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Meet Jenny from Sweden who runs a Cafe in Kohima with Her Naga Husband

  Today our R&L team member – Jungshi, takes us to a romantic little cafe in Kohima. It’s called Food – The Eat Well Place, which is run by a young couple – Lui and Jenny Tzudir. Jenny came all the way from Sweden as she was captivated by the Naga culture, and that’s when she found her Prince Charming in Lui, who is a Naga living in Kohima. They are now married and settled in Nagaland. Romantic much? 🙂 Jungshi went over to the cafe with his friends after school – to have a chat with Jenny, to know more about their story – and of course, the cafe! Jungshi : Hi Jenny! Thanks for having me and my friends over. We already love your place, but tell the R&L readers what is so special about FOOD – the EAT WELL place? Jenny: Hi Jungshi, nice to see you and your friends again! So yes, we first opened our doors to customers over a year ago in March 2016. It’s been a dream for both of …


Meet Suki and Yim – The Two 11-Year-Olds Behind the Book ‘Suki’s Magic Box’

  Don’t we all agree that technology has redefined the way children spend their time these days? Most of their free time is spent playing video games, surfing the internet, watching videos on their smart phones, iPads, or chatting with their friends on Whatsapp/social media. It is hard to even imagine kids doing anything ‘old fashioned’. So it was a pleasant surprise when we met two 11-year-old girls from Nagaland, who have recently launched a book called ‘Suki’s Magic Box’. The book serves as a graphic narrative inside a ten-year-old’s mind (that’s what they told us!). So let’s have a chat with these talented girls behind the book –  to understand what the book is all about, and more! Meet Sochumlo Suki Ezung, who is the author of the book ‘Suki’s Magic Box’. “I just turned 11, and I love writing; it has been my hobby since I was 7 years old. Suki’s Magic Box is not an ordinary book. It’s a book that talks about the fantasies that play out because of the imaginative power of …


Recipe of Snail Dish – Naga Style

  Here’s a recipe that is loved by the locals in Nagaland. This dish is made of snails (called ‘hamok‘ in Nagamese), local beans and pork.  INGREDIENTS: Snail (200 grams) Pork (1kg) Beans (20-25 ) Ginger Garlic (10 cloves) Salt to taste Dried red chillies (15-20) PREPARATION Soak the snails in clear water for 48 hrs (so that they cleanse themselves). Change the water every 24 hours. Rinse the snails thoroughly With a spoon, tap the pointed end of the snail to make a hole, so that the spices can go inside, while cooking. Make a paste out the red chillies, ginger and garlic DIRECTIONS TO COOK: Cook the pork till tender in a pressure cooker (30-35 mins) In another pot, put the (cooked) pork, the hamok (snail), and the chilli-garlic-ginger paste Pour some water, and let it cook for 30-40 mins Lastly put the beans and cook it for 5-10 minutes, put water if required. Serve with warm steamed rice and enjoy.

A Quick Chat with Aienla Jamir, Founder of Rustique Edge – Your Vintage Craft Heaven

Meet artist and entrepreneur Aien Jamir from the beautiful hills of Nagaland. She is the founder and co-ordinator of the production house, Tinted Light Studio and also the owner of Rustique Edge.  Tell us about your venture, Rustique Edge. Well, we make customized handmade products  – across home decor items, bridal accessories, gift items, leather crafts, precious gemstones jewelry, and traditional Naga gears. It’s something very close to my heart, as I have always enjoyed collecting, and taking inspirations from vintage items – be it clothes, crafts, home decor etc. So when I finally decided to start my own venture, it had to be around an activity that I love doing. So I picked vintage and crafts, both of which has kept me occupied and inspired throughout my life. Sneak peek of Rustique Edge decor. #crystals #crates #rusticwedding #rusticdecor #localbrand #nagaland A post shared by Rustique Edge (@rustique_edge) on Dec 9, 2016 at 11:24am PST    How has your upbringing (your roots) influenced your work? I have always been inspired by my mom, who is an artist – …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …