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Meet The Sisters Behind Crochet Doll Venture “Handmade Cottage” from Manipur.

Meet the crafty sister-duo behind the crochet doll venture “Handmade Cottage” from Manipur. Both the sisters are trained nurses, who initially started their crochet venture as a hobby. Despite the challenges they face in a world where people’s expectations have been significantly altered through factory-made goods – in terms of speed and low price, these sisters are motivated more than ever to bring people back to appreciating artisanal handmade goodies through their humble yet ambitious motto of “One doll at a time, one smile at a time and one happy customer at a time.” We had a chat with the sister duo of “Handmade Cottage” from Manipur. They talk to us about how their hobby turned into a profitable business venture and the challenges they face along the way. Hello, please introduce yourself. Hello R&L, thanks for having us. We’re two sisters running this venture, “Handmade cottage” from Manipur. I’m Yungyung Ragui (29) and my sister’s name is Sovi Shaiza(27). We’re based in Ukhrul and Imphal. Professionally, we are both trained nurses but we have …

Recipe of Naga’s Favourite Pork Pickle | By Lilia Jimomi From Nagaland

  Most of us are aware by now about the popularity of pork dishes in Nagaland. You will find varieties of it in its many forms – smoked, fresh, cooked with bamboo shoot, axone (fermented soya beans) or pickled! Walk around Nagaland, and you will find meat pickles sold in almost every neighborhood shop [You can even buy them online on our shop]. Worthy to note that the locals residing outside the state, never misses to pack these pickles to take with them whenever they visit home. You can eat them with rice, sprinkle some over your favorite ramen or just eat it as a snack. No wonder it is the most favored meat item in Nagaland. So today, our contributor Lilia Jimomi from Nagaland is here to show us how to make the easiest naga pork pickle using simple ingredients. Let’s find out how! For those who would rather buy than make, you can buy meat pickles on our shop HERE. The recipe of Naga’s Famous Pork Pickle, contributed by Lilia Jimomi from Dimapur, …

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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 …

Move Over K-POP Girl Bands! Here’s “5feet” – An All Girls Dance Group From North-East Of India

We recently caught up with “5 feet”, an all-girls dance troupe from North East India. Comprising of four ladies from Arunachal, Mizoram and Manipur, all four have separate full time work and engagements, but dance is a common passion that led them to each other – and performances across the country and beyond. Having won awards across dance categories, participating in India’s Got Talent, and representing India at the India-Korea Sarang festival. These 4 have taken their passion to serious new heights indeed! Today, we chat with them to know more about their passion for dance and their performances across the world. A chat with the group,”5feet” from the north-east of India comprising of four charming and talented ladies. They talk to us about how the band got together, their passion for dance and what they do when not on stage! Hello girls, good to have you here! Please introduce us to your lovely group “5feet”. Hello! Thank you for having us. 5 feet is an all female group that loves to dance, sing and perform …

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A Passionate Writer, Yuimi Vashum From Manipur Talks About Empowering Victims of Sexual Violence In Her Debut Book, “Love, Lust And Loyalty”

They say when you want to bring about changes, it starts with uncomfortable conversations. We have a very passionate writer with us today, Yuimi Vashum from Ukhrul, Manipur whose work picks up emotions, feelings and humanity to create powerful poems. In her latest book, “Love, Lust and Loyalty”, she talks about the horrific experiences she went through as a child and through this book, she hopes to speak for the kids who are going through the same in silence. The book is a collection of poems where she talks about sexual violence, relationships and womanhood. We chat with Yuimi to know more about her and her debut poetry collection. Yuimi Vashum, a survivor of a child sexual abuse is here to convey the message to all the victims of sexual violence not to be shameful and fearful about raising their voice through her book, “Love. Lust. And Loyalty”. Hello Yuimi! Good to have you here, please introduce a little about yourself. Hi! My name is Yuimi Vashum, 28 and I’m from Ukhrul, Manipur. I am a …

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“I Revisit My Fond Memories of Exploring Hidden Places Through My Art” Self-Taught Artist Srijana from Darjeeling Takes Us Into Her World of Timeless Destinations

“I picked up art again after a long hiatus – and today I use it a form of meditation.” self-taught artist Srijana from Darjeeling chats with Roots and Leisure about her passion for travel and storytelling – and how she lets us into her world through her many sketches. True to her motive, we can’t help but wander into the quiet charm of the many corners that she showcases through her art. We delve deeper into her world to know more about the person and the artist behind these surreal works of art. Here is her story. R&L chats with artist and storyteller, Srijana who grew up in the misty hills of Darjeeling, West Bengal. She talks about art and travel are her sources of meditation and calm, and she combines these two through her series of sketches and travel tales. Photo: Srijana, an artist and storyteller from Darjeeling, West Bengal. Hi Srijana, so nice to have you here with us! Please introduce yourself to our readers. Hello! My name is Srijana, the self-styled artist and …

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In Conversation With “Red Light Passengers” – A North Eastern Pop Rock Band Based Out Of Delhi

The future belongs to the youths of today – and the leaders of tomorrow are the ones who are doing something within their reach to make a positive impact. In this world of unlimited access, we are empowered in so many ways to be heard and be seen. All we need is a heart filled with passion, and dedicated hard work towards championing our cause and spread the message. We can use art, music, stories, and more to get started.. Today we are talking music – and how it can empower one to champion their cause(s). Music can communicate in powerful ways. It can bring about awareness, enlighten and inspire, and connect like-minded listeners from all over. Today we have a band from North East India, who are doing their bit through their music, to bring about positive change. With the vision to bring hope to the society through their music, “Red Light Passengers” came together as a band eight years ago. This band of 7 musicians from Nagaland and Manipur, they are based out …

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#RECIPE | Learn How to Make “Pitika” – Eggplant Chutney from Assam

This one is for the chutney lovers. Today we learn how to make an interesting roasted eggplant chutney called “Pitika”, contributed by Puravee Bordoloi from Assam –  a passionate home chef, and an advocate by profession.  Pitika is an eggplant chutney – a side dish that is almost always present in any authentic Assamese thali/platter. It’s a simple chutney that needs only a handful of ingredients, but has a mouthful of flavors. So let’s find out how to make this interesting chutney from Assam! Find out how to make the famous “Pitika” – an Assamese chutney prepared with egg plant, tomatoes, chilli and Coriander Ingredients : 1 Eggplant (Bigger eggplants are preferable) 1 medium Tomato 1 Onion  (finely chopped) 3-4 chillies (finely chopped) 1 tsp of mustard oil Fresh coriander leaves chopped Roasted sesame powder (optional) Salt to taste Ingredients for Assamese chutney “Pitika”  (L to R, clockwise): chopped coriander leaves, roasted eggplant, tomato, onion, chillies and ginger. Directions to Cook: Prick the eggplant with a fork and smear some oil all over it Now roast the eggplant and …

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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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Students in Shillong from Across NorthEast India, Share What’s Trending | Winter Fashion 2019

Winter in Shillong can be pretty extreme with temperatures dropping as low as 3-4°C. While other parts of the country are warming up with the arrival of January, most states of North East India are experiencing one of the coldest months of the winter season. Well, the cold may dampen your mood on some days, but we at R&L believe in making the most out of every situation. Here, the silver lining comes in varied shades of trends and colors as young folks in Shillong dress for the occasion – that of a cold winter’s day with the last leg of festivities still lingering in the air.  So today, we have Rinyo Valui from Shillong walk the streets of Shillong and take us through the trends rocking the local fashion scene. A first glimpse tells us that there’s more to this season than the usual monochromatic knitwears and black high waisted jeans. The hottest trends in Shillong this season? Turtle neck, beret and beanies, thigh high boots and long coats. So let’s find out what’s trending straight …