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Faces | Mizo Ladies Wearing Traditional “Puan” Wraparound Skirt to a Wedding in Aizawl

“This photo was taken before heading off to a friend’s wedding in Aizawl, Mizoram.  We love dressing up for weddings – especially in our traditional attire. Here, we are wearing “Puan”, which is a mizo traditional wrap around skirt – usually handwoven by local weavers. These days, we have a variety of designs and patterns available so it’s exciting to explore the many options available. We usually wear the Puan with a formal top. These tops that we are wearing in this photo were designed and made by my best friend and fashion designer Rini Hlondo (standing left, wearing  a mint green puan). The puan that I’m wearing is by Chawndeng Handloom 😊” ~ Rebecca Lalthanpuii, Founder of Lush contouring, Beauty clinic specialising in microblading and lash extensions. Rebecca Lalthanpuii (Right), Founder of Lush contouring with her designer friend Rini Hlondo (Left) owner of Rini Hlondo label.

Faces | Life of a College Student in Nagaland by Chovoni Lophro 

“This photo was taken for a promotional campaign for our college (Model Christian College); I don’t remember the name of the professional photographer but we took about 30+ shots for this photo 😂” “Hi I am 19 years old, and a 3rd semester student of Model Christian College, Nagaland. My major is Political Science as it has always been my favorite subject. My entire education till date is from the same institution; I went to Model Higher Secondary School – from grade A till my 12th. Post that I joined Model Christian College which is a part of the same institution.”  “As a college student, my days are packed – with a set of routines. I have classes every day from 9:40 am to 3:20 pm; I can hardly manage my time to help out my mom in the morning, and in the evening I keep myself busy in books 😊 Most of my free time are spent doing what I love – like reading, gaming (my favourite is Mobile Legends), dancing, sometimes singing and of course spending time with my friends from college” ~Chovoni Lophro 

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Faces | ‘Memories of My Childhood Home in Nagaland’ by Elika Awomi

“This is a bird’s eye view of the house I grew up in Kohima, Nagaland. Just looking at this picture brings back a flood of beautiful childhood memories . . . of Stealing Unripe Fruits (especially peaches and plums), Tree Swings, playing outside with friends in the backyard over our Mini Kitchen, Garden Camping, Christmas and New Year’s Eve bon fires, Doll Houses, basking in the winter sun and so much more!  I also fondly remember the days when we would gather in the front porch playing Five Stones or Carom during the rainy season. On Sundays after church or Sunday school, the outside area would be packed with us kids playing Seven Stones, Hide and Seek  . . . reliving these moments makes me feel like a happy kid 🙂 ” ~ Elika Awomi, Food lover and Jewelry maker

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Faces | Students in Nagaland Busy Studying for Their Mid Term Exams

“My name is Ayudangla, and right now I am busy studying for my mid term exams; we have our Science paper tomorrow. I am a 10th standard student at Christian High School Dimapur.  Our exams started  from 9th March onwards, and will end only on 21st March. So my daily routine right now is study, go write my exams, come back home, change my clothes, get some rest – and back to my books with tea and snacks. I can’t wait for my exams to get over and meet my friends for a street food outing in the evening. Planning to go out on 21st itself right after the exam ends.”

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A Visit to the Traditional House in Zhavame Village, Nagaland

There are cold days – broken hopes – and dreams– but hearts – warmed – by kindness . . . . “We are sitting against the backdrop of a traditional house in Zhavame village under Phek district, adorned with wood carvings that signifies that the owner of the house has performed ‘Feast of Merit’ several times. This was considered as the highest social status in the olden days. On occasions, it is also a common sight for village folks to sit around the fire in the frontage of the house and discuss issues.” ~ Rita Krocha

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“Aten Really is a no-rule-applies-to-me Person” | Kids in Nagaland Pose for a Photo

“Aten really is a “no-rule-applies-to-me” person. She just got that wallet as a gift from her dad (honestly, I don’t even know what kind of a gift is that – for a kid! lol) but she adores her dad 🙂 The moment she saw me, she showed off her wallet and what’s inside. She has lots of paper (maybe she thinks money is paper – and vice versa) and one 10 rupee note. Her mom wanted to take a photo of the three of them : Aten,  her older brother (middle) and their cousin. But she was not in the mood to pose at all – unlike her brother who’s always ready for a click. Her mom finally got her to pose by promising a jelly candy afterward. But she doesn’t look convinced. LOL” ~ Sungdi

Faces | Human of Shadows, Mumbai

“Shadows are inseparable from us. Doesn’t matter if we can see it or not depending on the light source, but we are never alone. And what happens if we become our own shadow? Mumbai is a dream city for many. When I saw this person who had made a big sewage tunnel his home, I wondered did he also land in this city with some dreams? What were those? Dif they get shattered? While I was silently taking this picture as my heart sank thinking about the life of this shadow human, he turned back and that was the moment that was captured. And he turned back with a big smile; literally posing for the picture! Making me realize: No matter what, keep smiling.”  @ banjara_musafir

Faces | A Day Spent at Chok Chai Farm,Thailand

“Me and my friend were passing through the Khorat province of Thailand, when we accidentally spotted a farm and decided to pull over and check it out. We discovered that it was the popular Chok Chai Farm – that houses in numerous animals like cows, sheep, horses, chickens and more. We decided to stay back there for a while. Most surprisingly, we even got to experience milking the cow, feeding the sheep, riding horses and basically watching the animals being on their own. We had an amazing time!” @t.prang  

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Faces | A gossip over a cup of tea

This picture was taken in Teinem Village, Ukhrul. I was there for my friend’s wedding. Just before I left the village I was having tea at the bride’s resident and I saw these two children. They are the nieces of the bride and were sitting by the door having tea and giggling to themselves. I thought it would make a great picture  ~ Kahorpam Horam (@kahorpamhoram)