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Abeto Shohe | Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer from Nagaland

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind. Abeto’s thoughts are somewhere close on the similar lines – a wedding and lifestyle photographer from Dimapur, Nagaland. Born and brought up in a middle class Christian family, Abeto Shohe is a wedding and lifestyle photographer from Dimapur Nagaland who is passionate about capturing life’s moments on his camera. He has a Masters degree in Political Science. Besides, photography and shooting weddings, he runs a photography training institute in Dimapur as well.  Hi Abeto! Tell us how you got started with photography in the first place.  My photography has evolved a lot since my younger days. Some moments are meant to be treasured forever and it is only possible through capturing them. To be honest, photography was more of a hobby for me at first, but later it turned out to be a full time profession. It is hard to believe that I get to …

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Nourhevilie Khate | 25 Year Old Violist and Guitarist from Nagaland

25 year old Nourhevilie Khate from Nagaland plays the violin and guitar with equal skill and passion that it has not only won him several competitions but the young multi-talented musician is now doing his Master’s in Violin performance from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Nourhevillie was a winner of the David Menezes National violin competition in 2014 and judged as the best guitarist in the Rockville: battle of the bands at NIT-Nagaland’s annual cultural fest Ekarikthin 2015. He has also been a part of the India National Youth Orchestra, Canada-India Youth Orchestra, Indo-German Youth Orchestra, BSM Chamber Orchestra and Purple Fusion (A folk fusion band from Nagaland) He has helped others like him follow their passion in music and taught music  at Symphony School of Music Kohima, Music Academy Kohima, Hope Centre for Excellence, Dimapur and Bangalore School of Music. Hi Nourhe, can you brief us a bit about your journey so far? I am from Nagaland, India. I graduated with a bachelors degree in theology from SABC, Bangalore.  I …

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Capturing The Unique Story of Two Souls | Photographer Manoj Sagolsem

Returning with the follow-up series of wedding photographers, today we feature another passionate photographer from Manipur who took years to pursue his passion, constantly on the path of learning, now stands as an inspiration. Wedding photography being one among his photo genres, he believes wedding is an unique story of two people and is delighted to have the opportunity to capture it. Born in Wangoi, Imphal and educated at St. Anthony’s School Shillong, Manoj Sagolsem graduated from Delhi University and went on to work in a corporate company for eight years in the capital until one day he decided to drop everything for the passion of photography and move to Dimapur. Abstract expressions on faces and abstract emotions in the soul attract and inspire this photographer to document and compile his images. When did you start taking pictures?  One fine day I decided quit my job all for the sake of my passion for photography. It wasn’t an easy thing to do.  My family and friends thought I was insane. At one point, I had …

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Tiasunep Aier from Nagaland | Chief Designer and Creator of ‘Old Cabin’

Someone recently tweeted that it is almost impossible to balance Creativity and Productivity – that it is hard to optimize for both. That isn’t necessarily true because we know far too many talented artists, who are also the most productive. Most times, they have a regular 9 to 5 job, and after-work hours is when they feed their passion to create beautiful pieces of art. Here’s one such restless soul – Tiasunep from Nagaland, an artist based out of Pune. In a chat with Roots and Leisure, he talks about his brand ‘Old Cabin’ and how comic books introduced him to the world of art. How did it all start? How did you discover this passion of yours? Growing up, comic books opened up a whole new world for me. Away from my real world, they were the only reference I could use for art. Call it fortunate or unfortunate, there were no TV cable operators in our area –  so we just had the inescapable Doordarshan channel. Me and my brother would get so …

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Recipe | Simple Bamboo Shoot Chutney

Here’s an quick and easy recipe for the popular Bamboo Shoot Chutney in Naga style prepared using just 3 simple  ingredients and almost zero time to prepare. Ingredients : 250 grams of bamboo shoot. 2 tsp of chilly powder. Salt to taste. Directions to cook : Clean the bamboo shoots under running water properly and slice them into small pieces or any other shape/size desired. In a saucepan, add the sliced bamboo shoot, salt and enough water and boil it for ten minutes. Once the bamboo shoots gets cooked properly, heat a small amount of oil in a pan and fry it over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Now, add in chilly powder and mix it thoroughly. Let it fry for another 5 minutes. Tasty bamboo shoot chutney is ready to be eaten with any curry.

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Travelling to Wokha and Staying At The Hammock Resort in Nagaland

If you’ve ever imagined a place that befits Thomas Hardy’s book, ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, the Hammock Resort presents you that image with its natural setting! Nestled cozily below the looming mountainous range, capped off by Mt. Tiyi, the resort is an escape from the buzzing beehive of a town, that Wokha is steadily developing into. In the ‘Land of Plenty’, the resort provides an ideal retreat for tourists and locals alike, seeking to connect with nature. Greenery interspersed with rivulets all around, the place is capable of transporting one on a flight of poetry. Besides offering a much greener retreat, the resort offers varied continental cuisines along with the popular ‘bamboo shoot’ dishes that Lotha people are well known for. The place is ideal for romantic getaways as well as family picnics. It also caters to adventure lovers as trekking facilities are available at the resort. The ancient Naga Kitchen definitely adds a traditional essence to the place, keeping up with the culture. Walking into the hotel backyard, we encountered a serene environment …

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Kids Surprising Visitors with Their Beautiful Self-Taught Song | Ungma Village, Nagaland

“Came across these singing kids during a visit to Ungma Village – one of the oldest villages in Nagaland. Four of them are siblings. I was awestruck by their beautiful song – and their strong voices! What they are singing is a song which is unknown to me. These kids learn songs of different dialects and tribes – on their own – as a fun activity. This is one such song they taught themselves.  They are from the Ao tribe, but this song is definitely not in Ao. Wonder which tribe’s song this is. I couldn’t walk away from their unusually beautiful song ; also look at how they sing it so effortlessly! Love their casual demeanor and their confidence!” ~ Toshiwapang O Longkumer (@toshi_soyimboy) N A I L E D I T A post shared by Toshiwapang O Longkumer (@toshi_soyimboy) on Dec 22, 2016 at 1:06am PST  

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Travel | Exploring Shilloi Lake: Nagaland’s Limpid Legend

The mountainous regions of North East India appear in perfect harmony with the flora and fauna, picture postcard scenery inhabited by the indigenous tribes and communities always seem to leave an indelible impression with anyone who visits the region. The magic of this region is that, it steers you out of your comfort zone and offers a beauty so raw and untouched that your adventurous spirit feels at home in these hills and valleys. One such destination is the Shilloi Lake in Nagaland. It is the largest natural lake in the State. About 290 kms from the capital, Kohima, Shilloi Lake lies in the Phek district. It takes about 10-12 hours by road. The lake is in the shape of a human foot. The water body is surrounded by mountains, captivating skyline, greenscapes and wildflowers- A picturesque postcard image!  Perhaps, that is why it is often considered a traveller’s haven. Not only is the place a sight to behold but it speaks of an enchanting folktale that any local will be willing to feed your …

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Dili Khekho of D’Cafe, Nagaland | Coffee Lover and Biker turned Cafe Owner

Biker and adventure seeker, Dili Khekho is now busy running his own cafe -D’Cafe in Kohima. The coffeephile was trained under the Americans at Bodh Gaya. Having acquired the knowledge about the popular umber beverage, he decided to start a cafe that served the drink while making the customers lounge on bean bags with the crisp aftertaste (finish) of the crema lingering on their tongue. Hi Dili, tell us how a biker who’s travelled around comes to open a cafe – in a place like Kohima? Whenever anyone uses the word, biker, it’s evident that he/she is someone who enjoys moving from one place to another but also finding pit stops for food and drinks. These pit stops are essential to refuel, regenerate and refresh. What better beverage to refuel your mind and body than a dose of caffeine? D’Cafe is more than your refueling point, it is your temporary home. Most customers who visit the cafe, always tell me that the cafe is “A place like home.” And how did it all fall into …