Wishing everyone a happy new beginning and a Happy Cheiraoba!
And to those who have already observed it on the first of Sajibu, a belated Happy Cheiraoba! but why do the Meiteis celebrate it twice in one given year? Continue reading Yet another Cheiraoba!
Now that the blast of the Diwali fireworks is over, the festival fever continues into food. Yes, it is that time of the year when food will be thrust on your face – on the plate for a meal and several through all the social media sites. It is the time for ningol chakkouba, a … Continue reading Thoughts on Feasting: Ningol Chakkouba
Can light be appreciated without darkness? Does darkness make sense without light? Philosophical questions – perhaps but necessarily not so. After all, light can best be appreciated against darkness. The soft glow of lights twinkling like little stars in rows in front of the houses is almost magical. The soft tease of breeze would make … Continue reading Celebrating the Festival of Lights
Today is Cheiraoba, the start of another year in the Meitei calendar. It is a day ideally spent with one’s own family. In many homes, guests are not really welcomed with open arms on this day. The first half of the day is typically spent in and around the kitchen while the remaining half would … Continue reading A happy meal, a Hillock and the Flora of the Season : Happy Cheiraoba!
Lamta: As the chilli winds of winter recedes giving way to a lively spring of a riot of colors, life begins a new seasonal cycle of hope. Spritely spring follows dreary winter, life begins with death, hope sprouts in despair, light shines through darkness: all are but part of life. So then, why do we … Continue reading Lamta-gi Thangja: Henjunaha and the Night of Creeps
When Jagabondhu came home hungry, he asked his sister Subhadra to feed him. The loving sister was however a bad cook. She did not know what or how to cook. In her excitement to serve her beloved brother, she cooked the rice and the lentils together. And that is how the recipe of khechri originated. … Continue reading The flavour of the ‘kang’ season: Kang gi Khechri
Jagabondhu kang tongba nungaibra? – Nungaite kok tum ingao-ngaowi [Jagabondhu, is it nice to ride the cart? – No, it isn’t, it makes me feel dizzy] The Hindu festival of Rathyatra, also known as the cart festival, is known as ‘kang’ in Manipur. It lasts for ten days. In the beginning and the end of … Continue reading Celebrating the festival of Kang (Rathyatra) in Manipur