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“My Mom’s Galho Restaurant Inspired Me to Open This Cafe” Pelevotuo Solo, Owner of “Mom and I Cafe” Nagaland

Eating out in Nagaland as we knew while growing up was pretty much visiting the “Chow & Momo” restaurants, or being invited to a friend’s or a relative’s house for dinner or tea. That was pretty much it. But if we visit Nagaland today, you are spoilt for choices – from the lovely bakeries and cafes to fancy evening lounge places. And most of these places have been founded and managed personally by the youngsters which is pretty fascinating and cool. Best part however, is the fact that each of these founders have a very interesting personal story behind their food ventures. Today we chat up with the owner of “Mom & I” cafe in Kohima Nagaland – Pelevotuo Solo to find out why this humble cafe is loved by all. Hi Pelevotuo, tell us the story behind your cafe “Mom and I” I was born and brought up in Kohima, Nagaland and I have a Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology. After I completed my education, I had to figure out to keep me occupied and earn a living. That’s when I thought …

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Faces | Paan Shops in Nagaland are Like Local Meeting Hubs

  “One of the most interesting places you can visit here in Nagaland is the colony paan shop. The shop in this photo is a small paan shop (with the owner) in Jakhama village, Kohima.  These colony paan shops are like the local meeting hubs, where informal catch ups take place and titbits are exchanged. You’d probably end up collecting the latest news from all the nooks and corners of the world! This is a great leveller too; the old and the young, the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy, the school kid and the businessman, all rely on these shops to meet their daily needs.” ~ Shanthungo

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“My Trekking Experience to Dzükou Valley, Nagaland” by Wati Pongener

One fine Saturday, we bumped into an old friend from college days and as we got talking about how our life has progressed, we (obviously) had to mention Roots and Leisure. She was pleasantly surprised to know that her seniors from college in Ahmedabad (us! :)) are the ones behind the growing community; she has been following us for a while now. She got really excited, and immediately offered to share her own travel story with the R&L readers. Wati Pongener had made a recent trek to one of the most beautiful local attractions in Nagaland – the Dzükou Valley* “The air in Dzükou was so fresh that I could not help but think if I have been breathing wrong my whole life  – before that moment! Every time I inhaled lungful of air, I imagined myself being cured of all the diseases from years of breathing polluted air.” (*Dzükou valley is situated at the border of Nagaland and Manipur just behind the Japhu peak. Its ecosystem could be classified as one of the last spots …

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Faces | Traveling Like a Local In The City of Chiang Mai, Thailand

  “On a hot afternoon, my friend and I were wandering about and exploring the old city area of Chiang Mai. All we needed after walking around in the sun for a while was definitely a cold and fresh coconut drink. On our way, we spotted an alley with lots of graffiti wall art and a phone kiosk along the lane. To the locals, this phone kiosk might look vandalised, but to me, it was this super cool spot with an amazing aesthetic appeal to take a nice photograph in! Plus, my coconut drink seemed like the perfect prop to use in this picture to blend in with the city and get a real sense of the life out here. Why not travel like a local but take pictures like a tourist, right?” ~ Manki Lai, @ohmanki

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The Tea Story Brings the Essence of Tea Bistros Together in Easy Style | Guwahati

  With its menu brimming with fresh and creative varieties of tea, The Tea Story is a cozily-designed space at Guwahati to take a breather from the everyday stresses of life; devouring damn fine food and tea whilst you’re at it. We speak with the bistro’s young and enthusiastic 27-year-old owner, Deba Pratim Das on how to open a viable tea business in the land of tea estates.  Why did you decide to launch a tea bistro?  I’m Deba Pratim Das and owner of a tea bistro called The Tea Story in Guwahati. I completed my graduation in Hospitality Management from Edinburgh Napier University. I then joined the Marriott Groups of Hotels and Resorts in USA as a F&B Supervisor and worked with them for two years. Coming from the land of tea estates, I have always wanted to learn more and explore the field of tea growing. But I never really got around to carve a path to follow. When I returned to India for pursuing an MBA degree in Hospitality, I had an …

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Faces | A Refreshing Route Across the Green Village of Nagaland: Khonoma

  “I took this picture in Khonoma Village, Nagaland. It is known for its rich history and culture, its lush greenery and never-ending terraced paddy fields. These kids took me through the village, telling stories, showing me interesting areas and the life around the place.” ~Kumar Mayank (@chasme_baddoor) Khonoma is an Angami Naga village located about 20 km west from the state capital, Kohima, Nagaland. Find out more about Khonoma Village here.

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Discovering a New Love for Bird Watching | Ramthansiama Chawngthu, Aizawl, Mizoram

  Bird personalities vary from species to species and are always fascinating to observe. After years of work in the domain, hobby photographer Ramthansiama Chawngthu who is a banker by the day, took to Instagram to chronicle the rekindling of his appreciation and passion for birds. Bird watching is a rare hobby and one that requires boundless patience. There is also the intellectual challenge of trying to figure out what their orders or families are and recognizing them. “It’s not just passively sitting there and having a beautiful image thrown at you. You have to work at it,” said Chawngthu in a brief chat with the Roots & Leisure team. Tell us a bit about your work. I’m Ramthansiama Chawngthu from Aizawl, Mizoram. I work as a banker by the day and pursue nature photography as a hobbyist. I have a deep passion for bird watching and travel intensively across the northeastern India to shoot birds. Most of my photos, however, are shot on the outskirts of the city of Aizawl. I have found some really rare birds in …

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Sipping Hot Coffee with a View at the Art Cafe | Kalimpong

Dropping into traditional restaurants for a restorative slice of the only aged cheese made in India is indeed a culinary must-do when in Kalimpong. Well, why not? It’s delicious: the texture of a hard European cheese with an almost parmesan-ish flavor. But it would behoove young coffee aficionados to head to more modern cafés like the Art Cafe at Thana Dara, for their coffee breaks instead. Especially as the old city of Kalimpong witnesses a rise in new cafes ushering in a “third-wave” that is contemporary and delightfully pretty. Who are the founders of Kalimpong’s Art Cafe? Art Cafe was started by Pravesh Chhetri and me (Yachna Rizal). We’re both currently based in Kalimpong. I graduated as an engineer and worked in Bangalore for some time but I realized my flair for fashion and so took a degree in it. I now own a clothing line and also feature some of my work in a small boutique section at our café. I’m a foodie by nature and I love experimenting and re-jigging our menu frequently to offer …

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Faces | Though We’re Poles Apart, We Bring Out The Best in Each Other

  “On a hazy November afternoon, Archeological Park, Mehrauli, offered us the perfect backdrop for a photograph to represent our friendship. The murky water of the pond and flowers surrounding us reminded me of how seemingly unrelated and completely different things can come together so beautifully. The two of us couldn’t be more different yet, I am so grateful we became friends last year.” ~ Payia Grace, Student