All posts tagged: nagaland

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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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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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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  

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Of Rustic Delight and Living | Zünheboto in Nagaland

Imagine this. A rustic hillside town nestled within lush hills, with views of spectacular sunrises every morning, blue skies and clouds nestled between hills all day, and vibrant hues of sunsets to end the evening. Lush green forests, freshwater streams and rivers in almost every direction; sounds like a nature lovers dream come true right? And if you’re someone, looking for such experience, then we just might have the perfect place for you. Let’s take you on a journey to the mighty land of warriors- Zünheboto, which also means “hilltops of Zünhebo”. The name of the town comes from ‘Zünhebo’ flower, which abounds plenty in the area. The town is nestled around some beautiful villages, which offers a treat to your eyes as you get to witness interesting attractions cornered all around. Definitely a place to get you exhilarated and makes you wonder why haven’t you visited this place earlier? But better late than never, right? So, how about a visit to the Ghosu Bird Sanctuary as a startup activity? Here, every dawn break, all …

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Vevozo Vero | Wedding Photographer from Nagaland

Continuing with our wedding photograhy series, today we catch up with Vevozo Vero, a wedding photographer from Kohima, Nagaland who has a passion for immortalising life’s moments through a lens. Let’s watch him getting candid and know what inspired him to venture into the wedding genre! Hey Vevozo! Tell us something about yourself. I’m from Phusachodu village under Phek district and now settled in Kohima. Back in the  day as a kid, I always admire people with camera (Digital Reel Camera) so I have always dreamt of having one of my own someday. Back in 2011,  I bought my first DSLR Canon 550D and then  started capturing everything around me. My journey as a photographer  began after I completed my Masters in Mass communication and Media Studies at St. Aloysius College, Mangalore back in 2013 though my specialization was in broadcast communication. I am a Freelance Photographer,  but also worked at Doordarshan Kendra Kohima (DD) as casual assignee (Post Production Assistant). I’m more into wedding photography but also shoot anything that attracts me. Apart from being a photographer, I also …

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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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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 …