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“Rediscovering This Forest Has Brought Back Fond Memories from My Childhood Years” Akumla from Nagaland Takes Us for a Walk

Isn’t it a delight when you discover hidden gems that opens up a whole new world for you? One of our friends Akumla from Nagaland had such an experience, as she ventured out one cold Winter evening below her house in Kohima, Nagaland. We got talking about this experience as we were scrolling through her Instagram feed recently and got her to share them with our readers – along with some lovely inspiring thoughts from this walk she took 2 years ago. Scroll down for photos from her walk and her story . . . “I stay in Lower Forest Colony in Kohima Nagaland. These photos were taken by me one fine day in the winter of 2018. That day, I decided to take a solitary walk, driven by sheer joblessness during the holiday season. The air around was pretty chilly and cold, but once I took off into the beautiful landscape of the neighborhood forest area, my heart warmed up – and instantly – at that very moment – resolved to take more such …

Delhi-based Tattoo Artist Raghav Talks About Tattooing & More

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 …

R&L Readers Share Their Highlights of 2019 and Hopes For 2020!

As the end of an arrives and the other begins, we tend to look back at our successes and failures, joys and sorrows. We set the agenda for the next one and reminisce the one gone by. For us at Roots & Leisure, 2019 has been an year of immense growth where we discovered a number of artists and interacted with people who inspire and create a positive community of changemakers. To wrap up the year, we spoke to some of our readers who share how their year turned out to be and what they expect for 2020. We hope you enjoy the end of the decade with some good stories, a warm cup of coffee, and a lot of love! Tap on the link in bio or below to read. Guse, Kohima (Currently in China)  The moment 2019 began I was like that’s it, I quit. All jokes aside, my life and lifestyle is constantly changing. From 2017 moving to a new country trying to settle in, 2018 trying to get more connected to …

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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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Title: RECIPE | Quick & Healthy South Indian Snack Called Appey

For when you want a quick yet healthy snack to munch on, try out this recipe of vegetarian Appey, submitted by Sangeeta Dubey from Allahabad. Her personal favourite for breakfast and evening snack, she picked up this recipe when she was travelling in South India. Appey is made with sooji (rava or semolina) and fresh veggies, and requires little oil. Things needed to make the batter: 2 cup rava/sooji/semolina 1 cup curd 1 tbsp salt 1 cup water 1 cup finely chopped vegetables (like capsicum, cabbage, onion, tomato, grated carrots, and peas) 1 tsp fine chopped green chilli 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp red chilli powder Oil for greasing How to make it: 1. Mix batter ingredients well and leave it for 30 mins or more. 2. After 30 minutes, add eno and mix it well again. Start greasing the appey pan. 3. Fill 1-1 tbsp batter in appey mold. 4. Press the batter and again add 2-2 tbsp batter on filling. 5. Now cover the pan for a couple of minutes until under side …

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R&L Community Shares How They Celebrate Christmas

It’s our favourite time of year! With festivities in the air, the weather turning cold, and everyone getting enthusiastic for the New Year, there’s nothing more we love than spending time with loved ones. We spoke to the R&L Community about how they are celebrating Christmas. Livika Assumi. “Last year I took a break from the festive season as it was the first Christmas without my dad. But this Christmas, I decided to let go of all that mourning and yearning. I made sure to make this Christmas a joyous one. First of all, I wanted to share the joy by baking cookies and cakes for my near and dear ones. I also spent quality time with my family by having barbecue night and sipping some wine.” PC Lalawmpui from Mizoram “I’ve spent previous Christmases taking things for granted, not realizing that people change along with the seasons and some people will not be there for the next. This year, I’m seizing every moment I have with my family and friends, taking chances and appreciating …

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Ann Lotha Talks To Us About How She Became A Successful Designer

“As I work for a company and not my own label yet-my work is split into different brands -like if you see a embroidered bag at Zara which says made in India there could be 60-70% chance that we had something to do with it” Ann Lotha has taken her dream and passion and made it into a reality through her hardwork and dedication towards the work. She is a designer for famous companies like Zara md Mango, and we had a small one-on-one with her to talk about how she reached where she is today. Read the full interview below. Introduce us to your work. What got you started? I’m a product designer who specialises in all sorts of hand embroidered techniques like hand beaded embroidery, hand loom weaving, crochet, macrame, machine embroidery and so on. I design and work on products for bags , soft home products pillows /throws, hair accessories  for multi national companies like Zara, Mango etc. When I started my first job, after graduating, I had no clue about embroidery …

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Winter Outfit Inspirations To Keep You Warm & Stylish by Lungzeu From Nagaland

With the temperature dropping low, make sure your style keeps up! In the chilly weather, our outfit decisions are mostly dependent on what can keep us warm and not what is stylish. To give a little inspiration on how to do both–stay warm and be stylish–we have Lungzeu of Naga Street Style with us. She curated three uber-chic looks for you to try out this winter. Head to the link in bio or below to know what they are!  Look 1: Keny Metha, Kohima. “When it comes to styling my winter outfits, I like to stick to my own aesthetics which is mostly semi-formals. I’ve recently come to love lavender and lilac colours, and I’m in love with this coat. I try to not use more than two colours, so I chose a brown turtleneck and a brown pleated skirt. When it comes to shoes, I always choose comfort since my job requires me to move around a lot. I styled a comfortable pair of sneakers here.”  Look 2: Manihra Krichena, Nagaland “I have been …

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#Recipe | Wai Wai Snack With Chickpeas

Wai Wai always comes in handy when you want to try out new recipes. It never disappoints, whether it’s cooking or savouring it. Today we have another Wai Wai recipe contributed by Rachel, which you can make easily at the comforts of your home with easily available ingredients. It makes for an easy yet delicious snack for any time of the day. Ingredients: 1 Waiwai 1 King Chilli 1 Tomato Half an Onion Chickpeas Carrots(Optional) How to make: Soak chickpeas overnight Slice onion, tomato, and carrots. Crush the King Chilli. Fry the onion, tomato, and carrot together for 5 mins. Put the crushed king chilli in and fry for 1 minute. Put chickpeas in. Fry for 10 mins. Keep stirring. Take out from heat. Crush waiwai, mix with the fried ingredients and enjoy.