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‘I Knew I Wanted to Study Fashion At The Age of 8’ – A Chat With Shivangi Lahoty, Owner of Inaaya and Co.

Shivangi Lahoty, from Nazira, Assam knew that fashion was her true calling when she was 8. With support from her family and friends, she pursued it until it became her profession! She went on to study fashion designing, and then launched her own store called Inaaya and Co. Inaaya is a young, fresh take on ethical fashion. It’s an ethical and premium womenswear clothing and accessory brand, with a store in Ahmedabad.  We had a chance to have a tête-à-tête with this budding creative entrepreneur, owner of Inaaya and Co., about her online store launch at the beginning of next month.  When did your love for designing clothes and fashion begin? I was 8 when I knew I wanted to study fashion. I grew up in a small town called Nazira in Assam. It was heaven on earth, in every sense, including that fact that we had very little connectivity to the internet! Hence, we relied on print media as a source of connection to the outside world.  I remember, one day my father came …

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A Chat With Avijoy Chanda, Owner Of Aroo-De Waffles – A Portable Canopy Street Shop In Guwahati, Assam

Probably the most exciting thing for foodies is discovering new and great street food. It’s accessible, affordable and not to forget – delicious. Today, we have 25-year-old Avijoy Chanda from Assam who runs a waffle shop in a portable canopy called the “Aroo-de Waffles” based in Guwahati. It is a favourite of many locals as it serves variety of flavours that are oh-so delicious! It was Avijoy’s love for waffles since his Delhi days that gave him the idea to start this. Find out more below: We had a chat with Avijoy Chanda, the owner of one of Assam’s famous street shop “Aroo-de Waffles” to talk about what got him started, its specialities and more! Hello! Introduce a little about yourself. Hello! They say, “Normal is Boring”, and I, Avijoy Chanda, couldn’t agree more. Being a 25-year-old working professional and owning a business at the same time, is an exciting and unpredictable experience. Living in Guwahati, I have since birth been a creative child and as I grew older, I became very interested in the …

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“My First Visit To Mizoram And The Place Has Already Captured My Heart” – Suraj Kumar Nath From Assam

It was my first visit to Mizoram and the place has already captured my heart! For me, it was one of the best place in the North-east of India. People are warm and nice, well cultured and I find the capital, Aizawl, as a very disciplined city – especially how the locals follow the traffic rules was impressive. And not to forget, the street food there was amazing too! Although, communicating with the local taxi drivers was a little difficult because of language barrier.  We were 8 college friends and came from Silchar Assam to take this trip. The photo was taken at the viewpoint of Reiek Tlang, one of the hills located just outside Aizawl (about 12 kms away) and is a popular destination for adventure seekers. The view surrounding the hill is breathtaking and makes the visit worthwhile. It was raining in the morning while we were in the capital but luckily when we reached the top of the hill, it stopped and the weather was just pleasant and perfect. The fog left too …

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In Conversation with the Creative Founders of Fashion Brand ‘House of Psy’

‘House of Psy’ is a fashion brand that was launched in the year 2015. We recently got a chance to have a chat with the founders, and learn more about their venture. House of Psy deals in bags, accessories and art where every product is handcrafted, ensuring quality and detail attention. They have online stores as well as walk-in-stores at several places across the country like – Mumbai, Assam and Nagaland. Let’s read to find out more! We had a chat with the founders of fashion brand, ‘House of Psy” to talk about their venture, the brand concept, its specialty and more! Hello! Please introduce a little about yourself. We are the creators of Psy – designer Anisha Chanda is from Guwahati and Danish, the Head of Production is from Mumbai. We have been busy crafting designs and looking for new inspiration every day since the start of Psy, in early 2015. Tell us more about your venture, “House of Psy” and its specialty. House of Psy is an anti-sweatshop fashion brand. It goes without …

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“I Write Songs Based On My Life Experiences” – A Chat With Bors Bey, Singer-Songwriter From Assam

For Bors Im Bey, making music is about sharing his life experiences with people. What began as a hobby for him in college, has now become his passion and profession. A self-taught singer-songwriter from Assam, he currently resides in Goa, and performs gigs and in events across the country. He write songs both in English and Hindi, and enthralls his fans with his mellifluous voice. Read on as he opens up about his life and inspiration!  We had a chat with Bors Im Bey, singer-songwriter from Assam. He talks about how he discovered his passion for music, his gigs in Goa and more! Hello! Please introduce yourself to our readers. Hi! My name is Bor Im Bey — Bors became a stage name during my college days and has stuck till today. I was brought up in Karbi Anglong, a beautiful district in Assam. But I currently live in Goa and keep travelling around the country for mostly private gigs/events. I started my music journey in 2015. What sparked your interest in singing, how did …

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#RECIPE | Assamese Fish Stew with Aromatic Vietnamese Mint

North East Indian food is known for their typical style of cooking – which is usually, steaming or boiling, and the use of fresh ingredients and flavorful local spices. Today we have one of our favorite home chefs – Geeta from Assam, make an interesting fish dish combining all the trademarks of most cuisines from the region.  It’s a subtly flavored fish stew with seasonal veggies and aromatic Vietnamese mint, “Many have a preset concept that boiled fish is smelly but that is totally wrong” says Geeta. Totally agree! It’s all in the right mix of spices and technique. Let’s find out how! Fish Stew With Aromatic Vietnamese Mint by Geeta Dutta From Guwahati, Assam. Ingredients : 1 Kg Fish (Rohu or Katla, sliced into thin pieces) 1/2 tbsp Ginger (crushed ) 5-10 cloves of Garlic 4-5 Green Chilies 3 Tomatoes 4-5 Baby potatoes 2-3 Carrots Black Pepper (according to taste) Spring onions Vietnamese mint Preparation : Crush the ginger, garlic and green chillies separately. Roast (over a fireplace or stove) 3 ripe tomatoes and …

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Recipe Of “Butter-Garlic Prawn” Dish By Irin Kashyap From Assam

If you are a seafood lover, this dish is the one for you. Today, we have butter-garlic prawn dish contributed by Irin Kashyap from Tezpur, Assam. This dish is one of the easiest and fastest recipe made with the least of ingredients. Irin is going to show us how it is done, so let’s find out!  The recipe of Butter-Garlic Prawn dish, contributed by Irin Kashyap from Tezpur, Assam. Ingredients : 250 gms of Prawn 1 whole garlic Coriander Butter Black pepper Salt Preparation of the dish : Mildly heat the pan, add 4-5 tbsp of butter so that enough butter is left to use as a sauce. Always cook in medium flame so that the butter does not burn. Add the chopped garlic, fry for a bit Add the prawns and fry for another 7-9 minutes Add salt to taste Sprinkle black pepper Once done, add the chopped coriander. And the delicious Butter-Garlic Prawn dish is ready to serve hot with a steam bowl of rice or with a chilled beer!

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#RECIPE | Learn How to Make “Pitika” – Eggplant Chutney from Assam

This one is for the chutney lovers. Today we learn how to make an interesting roasted eggplant chutney called “Pitika”, contributed by Puravee Bordoloi from Assam –  a passionate home chef, and an advocate by profession.  Pitika is an eggplant chutney – a side dish that is almost always present in any authentic Assamese thali/platter. It’s a simple chutney that needs only a handful of ingredients, but has a mouthful of flavors. So let’s find out how to make this interesting chutney from Assam! Find out how to make the famous “Pitika” – an Assamese chutney prepared with egg plant, tomatoes, chilli and Coriander Ingredients : 1 Eggplant (Bigger eggplants are preferable) 1 medium Tomato 1 Onion  (finely chopped) 3-4 chillies (finely chopped) 1 tsp of mustard oil Fresh coriander leaves chopped Roasted sesame powder (optional) Salt to taste Ingredients for Assamese chutney “Pitika”  (L to R, clockwise): chopped coriander leaves, roasted eggplant, tomato, onion, chillies and ginger. Directions to Cook: Prick the eggplant with a fork and smear some oil all over it Now roast the eggplant and …

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“When I Am Not Working, You Will Find Me Climbing One Of The Himalayan Ranges”-A Chat With Montana Baruah From Assam, A Banker And an Adventurer Seeker

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams” – Oprah Winfrey Montana Baruah from Assam lives the life of her dreams. Working as a banker, she fulfills her love for traveling whenever she gets a day off from work. She has been to 13 states and 2 countries so far and is always looking forward to new adventures every day. She finds joy in going on trekkings and  challenges herself to go out of her comfort zone. Read on to know more about this passionate adventure junkie! Today, we chat with Montana Baruah from Assam, a passionate traveler and adventure lover. She talks about how she goes about pre-planning her trips and also leaves some very important tips for first-time trekkers. Hi Montana! Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hello! My name is Montana Baruah. I’m 27 and originally from a small town in Assam called Jorhat. I have been staying in Guwahati for almost 11 years now and I work as a full-time banker there. I pretty much …

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#RECIPE | Assamese Dish “Kusiyar Jalukia” – Spicy Eel Curry With Papaya by Dr. Geeta Dutta

When the weather is cold, a hot peppery curry of eel will help keep you warm. Add to that, eel is highly nutritious and recommended for people affected with anemia. Today’s dish is contributed by Dr. Geeta Dutta from Guwahati, Assam – a food lover and an enthusiastic home chef. The dishes that she prepares are guaranteed to be top in health, nutrition and flavor. Today we are happy to share the recipe for a spicy curry of Eel with papaya (popularly known as ‘Kusiyar Jalukia’ in Assam), contributed by Dr. Geeta from Assam. Read on to find out the ingredients and how to prepare this yummy dish to keep you warm this winter! Ingredients : 250 gms of eel, cut into cubes. 2 onions, grated. 1 papaya, cut into 3-inch size pieces. 1 teaspoon each of cumin and black pepper, grinded to a fine paste. 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste. 2 green chilies. 1 teaspoon turmeric powder. Salt to taste 3 teaspoons mustard oil. Directions to cook : Heat the mustard oil in a wok. Add …