“Why are your plants so different from the ones we have in my house? Can you take a picture with my favourite one ?”
A daughter to an American father and a Naga (Sema) mother, meet Victoria Grace Roughton. Currently working as a model in Mumbai. Growing up in the bounds of Nagaland, she has every bit of Naga blood in her which clearly shows in her determination of not limiting herself. “I would like to start my own company, it could be fashion related or not at all. I don’t want to limit myself.” She perceives modeling as way to stay inspired “I want to work with the most creative and like-minded people, who’ll inspire me to do better.” Being a model, she has traveled to many places across the globe but this is what she’s got to say about home ‘I want the world to know that India is special because of Nagaland.’ Check out her profile on Facebook Victoria Grace.
This is the season to go sour and all kinds of exotic organic diet. Spring is definitely the favourite here and one of my favourite is ‘kojanjang’. More so because it takes me back to my childhood days visiting my grandparents. Don’t we all have those things that are reminders of certain something? It’s usually eaten after (a large) meal because one is so stuffed with food that it’s ideal to have something sour to help ease the digestion. It looks like those pointy tomatoes, holds a huge seed, not very fleshy but just the right bite of extra sour. Some of us even have it pickled or dried during the off seasons. So, should you pass by here, don’t miss out on this one.
Tell me about it – I’ve had friends who would plan their wedding ever since their senior school days. Everything seem so well planned – from their wedding dress, wedding song, food and for some, even the vows. But when the day really came for them, I’ve had more phone calls and 11th hour – 1 AM conversations with the frantic bride-to-be asking the same question: ‘Can someone help me out in the planning?’ Most of us here come from huge families so planning a wedding do involve a lot opinions, choices and more confusions – so the whole process is often chaotic and painful! I think that’s why God brought in ‘wedding planners’. They don’t just take care of your wedding day to the last detail, but also give you peace of mind and ample time to prep yourself up for the wedding. Win-win! I have a friend who is an event planner, and heads a event management team – called White Aisle. It’s just so satisfying to see her helping out a lot of people plan their …
The rain just doesn’t seem to want to stop today. Probably, the gloomiest day so far for 2016. We never have such days in Dimapur because it’s always sunny and sweaty. But nobody is complaining here. Infact such lovely weather calls (differently for everyone) for a large cup of love . . . lovers call for cuddles, grandma calls for repairing her hen coop, while I call for Chai. We were already going for our third cup of Chai when we decided to try the Amonar ‘Pik A Cha’ which means black tea (in Nagamese). And We LOVED it!! It didn’t come as strong but it’s got a tempting smell and a sublime taste. Delightful for the taste buds. [Fun Fact: Black tea* is like dessert for Nagas after a meal] . Also I found out though a friend that we can now buy Amonar tea online! Just go to www.placesoforigin.in [link here]. Let me pour another cup – this time, let me try the lemongrass flavored green tea . .