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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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Faces | Sitting by the Fireside in Nagaland – Drinking Black Tea with Naga Dal and Grandma’s Memories

  “I love this photo that I took while I was sitting by the fire, drinking ‘pika cha’ (black tea) with boiled Naga dal – just what my grandma used to offer me back in the days (while I was still in school in Kohima), when I used to visit her. While sitting there, I had those moments of pure bliss, reminiscing of my chats by the fire side with my grandma. No other thoughts – just those beautiful memories. And I recommend everybody to try it this winters. Just sit by the fire alone (no phone!) with a cup of tea and try to go back in time – those good ‘ol days where we had no mobile phones, and we actually used to chat and enjoy the warmth of the fire and the tea. So thankful that I got a chance to experience such days, because of which I have these lovely memories today- and not just hundreds of photos that actually don’t mean much. Instagrammable maybe, but what else?” ~ Holito Swu, …

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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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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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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

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Faces | A Detox from Delhi Smog at the Ghats of Yamuna River

  “This is a shot of my friend, Emily, captured one beautiful morning around 5 a.m. at Yamuna Ghat in New Delhi. I love shooting portraits and exploring spaces with unique surroundings. My friends and I made this spontaneous plan to have a photoshoot at this location early morning. What began as an impromptu shoot ended up being a wonderful, fun experience. It was about an hour and a half drive away from the place we were staying. Devotees often come here early to bathe in the holy water and feed the birds. The birds you see behind in the picture are Siberian Seagulls. Hundreds of them migrate every year during winter season (between October and March) and flock across the holy rivers of Yamuna. We were told by the boatman that feeding the birds is often believed to bring good karma.  This was my first visit to Yamuna Ghat and it was truly an awe-inspiring sight watching the seagulls swivel around the rivers as we fed them, while riding on our boat. That was the exact moment I captured this photograph! The ambience …

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Faces | Creating Positivity Through Urban Streetstyle Dance Culture : SoulMafia from Aizawl

  “This picture is from an event at ‘Infinite Ainawn’ (a picnic spot in Aizawl). They were celebrating their one year anniversary of the place, and had invited this hip-hop dance crew called ‘SoulMafia’ to perform and entertain the visitors present at the venue. Everyone had a ball out there watching the crew perform their unique streetstyle sets with such an incredible amount of high-level energy! We were all fascinated by their b-boying skills – they performed their act like it was done back in the days with their old-skool, street-style choreography. They had attracted a great deal of attention at the site. In fact, the crowd by the pool and slides was larger in number as compared to the people inside the hall at the park. It was such a refreshing experience witnessing this talented crew express themselves through such impressive sets! ” ~FootLoose (_urban_state), Mizoram  

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Faces | Postcard from Cherry Blossom Festival Shillong

  “I was super excited to attend the first ever Cherry Blossom Festival here in Shillong. This  photo was taken last year at the festival. The whole scene out there was so captivating; the serene and peaceful atmosphere at Ward’s Lake is what I loved most about my experience there. I would definitely recommend attending this festival to anyone who’s looking to have a good time,in a beautiful surrounding. It’s an amazing place and mood to be in!” ~ Shan Rabha, Shillong Most popular for its cherry blossoms, Japan draws a number of visitors during the spring season each year. But now, a festival in Meghalaya is hoping to spark a new trend: watching the Himalayan cherry tree blossom in autumn. The tree, which is endemic to the region and typically grows wild, makes the Khasi Hills come alive every November with its delicate reds and pinks. Starting November 8th,Wed-Novemeber 11th,Thurs,2017,the Cherry Blossom Festival in Shillong will celebrate the flowering with guided night walks, live music gigs, a beauty pageant, and booths showcasing the cuisine and craft …

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The Book ‘Roots’ Inspired me to Delve Deeper into My Roots – But I have a Different Perspective on Identity

“The story of  Kunta Kinte inspired a generation of people to delve deeper into understanding their history and roots. I am from a different generation and of a different race but this book inspired me to return home and seek out my own history. (I am a Rongmei Naga, born to a Gangte mother, who grew up in a mixed community town, living in a state that is not Nagaland, speaking as many as 5 languages). While the pursuit didn’t answer all my queries, it made me reconcile myself with the perennial question of my identity- that it is not based on my historical grouping but on what I do with my life while I am alive.” .. and we believe that knowing your roots can help identify your unique skills, to contribute to the new communities you join. I keep recommending this book to people and somehow I also end up losing my copy. Yes, there are people who don’t return books they borrow. I was pleasantly surprised by @pem5398 yesterday. I had recommended this book to her, …