The World is a Small Place: Tag Along with the Baral sisters of Sikkim

At Travel Cafe and Tagalong hostel, the day begins with five people hustling it all the way. On an extremely cold and rainy day, when Gangtok town slips under warm mink blankets and duvets the Tagalong family is in full commotion. Inside the cafe, the scene begins at the kitchen counter where Manisha is vigorously…

Tirbin to Delhi: Weaving stories of nature with Jenjum Gadi

A 9 hours drive further north-east from Naharlagun, one of the twin capital cities of Arunachal Pradesh, takes one to the lush paddy fields of Tirbin. Sitting in Delhi, Jenjum Gadi, a fashion designer from Tirbin reminisces his colourful childhood in the village. Much of his collections are a reflection of the days he grew…

Walking down the Historic Lane: Snippets of Colonial Darjeeling

Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills, has a complex history. The sleepy town that we see today has a history woven collectively by the Gorkhas, Bhutias, Lepchas, Bengalis and British colonisers amongst others. We stopped by Darjeeling to capture snippets of what it feels like to walk down dark alleys, steep staircases and busy market places….

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…