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Hand Embroidery Artist, Akali Swu From Nagaland, Talks About Her Venture ‘Li-Mheghi’

Hand embroidery, an ancient art form, is practiced by a handful of artists today. Akali Swu from Nagaland is one of the few artists who continue to work with needle and thread to create beautiful pieces. It all began in 2017 as a hobby and after receiving positive feedback, the orders began to flow in. Hence, “Li-Mheghi” came into form and since then, she has been running this venture single-handedly.  We had a quick chat with Akali Swu, an entrepreneur from Nagaland to talk about her venture, “Li-Mheghi” which deals in DIY seasonal gift items, hand embroidery pieces, etc. Hi Akali, please introduce a little about yourself. Hello! I am Akali Swu, a resident of Kohima, Nagaland and I am an entrepreneur who deals with DIY seasonal gift baskets. I run a small business called, “Li-Mheghi” where I take custom orders to embroider. Li-Mheghi in Sumi dialect means “A girl’s treasure”. What inspired to start your venture, “Li-Mheghi”? I started my venture ‘Li-Mheghi’ in the year 2017. Initially, it was just a hobby where I …

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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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A Chat With Shirali — A Miniaturist From Ahmedabad

They say, the road to finding your passion is long but rewarding. Such is the story of Shirali, who stumbled upon an art form while she was pursuing fashion, which  we became her calling! A bio-chemist-turned-fashion designer, Shiralis discovered her passion for sculpting miniatures in 2011. Since then, she hasn’t turned back and continues to create marvelous miniatures.  “My goal as an artist is to create top 20 miniature staple food of every state and create a food trail across the country. I have started working on this project, and to my amazement, I found so many overlapping similarities in local cuisines from one state to another. Same food, similar recipes and yet different names!” Shirali talks about her work, what influenced her to take this up and the challenges she faces while running her venture. Read on!  We had a chat with Shirali, miniaturist from Ahmedabad about her venture, “Small Idea”, which is about sculpting miniatures such as food, bag charms and so much more! Hello, introduce a little about yourself. Hi I’m Shirali, …

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Our Local Friend from Nagaland Picks Her Top “Momo and Chow” Restaurants in Dimapur

Dimapur is growing with a myriad of interesting food hubs in every nook and corner possible. From offering great ambiance or delicious food, every restaurant is experimenting and taking their services up a notch. And one thing that you’ll find in almost every restaurant are the ever classic momo, chows or soup chows. Trust us, when we say – Dimapurians, love a plate of momo and chows!  Today, let’s have a look at some of the restaurants serving the ever loved and favorite momo and chows! Naga Bowl Express: This restaurant, located in Supermarket, opposite to Indian Post Office is an awesome choice. Set-up in simple Naga style, you get to taste some food fusion too here.  Soup chow with variety of vegetables at Naga Bowl Express Momo and soup at Naga Bowl Express The Lunchroom: The Lunchroom in Landmark Colony, opposite West police station, bring you unforgettably good momos. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself! The Lunchroom’s special soup chow Aura Cakery and Cafe: Aura Cakery and Cafe at Walford Junction with …

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A Candid Chat With Mmhonlumo Kikon About The Story Behind “The Penmi Poems” Which He Penned Down In Memory Of His Late Wife

Writing has been proven to be therapeutic for many. Today, we have a dear friend with us, Mmhonlumo Kikon to talk about his book, “The Penmi Poems: A Requiem”, written in memory and for his late wife, Penmi Phazang Kikon. It talks about Penmi, the ever loving, kind-hearted mother of two! The collection of Poems also talks about her love for art which she dreamt of sharing with the world. But unfortunately, she passed away before she could fulfill her dreams. Let’s read on to find out more! We had a chat with Mmhonlumo Kikon, author of the book “The Penmi Poems: A Requiem” – a collection of poems that he has written for his late wife, Penmi Phazang Kikon. This book ‘The Penmi Poems: A Requiem’ is dedicated to your late wife. What was that one thing that really pushed you to write this book? I was at the crossroads of grief and duty; grief-stricken at the loss of my best friend, my love and my life, and duty bound to take care of the …

Get Your Dose Of Fashion Inspiration From Tiapong Tzudir, A Fashion Enthusiast From Nagaland

Some days in the past, it was largely the job of a handful of glossy print magazines to decide the taste in fashion. Today however, the times have changed and now the style influencers have dispersed into innumerable blogs, Instagram posts and other platforms – all of them grabbing the attention of the people. Today, we have Tiapong Tzudir from Nagaland, a fashion enthusiast with a YouTube channel of his own, sharing his little adventure with fashion! A chat with Tiapong Tzudir, student and fashion enthusiast from Nagaland. He talks about how his interest in fashion started, his inspirations and some of his favorite trends for Spring’19! For a starter, tell us a little about yourself. I’m Tiapong Tzudir, my social media handle is – The Yatra Kid. I go to college. I love creating contents for my YouTube. And I cannot lie that I love to dress up. As you have mentioned, you run a YouTube channel, and you are a student. With so much happening for you, how do you manage time? I …

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In Conversation With Alkis Meiphok, Freelance Photographer From Manipur

It is a delight to come across people who are passionate about chasing their dreams, and even pursue it as their career. One such gem is Alkis Meiphok, a photographer from Manipur. He loves capturing moments, and share his perspective with the world. Most of his work includes nature photography – mountains, flowers, insects, whatever he finds pleasing to his eyes. Let’s find out more! We had a quick chat with Alkis Meiphok, photographer from Manipur. He talks about what got him started to pursue photography and what he hopes to achieve through it. Hello, introduce a little about yourself. My name is Alkis Meiphok, from Shangshak Phunghon village, Ukhrul district, Manipur. I am presently a freelance photographer. I did my photography course at DCOP (Delhi college of photography), North Delhi. What initially sparked your interest in photography? I grew up seeing photos. Our family has a tradition of taking a group photo every New Year,  and it was beautiful to create such memories. This was one reason why I took up photography. I love …

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“Music Defines Who I Am Today”, Asenle Kepen, Pianist From Nagaland

Music has the power to trigger a range of emotions. For some, music in itself is healing and for others, it brings them closer to become a better person in life. We have a Pianist – Asenle Kepen from Nagaland – with us today.  She started at the age of 15 when her parents bought her first piano! She finished her 8th grade in piano in the year 2014. And presently, works as a full time Piano tutor in Hope centre for excellence, Dimapur and Musika- Alobo Naga School of music, Dimapur. Read on to know more about her! We had a chat with Asenle Kepen, pianist from Nagaland. She talks when she began playing the piano, her inspiration and much mre. Hello Asenle! Please tell us a little about yourself. Hi! My name is Asenle kepen from Dimapur Nagaland. I’m a pianist by profession, teaching music, and also still learning and pursuing further training. I also help my church as a part-time church pianist, help the youth and Sunday school choir. Music has always …

#RECIPE: Snails With Pumpkin And Sun-Dried Bamboo Shoot by Ajano, From Nagaland

Today’s dish is “Snails with pumpkin and sun-dried bamboo shoot”, contributed by a passionate cook and food lover, Ajano Meru, from Nagaland. She has cooked the dish in a special Naga style by adding the sun-dried bamboo shoot that makes the dish all the more delicious! Read on for the full recipe.  “Snails with pumpkin and sun-dried bamboo shoot” dish by passionate cook, Ajano Meru from Nagaland Ingredients: Snails (1kg) Pumpkin (1/2 kg) Sun-dried bamboo shoot (two handful) Onion (1 medium size) Garlic (8-10 cloves) King Chilli (1) Turmeric (1/2 tbsp) Preparation of the dish: Heat the pan and pour about 2 tbsp of oil Add onion and fry until it turns slightly brown Add garlic and fry again until it turns golden brown Pour a little water so that the spices don’t get burned, then add turmeric Add the washed snails, salt and the king chilli. Cook for about 10 minutes Now add water and the sun-dried bamboo shoot, cook for another 10 minutes Add the pumpkins and mash them when cooked Lastly, garnish …

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Retro Fashion is Trending this Spring in North-East India

Fashion is cyclical, in truth; trends are recurrent, and the best ones tend to come back in style in one way or another. This holds true for the evergreen fads of the 80’s and 90’s – which are taking on the fashion scene, and making one hell of a soar. One of those is the perennial style of the 90’s that resurfaces time after time, in its classic style or with a contemporary twist. Here are some trends that have stood the test of time.  How about embracing some retro futurism with 90’s inspired wraparound sunglasses? Accessories are one of the few items that have succeeded in out-winning time itself. If one apparel could sum up the retro trend, then it’d be the miniskirt! Miniskirts are the ultimate clothing piece that everyone needs to have to spruce up their wardrobes. These bottoms, with their preppy and timeless print, can brighten up any look. Dress it up or down, these checkered have got you covered for any event or just a ‘running errands’ kind of outfit. …