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The Book ‘Roots’ Inspired me to Delve Deeper into My Roots – But I have a Different Perspective on Identity

“The story of  Kunta Kinte inspired a generation of people to delve deeper into understanding their history and roots. I am from a different generation and of a different race but this book inspired me to return home and seek out my own history. (I am a Rongmei Naga, born to a Gangte mother, who grew up in a mixed community town, living in a state that is not Nagaland, speaking as many as 5 languages). While the pursuit didn’t answer all my queries, it made me reconcile myself with the perennial question of my identity- that it is not based on my historical grouping but on what I do with my life while I am alive.” .. and we believe that knowing your roots can help identify your unique skills, to contribute to the new communities you join. I keep recommending this book to people and somehow I also end up losing my copy. Yes, there are people who don’t return books they borrow. I was pleasantly surprised by @pem5398 yesterday. I had recommended this book to her, …

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Interview with Polar Lights Band from Nagaland

Nagaland in the North East region of India is an artist hub. Unlike the place which is mostly an unknown corner in the country, artists from this part are often one of the most recognized in their fields – especially musicians. North East region produces the country’s best original music artists. Today we are sitting with Mar Jamir – the lead singer of the super talented band from Nagaland – Polar Lights. Meet Mar Jamir from the band ‘Polar Lights’. Formed in the year 2013, they have come a long way. Hello Mar so good to be having this chat with you! Tell us about your band “Polar Lights”  Polar Lights came together back in 2013. We’ve always been avid music enthusiasts, so when the opportunity came for all of us to get together and write music, we gave it a shot and 3 years later, we’re still here – writing music and doing what we love doing the most.  So it was definitely worth the shot. We’ve had a couple of lineup changes since our inception but …

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Recipe | Smoked Pork with Colocasia Roots (Arbi)

We all crave for home cooked food at some point or the other, doesn’t matter whichever part of the world we live in. And specially if it’s locally grown vegetables and ingredients, it feels like heaven. So here is another local recipe cooked using some local veggies – Colocasia root (locally called as Arbi) with Smoked Pork and garden herbs. Colocasia or Arbi is basically an edible root vegetable native to Southeastern Asia and the Indian subcontinent. They are locally grown around the northeast and cooked with different meats to create traditional delicacies. Prep : 15 mins Cook: 35 mins Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1 kg of colocasia roots/arbi, peeled and chopped 350 grams of smoked pork, thinly sliced (can be replaced with smoked beef) A handful of crested late summer mint (can be replaced with hooker chives roots or lemon basil) 1 inch of ginger knob crushed 1 inch of fresh turmeric crushed (in case you’re using turmeric powder use 1/2 teaspoon) Ghost pepper(preferably dried) as required Salt to taste Directions to cook :  In …

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Catching Up With Megosano Sakhrie – A Hand Lettering Artist from Nagaland

Hand lettering and calligraphy has taken up quite some space now in the world of Instagram. We come across various artists every now and then, from painting to sketching, illustrating and much much more. But ever came across a hand lettering artist? This got us really excited and curious to know as to what actually it is and we caught up with a hand letterer from Nagaland itself. Megosano Sakhrie, living the m.for.apples life on Instagram is a full time dreamer and part time letterer based out of Nagaland. So Megosano, how did it all start? Instagram is how my lettering journey started and that is where I get my daily dose of inspiration. Feeding myself with visuals of the work of all sorts of artists motivates me to learn and grow each time. Even if it is just some person’s picture or story or quotes, if it strikes me, I try and interpret them through my letters. And of course, my state of mind at that point in time also dictates the pieces I …

Lusano Zakiesato from Nagaland is the Fashion Designer of your Dreams

Lusano of ‘Lusano Designs’ has come a long way since she started her label in 2014. Her first international show, a bridal show, was held in Abu Dhabi in  2016. She was also selected to show case her designs for IRW India Runway Week season 3 under the IFFD ( Indian Federation of Fashion Design council). Today we have chat with her to know more about how it all started. Tell us a bit about yourself. Born and brought in Nagaland, I completed my schooling from Delhi, and then went on to finish my fashion designing course from INIFD (International Institute of Fashion Design), Delhi. After that, I signed up for an additional month of pattern making course as I am fascinated with how the details of patterns can change the whole garment. Your key inspirations behind your designs? I started working on my brand collection (well actually just ‘my collection’ since I didn’t plan on a ‘Brand’ yet ) in my final year at INFID. At that time, my designs were inspired by anything and everything …

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Recipe | Beef Hide with Axone

Our R&L recipe contributor, Kesang shares a Beef dish cooked with Axone. She suggests making it hot and spicier. Do try it at home today for lunch! Ingredients : 250 grams of Buffalo/ Beef Skin 4 pieces of King Chilli Cooking Oil Salt to taste 200 grams of Axone (fermented Soya Bean) 12 Garlic Cloves Directions to cook : First, clean the buffalo skin thorougly and pressurize in cooker for about 3-4 whistles. After pressurising it, cut it into small pieces. Next, grind the garlic and king chillies together to make it into a semi-paste. Then, heat 5 tbsp of refined oil in a skillet/pan. Add in garlic and chilli paste with salt and fry it for 2 minutes till the raw smell fades away. Now, add the pieces of the meat and fry it for ten minutes again. Add the axone (fermented soyabean) and fry it for another 5 minutes. You may also add in extra chilli powder if you like it spicy.

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These People Are Obsessed with Their Succulent Collection and We See Why

The succulent craze is taking over the world (well the Instagram world atleast!).  We know atleast one friend, who is crazy over succulents – and it’s a growing tribe! So we reached out to some of the people in Northeast, India, who are somewhat obsessed with growing succulents as a hobby.We caught up with them to check out their collection, their most prized item from their collection, and of course, to hear from them directly as to what it means to grow succulents as a hobby. Note : Succulents are plants that store water in their stems, roots, and leaves, and they exist in beautiful shapes – some of them imitating interesting flowers, forms – and hence making them an interesting collector interest 1. Imchawapang Walling “Succulent and cactus as a hobby is very addictive and needs a lot of patience but the joy and pleasure you derive from keeping those delicate plants alive is worth all the effort. Eulychnia castanea cv. varispiralis cristata, is my most prized item. It’s a very rare crested form very much sought after …

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Land of Mystical Tales, History and Folklore | Longsa Village, Nagaland

For the lover of ancient culture, tradition, digger of history and folktales in you! Longsa – a picture postcard village, some 29 kms away from Mokokchung town, is hugely popular for its deep rooted cultures and traditions, shrouded with myths and mysteries, echoing rich poetry of the time millennium folklores. Definitely a place that you need to visit once in your lifetime, if you still miss your grandma’s fantasy stories! Lovely natives, stories of the village and of course, its beauty, are some of the key highlights of this place. It was recognized as a Green village in 2006 and is the only Ao village on the other side of Dikhu river. By any chance, if you happen to be a huge historical buff then this might be the place for you to escape to. Visit the Koralong stone that sits at an altitude of 1521 m above sea level, about two kms away from Longsa village. On a clear morning, you can see the Himalayan mountain ranges from here. A sight to behold. Awatsu is a …

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Recipe | Smoked Pork with Dried Fern

What’s cooking for lunch today? Here’s a quick and simple recipe for a delicious home made style smoked pork recipe cooked with dried fern, that you can try out! Ingredients : 6-8 pieces of smoked pork (medium cut) 5 green chillies (finely chopped) 1 large potato (cut into cubes) A handful of dried fern leaves 1 medium sized onion 2-3 pieces of naga garlic Salt to taste  Direction to cook : In a large saucepan, put all the ingredients together, except for the naga garlic and potato Add water till the level of ingredients Cook for about 15 min then add the naga garlic and potato Bring it to a boil (in medium heat) until the water thickens up Ready to eat. Serve it hot with rice. Recipe contributed by Ien.

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Faces | Painting the Town in Culture and Art – Graffiti Artists Across Kohima

“What I like about this is that rather than the graffiti art, these young artists across Kohima choose culture and art. They choose locations across the town and very artistically paint walls and over bridges. All the paintings depict culture and heritage of the Nagas. Surely, an act of channeling creativity with a purpose!” ~ Amba Jamir