Unearthing stories of a historic battle in Manipur

Did you know Britain’s ‘greatest battle’ was fought in Imphal and Kohima during WWII. Meet Rajeshwor Yumnam and his team of volunteers who are excavating relics and remains from this forgotten war For an event that turned the tide of history, very little is known about the twin battles fought in Imphal and Kohima between […]

Houses of reeds & bamboo that have stood test of time

Art conservator Avinibesh Sharma shines the light on fast-disappearing Assam type houses that were built to be earthquake resistant As the founder of Vintage Assam – a digital platform that documents the history of Assam using old photographs, archival documents, audio clips and the like – it was not surprising to learn that Jorhat-based Avinibesh […]

Flavours to savour in Meghalaya

The Khasi, Garo and Jaintia communities have their own culinary specialties. Here are eight recommendations Meghalaya – the abode of the clouds – comprises three main ethnic communities, namely, Khasi, Garo and Jaintia, with each tribe boasting their own unique cultural and culinary traditions. Meats such as pork, beef and chicken as well as preserved […]

A taste of Sikkim

There’s a lot more than momos to eat in this mountain state. From wild greens to millet brews, here are six food items you must try This small landlocked state in the Northeast offers a large variety of foods influenced by Nepali, Tibetan and Lepcha cuisines. While most of us are familiar with momos and […]

Bwisagu – a new year celebration of the Bodo tribe.

Celebrating a new year in a Bodo homeA photo essay by Alongbar Basumatary taken on the 14th of April 2021 at  his village near the town of Bongaigaon in west Assam. Assam as most states in India is primarily an agrarian society. Celebrations are based on harvests, planting of paddy and the lunar calendar. Most […]

” Waste not, want not”

Rasna Baruah shares a few lessons on simple daily conservation practices which we can all follow. It just needs us to be conscious about our lifestyle and home environment. A nostalgic account of a time when households were more self contained and produced a lot of their own fruits and vegetables, wove their own fabrics […]

My Journey into conservation: Illuminations from Arunachal Pradesh

It was a delight coming across M.Janaki’s instagram handle @janaki_27. Behind each lovely image was a story about a forest, a tribe or place from the far flung corners of Arunachal Pradesh. A state that holds a very dear spot in my heart. Out of pure curiosity I got in touch with her to know […]

OH, THE LOVE OF FOOD – EXPLORE THE REGION THROUGH THESE RECIPES

When it’s time to travel to a new destination the eager anticipation to try novel activities and cuisines is for me one of the most wonderful things in life. A market visit to visually feast over the local vegetables, flowers, sample the indigenous fruits and meals in little eateries are definite features in most of […]

FROM THE PLANTER’S TABLE – COLONIAL CUISINE OF ASSAM

The gorgeous painting ( cover image ) was done by the artist, Dr. Sanjeev Handique  as a little boy in 1979 of a bungalow in Digboi. Both he and Kashmiri Nath, who has contributed the article and photographs grew up in this quaint charming old town in Tinsukia district of Assam. When Assamese Cuisine is mentioned […]