Month: September 2017

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Abeto Shohe | Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer from Nagaland

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind. Abeto’s thoughts are somewhere close on the similar lines – a wedding and lifestyle photographer from Dimapur, Nagaland. Born and brought up in a middle class Christian family, Abeto Shohe is a wedding and lifestyle photographer from Dimapur Nagaland who is passionate about capturing life’s moments on his camera. He has a Masters degree in Political Science. Besides, photography and shooting weddings, he runs a photography training institute in Dimapur as well.  Hi Abeto! Tell us how you got started with photography in the first place.  My photography has evolved a lot since my younger days. Some moments are meant to be treasured forever and it is only possible through capturing them. To be honest, photography was more of a hobby for me at first, but later it turned out to be a full time profession. It is hard to believe that I get to …

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Faces | Narrating Old Tales of Folklore

“Her name is Prisca Persina Lynrah. She resides in Sohra, popularly known as Cherapunjee, located in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. I met her a few months back, when I was searching for a elderly woman to play a small role in my short film. At the age of 94, I found her grace and memories so magnetic, that now I keep on visiting her to listen to her century old folktales and wisdom of the khasi tribes inhabiting there.” ~ Harshil Bhanusali, Film Director & Photographer.  

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Amelia takes us to the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

See elephants as they should be seen at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. R&L’s newest contributor Amelia from the UK (and based out of Thailand), takes us on a virtual tour to this beautiful elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She shares how she enjoyed her day out in the wild, spending quality time with the rescued animals in their natural habitat, and relished her Thai vegetarian buffet lunch. Thailand’s Northern Province of Chiang Mai is an incredible place to see wildlife, boasting an array of exotic animals that are specific to the region. But what separates the Elephant Nature Park from the rest is its commitment to the welfare of the elephants – a movement against keeping elephants in confinement for human amusements. There is no riding here and each elephant’s needs are individually assessed and prioritised. For those intending to visit the park, the itinerary, travel details, and cost set out below is what you can expect from a one day tour. Itinerary: The day begins with elephant feeding, visitors stand on …

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Doodler Extraordinaire – Lungshai Leisan | Doodles, Illustrations and Comics

“The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories” – Muriel Ruykeser  That is exactly what Lungshai wants to express through her pretty illustrations – the flair to be able to convey emotions, moods, ideas and narrative in all. Lungshai Leisan is a 26 yrs old student, currently studying in College of Art Delhi, 3rd year, specializing in Visual Communication. She originally hails from Ukhrul, Manipur and is basically a freelance artist based out of New Delhi. She also holds a degree in Multimedia Animation. Northeastern Natives | Doodle Illustrations by Lungshai Leisan. Hi Lungshai! We found your illustrations pretty amazing. Tell us something about it. How did you get started? My illustrations are founded on life and everything that surrounds me. Drawing has always been a delight for me since childhood. I remember how I used to draw everything and anything in my notebooks and textbooks in school. I never knew I could take up drawing as a profession until that summer back when I was in high school. I was intrigued and …

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Recipe | Crispy Honey Chicken

It is almost weekend and we all tend to  acquire a mood to cook something nice or get that craving to help ourselves to something special. On that note, we are today sharing a recipe to pep up your meal – Crispy fried chicken, tossed with veggies and packed with flavors and spice. Let’s make it! INGREDIENTS : 500 gms of chicken breast 4 tbsp of honey 3 tbsp of white soy sauce 3-4 tbsp of cornflour 3 tbsp of water 1 tbsp of vinegar (preferably apple cider vinegar) 1 egg 2 tbsp of chilli paste or green chilli for extra heat 5 cloves of crushed garlic Salt to taste Black pepper Oil to deep fry Chopped capsicum Spring Onion Toasted sesame seeds DIRECTIONS TO COOK: Cut the chicken breast pieces into strips and put them in a large bowl. Now, add in salt, black pepper, egg, cornflour to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Next, heat a good amount of oil in a large skillet or pan. (for deep frying) Drop the chicken pieces slowly, …

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Nourhevilie Khate | 25 Year Old Violist and Guitarist from Nagaland

25 year old Nourhevilie Khate from Nagaland plays the violin and guitar with equal skill and passion that it has not only won him several competitions but the young multi-talented musician is now doing his Master’s in Violin performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Nourhevillie was a winner of the David Menezes National violin competition in 2014 and judged as the best guitarist in the Rockville: battle of the bands at NIT-Nagaland’s annual cultural fest Ekarikthin 2015. He has also been a part of the India National Youth Orchestra, Canada-India Youth Orchestra, Indo-German Youth Orchestra, BSM Chamber Orchestra and Purple Fusion (A folk fusion band from Nagaland) He has helped others like him follow their passion in music and taught music  at Symphony School of Music Kohima, Music Academy Kohima, Hope Centre for Excellence, Dimapur and Bangalore School of Music. Hi Nourhe, can you brief us a bit about your journey so far? I am from Nagaland, India. I graduated with a bachelors degree in theology from SABC, Bangalore.  I …

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Capturing The Unique Story of Two Souls | Photographer Manoj Sagolsem

Returning with the follow-up series of wedding photographers, today we feature another passionate photographer from Manipur who took years to pursue his passion, constantly on the path of learning, now stands as an inspiration. Wedding photography being one among his photo genres, he believes wedding is an unique story of two people and is delighted to have the opportunity to capture it. Born in Wangoi, Imphal and educated at St. Anthony’s School Shillong, Manoj Sagolsem graduated from Delhi University and went on to work in a corporate company for eight years in the capital until one day he decided to drop everything for the passion of photography and move to Dimapur. Abstract expressions on faces and abstract emotions in the soul attract and inspire this photographer to document and compile his images. When did you start taking pictures?  One fine day I decided quit my job all for the sake of my passion for photography. It wasn’t an easy thing to do.  My family and friends thought I was insane. At one point, I had …

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Tiasunep Aier from Nagaland | Chief Designer and Creator of ‘Old Cabin’

Someone recently tweeted that it is almost impossible to balance Creativity and Productivity – that it is hard to optimize for both. That isn’t necessarily true because we know far too many talented artists, who are also the most productive. Most times, they have a regular 9 to 5 job, and after-work hours is when they feed their passion to create beautiful pieces of art. Here’s one such restless soul – Tiasunep from Nagaland, an artist based out of Pune. In a chat with Roots and Leisure, he talks about his brand ‘Old Cabin’ and how comic books introduced him to the world of art. How did it all start? How did you discover this passion of yours? Growing up, comic books opened up a whole new world for me. Away from my real world, they were the only reference I could use for art. Call it fortunate or unfortunate, there were no TV cable operators in our area –  so we just had the inescapable Doordarshan channel. Me and my brother would get so …

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Recipe | Simple Bamboo Shoot Chutney

Here’s an quick and easy recipe for the popular Bamboo Shoot Chutney in Naga style prepared using just 3 simple  ingredients and almost zero time to prepare. Ingredients : 250 grams of bamboo shoot. 2 tsp of chilly powder. Salt to taste. Directions to cook : Clean the bamboo shoots under running water properly and slice them into small pieces or any other shape/size desired. In a saucepan, add the sliced bamboo shoot, salt and enough water and boil it for ten minutes. Once the bamboo shoots gets cooked properly, heat a small amount of oil in a pan and fry it over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Now, add in chilly powder and mix it thoroughly. Let it fry for another 5 minutes. Tasty bamboo shoot chutney is ready to be eaten with any curry.