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“Hill Wild Chocolates” from Manipur are Made with Local Nuts and Seeds | A Chat with Founder Zeinorin Stephen

Armed with the passion for experimental ideas and geared with confidence and determination, Zeinorin from Ukhrul is not your regular entrepreneur. What sets her apart is her insatiable appetite for success and new ventures. The young lady will stop at nothing to keep her spirit high and going! And she has a secret sauce that literally helps her do that – which involves chocolates. Here’s her story. She’s someone you’ll always find hustling – wherever or whatever the situation. Along with running multiple initiatives under her venture “Hill Wild”, she also leads an NGO called “Phiva” which trains and works with women (they have 13 so far) to  make pickles and doughnuts. Hi Zeinorin, tell us something about yourself and How did you start your chocolate startup?  I’m Zeinorin Stephen from Ukhrul, Manipur. I often call myself a passionate entrepreneur because no matter how often I fail,  I always move on with persistence. It’s almost innate. I love sharing knowledge and I  have been extremely fortunate for I always end up meeting people with similar ideas and altruistic vision. So …


Recipe | Stinky Beans and Smoked Beef Chutney

  Ingredients: 1 thinly sliced Stinky beans (Yongchak) 2 pieces of smoked beef A handful of chameleon roots 4 leaves of sliced Lomba (Elsholtzia griffithii ) 1 small sliced onion A handful of coriander leaves 1 medium sized sliced king chilli 2 Roasted fermented fish 2 gloves of garlic Salt to taste Directions to cook: Mash garlic gloves using a mortar and pestle Add roasted fermented fish and mash Roast the smoked beef and shred it into pieces Mix stinky beans, smoked beef, lomba, onion, chilli and chameleon roots in a bowl Add the mashed garlic and fermented fish Add salt Mix it well


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)


Recipe | Fox Nut and Bitter Tomato Chutney

Ingredients: A small bowl of Fox Nut 3 Sliced bitter tomato 2 Roasted fermented fish 1 medium sized sliced King chilli 4 sliced Naga onion 2 garlic cloves Salt to taste A handful of coriander A handful of chameleon roots Direction to cook: Mash garlic gloves using a mortar and pestle Add roasted fermented fish and mash Mix fox nut, bitter tomato, naga garlic, chilli and chameleon roots in a bowl Add the mashed garlic and fermented fish Add salt Mix it well Garnish it with coriander leaves


Defying Society’s Beauty Standards with Art: Thokchom Sony | Visual Artist | Imphal & New Delhi

  There is a common saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  That idea is further complicated when we look at it through the eyes of different cultures that exist today. In today’s globalized world, culture, race, and media intersect to create an idea of beauty that is admired by a collective and not an individual. Pop media and artists today have a bigger responsibility to open the world’s eyes to what today’s beauty standards are and what they need to be. We speak with visual artist Thokchom Sony on the importance of showcasing cultural importance in art. Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a 29-year-old visual artist from Imphal and am currently based in New Delhi.  I have lived in the south of Delhi for the last 10 years, where my career has continued to grow. This is where I’ve regained a sense of self-assurance. I have attained a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Jamia Millia Islamia Institute and I have a postgraduate diploma in visual effects and animation …


Recipe | Manipuri Dish: Paan( Colocasia/Arbi) Eromba

Eromba is one of the most popular dishes Manipuris prepare for their lunch/dinner. It is a local-favourite dish, enjoyed by people from other parts of Northeast as well. It’s usually made with boiled vegetables mashed with ngari (fermented fish) and chillies. Vegetables like yongchak (tree beans), soibum (bamboo shoots), yendem (buckwheat), belandri (lady’s finger), lafu (banana stem) and Paan (colocasia/arbi) are commonly used to make different varieties of eromba. Our recipe today, is the Paan (colocasia/arbi) eromba contributed by our lovely R&L follower, Impala Ayekpam. This is a simple dish you can easily make using ingredients available around your kitchen! Paan (Colocasia/Arbi) Eromba Prep Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 15-20 mins  Ingredients: 250gm of Paan/colocasia/arbi (washed and peeled) 10-12 Dried red chillies/1-2 king chillies (whichever is preferred) 5-6 Ngari/fermented fish 2-3 smoked fish (optional) Salt to taste. Garnish :  Fresh 1/2 u-morok/ghost pepper (thinly sliced) and Spring onions/corrainder (chopped) Directions to cook:  Add 4-5 cups of water in a pressure cooker and boil the arbi and chillies.  Let it whistle  for about 4-5 times  Cool it down and drain the water  Roast the …


How This Young Designer from Ukhrul Is Breaking Through The Clutter In The Fashion Realm | Easternlight Zimik

  “It is said that a person’s personality is reflected through the clothes they wear and that it depicts your true self. Each piece of a clothing has its own story to tell. As a person we wear a different face every day, wherever you go you are a different person and the clothes you wear tell a different story, the real story.” ~Fierce Berry Easternlight Zimik is a fashion designer, illustrator and print designer who draws inspiration from music, poetry and Japanese holistic fashion. Zimik graduated from NIFT, New Delhi and aims to create a voice through his designs where concept meets commercial value. He is currently working as a head designer for a brand called ZINGRIN in Delhi. Tell us a little about yourself. Hi ! I am Easternlight Zimik from Ukhrul, Manipur. I am working as fashion designer, fashion illustrator and print designer. I am in my mid-twenties. I did my graduation from Delhi University and fashion designing at NIFT Delhi. I am currently based in New Delhi working as a head designer for the brand, ZINGRIN. Besides …


Did We Just Find India’s Answer to Rupi Kaur? | Poet, Writer and Illustrator: Lum Shaiza, Ukhrul, Manipur

  Sunny and bubbly Lum Shaiza is a face that hardly paints the picture of a pensive writer. And yet, her Instagram profile tells us a different story. Shaiza does what probably is the most important aspect of writing: she writes lines that articulate thoughts and feelings that readers have lost in their subconscious. Her work helps readers relate to the world around them, and the sentiments contained within them. Hi, Lum Shaiza. Is that your full name? I go by a few names, although I like to stick with Lum Shaiza and not my full name. Why? because that’s reserved for when my mom gets really mad at me. That’s when she spits out my full name, Lumyangnao Shaiza! – and lightning strikes in the background! I’m a Tangkhul girl from Ukhrul, Manipur and I’m just two months shy of turning 23. I’ve been living in Pune since I was studying in senior high school. I’m still pursuing an MBA here. What developed your interest in the field of writing and why? Personal diaries …


Unearthing Manipur’s Pristine Beauty at Biisho Village | Travel

  Biisho is a beautiful village of the Poumai Nagas in the district of Senapati in Manipur. The village’s soil is known to be very fertile as it sits on the banks of Barak and Darai rivers.  The village is known for its lush valley called Zhophao, which is a vast meadow that serves as a pleasant spot for backpackers to set up tents. The valley serves travelers with a perfect weekend escape to the hills and the rivers. With some pretty unique experiences hidden in its depths, Biisho is more than just a destination to experience waking up to mist ladened mountains. As you enter the village, you will be greeted with excited and beautiful smiles of the locals. On a lazy afternoon, you will mostly find the villagers nonchalantly sipping a hot cup of tea sitting on their porches made of bamboo or by the verandah. A sight that is only but a slight cue of the simple joys of life that the blissful village enjoys. Bissho was once explored by travelers far and few. The village has …