Month: January 2018

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“We Can Be As Free As We Want To be – Through Our Imagination” | Meet Artist & Illustrator, Tekalong Longkumer

Don’t we all agree that art is such a beautiful medium of reading into the minds of people? All you need to do is spend some time going over an artist’s work, and you can get a good idea about the thoughts and the mood of the creator – spend some more time, and sometimes you can even see a piece of their life story; even the way an onlooker interprets an artwork can be pretty revealing. Given the fact that we are endlessly fascinated by people and their stories, an artist’s portfolio is gold! From the experienced to the newbie, there is an ocean of emotions and stories to be uncovered. We live for such discoveries. So once again, over a weekend catchup over tea, we came across some refreshing artwork on Facebook that somehow brightened our day with it’s pure energy and calmness. We reached out to the artist to know more about him and his art, and it was indeed a refreshing chat. Meet Tekalong Longkumer from Nagaland – a 20 year old …

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“My Mom’s Galho Restaurant Inspired Me to Open This Cafe” Pelevotuo Solo, Owner of “Mom and I Cafe” Nagaland

Eating out in Nagaland as we knew while growing up was pretty much visiting the “Chow & Momo” restaurants, or being invited to a friend’s or a relative’s house for dinner or tea. That was pretty much it. But if we visit Nagaland today, you are spoilt for choices – from the lovely bakeries and cafes to fancy evening lounge places. And most of these places have been founded and managed personally by the youngsters which is pretty fascinating and cool. Best part however, is the fact that each of these founders have a very interesting personal story behind their food ventures. Today we chat up with the owner of “Mom & I” cafe in Kohima Nagaland – Pelevotuo Solo to find out why this humble cafe is loved by all. Hi Pelevotuo, tell us the story behind your cafe “Mom and I” I was born and brought up in Kohima, Nagaland and I have a Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology. After I completed my education, I had to figure out to keep me occupied and earn a living. That’s when I thought …

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My Experimentations with Film Photography and Stop-Motion | Pravesh Hingmang from Gangtok, Sikkim

It’s not very often that one comes across new age (digital) photographers who are deeply interested in film photography. According to a recent TIME article, companies synonymous with film cameras like Fujifilm and Kodak have been forging a comeback on observing a positive trend globally. It mentions how young and bold professional photographers who grew up with digital are falling in love with the magic of film photography. Our new talent discovery, Pravesh Hingmang from Gangtok, Sikkim is a professional photographer, and founder of “Hidden Frames” who has done some lovely experimentations with film photography. Today we chat with him to know more about him and his work Hi Pravesh, tell us a bit about yourself I am Pravesh Hingmang and am 28 years old. I’m from Gangtok, but I’m currently based out of New Delhi. I came to Delhi to pursue my higher education in 2009 and have been here even after I graduated from Hindu college. I pursue hobbies in a variety of areas. I love singing, performing magic, collecting old film cameras and of course photography. At …

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Meet the Sister Duo Founders of Local Fashion Brand “Shipen-Shisang” from Nagaland

  Meet the sister duo from Nagaland who started the local fashion brand Shipen-Shisang – a collaborative fashion production house. Their entrepreneurial journey began in August 2017, in a small nondescript town in Northeastern India, after getting inspired by the notion of handiwork and the dignity of labor. The sisters exhibit a deep understanding of the value of their brand that identifies the need for simple yet uniquely cool and comforting designs in the Indian fashion market. “We were born and brought up in Dimapur, and and our native village is “Longsa” in Nagaland’s Mokokchung district.We get  inspirations by interacting with, and observing regular people in their day-to-day life, to create our designs. That’s why our garments are mainly classic in design – that are suitable for both regular/daily wear and occasion wear.” “We believe that fashion is an important form of self-expression – a way to signify who you are and what you believe in. Comfort and the trend factor aside, the identity piece of Fashion is something you cannot ignore. That’s why our brand collections will reveal …

This Bangalore Artist Takes Surreal Art to the Next Level – Vibhav Singh | Illustrator

Now and then, while on our quest to find the right art and people to inspire us, we come across artists that transcend the real world in a rare way. Every work of art they create provokes familiarity within us. Scrolling through Vibhav Singh’s Instagram feed made our curators exclaim, “This one is stolen from my dream!” or “Whew, that’s what I was thinking just yesterday!” Vibhav’s work seems to have created a bond with his fans and followers too. By being dreamy, yet eerily real, his art constructs a world that makes us want to quit whatever we’re doing and sip on hot chocolate with them in the hidden attics of our mind. Hey Vibhav, what’s your story? I’m a 21-year-old artist and illustrator working in Bangalore – and I like to tell stories. I’m originally from Indirapuram from NCR, New Delhi. Stories have always been a huge part of my life through books, doodles, and films, and that’s what I intend to bring to my work. I’ve been drudging through art college for …

Recipe | Wholesome Pumpkin Gravy

Today’s recipe is a wholesome pumpkin gravy which is best eaten with rice. Serve it hot. Ingredients : 250 grams of pumpkin 3 green chillies 2 pieces of fermented fish 1 medium sized tomato A handful of chives Salt to taste. Directions to cook : Dice the pumpkin into small chunks Slice the tomato into 4 pieces In a saucepan, add the pumpkin, chillies(whole), tomato, fermented fish, salt and enough water Boil it for 15 minutes then turn off the heat Mash the pumpkin, chillies, tomato, fermented fish using a pestle Let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Garnish with chives.