Month: July 2017

Shoe Designer – Kaka Sumi, Tells us the Story Behind his New Collection

The discovery of an artist is undeniably a fulfilling and enriching journey. Each artist possesses a unique and captivating story that adds depth and significance to their art. While the craft itself may not be entirely novel, it is the artist’s personal journey that imbues their work with distinctiveness. Therefore, it is always enthralling to delve into their world and share their narratives. Recently, we had the pleasure of meeting Kaka Sumi, an exceptional shoe designer hailing from Nagaland. Kaka has just unveiled his latest collection of men’s sandals, now available at Roots & Leisure Marketplace (see details below). During our conversation, we explored Kaka’s unwavering passion for shoes and delved into the inspirations behind his new collection. R&L: Hi Kaka! We love what you are wearing – especially your sandals! Tell us a little bit about yourself.ย  Kaka: Hey thank you! These are Kaka Sumi sandals ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad to be having this conversation with the R&L team. Ok as an introduction, I am a 28-year-old shoe designer who has had a lifelong obsession …


Meet Suki and Yim – The Two 11-Year-Olds Behind the Book ‘Suki’s Magic Box’

  Don’t we all agree that technology has redefined the way children spend their time these days? Most of their free time is spent playing video games, surfing the internet, watching videos on their smart phones, iPads, or chatting with their friends on Whatsapp/social media. It is hard to even imagine kids doing anything ‘old fashioned’. So it was a pleasant surprise when we met two 11-year-old girls from Nagaland, who have recently launched a book called ‘Suki’s Magic Box’.ย The book serves as a graphic narrative inside a ten-year-old’s mind (that’s what they told us!). So let’s have a chat with these talented girls behind the book – ย to understand what the book is all about, and more! Meet Sochumlo Suki Ezung, who is the author of the book ‘Suki’s Magic Box’. “I just turned 11, and I love writing; it has been my hobby since I was 7 years old.ย Sukiโ€™s Magic Box is not an ordinary book. It’s a book that talks about the fantasies that play out because of the imaginative power of …


Recipe of Snail Dish – Naga Style

  Here’s a recipe that is loved by the locals in Nagaland. This dish is made of snails (called โ€˜hamokโ€˜ in Nagamese), local beans and pork.ย  INGREDIENTS: Snail (200 grams) Pork (1kg) Beans (20-25 ) Ginger Garlic (10 cloves) Salt to taste Dried red chillies (15-20) PREPARATION Soak the snails in clear water for 48 hrs (so that they cleanse themselves). Change the water every 24 hours. Rinse the snails thoroughly With a spoon, tap the pointed end of the snail to make a hole, so that the spices can go inside, while cooking. Make a paste out the red chillies, ginger and garlic DIRECTIONS TO COOK: Cook the pork till tender in a pressure cooker (30-35 mins) In another pot, put the (cooked) pork, the hamok (snail), and the chilli-garlic-ginger paste Pour some water, and let it cook for 30-40 mins Lastly put the beans and cook it for 5-10 minutes, put water if required. Serve with warm steamed rice and enjoy.