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Die Hard Soccer Fan and Coffee Lover Dikhri Wezah Opens Soccer Cafe in Kohima to Bring His Two Passions Together

Introducing a dear friend of mine, who has inspired me all these years with his ‘can-do’ attitude, and a zealous attitude towards life. Say hi to Dikhri Wezah from Kohima – a passionate and hardworking comrade of mine. At just 25 years of age, he has accomplished a major goal he has set for himself. Knowing the kind of person that he is, I know that this is just the beginning. A year ago, over a casual conversation, he shared about his dream to open a cafe, where he can merge his love for football and food – specifically to promote a healthy lifestyle. So when I received an invitation to the opening of his restaurant last November, I was overjoyed and told myself with a smile ‘The deed has been done indeed.’ And true to his vision, Dikhri’s ‘Soccer cafe’ is a hip hang out spot for football lovers in Kohima, where one can enjoy live screenings, healthy food, and great coffee. So let’s have a chat with Dikhri to get more details. Dikhri …

Two Sisters from Nagaland Bring Eco Friendly Soy Candles for the Conscious Consumer | Chat with ‘Millennials & Gen Z’ Candles

I sat down with sisters Nuzosalu and Akholu Nyekha – founders of  ‘Millennials & Gen Z’ candles over the weekend to take you through their venture in detail. They specialize in making scented candles, or ‘therapy candles’ as they call it, using soy wax, which are biodegradable and hence much more environment-friendly.  They started this venture as a hobby during the pandemic lockdowns, and I have been mesmerized ever since. What is even more admirable is their conscious contribution to their environment through their eco-friendly initiatives like using biodegradable soy-wax for their candles; they also have a recycling initiative where a customer can return four empty glass jars and get a new therapy candle in return. So let us try and understand more about their work / life philosophy, and explore the goodness of their therapy candles through a quick chat. Sisters Nuzosalu and Akholu Nyekha – founders of ‘Millennials & Gen Z’ Candles Menu: Hello Nuzo and Akho, thanks for taking out time to have this chat. Please introduce yourselves Millennials & Gen Z: We are …

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This Interior Designer from Nagaland Transforms Her Old Childhood Home into an Inspiring ‘Tea and Plant’ Corner | Chat with Chumbeno Ezung

  How many of you here are thinking of doing up your space? Lockdowns and work-from-home situations have given many of us ample time and opportunity to indulge in such creative pursuits. And for our friend Chumbeno Ezung from Nagaland, these COVID times have given a much-needed chance to revisit her childhood home and transform their old run-down house into a ‘piece of haven’ – that now serves as an inspiration corner for her work – and a lovely tea and plant leisure space to entertain her friends. Chumbeno Ezung is a professionally trained and practicing interior designer, who is also a well-known wedding planner and decorator. She is a source of inspiration for many as she continues to reinvent her passions and creative skills by always learning and trying out new things. Today we chat at length about the super interesting renovation project that has left us super inspired!  Hi Chumbeno, welcome to the R&L chat. Please introduce yourself. Hello, my name is Chumbeno Ezung.  I am an Interior Designer. I am also a …

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“While Studying in France, I Discovered Farm to Table Concept, and That Inspired My Fresh Food Venture” – Chat With Sriram Nair, Owner of Terra Cafe, Ahmedabad

Sriram Nair from Ahmedabad has always had a soft spot in his heart for food. He grew up with a family that bonded over food which helped him pick up his spatula when he was only 6-years-old. When he headed off to Europe to get his Masters in International Business, and later for work, he started to explore a whole new world of food whilst trying to learn new cultures.  What he was most inspired by was their concept of fresh farm to table meals. Sriram was overjoyed by how much the freshness added to the flavor of the dishes and how it also affected his health positively.  When he came back home to Ahmedabad, he decided to share his joy for these newly discovered ways of life. He wanted to create awareness and educate people about the harm processed food can do for you and how making things from scratch will usher a healthier lifestyle. With this goal in mind, he began Terra cafe, which is known today for its dishes from diverse cultures …

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We are Smitten by These Handwoven Mizo Puans (Mekhela) and Naupuakpuan ‘Baby Sling Wraps’ from ‘Zo Weave’ | Chat with Founder Malsawmi from Aizawl

  A striking thing about Mizo womenfolks – including the young fashion-forward ones, is the fact they love flaunting their ‘Mizo Puans’ which are traditional handwoven wraparounds (Mekhalas). Most interesting is the way how the younger generation is uplifting their traditional attire by incorporating them as fashion statement pieces – and inspiring many to copy the trend. All that being said, we are extremely excited to be chatting with Malsawmi, founder of ‘Zo Weave’ – a handwoven Puan brand from Mizoram. This mother of four is doing her bit to reinforce the efforts in the preservation of the Puan – while also employing local women weavers through this initiative. We talk about how ‘Zo Weave’ is keeping the love for Puans alive through her growing customer base – young and old. Another interesting revelation is on how she is reinventing the humble traditional Mizo ‘Naupuakpuan’ (baby Sling wrap) by incorporating modern floral designs and motifs (all handwoven) and is another hot selling item under her brand.  Malsawmi, founder of ‘Zo Weave’ Mizoram holding her child …

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“My Minimalist Way of Life Inspires My Tattoo Styles” Delhi-based Tattoo Artist Raghav

Raghav Sethi, a renowned tattoo-artist from Delhi, took to the art form 8 years. In a place where there’s still very limited awareness and knowledge about tattoo art, he worked hard to break out of the mold and make it big in the industry. Currently one of the top tattoo artists in the capital city, he runs his studio The Tattoo Shop. We had a quick chat with him about his work and how to make it big in the tattoo industry. Head to the link in bio or below to give it a read! Hey Raghav, thank you for chatting with us! We’re thrilled to have you. To start off, please introduce yourself to our readers. Hey, I’m Raghav Sethi. I am a full-time tattoo artist and I run the Tattoo Shop in Delhi. I am 27. What initially sparked your interest in tattooing? I had always been into sketching and drawing. Tattoo branched out of my love for drawing. It was only a natural progression from paper to tattooing, as and when I …

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Pastry Chef & Owner of Whisk A Wish, Tanya Gupta Talks About Baking & Starting Her Own Business

Tanya Gupta, the founder of Whisk A Wish brings us a variety of delightful cakes, and desserts sure to make your palates happier, and your day a little better. 31 year old and based out of Delhi, she is a pastry chef with a passion for simple but delicious desserts that aim to rekindle some old memories or establish new ones.  Making sure that her cakes and desserts are not just a bite of sugar, her desserts give you a taste of different spices and flavours as well. Let’s find out more about Tanya and her venture Whisk A Wish, as she chats with us. Tap on the link in bio or below.  Hi Tanya. Please tell us something about yourself. Hi, I’m Tanya Gupta, 31 years old, from New Delhi. I am a pastry chef with a passion for simple but delicious desserts that aim to rekindle some old memories or establish new ones. I only found pastry 6 years back, before that I switched from studying history to getting into family business to …

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Interior Designer and Founder of ‘Interior Healing’ Nagaland – Atila Aier, Talks About Soul Healing Through Well Designed Spaces

“I was fascinated by how often, a beautiful space can evoke positive feelings within us – giving way to healing the inner soul. Realizing this potential of something as simple and basic as a well-designed space ignited an interest in me to pursue a career in interior designing.”  Meet Atila Aier, an interior designer from Dimapur Nagaland. She is the founder of ‘Interior Healing’, a design firm that believes in the power of a positive home and space, to set up the foundation for a positive life. She grew up being fascinated by activities around home decor. Atila Aier – founder of ‘Interior Healing’, a design firm in Dimapur, Nagaland Hi Atila, so good to have you here with us! Please introduce yourself. Hello, my name is Atila Aier, I am currently living and working in Dimapur, Nagaland. I have attained B.E in electronics and telecommunication engineering from Pune University. I was very privileged to have an opportunity to pursue my passion and love for interior designing by studying the same from INIFD Kolkata and …

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Wojanbeni Yanthan, DIY Artist and Founder of ‘HomeMish Crafts and Designs’ Nagaland Shares Her Very Inspiring Journey

“We all have enormous potential in us, which can be unlocked when we allow ourselves to see the limitless in our limitations, the opportunities in our difficulties, the awesomeness in our uniqueness, and the possibilities in our impossibilities based on the simple truth that you and I are wonderfully made.“ Wojanbeni, Creator of ‘Homemish Crafts and Designs’, believes in the art of DIY – and shares a strong passion for creating things using her own hands. She talks to us about what made her pick this art up and how she is teaching other people the same. Scroll down for the full interview. Hello Wojanbeni. Please tell us something about yourself? Hi! I’m Dr. Wojanbeni S. Yanthan, an Assistant Professor by profession, a mother of two, and an avid DIY (Do it yourself) enthusiast. Born in the hills of Wokha and raised in Kohima, Dimapur, Jorhat, Bangalore, Kathmandu (Nepal) and now settled in the foothills of Patkai (Nagaland).I  have been blessed with one enriching upbringing. Growing up in different places and experiencing diverse cultures has …

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Chef Elna Yepthomi Talks About Her Journey From Nagaland to Australia & Her Love For Mixing Art With Food

Elna Yepthomi’s journey to becoming a chef at one of the well-known clubs in Canberra, Australia, is somewhat of an inspiration. “Much like any other art form, culinary art–the art of cooking–requires practice, sacrifice, and devotion,” says Elna. Originally from Nagaland, she studied Hotel Management from Kolkata and went on to learn cheffing at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Australia.  Her experiences with cooking have taught her much about life and art. In her attempts to make a mark in the culinary world, she has harbored a deeper love for her Naga culture and food. “Being a Naga chef and proudly representing the Nagas, I do see the influence of my roots. Majority of the international chefs have little knowledge about our local ingredients. This gives me the opportunity to promote our Naga food here,” says Elna. We spoke to her about her love affair with food, and how she decided to carve out a path for herself in this field. Hi, please tell us something about yourself! I am Elna Yepthomi, a Naga …