Month: April 2019

Zosangliani and Elizabeth Darngawn From Mizoram Talk About Their Apparel and Accessory Venture, “Studio Ngotè”

Meeting someone who shares mutual interests and common passion is a gift! It is a great opportunity to nurture connection and even work together in the long run. Today, we have two friends Zosangliani and Elizabeth Darngawn, founders of “Ngotè” from Mizoram. Both share a common interests in fashion and designing and a strong connection of their Mizo roots. Their venture ‘Ngotè’ is an ode to their homeland and is  step towards making Mizo’s art reach masses!  “Ngotè is a studio-based apparel and accessories brand. With sustainability as our chief focus, we aim to reinterpret the hand-loom and handicraft sector in Mizoram. We do this by promoting cultural and artistic expression among Mizo youth and traditional skills of workers in the industry.” Read on to get to know better about Zosangliani and Elizabeth Darngawn and their work! We had a chat with Zosangliani and Elizabeth Darngawn from Mizoram about their venture, “Studio Ngotè”, how it started and how their roots have played a vital role in it. Hello! Introduce a little about yourself We, the …

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“I Want To Give People Hope Through My Photographs”, A Chat with Photographer R K Vanlaldinpuia From Mizoram

It’s rare but all the more fulfilling when our hobbies turn into passion. Meet R.K. Vanlaldinpuia, a radiographer by profession, whose love for art and capturing moments led him to take on the camera and pursue photography. He used his hobby and passion as a tool to fight his depression. After going through all the hardships, he learnt to face the world with positivity and wishes people to see hope through his photographs. Read on to get to know him better! We had a chat with R.K Vanlaldinpuia, a passionate photographer from Aizawl, Mizoram. He talks about his inspirations, how he finds time for his hobby while working full-time as a radiographer. Hello, RK! Please share a little about yourself with our readers. My name is R.K. Vanlaldinpuia and my friends call me Rk or Puia, whichever one you prefer. I’m 26-years-young and right now I’m in Chawngte, Kamalanagar; if you search for the name in Google map you’ll find that it’s on the western border of Mizoram, closer to Bangladesh than Aizawl. I have …

Recipe Of A Dried River Fish And Spring Onion From Manipur By Naosing Moinao

There’s nothing healthier than a good organic meal for your body and mind. Our recipe today is a treat for everyone who loves healthy meals! Naosing Moinao, a passionate cook from Manipur, is going to show how he prepares dried river fish with few ingredients using a very simple method! Let’s check it out. Dried River Fish dish contributed by Naosing Moinao from Manipur Ingredients : Dried river fish (about 10 pieces) 1 tomato 1 medium sized Onion Spring onion 1 king chilli Coriander 1 tbsp of freshly minced ginger 4 cloves of garlic Olive Oil (2 tbsp) Preparation of the dish: Heat the pot, pour 2 tbsp of olive oil Add the chopped onion, fry for a bit and add the tomato. After about a minute, add the dried fish and fry for another minute Add a mug of water, king chilli, salt to taste and cook for 30 minutes After that, add the spring onion, minced garlic and ginger; cook for about a minute Lastly, add the coriander and turn it off And …

Banker By Profession, Musician At Heart And Traveler By The Weekend – Meet Onen Nenty From Nagaland

We all love a good inspirational story that breaks all stereotype and rightly so! Today, we have Onen Nenty with us. She’s not unknown to the social media world and has a huge fan following. Talk about multi-talented, and she’s one! She’s someone who can really hustle, she is passionate, fun loving and does not shy away to start a conversation with strangers. Above all, she is a daring soul! Meet Onen, who juggles between being a banker and her passion. She’s also a bassist and has had quite an awesome profile in the music scene of Nagaland as well. Two of her priceless possessions would be her bass guitar and her bike. She’s a travel junkie and loves to travel on her bike whenever she gets the time. We had a lovely chat with Onen Nenty from Nagaland about her passion for travelling with her bike whenever she gets time off from work. She also talks about her love for music and her upcoming travel plans! Hi, Nenty! It is a pleasure having you …

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Suit Up With Formal-Wear Lovers Chubasenla and Kikruneinuo From Nagaland

There’s something about a great power-suit or a chic dress that add the perfect amount of chic, confidence and character to the one wearing it. For long, formal wear was worn only on special occasions but now, they can be styled up or down, worn casually or for bigger events as well. Our featured guests today, Chubasenla Jamir and Kikruneinuo from Nagaland make formal-wear the hero of their wardrobe, styling them from various occasions and event, and combining them with street wear for the uber-chic look.  “Whatever we wear, if we wear it with confidence, it’s fashion. If I am not confident or happy with my look or my outfits, I’m never going to feel as fashionable as possible. Wearing clothes that play up our best style strengths will always look trendy no matter what is trending,” says Chubasenla. Get to know why formals are becoming girl’s best friend! Chubasenla Jamir – wearing a monchrome outfit with a blush pink top and midi skirt, paired with a black sling and studded heels. Kikruneinuo – Pairing …

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Hand Embroidery Artist, Akali Swu From Nagaland, Talks About Her Venture ‘Li-Mheghi’

Hand embroidery, an ancient art form, is practiced by a handful of artists today. Akali Swu from Nagaland is one of the few artists who continue to work with needle and thread to create beautiful pieces. It all began in 2017 as a hobby and after receiving positive feedback, the orders began to flow in. Hence, “Li-Mheghi” came into form and since then, she has been running this venture single-handedly.  We had a quick chat with Akali Swu, an entrepreneur from Nagaland to talk about her venture, “Li-Mheghi” which deals in DIY seasonal gift items, hand embroidery pieces, etc. Hi Akali, please introduce a little about yourself. Hello! I am Akali Swu, a resident of Kohima, Nagaland and I am an entrepreneur who deals with DIY seasonal gift baskets. I run a small business called, “Li-Mheghi” where I take custom orders to embroider. Li-Mheghi in Sumi dialect means “A girl’s treasure”. What inspired to start your venture, “Li-Mheghi”? I started my venture ‘Li-Mheghi’ in the year 2017. Initially, it was just a hobby where I …

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Local Kids Visit Neighbors For Food During Mul Biju Festival At Mizoram

“This photo was taken during this time of the year, last year – at Kamala Nagar, Chawngte, Mizoram! As we can see in every other states of India, there is a visible divide between the rich and the poor. But on the occasion of Mul Biju, it brings everyone together as the poor can go and request the rich for food — and they won’t be denied. It’s similar to “trick or treat” in the U.S. during Halloween, where you won’t be rejected or left empty handed. Here, the kids don’t have to wear costumes or dress up as such. But still, they enjoy and cherish the small things which this world – to be thankful for our life! The neighborhood kids had come to one of the well-to-do families and were waiting for food. Eagerly waiting for food, they were all gazing at the door. These images bring to you the harsh realities of this and the children, where even the basic necessities are lacking. In Chawngte, irregular supply of electricity and water is …

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A Chat With Shirali — A Miniaturist From Ahmedabad

They say, the road to finding your passion is long but rewarding. Such is the story of Shirali, who stumbled upon an art form while she was pursuing fashion, which  we became her calling! A bio-chemist-turned-fashion designer, Shiralis discovered her passion for sculpting miniatures in 2011. Since then, she hasn’t turned back and continues to create marvelous miniatures.  “My goal as an artist is to create top 20 miniature staple food of every state and create a food trail across the country. I have started working on this project, and to my amazement, I found so many overlapping similarities in local cuisines from one state to another. Same food, similar recipes and yet different names!” Shirali talks about her work, what influenced her to take this up and the challenges she faces while running her venture. Read on!  We had a chat with Shirali, miniaturist from Ahmedabad about her venture, “Small Idea”, which is about sculpting miniatures such as food, bag charms and so much more! Hello, introduce a little about yourself. Hi I’m Shirali, …

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Our Local Friend from Nagaland Picks Her Top “Momo and Chow” Restaurants in Dimapur

Dimapur is growing with a myriad of interesting food hubs in every nook and corner possible. From offering great ambiance or delicious food, every restaurant is experimenting and taking their services up a notch. And one thing that you’ll find in almost every restaurant are the ever classic momo, chows or soup chows. Trust us, when we say – Dimapurians, love a plate of momo and chows!  Today, let’s have a look at some of the restaurants serving the ever loved and favorite momo and chows! Naga Bowl Express: This restaurant, located in Supermarket, opposite to Indian Post Office is an awesome choice. Set-up in simple Naga style, you get to taste some food fusion too here.  Soup chow with variety of vegetables at Naga Bowl Express Momo and soup at Naga Bowl Express The Lunchroom: The Lunchroom in Landmark Colony, opposite West police station, bring you unforgettably good momos. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself! The Lunchroom’s special soup chow Aura Cakery and Cafe: Aura Cakery and Cafe at Walford Junction with …

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A Candid Chat With Mmhonlumo Kikon About The Story Behind “The Penmi Poems” Which He Penned Down In Memory Of His Late Wife

Writing has been proven to be therapeutic for many. Today, we have a dear friend with us, Mmhonlumo Kikon to talk about his book, “The Penmi Poems: A Requiem”, written in memory and for his late wife, Penmi Phazang Kikon. It talks about Penmi, the ever loving, kind-hearted mother of two! The collection of Poems also talks about her love for art which she dreamt of sharing with the world. But unfortunately, she passed away before she could fulfill her dreams. Let’s read on to find out more! We had a chat with Mmhonlumo Kikon, author of the book “The Penmi Poems: A Requiem” – a collection of poems that he has written for his late wife, Penmi Phazang Kikon. This book ‘The Penmi Poems: A Requiem’ is dedicated to your late wife. What was that one thing that really pushed you to write this book? I was at the crossroads of grief and duty; grief-stricken at the loss of my best friend, my love and my life, and duty bound to take care of the …