Roots & Leisure was founded by Tiarenla, Sungdi and Amenla from Nagaland, located in the North East of India.
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN?
Their story dates back to 1994 – the year Tiaren and Sungdi met at boarding school in Darjeeling, and became good friends. Fast forward 10 years, Sungdi meets Amen in Ahmedabad, while attending engineering college; and and they become inseparable – almost like family. Another 10 years later, when Amen moved to Bangalore (in 2014) to join her new job, she finally got to meet Tiaren, after hearing so much about her from Sungdi.
Over coffee, they discuss starting a passion project that can help communicate to the world about their unique roots and lifestyle, as many of their friends seem fascinated by their culture but have little knowledge about their local people and their way of life.
Finally in 2016, they decided to give it a shot, and start the project as a weekend activity. So one fine Sunday, the trio pulled an all-nighter (Tiaren and Amen working on putting up the website from Bangalore; Sungdi working on the first batch of contents from Nagaland), and launched the site in less than 24 hours. Since then, there’s been no looking back!
WHY DID THEY LAUNCH ROOTS AND LEISURE?
Moving to different cities for education and later for work, all three had similar experiences of having to constantly explain about their native place – starting from geography to their culture & lifestyle. This was especially unavoidable as they come from Nagaland, a little known place in the Northeast of india.
On the brighter side, their stories would amuse their friends so much, that they often ended up visiting their hometowns, and taking with them a story (about their culture and people) to share with their friends and families.
“Wherever we go, we’ve always been able to create a deep sense of connection with anyone who is proud of their roots – the love of which, is often manifested in the way they live their lives, their unique art and stories, and the way they inspire the world with their Originality. Finding and building the connection with this inspirational lot, became a fascinating hobby for the team, which sowed the seeds to create the R&L Community.
The R&L community is a space where artists, creators, entrepreneurs, travellers and dreamers come together to promote each other, and to share their stories and the arts – with the world.”
Thus Roots and Leisure was created with a mission to promote all the original talents and stories from a community of Artists, passionate Entrepreneurs, Creators/Sellers, Travellers and Dreamers – across geographies – by spreading the word about them through the blog, and also by acting as a MARKETPLACE to sell their personal art to their fans and well wishers.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE R&L COMMUNITY?
You can join the community as a Reader, Content Contributor, Seller, Buyer or as a Well Wisher.We are constantly on the lookout for originals to feature, or to collaborate with.
So if you wish to work with us or share a story/art about yourself or of someone you know, we would love to hear from you. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply fill the form below:
SUPPORT R&L BY DONATING FUNDS
If you wish to support the community of Original Creators and Dreamers, donate to create*/support a project (*you can request for special collabs and work projects). Write to us at email@example.com for more details on how to donate.
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