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Discovering a New Love for Bird Watching | Ramthansiama Chawngthu, Aizawl, Mizoram

  Bird personalities vary from species to species and are always fascinating to observe. After years of work in the domain, hobby photographer Ramthansiama Chawngthu who is a banker by the day, took to Instagram to chronicle the rekindling of his appreciation and passion for birds. Bird watching is a rare hobby and one that requires boundless patience. There is also the intellectual challenge of trying to figure out what their orders or families are and recognizing them. “It’s not just passively sitting there and having a beautiful image thrown at you. You have to work at it,” said Chawngthu in a brief chat with the Roots & Leisure team. Tell us a bit about your work. I’m Ramthansiama Chawngthu from Aizawl, Mizoram. I work as a banker by the day and pursue nature photography as a hobbyist. I have a deep passion for bird watching and travel intensively across the northeastern India to shoot birds. Most of my photos, however, are shot on the outskirts of the city of Aizawl. I have found some really rare birds in …

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Faces | A Detox from Delhi Smog at the Ghats of Yamuna River

  “This is a shot of my friend, Emily, captured one beautiful morning around 5 a.m. at Yamuna Ghat in New Delhi. I love shooting portraits and exploring spaces with unique surroundings. My friends and I made this spontaneous plan to have a photoshoot at this location early morning. What began as an impromptu shoot ended up being a wonderful, fun experience. It was about an hour and a half drive away from the place we were staying. Devotees often come here early to bathe in the holy water and feed the birds. The birds you see behind in the picture are Siberian Seagulls. Hundreds of them migrate every year during winter season (between October and March) and flock across the holy rivers of Yamuna. We were told by the boatman that feeding the birds is often believed to bring good karma.  This was my first visit to Yamuna Ghat and it was truly an awe-inspiring sight watching the seagulls swivel around the rivers as we fed them, while riding on our boat. That was the exact moment I captured this photograph! The ambience …

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Faces | Creating Positivity Through Urban Streetstyle Dance Culture : SoulMafia from Aizawl

  “This picture is from an event at ‘Infinite Ainawn’ (a picnic spot in Aizawl). They were celebrating their one year anniversary of the place, and had invited this hip-hop dance crew called ‘SoulMafia’ to perform and entertain the visitors present at the venue. Everyone had a ball out there watching the crew perform their unique streetstyle sets with such an incredible amount of high-level energy! We were all fascinated by their b-boying skills – they performed their act like it was done back in the days with their old-skool, street-style choreography. They had attracted a great deal of attention at the site. In fact, the crowd by the pool and slides was larger in number as compared to the people inside the hall at the park. It was such a refreshing experience witnessing this talented crew express themselves through such impressive sets! ” ~FootLoose (_urban_state), Mizoram  

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Just Cheesecakes : How A Passion Project Turned into a Business Venture | Amelia Lalremdiki from Mizoram

  Did you know that cheesecake supposedly originated in ancient Greece and was served at the first Olympic Games? The oldest existing written recipe is credited to Roman politician Marcus Cato around the first century B.C Fast forward to today, I find myself sitting in a cafe with a cup of steaming hot coffee and a piece of Japanese cheese cake, feeling like I’m eating a slice of history. The reason for this?  Just have a look at the Instagram feed of ‘Just.Cheesecakes’! Introducing Amelia Lalremdiki, the mind behind the brand – a self-taught baker based out of Aizawl who specialises in quality cheesecakes. We caught up with her to learn about how it all began – how her hobby led her to creating a business around it. Tell us something about yourself. My name is Amelia Lalremdiki, born and brought up in Aizawl. I recently finished my Masters in Mass Communication. My interest in baking stems from a deeply rooted love for food. Tell us about your venture, Just Cheesecakes. What’s so special about it? Just Cheesecakes is a …