Khaling, 1988

I’ve just finished re-reading Ken Haigh’s first book “Under the Holy Lake – A memoir of Eastern Bhutan”. Ken and I overlapped for a year while we were both teachers at Jigme Sherubling high school in Khaling, eastern Bhutan. Ken arrived a year before me, and left at the start of my second year (our contracts were for two years). The book is a wonderful record of a time in both our lives that left a lasting impact. I’ve never kept a diary (or good notes), preferring to take snapshots, but reading Ken’s book brought back so many memories that I thought I would post a few photos of Khaling, taken while we both lived there. What prompted this trip down memory lane is the news (thanks to Ken’s wife, Nancy), that Ken’s recently published second book; On Foot to Canterbury: A Son’s Pilgrimage made the short list of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Award for Nonfiction (you can find out more about this award here). A few photos of our time in Khaling can be seen by clicking this link, or the photo below: