Book Review Title: Wise Words of wisdom of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Book Title: Gems and Jewels
Author: Sherubtse College
Year of Publication: February 2001.
Contained in 121 pages, Gems and Jewels carries forth sixty two royal addresses of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The royal addresses ranging from royal proclamation in 1972 to the celebration of silver jubilee of the Fourth Dyalpo’s reign in 1999 and addresses on different occasions ranging from National Day celebration, national assembly, felicitation messages, convocation, International Year of the Child, silver jubilee celebration of Sherubtse college, SAARC Summit, and many more, this book indeed is “A sovereign’s gift soaked in love and wisdom, each address of His Majesty, our beloved king, is worth a basket of Gems and Jewels.” As put by Thakur Singh powdyel, the then vice principal of Sherubtse College, in the preface of the book.
The preface in the book by Thakur Singh Powdyel sums up the royal addresses quite eloquently that just steers any readers to flip the pages non-stop. One shall not only discover the character and leader in His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo through these royal addresses but also come to know His Majesty’s love, care and concern for the people of Bhutan.
These royal addresses also reveal His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s vision and aspirations for Bhutan and her people.
Thakur Singh Powdyel says, ‘…this selection of our beloved king’s addresses, should be much-coveted treasure for scholars and researchers as well as others interested in savouring the nectar of one of the finest minds of the contemporary world.’
Personally I have been carrying this book like a bible. Having read and re-read the book I feel like I have personally attended all the occasions where His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo gave his royal addresses.