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Faces | We are Performing as an All-Girls Band For our Freshers Day

  “I am part of a music band in our school (Mezhür Higher Secondary School, Kohima). It’s an all-girls band. Today we are practicing for Freshers day, and we are planning to perform ‘Shine’ by Mr. Big. Excited that we are practicing after so long – since we actually get to play only during school functions. “ (What is that guy doing in an all-girls band? He is also wearing the same yellow badge -is that a band thing?) “Oh, he plays for another band, but they are also practicing in the same hall. So he dropped by. We made those yellow badges for fun – while making some cut-outs for the hall decorations :D” ~Asino

Achunbo Zeliang from Nagaland | 22-year-old Fashion Designer shares his Dream of Becoming a Global Success.

The more talents we continue to feature, the more we are convinced that Indian fashion talent space is vibrant, and yet very understated. Interestingly, most formidable talents in the industry start out young and aren’t afraid of reaching for the sky. Just like 22-year-old Achunbo Zeliang who started out as an independent fashion designer right after design school ; he has already hosted more than 15 fashion shows since then – in India, and abroad. Currently he is based out of New Delhi.   What has inspired you to become a fashion designer? I had always been very keen on fashion since my childhood days. Despite all that, I never thought I would become a fashion designer for real. But the idea came to me when I began sketching pieces for my family. That’s when I knew what I was meant to do. Being the first and only fashion designer from my community (Zeliang), I constantly try to stay be better than yesterday. Same time, I also try to encourage more and more people to join …

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Meet 21-Year old Co-founder of Cafe Bae, Nagaland | Talikumla Aier

Sometimes amid writing tales of ingenious entrepreneurship, we find a gem that rocks our perspectives about life. Today we feature a quaint little cafe at Dimapur called Cafe Bae, whose story is unique because it has both the elements. Cafe Bae’s story begins with a friendship between two little girls in a small Naga town and goes on to stand as a testimony of everything that they achieved as twenty-year-old businesswomen. Meet Talikumla Aier, co-founder of Cafe Bae, as she takes us through her journey as a young entrepreneur at 21. What made you think of owning a cafe business at such a young age? My co-founder, Late Anushri Jain and I had been best friends since Class 6. We grew up together and basically spent most of the time in each other’s company.  As youngsters, we realized that Dimapur didn’t have many spaces where one could hangout without burning a hole through their pockets. And if you manage to find such a spot, it generally doesn’t have the quirky decor that could draw one’s attention.  So, we decided …

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Recipe of Machihan | Naga Chutney Made with Bitter Gourd.

  Today we are sharing the recipe of a super tasty chutney called ‘Machihan’,  straight from the kitchen of the Lotha tribe in Nagaland. Out of their many contributions to the Naga cuisine, their mouthwatering chutneys are amongst the favorite. Simple ingredients and easy to prepare, Machihan chutney is unmissable with it’s strong distinct flavor (slightly bitter) – coming from a combination of bitter gourd and dried fish.  Machihan is a Lotha Naga chutney – made with bitter gourd, brinjals and dried fish. Ingredients: 3 big tomatoes 20 green chillies 2 dried fish 3 local brinjals 2 big karela (bitter gourd) salt to taste Preparing the Ingredients:  Wash the dried fish thoroughly in warm water – changing the water 3-4 times. You may remove the head portion, with bones and gills. Do not forget to slit open the gut, and remove the innards, and wash again thoroughly Cut the tomatoes, chillies ,brinjal and kerala into two parts Slice the dry fishes into small stripes (1/2″) – cutting across horizontally Directions to cook: Put the tomatoes, chillies and …

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This 20 Year Old Fashion Designer from Nagaland Shares His Dream | Khrielasier Liezietsu

  20 year old fashion student and budding designer, Khrielasier Liezietsu comes from a breed of designers that are not made in design institutes or fashion houses. They are born with the fire.  Although he has just joined NIFT Delhi to pursue his passion, Khrielasier, at a very young age has already produced eight collections and participated in more than 30 fashion shows.We spoke with Liezietsu to find out more about his humble beginnings and sky high ambitions. Born and brought up in Kohima, Nagaland,  Khrielasier Liezietsu is currently pursuing a degree in Fashion Design from NIFT, Delhi. When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?  I grew up very close to my mother and was constantly in her company. I used to watch her sew clothes for hours together. Slowly, my natural instincts told me to try my hands at the sewing machine. My mom was quick to notice my keen interest and encouraged me to start sewing clothes. I started sewing at the tender age of six and I never stopped loving it. Khrielashier’s mom has …

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Limhathung from Nagaland – Founder of Baafoon, Talks About His New Venture.

“Hi! My name is Limha and I am the father of Baafoon. I am a designer/artist by day and sleeping by night. I am in my early twenties, finished my studies and now work time for Baafoon. Now I am Baafoon.” Meet Limhathung from Nagaland, a young artist /graphic designer, turned entrepreneur. He is the founder of Baafoon – an online store that sells the geekiest, coolest and most kawaii (cute) products. When and why did you decide to start a venture of your own After barely finishing my studies in animation film design (I failed in most of the subjects), I found myself being bored and broke most of the time. I was not happy with who I was turning out to be. So, I started using the internet more often and decided to put it to good use. Then I got to know about some really successful entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, Jack Ma, Binny Bansal and others who inspired me to start my own venture.   I started out by living …

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How To Look Fashionable While Attending a Wedding in Nagaland.

Wondering what to wear to your Naga friend’s wedding? Fret not, because we got you covered! For starters, the dress code in a Naga wedding is usually western formals, with a high dose of fashion. Join us as we give you a sense of the stylish, yet understated fashion with photos from actual Naga weddings. [Also, most weddings in Nagaland happen during winter, so you might want to take notes on how to look fab in a dress while keeping yourself warm.] Ashom Wangnao (left) wears a black fitted dress with a gray fur coat, and Tinali Sumi (right) pairs her gorgeous green dress with a long gray coat. Going by their pink lips, it looks like the experts recommend a bright pink lipstick to brighten up your ‘dressy-yet warm’ look. Also, golden and black stilettos will never disappoint.  Need to pick up a bridesmaid’s attire for your best friend’s wedding? Lusano (2nd from left) dressed her petite frame in a long fitted gown in pale brown color, with golden details. She finishes her look with dark berry lips and …

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Recipe | Indian Arrowroot Flower Chutney – Naga Style

We bet you are going to love this unique yet simple chutney recipe today at lunch, made with arrowroot flowers and raja mircha. INGREDIENTS: Two medium sized potatoes Axone (fermented soya bean) 8-11 cloves of garlic Indian arrow root flower 6-8 cherry tomatoes 2 king chillies Salt to taste DIRECTIONS TO COOK: Boil water in a pot and put all the ingredients except the arrowroot flower Clean the arrowroot flowers under running water, and shred them into thin strips and put it in the pot – along with the other ingredients Boil until the water dries up. Once the water is dried up, take out the ingredients and mash them together Add salt to taste, and mix well Chutney is ready to be served. Serve with Rice Contributed by Rokonuo

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Conversation With My Friend About How Instagram is Taking Over Our Lives  

“I think cotton candies are so magical! Just look at them! They’re so fluffy and sweet and so Instagram friendly! Oh my lord! I cannot wait to post this!” And then we laugh, and get into some ‘serious’ talk about how Instagram has taken up so much space in our mind, and our lives at large. My friend continues, “It’s a little scary but I don’t think it’s all bad. I mean, it is making our world fuller and bigger – as in, we now get direct access to people across the world, and vice versa. Also, what about the memories we get to make? How else can we freeze moments from our everyday lives? Now that you have made me say it, I am even more convinced that we NEED Instagram in our lives! Shall we take more pictures Jungshi?” I couldn’t help but nod and admire how logical she sounded indeed. I guess some changes are not so bad after all! ~Jungshi

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Recipe | Pennywort Salad – Naga Style

Any fans of Pennywort leaves? It’s known to be a medicinal plant – native to India and China, and is consumed across Asia especially India, Burma, Thailand. In Nagaland as well, the local people make salads out of these leaves. So today, we are sharing a salad recipe made with Pennywort leaves mixed with peanuts. Ingredients you’ll need: 200 grams of Indian Pennywort leaves 100 grams of peanuts 5-10 Green chillies 2 medium sized onions. 6-8 Cherry tomatoes. Salt to taste. Directions: Wash the pennywort leaves in running water, and make sure it’s thoroughly cleaned. Heat the pan and put a little oil and fry the peanuts for a minute or two. Chop the leaves into small pieces (1”) and keep them aside Finely chop the onions, chilies and tomatoes Next, grind the peanuts. Do not make it too fine – keep it coarse Add all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix it well. Add salt (as per your taste) The salad is ready to be served.   Serve the fresh salad with any …