NOVEL DAWA: The Story of a stray Dog in Bhutan By: Aum Kunzang Choden. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dawa, the story of a stray dog in Bhutan is the story about the journey of a stray dog in search of self-discovery. The story reveals the hardships that he must face in order to achieve his enlightenment. The story begins with Dawa’s decision to travel beyond his immediate community, Paro. His journey and his pursuit of happiness take him to various destinations experiencing varied experiences, and each of his adventure furthers his personal development.
The main characters in this novel are dogs and the comparison of the dog society and human society lead to interesting discussions and revelations. The protagonist Dawa, matures through various experiences that he undergoes, and tracing his maturity is an interesting exercise.
Dawa is presented as a mild character who respects others, who is curious to learn, humble, sensitive, hard working and determined to achieve his goals. His quest to learn and his perseverance in his journey are positive attributes which he carries with him till the end.
The value of self-knowledge and self-discovery, which takes a lifetime for Dawa, is realized as a result of hardships, losses, hard work, and reflection. The need to belong to a society by building strong bonds of friendship and loyalty, the pursuit of happiness, perseverance, tolerance, leadership, and pursuit of one’s own destiny are a few values reflected in Dawa as a necessary character trait for success.
The following synopsis provides a brief overview of each chapter, focusing on the various elements of the novella such as setting, plot, characters, (protagonist, antagonist etc), conflict (the problem), rise in action, climax, resolution or denouement (the fall) and theme or message.
Chapter 8 – Back to Bumthang
Chapter 9 – Dawa in Tang
Chapter 10 – Dawa in Thowadrak
Chapter 11 – The Full Moon Night
8. Dawa’s faith in the healing process.
9. Story of Gelong Ma Pelmo.
10. The CURE… Dawa feels free and …
11. The Lam’s remarks of his healing.
12. Dawa’s reasons to go back to where it all began.
13. The village with 20 houses.
14. Encounter with Markhang and Nomola.
15. Dawa’s experience at Kidiphu.
Chapter 12 – Back to Where it all began
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