Dr. Rinzin Rinzin
Dr. Rinzin Rinzin is a writer, poet, freelance management consultant and a dedicated academician from Bhutan. He worked as a lecturer, agriculturist, manager/ administrator, parliamentarian, consultant, and writer during the last two decades or so. As a writer, His début book was 'The Talisman of Good Fortune and Other Stories from Rural Bhutan' (2002), a collection of stories based on Bhutanese tradition, culture, norms and various teething social issues. The Talisman of Good Fortune, in which he tries to demystify the inhumane traditional belief of ‘poison-givers,’ was made into a multi-Award winning local feature film titled 'Golden Cup –the legacy' in 2007. 'Depa Bondeypa’s Relatives' (2016) was his first novel. He also authored a number of illustrated children’s books. He also takes keen interest in poetry. His poems have been published in renounced poetry anthologies like Amaravati Poetic Prism 2017, Poetry of South Asia, Complexion Based Discriminations -Global Insights, World Poetry on Let There be Peace and so on. He is one of the recipients of the 'Gold Cross of the World Union of Poets' award from the WUP, Italy in June 2018. He was awarded Vidyavachaspati by Vikramsila University and Tathaghat Srijan Saman 2017 by Sidharth Thathagath Sanstha in 2017, India. He was also a nominee for the prestigious Premchand Fellowship 2015 of Sahitya Akedemi, India. As a scholar of applied science, Dr. Rinzin authored and published over two scores of research papers, training materials and books in-country and abroad. He served as a Focal Person for Rangelands of Bhutan to the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal and Focal Point Scientist of Bhutan to Agriculture Information Centre (SAIC), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently, he is serving as the Chief Country Coordinator (Bhutan) for the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) as well as Technical Advisor to Bhutan Transparency Initiative.