The Inimitable Urgyen Wangchuk and Incomparable Phuntsok Topgyal

Another photo from the Bhutan 2007 trip. Here you can see Urgyen Wangchuk on the left and Phuntsok Topgyal on the right. Urgyen Wangchuk is quite an eccentric character who chews paan abd takes care of things for Rinpoche in Dewathang. He is also a fabulous cook. You may have seen Pawo’s glorious photos on Facebook? Well Urgyen Wangchuk is his uncle. But then, all Bhutanese seem to be related one way or another!

Phuntsok Topgyal is one of Rinpoche’s attendants and seems to be able to turn his hand to just about anything. He’s the kind of person who makes you feel safe when he’s around. We met for the first time in the late 80s when he accompanied Rinpoche to London, so I think it’s fair to say we’re old friends.

And yes, they are simultaneously pulling faces at me…

2 thoughts on “The Inimitable Urgyen Wangchuk and Incomparable Phuntsok Topgyal

  1. love this photo of two guys i totally adore…thanks for sharing! i think we met Phuntso at the same time no? ah yes – the good-old-days…

  2. Love these two too!
    I smiled at your remark about all Bhutanese being related to each other!…. how true!
    Love, Suyin

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s