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Hop Over To “The Grub Cafe & Bakery” in Laitumkhrah Shillong to Taste One of the Most Delicious Burgers in North East India

  Ah Shillong. One of our favorite places in the North East of India; a place where folks from across the region have shared memories of. Being a boarding school hub, students from across North East and even beyond come here for school and college education. You will thus see plenty of young folks adding color to the town. It is also a place for music and fashion lovers. So naturally, with such a vibrant crowd, Shillong has a host of cafes and restaurants – from cozy to fancy, serving a choice of cuisines.  Today we visit  “The Grub Cafe and Bakery” located in Laitumkhrah Shillong. Started by a husband and wife duo, the place is known for their delicious and gigantic burgers, and their cute bakery section – with a spread of the loveliest desserts to suit any mood and weather. Let’s go meet the founders and find out why this place is a local favorite. We had a chat with Banrisha  – one of the partners of “The Grub Cafe and Bakery” to know …

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“Kids Parties Have to Be Fun, Magical and Affordable” A Chat with Narto Sema – Founder of ‘The Big Fun Factory’ Dimapur

Remember those yesteryears where we used to get all excited about taking a packet of toffees to school on our birthdays? With the birthday boy/girl even trying to extend their excitement to their best friends by giving them some extra toffees? Well, those days are, and will forever remain cherished memories .  Fast forward to today, birthdays are becoming a little more elaborate with a full-blown party complete with personalized custom-made cakes, along with parents trying their best to throw in some fun games and props to go with the mood. Sounds familiar? Yup, we’ve all made some attempts at organizing something similar for a kid, sibling, niece/nephew, or someone we know. And when the local home-based baker delivers the out-of-this-world cake that turned out better than we expected, we wish we had done something about the party setting and the games too. Well, thanks to enterprising folks in Nagaland, even kids in small towns can now experience a fantasy filled celebration on their special days! Narto Sema, a banker turned event planner and a …

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Meet Naga Yogini Orentsani Kikon from Nagaland – Certified Yoga Instructor and a Fitness Inspiration for Many

Fitness is fast becoming a hot topic in Nagaland – with the young and old alike suddenly waking up to a healthy lifestyle. You can see a lot of local folks going out for a jog in the early hours, fitness centres and gyms opening doors in various parts of the state and conversations about fitness popping up during conversations over locally made green tea. Amidst this new wave, yoga and pilates are soon becoming hot topics of conversation – and has sparked a curiosity among the fitness enthusiasts. Being a recent trend, yoga is still a mysterious activity that the world seem to be obsessed with –  for folks out here. Trust the youths to throw light into anything that’s trending and ought to be explored.  Miss Orenstani Kikon, known as the Naga yogini is on a mission to share her passion, and with that, the benefits of Yoga with the local folks in Nagaland. We chat with her to know more about her journey and the initiatives she has set up in her hometown to enlighten the …

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Meet These Self-Taught Jewelry Makers from Nagaland

Remember Aben of “Aben Jewellery” – one of our first guests on Roots and Leisure? Thanks to people like her who has inspired many to follow her footstep and take up jewelry-making as a serious hobby and eventually turning it into a full blown venture from home. Over the last 2 years, we have seen hundreds of people joining this creative force to produce new forms of art in the form of handmade jewellery. Today our contributor Tiaren profiles some of them to understand the motivation behind their creative journey – and to take a peek into their collection. “After talking to some of my friends who have taken up jewellery-making as a hobby, I realize that one of the main motivations is to turn their innate talent and interest in creative art, from a hobby to now a means of financial security. It’s super inspiring to see how these talented determined individuals are taking their passion to the world by nurturing their love of all things local – especially their aesthetics taste, which can range from eccentric to minimalistic to over the top! …

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An Honest Chat With The Founders of Sorshia & Co. Cafe From Kohima, Nagaland

A cafe filled with love for culture, food and design, the founders Arinaro and Wungchipem are here to talk about their cafe Sorshia & Co. Located in the beautiful and silent hills of Kohima, Nagaland, this cafe has a very distinct “Kohima feels” and their taste of design can be seen in the interiors of the cafe. We are also excited about the prospect of the cafe culture picking up in Kohima as it exists in Dimapur – which is the current hub of cafes and lounges in Nagaland.  Here’s a brief chat with the owners – Arinaro and Wungchipem to tell us the story behind Sorshia & Co. and what to expect from the cafe. Please introduce yourself and your latest venture together 🙂 Wungchipem : Sorshia & Co. is co-owned by the two of us, and we both live in Kohima. Ari and I come from very different backgrounds in terms of our education, influences, interests and our line of work but our love for food, designs and cafés motivated us to start this project …

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“The Essence of Travel is to Experience a Destination in its Organic Form” – Meet The Founders of Madventures From Bangalore

Today, we have Pranav Mutalik and Shreyas Bhat, the busy young entrepreneurs with us who have come up with their Eco Tourism Agency – Madventures on nothing but one of their college trips. Aged around 26, the founders believe that experiencing the place and its people is devoid of the distraction the modern tourism industry offers. To be able to see, feel and experience a destination in its most organic form, is the essence of travel; same goes for hikes. Here’s a conversation with Shreyas, one of the Founders, who tell us how Madventures was born. Share a brief about the Founder of the venture We, Pranav (Mutalik) and I (Shreyas Bhat), have ardent love for traveling and hiking. We have always enjoyed being outdoors and amidst nature and this drove us to get into the hiking and trekking business. In fact, the idea of starting Madventures took shape on one of our trips in college; however, the company means much more to us now. Tell us something about Madventures. What is it all about? Madventures …

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Rev Chang’s Hope Café – A Café For The Special Ones!

With cafes and food joints sprouting out like flowers in spring, it is almost easy to pick one out and do a story but it is during these blossoming times when we come across one that has a different story to tell. Here’s the tale on Hope Café and their secret ingredient that makes them stand out from the rest! Hope Café – This place is more than what meets the eye. It is a café that caters to and by those that we often tend to neglect.  The brainchild of Rev Achu Chang, an altruistic pastor for whom faith, kindness and hope are the special ingredients that one can put together to reach out to those in need and help the community develop and grow in strength. Tell us something about the Café Proprietor/Owner? Hope Café is owned by few young Naga entrepreneurs – all kinds of people,  educated, dropouts and differently-abled. It is initiated by Rev Achu Chang as one of the branches under Eden Enterprises and Ministry. the main purpose of this café …

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A Cakey Bakey Chat With Evao Ngullie – A Passionate Baker From Nagaland

Meet Evao Ngullie – a self-sufficient and self-taught woman who turned her hobby into a business. With her passion for food and baking, she now makes people happy with her homemade baked cakes and desserts. Here’s a quick chat with Evao Ngullie (@evao.ngullie) who started baking from the time she was 12! A little background about yourself Evao Hi, my name is Mhabeni Evao Ngullie. I grew up in Kohima but at present, I’m staying in Dimapur, Nagaland. After my Graduation in Commerce, I planned to take up a culinary course but I ended up being an Accounts Manager in Dimapur. Since then, I have been managing my work and my love for baking and cooking. I suppose like most people, I am compelled to balance my work and passion. So far, it’s working out good for me. Tell us about your beautiful baking hobby/venture This baking venture of mine is very dear to me because I learned it the hard way.  With no formal training, I observed and practiced whenever I could. My passion …

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“Hill Wild Chocolates” from Manipur are Made with Local Nuts and Seeds | A Chat with Founder Zeinorin Stephen

Armed with the passion for experimental ideas and geared with confidence and determination, Zeinorin from Ukhrul is not your regular entrepreneur. What sets her apart is her insatiable appetite for success and new ventures. The young lady will stop at nothing to keep her spirit high and going! And she has a secret sauce that literally helps her do that – which involves chocolates. Here’s her story. She’s someone you’ll always find hustling – wherever or whatever the situation. Along with running multiple initiatives under her venture “Hill Wild”, she also leads an NGO called “Phiva” which trains and works with women (they have 13 so far) to  make pickles and doughnuts. Hi Zeinorin, tell us something about yourself and How did you start your chocolate startup?  I’m Zeinorin Stephen from Ukhrul, Manipur. I often call myself a passionate entrepreneur because no matter how often I fail,  I always move on with persistence. It’s almost innate. I love sharing knowledge and I  have been extremely fortunate for I always end up meeting people with similar ideas and altruistic vision. So …