Optimistic: The Daily Post prompts us to think about optimism or being optimistic This brought me to the final year of my fieldwork in Manipur. Not too far from the rainiest place in the world, the rains pre-dominate the summer season: pre-monsoon, monsoon, post-monsoon. Agriculture here is heavily dependent on monsoon showers. Timely rain means a … Continue reading Optimism: Dark Clouds mean Rain
The first blossoms of the apricots must have begun. it is the middle of winter. Winter at my hometown at Imphal (Manipur in India’s Northeast) is cold and dry but sunny. The grass turns yellow. The paddy fields are barren. The trees shed leaves. The mornings are foggy. As the sun begins to shines, the ponds … Continue reading The Apricot Tree
Going through my old folders i came across this photograph that i had taken some years back. I remember how i almost ran out of batteries trying to click this beautiful butterfly. it fluttered around the ixora bush never sitting on them for more than a few seconds, probably finding them lacking or perhaps it … Continue reading Of butterflies, ixoras, camera, guns and the INA memorial
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
This is a story that I once heard as a child growing up in Manipur. Told to me by a friend who heard it from someone else. Once upon a time, a man was travelling alone in the forest. He had been walking for a few days and he still seemed to be in the … Continue reading Three Wishes: Be careful of what you think!
At a time when the need to preserve the authentic tradition of Lai Haraoba consumes public discourses on the issue, ‘Maibido Maibado Mapuroibado’ comes as a refreshing take. The venture by The Sangai Artiste Association is laudable in its effort to bring out aspects of a neighbourhood Lai Haraoba festivity that any common person can … Continue reading Maibido Maibado Mapuroibado (Lilado): Some Reflections
On the 21st of July, the Bhopal based IGRMS in collaboration with the National Museum, Delhi inaugurated the exhibition of ‘Poubi Lai: the Story of a Giant Python’ under the theme ‘single object exhibition’. The exhibition held in Delhi lasted for more than a month. The central exhibit was a 23 feet long wooden structure … Continue reading Visualizing Poubi Lai