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‘Just A Venue’ in Mokokchung Village in Nagaland is Your Ultimate Holiday Getaway

Small towns in the far North East of India are prepping themselves to becoming one of the top travel destinations. Every nook and corner of this part of the country has so much to offer, it is hard for the team to keep up but the joy of exploring new places everyday is becoming an exciting adventure! Today our local contributor takes us to a piece of heaven in the small town of Mokokchung, in Nagaland. Known for their cleanliness and friendly ambience, a walk in the town guarantees that your happiness quotient will rise substantially. Beyond that, the town has so much to offer with relaxation spots that are popping up every day – with most of them promising to ease your stress in ways they know best – by offering a healthy mix of nature, calm and happiness. “Just A Venue (JAV)” nestled cosily in the beautiful hills of Mokokchung Village provides an ideal retreat for tourists and locals alike. You will find happy people, fertile farmlands, friendly village ladies and giggling, mischievous kids. Swimming …

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Faces | ‘Memories of My Childhood Home in Nagaland’ by Elika Awomi

“This is a bird’s eye view of the house I grew up in Kohima, Nagaland. Just looking at this picture brings back a flood of beautiful childhood memories . . . of Stealing Unripe Fruits (especially peaches and plums), Tree Swings, playing outside with friends in the backyard over our Mini Kitchen, Garden Camping, Christmas and New Year’s Eve bon fires, Doll Houses, basking in the winter sun and so much more!  I also fondly remember the days when we would gather in the front porch playing Five Stones or Carom during the rainy season. On Sundays after church or Sunday school, the outside area would be packed with us kids playing Seven Stones, Hide and Seek  . . . reliving these moments makes me feel like a happy kid 🙂 ” ~ Elika Awomi, Food lover and Jewelry maker

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Here’s What Fashionable Working Professionals Wear in Nagaland

In Nagaland, in fact in most parts of North East India, “Fashion” is as trendy as it can get in an average person’s regular life. People out here are impeccably dressed – not just on occasions, but almost every day. For young and old alike, looking good is a prerogative, and sensible dressing aesthetics come naturally. In the spirit of celebrating good taste and our mission to give a glimpse into the local life – untouched and true, our latest contributor Tiarenla curates her most stylish friends to give us a taste of what Fashion means to working folks in Nagaland.  Sashila Ozükum | Administrator, Hope Academy, Dimapur Sashila’s style (photo above) is simple, elegant and classy. She believes that the way we dress says a lot about us. “I would like to come across as a smart, confident woman and my style helps me put that across. Workwear for me is semi formal attire – comprising mainly of dresses and skirts. I don’t have a particular place that I shop from, or favourite brands as such; however, I am biased …

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An Honest Chat With The Founders of Sorshia & Co. Cafe From Kohima, Nagaland

A cafe filled with love for culture, food and design, the founders Arinaro and Wungchipem are here to talk about their cafe Sorshia & Co. Located in the beautiful and silent hills of Kohima, Nagaland, this cafe has a very distinct “Kohima feels” and their taste of design can be seen in the interiors of the cafe. We are also excited about the prospect of the cafe culture picking up in Kohima as it exists in Dimapur – which is the current hub of cafes and lounges in Nagaland.  Here’s a brief chat with the owners – Arinaro and Wungchipem to tell us the story behind Sorshia & Co. and what to expect from the cafe. Please introduce yourself and your latest venture together 🙂 Wungchipem : Sorshia & Co. is co-owned by the two of us, and we both live in Kohima. Ari and I come from very different backgrounds in terms of our education, influences, interests and our line of work but our love for food, designs and cafés motivated us to start this project …

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Longwa Village in Nagaland Might Be Your Best Bet for a Quiet and Enriching Getaway

One of the coolest things to do right now if you are looking to refresh your mind or just plain bored of the usual stuff on social media – is to go and visit a village and experience Mother Nature and her folks in the purest form. Having said that, there are tons of beautiful villages in every corner of Nagaland, in the Northeast region of India, and our local friends recommend visiting Longwa village in the district of Mon in Nagaland. With just around 600 households, Longwa village promises to be a quiet getaway while also enriching you with their rich historical and natural offerings. It is said that there are only 7 Chief Anghs (a ruler; sole authority of a village) in Mon district and Longwa is one of them that proudly has a Chief. Here are some local information about the place, it’s people and their food. This village shares borders with Burma and India An interesting thing about Longwa is that, it is located on the borders of Myanmar and India. The Chief’s place also …

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#Recipe | Naga Smoked Meat Cooked with Kholar Beans

Today we have yet another simple-to-make and super yummy dish from Nagaland. A traditionally cooked meat dish – made of smoked meat* with kholar (local kidney beans) to be relished with cooked rice and vegetables and chutney on the side. Recipe was contributed by food lover Elika Awomi from Nagaland. *Smoked meat used in this dish is a combination of both pork and beef – which is a common way of cooking smoked meat dishes. The smoked pork lard adds a distinct flavor and texture to the whole dish.  Cooking time : 45 – 60 minutes Ingredients: 1.5 kilo of mixed smoked meat (cleaned and cut into 2 inch pieces) 5-6 greens chilies 4-5 cloves of garlic Handful of dry fermented bamboo shoot (BUY  ON OUR SHOP) 1 cup fresh or dried kholar (local kidney beans) 1 small pice (~2 inches) Naga ginger (more zestier than regular ginger) Salt to taste Directions to Cook: Wash the kholar if it is fresh, or soak it overnight if it’s dry Cut the smoked meat into 2 inch pieces …

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Faces | Students in Nagaland Busy Studying for Their Mid Term Exams

“My name is Ayudangla, and right now I am busy studying for my mid term exams; we have our Science paper tomorrow. I am a 10th standard student at Christian High School Dimapur.  Our exams started  from 9th March onwards, and will end only on 21st March. So my daily routine right now is study, go write my exams, come back home, change my clothes, get some rest – and back to my books with tea and snacks. I can’t wait for my exams to get over and meet my friends for a street food outing in the evening. Planning to go out on 21st itself right after the exam ends.”

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Top 5 Indie Artists From Nagaland – by Owen Jungio

Came across an interesting write up on Quora by a young student from Nagaland, on his personal list of “Top 5 Indie Artists from Nagaland” Thought it needed to be shared with our Roots and Leisure audience as well. So here it is, a personal account of Ovung Jungio’s top 5 musicians from his hometown of #Nagaland. Share your personal “Top 5s” of all your favorite musicians, bakers, travel locations, recipes etc. [email info@rootsandleisure.com] *Disclaimer by contributor: “This is a personal list and in no ways meant to demean or disregard the sheer musical talents of all the other artists not included in the list. The list is in no particular order” ARTIST #1 – Jonathan Yhome With glorious introspective acoustic songs like ‘Send Me Away’; ‘Before We Knew’ and ‘Something New’, this young man from the capital is a songwriting force to be reckoned with.Personally his sonic timber draws a strong parallel with that of Gregory Alan Isakov.He also has a sister Pelenuo Yhome who is a talented singer/songwriter herself. ARTIST #2 – Imliakum Aier (The Electric Cool Kid) If there …

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Recipe | Naga Fish Dish Made of Fresh River Fish and Prawns

Who remembers those family picnics to the river side, where everyone  – young and old gets busy catching fish? The day ends with cooking a hearty meal with a huge vessel of rice (to match the big appetite!) – and the fishes caught , with fresh local ingredients and herbs – over an open fire. Absolute bliss! We may not be able to go on such picnics often, but at least we can try to recreate the mood and the appetite in our kitchens. Thanks to our passionate cook – Sochonphy Lunghar, who sends across her very own Naga recipe of rivercatch fresh fish and prawns – cooked with a local ingredient “Tree Tomato or Tamarillo”   Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes Ingredients: 1 kilogram fresh river fish and prawns Local ginger leaves 4 chopped Naga onions 5 hooker chives 1 dry king chilli 3-5 cloves of garlic 2 chopped tree tomatoes 1 tsp turmeric powder Salt to taste Directions to Cook: Clean the fresh river fish and prawns thoroughly; remove the bitter innards from the fish if needed. Put all the ingredients …

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#Recipe | Naga Style Ilish Maach (Hilsa Fish) Cooked Traditionally with Bamboo Shoot

Today we present to you your weekend recipe Traditionally Cooked Naga Styled Ilish Maas prepared by one of our favorite Recipe Mates – Kristi Kikon (@kristi_kikon). Its one of the famous recipes that comes with flavors of bamboo shoot and Ilish fish and is the most simple way of enjoying your weekend dinner or lunch. Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes Ingredients: 1 kilo Ilish fish Fresh bambooshoot 2 large tomatoes 8-10 green chillies 7-8 cloves of Garlic 800ml of water (you can add more if you want to have gravy) 3-4 tablespoon Refined Oil Salt to taste Medium size Kadai pan Method: Roughly chop the fresh tomatoes and the green chillies. Also peel the garlic and keep aside In the open kadai pan, lay out the fish nicely and spread the tomatoes, green chillies and the bamboo shoot evenly. Add Refined Oil and salt to taste and pour about 850ml of water Cook the fish in medium flame until dry for about 30-35 minutes Evenly spread chopped coriander leaves and smashed garlic across the fish 2-3 …