my foot to these historical places because I have always wanted to see these places. Since my childhood, I was always astonished by and had attraction to them. If things go my way, I have plans to spend more time in these houses in future and pay my tribute to the truest lovers who placed love beyond everything.