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!
Come, come my beloved! The day is coming to an end, where are you? You lover waits for you It is the season of love It is the season of summer It is the season of monsoon showers My life’s been spent looking for you I brave the chilly winters longing for you The myriad … Continue reading Evening Chirpings
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
There is a thirst in me But i know not what i thirst for …. I follow the path, But i know not where i am headed And i know not where it ends I seek the shade of a bountiful tree To find that it is home to many But I….. …… I move … Continue reading Aspirations
Lam gi san na machi sangi (The horns of the cow in the distance is longer – an old Manipuri saying) Figuratively, the grass is always greener on the other side. The old Manipuri saying refers to the human tendency to desire what is not easily available. Unlike most Manipuris, I would probably be amongst … Continue reading yongchak tales continues …..