ABOUT ROOTS & LEISURE
WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS, DREAMERS, ENTREPRENEURS, TRAVELLERS & CREATORS COMING TOGETHER TO SHOWCASE OUR ROOTS – THROUGH STORIES ABOUT OUR ART & WAY OF LIFE.
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Roots and Leisure was founded by three of us (Tiarenla, Amenla and Sungdi) from Nagaland located in the North East region of India. Our story dates back to 1994 – the year Tiaren and Sungdi met at boarding school in Darjeeling and became good friends. Fast forward 10 years, Sungdi meets Amen in Ahmedabad, while attending engineering college, and they become inseparable – almost like family.
Another 10 years later, when Amen moved to Bangalore (in 2014) to join her new job, she finally got to meet Tiaren, after hearing so much about her from Sungdi. Over coffee, we discuss starting a passion project that could help communicate to the world about our unique roots and lifestyle, as many of our friends seem fascinated by our culture but have little knowledge about.
Finally in 2016, we decided to give it a shot, and start the project as a weekend activity. So one fine Sunday, we pulled an all-nighter (Tiaren and Amen working on putting up the website from Bangalore and Sungdi working on the first batch of contents from Nagaland), and launched the site in less than 24 hours. Since then, there’s been no looking back!
Our community has grown from a small team of like-minded folks from Nagaland to Northeast region of India to other cities in the country and beyond – including folks from Bangalore, Gujarat, Mumbai, Delhi, Thailand, Tokyo, Indonesia – and it continues to grow.
WHY DID WE LAUNCH ROOTS AND LEISURE?
Moving to different cities for education and later for work, all three of us had similar experiences of having to constantly introduce our native place – starting from geography to our culture and lifestyle. This was especially unavoidable as we come from Nagaland, a little-known place in the Northeast of India. On the brighter side, our stories would amuse our friends so much, that they often ended up visiting our hometowns, and taking with them a story – about our culture and people, to share with their friends and families.
Wherever we go, we’ve always been able to create a deep sense of connection with anyone who is proud of their roots – the love of which, is often manifested in the way they live their lives, their unique art and stories, and the way they inspire the world with their originality. Finding and building the connection with this inspirational lot became a fascinating hobby for the team, which sowed the seed to create the R&L Community.
The team thus set out to create R&L as a community platform where artists, creators, entrepreneurs, travellers and dreamers from all over come together to promote each other, and to share their stories and their arts – with the world.
Our mission is to promote all the original talents and stories from a community of Artists, passionate Entrepreneurs, Creators/Sellers, Travellers, and Dreamers – across geographies – by spreading the word about them through the blog, and also by acting as a MARKETPLACE to sell their personal art to their fans and well-wishers.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE R&L COMMUNITY?
You can join the community as a Reader, Content Contributor, Seller, Buyer or as a Well Wisher. We are constantly on the lookout for originals to feature or to collaborate with.
So if you wish to work with us or share a story/art about yourself or of someone you know, we would love to hear from you. Write to us at email@example.com or simply fill the form below:
SUPPORT R&L BY DONATING FUNDS
If you wish to support the community of Original Creators and Dreamers, donate to create*/support a project (*you can request for special collabs and work projects). Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how to donate.