Dawa: The Story of a Stray Dog in Bhutan
Written by Kunzang Choden
Dawa looks like just another scruffy Thimphu street dog, but don’t be fooled: he understands Dzongkha, he has an urge to see the world and his bigger-than-normal brain is matched only by his compassionate heart. His is an extraordinary life; follow its tragic beginnings to his ascensions as the Legendary Leader of Howling in Thimphu, to the miracle that saves him. Dawa’s story will appeal to all who have experienced life’s rigors – but have never given up hope on the possibilities.
About the Artisan
Riyang Books is a small, Bhutan- based publishing house owned and operated by author, Kunzang Choden and her family. It was founded in November 2012 out of a deep love for literature and the written word as well as a desire to create a welcoming space to encourage and support creative work in Bhutan.
What does “Riyang” mean?
According to Buddhist Scholar, Dr Karma Phuntsho , Riyang could be the sounds, the voices from the mountain but perhaps more literally it means mountain melodies or tunes. It also refers to Manjushri (the Buddhist Bodhisattva of wisdom) and Yangchenma ( or the White Tara also associated with wisdom). ” Ri” and “yang” captures the spirit of both the immovable and the ephemeral, both stability and dynamism, both male and female energies.
What does the logo for Riyang mean?
The logo is composed of the symbol that represents Manjushri enclosed in an artistic musical note.