My Journey from Khonoma to Dzuleke, Nagaland

For some context, read: “Why I Left Khonoma Earlier Than Planned”. I was up the entire night trying to drown the house dog’s cries in the background, focusing on my great escape. I had told my host I would be leaving the next morning for Dzuleke. “But how will you get there”, she asked me….

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Khonoma, Asia’s First “Green Village”: Why I Left Earlier than Planned

I tossed and turned on the bed at my homestay in Khonoma and finally sat upright. Just the previous morning I had hitched a ride from Kigwema to Kohima, spent hours in search of a bus headed to Khonoma that nobody seemed to know anything about, finally landed at the NST Bus Depot in town…

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Hornbill Festival, Nagaland: 2020 Guide

Nagaland. The moment I said these words out loud, I was bombarded with a string of words I did not appreciate- ‘insurgency’, ‘headhunting’, ‘uncivilized’, ‘unsafe’, ‘WILD’. I was baffled at how oblivious mainland India can be to areas far away from its imagination. Never having been to the state, never having interacted with its people,…

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