Getting the most out of the social media platform
Nima | Sarpang
After writing previews on Facebook for the past nine years, a teacher at a private school in Gelephu, Phurpa Dorji, published his first book earlier this month.
Entitled “The Next Door Girl”, the book is a collection of three best stories he wrote on a Facebook group called “Writers Association of Bhutan”.
He claimed his passion for writing and reading had helped him write the book and the online community had helped him reach more readers.
Phurpa Dorji said a group of people online have supported him throughout his writing journey and helped him publish his first book. âThanks to Facebook, I have met these people who share the same passion. I was able to meet readers who encouraged me to write more.
He said he sees himself as a writer born from the Bhutanese literature groups Facebook and dedicates the book to all the readers who inspired him to write more.
According to the author, he met everyone who worked for publications like the publisher, book cover designer, content designer and his dedicated Facebook group readers who encouraged him to compile his writings into a book. .
He writes on his Facebook page under the username PJikks Stories almost regularly and has written over 20 stories. More than 3,100 people follow his page today.
Phurpa Dorji obtained her Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Phuentsholing College of Science and Technology.
He said it was difficult to get a book published in the country given the market and few readers choose to read books written by Bhutanese authors. âMany authors do not share the number of books sold. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to discourage young writers. They just encourage us to publish.
He said that many readers are now reading books written by Bhutanese authors. “They like to read stories that they can relate to and connect with.”
The Next Door Girl review.
The book is the compilation of three stories that were written based on the events of truth. All three stories share the situation faced by young people and those who live in urban areas.
The first story is about a graduate who works as a babysitter while looking for a job. The story also shares a strong message about the need to have a strong family, especially with children, while living a busy city life.
The second story, The Girl Next Door, is about a young office hobbyist’s experience with his tenants. While he knows everyone in the building well, the girl right next to his apartment remains unknown and alien in the first few episodes.
As the story progresses, the bond and trust between the neighbors deepens. The story also shines a light on the issues facing women in urban areas with some fiction that might get everyone thinking of a solution.
The Third Story: Loponla is about a young contract teacher who takes on a big task to change the way students learn in school. The teacher wins the hearts of the students in no time but leaves the school with a big impact.
The author has tried to highlight the need to change conventional configurations in school, such as the need to focus on the interest and skills of students in school through his story Loponla.
Edited by Tashi Dema