Unison: A Cultural Cocktail

Walking along the streets of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, it is the same mundane things to see with occasional “out of the ordinary” sights, but in recent days, along with the regular crowd of exquisitely well dressed people, there has been increasing sightings of boys and girls dressed in skater-wear armed with skateboards and…

Life of a Buddhist Monk

Sitting on the extended plinth of the red and yellow building alongside the Chorten, I watched tourists strike flamboyant poses in front of prayer wheels in rhythmic motion while a traditionally dressed, old lady waited patiently for them to finish so she could go about her rounds. The wind brought around the enchanting aroma of…

For the Love of Nature: Messages from a young Nature Conservationist

“Influencing people is not easy. It is a slow and gradual process…” expresses a young conservationist and a lover of nature, Arundeep Singha, from Silchar, Assam. We are living in times when one after the other, nations are declaring a state of climate emergency. In times like these, it is also the work of conservationists…

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…

A Newari Folktale – Dhon Cholecha

The Nepali community of Sikkim makes up about 70% of the total population with different sub-communities within this large body. They find their roots in the neighboring country of Nepal due to which many of their folktales and children’s stories will be the same. “Dhon Cholecha” or Old Nanny Goat is a very popular Newari children’s story recorded and…