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Music Producer / Mix Engineer VI-LO from Nagaland Chats about his First Single “Remember When”

Today we chat up with Vizo Solo aka VI-LO from Nagaland as he gets candid about his journey as a band member (drummer) to becoming his own person as a music producer /Mix engineer. He is super excited about the launch of his first single as a music producer. Stay on for the full conversation below . . “Remember When” is my first solo production. It had that distinct 80ʼs synth-wave, so I thought of making the song talk about the good old days of the yesteryears, of friendship.. and make the listeners and viewers get nostalgic about their youthful fun – and remind them to cherish their present moments spent in the company of good friends.”~ Music producer and mix engineer Vilo Solo from Nagaland (producer name VI-LO) talks about his newly released single. Hi Vilo, congrats on releasing your first solo production! We’ve been checking out your work, and we are super interested to know more about you. So please introduce yourself to the R&L fam Hi, I am Vizovolie Solo, and I …

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21 Things to Do During Lockdown – by Ikaty Kinimi from Nagaland

Halfway through 2020, and we are still uncertain about how and when this pandemic situation is going to clear up. During this time, each new day brings a new surprise .. a new story.. a new challenge. And to think – most of us stayed in (inside our homes) as early as March this year, thinking things will go back to normal soon enough. Well, from where we stand today, that timeline looks blurry. That being said, how many of us here have some regret about the way we dwindled months (4 months and counting..) spent indoors to forgettable moments under the guise of chaos and uncertainties that will soon vanish as the situation gets better? If you have raised your hand, you are not alone. Because these are not ordinary times, and indeed chaotic outside. But if this is the new normal – at least for a little more time, can we take reign of how we spend the remainder of our days? How do you want to freeze this COVID period in your …

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Recipe | Learn How to Make The Famous Axone (Fermented Soyabean) From Nagaland

[Originally published on 25th May, 2019] Axone (pronounced ‘Aakhuni’) is fermented soyabean paste with a very strong pungent smell, and is one of the most popular spices from Nagaland, in the North East of India. It is indigenous of the ‘Sumi’ Naga tribe but is widely used across all Naga dishes. Locals in Nagaland usually buy them from the market, and rarely make them at home. Axone made by the Sumi tribe is most favored obviously.  Today, we have Inali Jane Ayemi, a passionate cook from Nagaland, to show us the entire process of making Axone at home. The only ingredients we need here are the soyabeans, a pressure cooker, and leaves to wrap them for fermentation. The complete process takes about a week. Let us get started! Preparing Axone (aakhuni) at home: Wash the soya beans and soak it for about 20-30 mins Cook it in a pressure cooker, then strain it dry Then pound the soyabean to make it into a paste (as shown in photo) Wrap portions of the pounded soyabean paste in …

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Recipe of ‘Plain Paratha and Aloo Fry’ with Chai by Khevito Elvis Lee

As the lockdown continues, most of us are in a constant pursuit to pick up on new skills – and cooking is turning out to be quite popular. That being said, it may not be that easy for most of us to master our favorite dishes in such a short period of time. But this is where our evening starts to brighten up. . . Over the last 3-4 years of our short existence (so far), we have been lucky to have met so many passionate and talented and kind folks who have been inspiring us from day 1. Today our friend Khevito Elvis Lee – chef and owner of the popular ‘Hornbill Restaurant’ in Delhi, is here to teach us how to make the yummiest paratha and aloo fry! Yes, we know, it’s one of our favorite dishes in this world! Best part is, it is super easy to make , and the ingredients are easy to find in your kitchen anyday. So without wasting much time, let’s get started! Ingredients for Plain Paratha …

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“The Covid Pandemic Brought a Lot of Helplessness Initially, But Very Soon We Shifted to How We Can Help” ~ Artist Kenei Solo from Nagaland

  As we weather the COVID pandemic with fear, caution, and sometimes frustration, this post is to highlight how young people are doing their bit to help. We had an artist from Nagaland – Kenei Solo, reach out to us to inform about an initiative she had started with a bunch of artist friends to raise funds, with the aim to help individuals affected by the lockdown – and the pandemic at large. About the campaign: A doner needs to commission a portrait art from any of the eight participating artists for Rs. 500 and up. The doner gets the portrait and every rupee raised will go to ‘Green Team Kohima‘ – another small team of young people working hard to provide free ration and help to local people affected by the lockdowns. Commission a portrait to donate: A bunch of young artists from Nagaland started a fundraising initiative to donate to charities to aid them in their #COVID19 outreach helping families & individuals in need. Here’s what each artist has to say about why …

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Lockdown Special Recipe by Kristi Kikon | Popular ‘Naga Chow’ Made with Maggi Noodles

Hello there! It’s been a while since we’ve shared anything on our online blog. Our last post was published on the 26th of Jan, and we have been on an intentional break as we got caught up with our busy life. But all that while, we have been thinking hard about ‘de-stressing’, ‘taking it easy’, ‘time to chill’ and so many such ideas. And then COVID happens. Look at us! All locked inside our homes as we coalesce into this virtual community sharing our fears and thoughts – while trying hard to stay positive amidst all the chaos that is happening around us. Such dire times have proven yet again that staying connected with like-minded folks is especially crucial as we share information, cheer each other on, support one other as we extend help to our neighbors/communities – and more. And today’s ‘Instant Noodles’ recipe is one perfect example of how the community moves.. Special thanks to Kristi for always inspiring us with her yummy recipes. Today, she has inspired us even more with her …

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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 …

#Recipe| Smoked Pork and Beef With Mushroom Recipe For New Year Special

It’s a new year, and with New Year celebrations, good food is a must! This New Year, we got some mouth-watering smoked meat recipe which we’re sure you’ll enjoy. Read below to learn the recipe and make some for yourself this year. Ingredients: 2 cups of smoked beef and pork (chopped) 2 Tomatoes (chopped) 8-9 sliced green chillies 7-8 spring garlic 1/2 cup chopped garlic 1/4 cup fermented bamboo-shoot water 1 cup oyster mushroom (or any mushroom of your choice) How to cook: Put all the ingredients (except the spring garlic) in a pot. Add 3 cups of water. Add salt to taste Cook till all the water reduces. Add spring garlic. Let it cook over low flame for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

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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 …