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Local Kids Visit Neighbors For Food During Mul Biju Festival At Mizoram

“This photo was taken during this time of the year, last year – at Kamala Nagar, Chawngte, Mizoram! As we can see in every other states of India, there is a visible divide between the rich and the poor. But on the occasion of Mul Biju, it brings everyone together as the poor can go and request the rich for food — and they won’t be denied. It’s similar to “trick or treat” in the U.S. during Halloween, where you won’t be rejected or left empty handed. Here, the kids don’t have to wear costumes or dress up as such. But still, they enjoy and cherish the small things which this world – to be thankful for our life! The neighborhood kids had come to one of the well-to-do families and were waiting for food. Eagerly waiting for food, they were all gazing at the door. These images bring to you the harsh realities of this and the children, where even the basic necessities are lacking. In Chawngte, irregular supply of electricity and water is …

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Prakrithi Pradhan Goes For a Picnic With Her Friend to Make the Most of Spring Season at Saramsa Garden, Sikkim

“It was the festival of Holi and we were grateful to get time-off from work. My friends and I haven’t seen each other for long ever since we started working, so we planned a picnic in the Saramsa Garden. The best thing about spring is the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, which was just perfect to chill outdoor. It is the prettiest season with colorful flowers in full bloom! That day, the place was pretty crowded comparing to other days since it was a national holiday. Nevertheless, it was fun to watch people dancing and playing with colors! The most memorable moment about the day was the conversations we had about what was new in our lives, over some snacks. Because of our busy schedules, we don’t get to see each other often. So, there was a lot to talk about, a lot to catch up on!” ~ Prakrithi Pradhan from Sikkim Prakriti Pradhan and her friend making the most of Spring season in Saramsa Garden, Sikkim

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“Getaway to the Snow-Covered Dhauladhar in Himachal Pradesh During My Stressful Medical Internship was Like Hitting the Jackpot for my Soul” – Dr. Deepshikha Chhettri

“It was one of the most beautiful day we have experienced together. The one on the left is Arshika – my best friend of ten years, and the one on the right is my sister Ruchika. It was around 3 PM in the evening, and this photo was taken during our trip to Dhauladhar trails in Himachal Pradesh enroute to Triund top. The evening had a very pleasant and warm vibe despite the chilly weather. The chill made us hungry so we stopped on our way to rest for some time and eat. This moment is all the more special because I was with my two favourite people. The entire trip was mind-blowing – with so much to discover – and with an abundance of nature’s beauty to soak in. Memories from the trip will be forever etched in my memory as one of the best treks of my life. Moreover, this was at a time when I was a medical intern in Delhi, and anything remotely green and quiet felt like heaven for me. …

“Can You Take My Photo?” Shy Boy Wants a Photo with the Famous Toy Train at Ghoom Station in Darjeeling | Photograph By Abhishek

“I was born and brought up in Darjeeling, but life out here has always fascinated me. There’s something so unique about the place – the people, the marvelous and majestic mountains, the moody weather, and then the heritage of the toy train. The toy train ride of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) has always remained a marvelous and delightful experience and was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The highest point of DHR and the highest railway station India – the Ghoom station is at an altitude of 2285 metres. Its shortest tour starts from the Ghoom station. Locals and tourists alike, witness the brightest rides of this famous toy train under the winter sun, when it’s at its prime – as it gracefully cascades across the town. . I love taking pictures wherever I go, and of things that catch my fancy; Darjeeling especially serves planets of inspirations for this passion of mine. I love how hustle and tranquility co-exist beautifully in this town. This particular day, I was enjoying …

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This Pink Orchid Flower “Wuyawon”, Native to Shingcha Village Of Manipur Is Attracting Thousands Of Visitors

“This flower has been blooming since forever but my village being small, approximately 80 households – most of them with no education, and of course no funds, hardly did anything to make this beautiful place a public tourist attraction. Even though I was born and brought up in this village, I have never seen this flower until 2014, because this flower blooms during the month when our summer breaks gets over. It starts blooming at the end of June and lasts till the second week of August but the peak time is July 15th to 25th. It was in March,2014 when my cousin Mayo and I finally came back home for good after 15 years of my stay in Pune. The same year my friends and I went for a drive to have a look at the flowers for the first time and we couldn’t believe what we saw – such beautiful treasure just lying there unexplored! My cousin and I decided on the spot to promote this. We thought this could be our way …

“Meet my pet, Zoozoo” by Khevito Elvis Lee from Nagaland

“Meet my 5-year-old pet, Zoozoo. I still remember the first day when I got him, he was barely 3 to 4 months old but he was already very active and hyper. As he grew up, we had to face some challenges regarding his health because of the weather in Delhi and it was really hard to see him go through all the difficult times, but things got better as he got accustomed after a year or more. I have taken him along with me – on my travels outside Delhi and he’s a great companion; no issues so far since he has been trained and all that. Whenever he wants to do anything, I would always know through his actions.  Zoozoo loves to meet new people and like any other pets, he loves to get attention too, but he is not very friendly with other pets and that’s the biggest drawback when it comes to me taking him along to a friend’s place who has pets. He is more friendly towards humans, and there are times when …

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#FACES | “Coming Home For a Break to Spend Time With Family in Such Beautiful Setting Means The World to Me” – Flight Attendant Juli Swu from Nagaland

“I’ve been working as a flight attendant for six years now and being away from family to earn myself a daily wage has not been easy. I was on duty last Christmas so it was awful not to be home for the best season of the year. But I was happy enough to be granted some leave during the month of January so I was very excited to pack my bags and leave for my hometown, Nagaland. This picture was taken on the 9th of January at Showuba village, located in Kuhoboto Tehsil of Dimapur district in Nagaland, India. It is situated 20km away from the sub-district headquarter Kuhuboto, and 10km away from district headquarter Dimapur. It was my sister’s engagement day so the entire family had come to celebrate the occasion over an outdoor gathering and food. After a heavy lunch, I took my sisters and cousins out for a walk while the elders sat inside to merrily discuss the upcoming wedding. What a beautiful outing it was. Coming home in itself is such …

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#FACES | “These Kids Posing for a Photo Upon Returning From Their Morning Karate Class, Made My Day” – Animikh Chakrabarty On His Trip To Darjeeling

“As I was enjoying the crisp freshness of the early morning on a recent trip to Darjeeling, I crossed path with these lovely bunch of kids. Full of energy, they were apparently returning from their karate class. I said I wanted to take a photo, and they happily posed for me. They just made my day – and gave me a photo to remind me and others of how welcoming the locals from the hills can be. This photo is probably the most memorable one from my trip to Darjeeling. So many positives in one picture – a sense of community, friendliness, energy, and friendship. I couldn’t help but smile at the thought of how these local people are always open and welcoming to all – despite past situations where the place and their people had seen unpleasant encounters.I see this photograph as a mutual love letter from me to the people of the hills and from the hills to me.” – Animikh Chakrabarty from Kolkatta, West Bengal. Local kids returning from their morning karate class in the hill town of Darjeeling, West Bengal – taken by …

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“A Trek To Dzukou Valley – So Pristine, You Will Feel Like You Are In Heaven” – Antariksha Rajkumari From Assam Goes Trekking To Dzukou Valley With Her Friends

“This picture was taken one pleasant afternoon of October last year – on our trek to Dzukou Valley, located at the border of the states of Manipur and Nagaland in North-East India. It was five of us and we are all college mates. This trip, so far has to be the most memorable trip I have ever taken and my friends said the same. We enjoyed every single moment of it, being away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We were least bothered by the unavailability of electricity and phone networks because of the blissful moments we were enjoying such as bonfire, music, long conversations, etc. We spent two nights completely under the sky light and it was an amazing experience. Hands down! Dzukou Valley is one of the most beautiful place on Earth – so pristine, that you will feel like you are in heaven.” – Antariksha Kumari Antariksha Rajkumari and her friends, trekking to Dzukou Valley – located at the border of the states of Manipur and Nagaland in north-east India. Antariksha and her …

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“I am Often Intrigued by Stories Behind The Face of a Stranger – A Vague Glimpse of Which, is Often Shared Through a Glowing Eye” ~ Helivi Zhimomi

“I had almost forgotten about this photo.. came across it one day as I was clearing space in my camera. Just looking at the photo gave me so much peace – and my mind wandered to the place and time I took this photo. I vividly remember that moment – a passing moment while impatiently waiting for our cab to get through the toll gate on highway 55. It was in the evening hours … right before the afterglow; I have a loud ecstatic memory of the sunset glimmering behind as I traversed a straight road with fading music in the background. We stopped at one of the many toll gates on the highway. That’s when I saw this lady selling some local condiment (peanuts?) to people plying that highway. That moment. I took out my camera to capture her . . . with no particular reason. Maybe the same reason why my gallery is flooded with unfamiliar sights, documenting not the loud, but the silent details that catch my thoughts. When I saw her …