Stories Told at Sunrise: Agh-ü Gwanyule’s Life in Tseminyu

“Tell me the stories of these mountains Which my heart is yet to know So that my flight be for the stars While my heart remains grounded to my roots.” The alarm rang at 4:30AM. Outside the window, the sun was emerged from behind the hillocks and threw golden rays on the deep valleys. I…

Kalimpong Diaries: First Love

  The perfect setting. Cold sudden gusts of soothing breeze. Autumnal yellow. The kind of sun that has you reaching for a light cardigan. Smell of freshly baked cakes and frosting wafting down the narrow stretch of the bakery at Industrial Park. The rustle of thousands of beating hearts in the Main road that somehow…

Siliguri to Sikkim: Bending it on the butterfly highway

There is more than one reason to travel to Sikkim, among New York Times’ 52 must visit locations for 2017. But the four-hour drive from Bagdogra airport in North Bengal to the state capital, Gangtok, itself makes for quite an experience. Gangtok may only be 120 kms away but the ever-towering Himalayan terrain keeps car…

Going Down the Silk Route

Recall Dusshera many years ago, when we made the annual garment shopping trip with our mothers to MG Marg. Our mothers would ensure that we buy whole sets of clothes to be used for many years to come. Quality and good workmanship were essential. Getting our night suits stitched from a good tailor was essential….

Ziro for Zero waste

After a tiring 24 hours train journey and a 7 hours Sumo ride across the rough terrains of Arunachal Pradesh what greeted me was an absolute delight. It was after a sharp turn that the vast panorama of Ziro valley finally came in full view. I saw little clusters of villages submerged in vast paddy…