Month: May 2016


I make Handcrafted Jewellery – Abenla

Say hello to Abenla – A beautiful talented artist from Nagaland, who makes the most exotic handmade jewelry. In addition to running her jewellery business,  she also works with an NGO in the development sector (Fida International), serves as a part of an eldership team with her husband at a local church in Mumbai, and above all manages a home – just being the wife on the other side. Her handmade jewellery are characterized by unique craftsmanship and are replete with a mix of tribal and modern techniques – that are so distinct to her brand. To find such a distinctive voice, there has to be a fascinating story – which we were hoping to find out when we reached out to the designer herself. How did you get started? Did you get any formal training in jewelry design? Not really. I learnt most of the skills online. In fact this whole thing started when I was in college, when a friend of mine – Ran introduced me to jewellery making. I used to enjoy breaking things apart and making new stuff out of …


Veg Side Dish| Yardlong beans and local yam shoots

Today we have a veg dish for a change – as requested by one of our readers 🙂 It’s an easy-to-make vegetable side dish.So here you go, Happy weekend!! Ingredients: 100 ml of bamboo shoot juice 8-10 Green chilly 250 grams Yardlong beans 250 grams Local Yam shoots 250 ml of water Salt to taste Directions: 1.Put all the ingredients in a medium size pot with the required amount of water and cook until the water is dried up. Serve as a side dish.


Wedding Photographers from Nagaland | J&I Studio

The generation that we are today is full of misplaced people –  an engineer who loved painting, a doctor who wanted to write travelling the world, a government servant who was a brilliant singer back in school. No wonder we live in a place where most people are not happy with their jobs : wrong people  – wrong jobs – passionless people. While many of us want a change , only an exceptional few actually go ahead and pursue their passion. Not only are these people truly passionate but also brave – brave enough to have taken on a journey where nothing is certain. In the end these are the fortunate ones who arrive at a place where they are not only happy, but also get the chance to make an impact – and live a much more meaningful life. I caught up with two passionate and super talented individuals – John and Iliangna, co-founders of J&I (Photography) Studio in Dimapur, Nagaland. What made you decide on starting the studio? We were both shooting professionally on our own as …

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I am a Designer and a Textile Artist – Shenali Sema

Today at R & L, it is our absolute pleasure to introduce you to a new class of leading women. Say hello to Shenali Sema – a creative genius, an artist and now an entrepreneur. Born in Nagaland, graduate in Textile Design from National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, and having studied fashion from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM) in London – she is every bit an artist. She now lives in Noida. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Grazia, Harpers in India and has been featured globally in Surface Asia Magazine and Business of Fashion – as one of the rising talents in Asia. She was also written about by Susanna Lau of Style Bubble – one of the most influential fashion blogs in the world. She was also the creative director of the fashion house – Morphe India, before starting her new venture UNTITLED Co.   REPOST | #repost #regram @tracyjoyphillips wearing #morphe at #singapore #audi #fashionweek #design #designer #india #art #springsummer14 | MORPHE A photo posted by …


Smoked Pork with Green Peas

Thank heavens the weekend is here finally! Time for all of us to relax, watch a movie, catch up on some reading and maybe some home cooked food. In the mood to cook anyone? Well, not really cooking but some really tasty Naga food . So let’s do an easy one 🙂 Have been craving for smoked pork for a while now – so that’s what we are cooking today! Seriously though – we’ve been sharing recipes on smoked pork since the beginning of R&L and it got us wondering how many of our readers actually have access to smoked pork. For us in Nagaland, we make them in our kitchens over the fireplace (yes – every kitchen have a fireplace out here).For all those living outside Nagaland – share with our other readers how you source these stuffs. Now the recipe – Smoked Pork in mashed potato and fresh green peas. Ingredients: 5-6 slices of smoked pork 8-10 Green Chillies 3 whole potatoes 1 1/2 cup green peas 250 grams Cherry Tomatoes 6 tablespoons of …


Self taught Baker who Bakes the Most Beautiful Cakes | Adila

Say hi to Adila – who is a self taught / family taught /food enthusiast / home baker – turned professional (but she says she’d rather be known as a Home Baker). She learnt her art pretty much between college and baking with her mother. But for a home baker with no professional training , we have just one word – Impressive! You will have to taste and SEE her stuff to agree. She is definitely one of the best in town. Let’s get to know her a little bit more . . . Tell us something about yourself . When and why did you start baking? Well, obviously I’m foodie. I love everything to do with food- starting from fantasizing and experimenting with new recipes to buying the choicest ingredients, the preparation, the presentation and of course eating it! “I started baking during my first year of college – all thanks to my mom who is an amazing cook. Everything she cooks turns into edible gold!  She started out baking for friends and family and word spread …


Kohima – My Home for Now | Rohan Abraham, Founder of India Trail

About three years ago, my life took an interesting twist that landed me in Kohima – with really not much other than some clothes, a computer, a camera, and a huge smile.  Ever since then, I have traveled a fair bit across the state of Nagaland and met some really interesting people – both from this state as well as from other Indian states. I was not unfamiliar with Nagaland or Nagas when I arrived here. Way back in my college days was when I met my first set of Naga friends and I am still in touch and close friends with all of them.  My first trip to Nagaland was around 6 years ago and was to attend the much awaited wedding of my favourite Naga couple.  I now live and work in Kohima. How long I will be here, is a question the answer to which I don’t have at the moment.  I will be here till my next calling is loud and clear. In August of 2015, we started a ‘walking initiative’ …