Say hi to Tiaren, Sungdi and Amenla – the trio behind Roots and Leisure.
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Their story dates back to 1994 – the year Tiaren and Sungdi met at boarding school in Darjeeling, and became good friends. Fast forward 10 years, Sungdi meets Amen in Ahmedabad, while attending engineering college; and and they become inseparable – almost like family. Another 10 years later, when Amen moved to Bangalore (in 2014) to join her new job, she finally got to meet Tiaren, after hearing so much about her from Sungdi. Over coffee, they discuss starting a hobby project together – but somehow got busy with their own lives.
Finally in 2016, they decided to give it a shot, and start the project as a weekend activity. So one fine Sunday, the trio pulled an all-nighter (Tiaren and Amen working on putting up the website from Bangalore; Sungdi working on the first batch of contents from Nagaland), and launched the site in less than 24 hours. Since then, there’s been no looking back!
WHY DID THEY LAUNCH ROOTS AND LEISURE?
Moving to different cities for education and later for work, all three had similar experiences of having to constantly explain about their native place – starting from geography to their culture & lifestyle. This was especially unavoidable as they come from Nagaland, a little known place in the Northeast of india.
On the brighter side, their stories would amuse their friends so much, that they often ended up visiting their hometowns. The trio found it equally interesting to learn about new cultures from their ever growing circle of friends from different parts of the country – and the world! So this whole idea of connecting people across cultures through a common platform came into form.
Thus Roots and Leisure (R&L) was launched as a way to provide a platform where people across the world can explore new cultures through stories about local people and their lifestyle.
They are especially passionate about promoting local artists, creators and entrepreneurs – as the team feels that their work/art are often honest reflections of their roots and at the same time – act as harbingers of the future of that culture.
R&L’s mission is to promote local creators, artists, entrepreneurs by spreading the word about them through the blog, and also by acting as a MARKETPLACE to sell their personal art to their fans and other interested buyers.
Reach out to the R&L team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you, or someone you know would like to be featured on the blog – or have something handmade to sell.
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