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“My Ultimate Goal is to Give Back to My Community” | Face Reveal : Meet Vilina, TERI University Student cum Content Manager, R&L

Another day, another rockstar – who have blessed Roots & Leisure with the gift of time, sweat, passion, and positivity. We met almost 5 months ago after she sent us an email introduction; and we were supposed to get on a call the next day – but it never happened. 2 months later, we came across that email with details of the call appointment that somehow got postponed indefinitely. Finally made the call and she was on-board within 24 hours as our content manager. We didn’t discuss much but knew instantly that we were meant to work together. Also, we haven’t met her in person yet – just like the many others who have worked and are working with us. Isn’t it wonderful when strangers help each other out, without ever meeting in person? Well, welcome to the world of Roots & Leisure! Today, as a part of our #FaceReveal series, we would like to introduce you to Vilina – our content manager based out of Delhi. Born and brought up in Nagaland, an engineering …

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“I Wanted to Capture the Special Bond Between the Old Farmer and His Faithful Buffalo – Spotted at Tharpu Village in West Sikkim” by Nityam Rai

“He is a farmer who works for his landlord. I met him at a field in Tharpu Village in West Sikkim, which is about 30 kms. away from my house. This was my second meeting with him, and I feel we are friends now. The first time I met him, I couldn’t take his picture as it was raining but I had a beautiful conversation with him. The conversation kept my mind awake the whole night. Apparently, he comes to the area regularly to work, along with his faithful friend – Kaley, the buffalo. I regretted not taking their photos, so I went to the same location the next day. Lucky for me, I met both of them, and I took a lot of pictures that day. I could see that he shared a special bond with his buffalo. For him, it was more than an animal; it was both a friend and a family for him. In the middle of our conversation, he cut off saying that his buffalo was thirsty; he pulled him towards the shade, dug a temporary …

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“Capturing Her Wrinkles Felt Like Capturing a Lifetime of Emotions – Frozen on Her Face” | Old Lady at Maring Village, Manipur by Gautam Raj

“I don’t know her personally. Met her at the local market as we stopped by at Maring village in Manipur on our way to some other village. She was selling fresh vegetables from her garden and was calling out to us to buy them. That’s when I saw her face – and call it timing or luck, the sun was just setting making the lighting perfect for a picture. So I grabbed my camera and asked her if I can take a picture instead. She stared blankly at me, perhaps disappointed that I didn’t buy her vegetables. My first attempt failed.  I told her she was beautiful. She was indeed. In my eyes, the wrinkles on her face made her look even more beautiful and her eyes seemed like she had a story to tell. She smiled shyly and then, laughed a lot when I complimented her smile. Her laughter gave out a feeling of genuine happiness inside. That’s when I clicked the second photo – this picture. This time it came out good. I …

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I Stopped to Admire How These Kids were Lost in Their Own World of Happiness” Vivas Anand from Darjeeling

“It was a beautiful cold evening as I strolled leisurely through Mall Road in Darjeeling – with a camera in hand and trying to soak in the flavors of the area. Evenings here are always crowded and has a busy ambiance. As I continued to walk, I came across this family with two kids on a bench, and I was instantly drawn. I couldn’t walk past without capturing them – and that happy moment of theirs; so I took out my camera and took this photo. Nothing extraordinary about this picture, but I was pleasantly taken aback by the simplicity of the moment and how they were lost in their own world of happiness. I just loved how they were thoroughly enjoying their munchy snack – and so mindfully at that. In this busy world we live in, it’s hard to be satisfied with what we have, and these kids somehow reminded me of that by showing a contrasting picture where it didn’t cost them much – but looked immensely satisfied. Everything was transparent and it was beautiful the way it was in front …

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“Watching my Neighbourhood Change Through a Sad Yet Memorable Photo” Smyrna Samten from Sikkim

  “I grew up in this neighborhood “Daragaon” in Sikkim. Out here, it can get really hot during summers – and especially grueling, when you have to climb the many stairs along the way in this area. So I often used to take shade under the trees on the sides while climbing up the long stairs. Even when tired, the beautiful staircase with the greenery used to be really soothing and beautiful to look at. Especially a sight to admire when it rains, as the stairs are swept clean and the trees shine with health from the raindrops. I have actually taken tons of pictures of this beautiful walkway over the years (old photo at the bottom). So it was a really sad day when I took this particular picture below. I was walking home through the same walkway and I found trees chopped and the trunks laid aside like dead bodies so I clicked it. The man in the picture was loading them into his truck. Amidst my sadness, and as I walked up the steps, it …

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Faces | Mizo Ladies Wearing Traditional “Puan” Wraparound Skirt to a Wedding in Aizawl

“This photo was taken before heading off to a friend’s wedding in Aizawl, Mizoram.  We love dressing up for weddings – especially in our traditional attire. Here, we are wearing “Puan”, which is a mizo traditional wrap around skirt – usually handwoven by local weavers. These days, we have a variety of designs and patterns available so it’s exciting to explore the many options available. We usually wear the Puan with a formal top. These tops that we are wearing in this photo were designed and made by my best friend and fashion designer Rini Hlondo (standing left, wearing  a mint green puan). The puan that I’m wearing is by Chawndeng Handloom 😊” ~ Rebecca Lalthanpuii, Founder of Lush contouring, Beauty clinic specialising in microblading and lash extensions. Rebecca Lalthanpuii (Right), Founder of Lush contouring with her designer friend Rini Hlondo (Left) owner of Rini Hlondo label.

Faces | Life of a College Student in Nagaland by Chovoni Lophro 

“This photo was taken for a promotional campaign for our college (Model Christian College); I don’t remember the name of the professional photographer but we took about 30+ shots for this photo 😂” “Hi I am 19 years old, and a 3rd semester student of Model Christian College, Nagaland. My major is Political Science as it has always been my favorite subject. My entire education till date is from the same institution; I went to Model Higher Secondary School – from grade A till my 12th. Post that I joined Model Christian College which is a part of the same institution.”  “As a college student, my days are packed – with a set of routines. I have classes every day from 9:40 am to 3:20 pm; I can hardly manage my time to help out my mom in the morning, and in the evening I keep myself busy in books 😊 Most of my free time are spent doing what I love – like reading, gaming (my favourite is Mobile Legends), dancing, sometimes singing and of course spending time with my friends from college” ~Chovoni Lophro 

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Faces | ‘Memories of My Childhood Home in Nagaland’ by Elika Awomi

“This is a bird’s eye view of the house I grew up in Kohima, Nagaland. Just looking at this picture brings back a flood of beautiful childhood memories . . . of Stealing Unripe Fruits (especially peaches and plums), Tree Swings, playing outside with friends in the backyard over our Mini Kitchen, Garden Camping, Christmas and New Year’s Eve bon fires, Doll Houses, basking in the winter sun and so much more!  I also fondly remember the days when we would gather in the front porch playing Five Stones or Carom during the rainy season. On Sundays after church or Sunday school, the outside area would be packed with us kids playing Seven Stones, Hide and Seek  . . . reliving these moments makes me feel like a happy kid 🙂 ” ~ Elika Awomi, Food lover and Jewelry maker

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Faces | Students in Nagaland Busy Studying for Their Mid Term Exams

“My name is Ayudangla, and right now I am busy studying for my mid term exams; we have our Science paper tomorrow. I am a 10th standard student at Christian High School Dimapur.  Our exams started  from 9th March onwards, and will end only on 21st March. So my daily routine right now is study, go write my exams, come back home, change my clothes, get some rest – and back to my books with tea and snacks. I can’t wait for my exams to get over and meet my friends for a street food outing in the evening. Planning to go out on 21st itself right after the exam ends.”

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A Visit to the Traditional House in Zhavame Village, Nagaland

There are cold days – broken hopes – and dreams– but hearts – warmed – by kindness . . . . “We are sitting against the backdrop of a traditional house in Zhavame village under Phek district, adorned with wood carvings that signifies that the owner of the house has performed ‘Feast of Merit’ several times. This was considered as the highest social status in the olden days. On occasions, it is also a common sight for village folks to sit around the fire in the frontage of the house and discuss issues.” ~ Rita Krocha