“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.
“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
“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 …
“What I like about this is that rather than the graffiti art, these young artists across Kohima choose culture and art. They choose locations across the town and very artistically paint walls and over bridges. All the paintings depict culture and heritage of the Nagas. Surely, an act of channeling creativity with a purpose!” ~ Amba Jamir
“Our Puja holidays just started. We are having so much fun having a sleepover at our cousin Rovi’s house and eating yummy food cooked by our favourite uncle Vilme” Photo | Sleepover at cousin Rovi’s house, Dimapur. Photo | Eating delicious food cooked by uncle Vilme . Pics courtesy of @sungdi
“Her name is Prisca Persina Lynrah. She resides in Sohra, popularly known as Cherapunjee, located in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. I met her a few months back, when I was searching for a elderly woman to play a small role in my short film. At the age of 94, I found her grace and memories so magnetic, that now I keep on visiting her to listen to her century old folktales and wisdom of the khasi tribes inhabiting there.” ~ Harshil Bhanusali, Film Director & Photographer.
“Hey, how come Aten is wearing a dress today? You look so pretty!” (She is a tomboy. She always refuses to wear dresses) Her brother quickly responds “Aten la dress chemru” (Atenla wears dresses now).
Sikkim became the 22nd State of India on 16th May 1975. Prior to the amalgamation, Sikkim was a monarchy, ruled by the Namgyal Dynasty and the monarch was called Chogyal. The world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga is her guardian deity. Sikkim is home to fourteen ethnic communities. The inhabitants of Sikkim are broadly divided into Lepchas, Bhutias and the Nepalese. “Chaam is a ritualistic dance performed at monasteries on religious occasions. The old palace ground is daubed with incense and the mountain fog as lungtas (prayers flags) flutter on the occasion of Guru Rinpoche’s Trungkar Tsechu- the birth anniversary of the patron saint of Sikkim, Guru Padmasambhava (The Lotus-born)” ~ Karchoong Diyali
“I think cotton candies are so magical! Just look at them! They’re so fluffy and sweet and so Instagram friendly! Oh my lord! I cannot wait to post this!” And then we laugh, and get into some ‘serious’ talk about how Instagram has taken up so much space in our mind, and our lives at large. My friend continues, “It’s a little scary but I don’t think it’s all bad. I mean, it is making our world fuller and bigger – as in, we now get direct access to people across the world, and vice versa. Also, what about the memories we get to make? How else can we freeze moments from our everyday lives? Now that you have made me say it, I am even more convinced that we NEED Instagram in our lives! Shall we take more pictures Jungshi?” I couldn’t help but nod and admire how logical she sounded indeed. I guess some changes are not so bad after all! ~Jungshi
“There, let me take care of this. I know how to make it better. By tomorrow morning, you’ll be better and back to normal.” “Haha, my husband is an expert in everything. He is suddenly an expert in healing sprained ankles :D”