• Reflection

    The elite club of Nagaland

    ‘When you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression’ Nagaland today has undeniably a class divide. If someone thinks that Naga society is egalitarian, he is living in a fool’s paradise. But to my amazement, I have come across such claim in the not so distant past, unsurprisingly by someone who I will say belongs to the elite club of Nagaland. He claimed that everyone in Nagaland, whether an officer or a chowkidar now drive similar cars to prove his point that we Nagas enjoy social equality, unlike casteist Indian societies. Not many people will think or make such a brazen statement on a public platform. However, he reflects…

  • Reflection

    The need for peaceful protests

    There is power in peaceful protest and there is power in numbers in a democratic society. Protest can be constructive and it gives hope for positive change. The following article was published as Editorial for Morung Express on June 11 2015. It seems like Nagaland has come of age. We have more than a month to go in 2017 but the verdict is out. This year is going down in history as ‘THE YEAR OF PROTESTS‘. Icing on the cake is that there is an order that protests are banned. A friend lamented that in spite of all the things which are so visibly going wrong in our society, we…

  • Reflection

    Focus is the key

    Focus is extremely important for the success of one’s endeavor. Why do semi-literate migrants excel in business while locals struggle? We have seen non-locals thriving in business from small corner shops to big enterprises while the local people open shop only to close down after a few years. This is an observation in the context of Nagaland State. Local people had all the advantage to start with, although that can’t be applied as the norm anymore, as the migrants take a hold on the business establishment. The primary advantage of capital, connection, and location determine the success of a business to a great extent. But that does not always explain…

  • Lifestyle

    The five-fold benefits of Gardening

    It has not been long since I took up gardening. But on looking back, I realized that I had it in me all along. I didn’t have the time and space for it, living in hostels for nine years and in a rented place in Delhi for two years. I remember that my aunt took me to the garden when I was a kid and let me put seeds on the ground which she tilled. She said some hands reap a more bountiful harvest. She didn’t know people call it ‘green thumb’ or ‘green fingers’ elsewhere, but she knew the concept. It is amazing how beliefs like this exist among…

  • Uncategorized

    A website…. Finally

    How do I say this? OK. I have a website finally. I have for long blogged at https://thatchhouse.blogspot.in/ …since June 2008, and it is sad to think that I will be leaving it. It has generated 1.22 lakh views to date and a book (Cross Section : Reflections on Christian Faith and Society) in 2014. I have thought of having a website. And now, it is here. Designed by self. I know it is not much. I hope that you (readers) who have supported me will continue to walk with me on this journey. Thank you   584 total views, no views today

  • Reflection

    Hornbill Festival: The need to get it right

    The severest criticism of Hornbill Festival is perhaps not in the things which happen during the 10 days festival period but in what ‘does not happen’ during the remaining 355 days of the year. Nagas celebrate several festivals and most of them are related to work. For example, there are sowing and harvest festivals. Sowing festival is celebrated because there is sowing, and harvest festival is celebrated for harvest. But if sowing or harvest festival is celebrated without sowing or harvesting, something is wrong. If the State government carries out cosmetic works on the eve of Hornbill Festival, it is unlikely that people who suffer throughout the year for its…

  • Reflection

    A frustrated generation

    There is a generation of half-educated, middle-middle class, unemployed and angry young men and women who are turning into cynics, nihilists, and anarchists. What I am about to describe here may be offensive to some, simply common knowledge not worth writing about to some, or disagreeable to some who may argue that it is only my private individual perception. How do we describe the generation of today? It is not easy because no two people are the same and we all have our own experiences which inform how we would generalize a generation. But as I look at the people around me and assess how people speak, behave, or think,…

  • Lifestyle

    Bougainvillea

    My fascination for bougainvillea is as old as my marriage, which is 3 years old. I was able to make my wife fall for it too and we have been collecting as many varieties/colors as we can. This specimen in the photo is one of the prettiest, that it has multiple colours in one plant. It is possible to achieve that also by grafting different colored plants into one. What we have come to understand about growing Bougainvillea is that it is easy to propagate (cuttings around June), low maintenance, loves sun (needs it to bloom), cannot tolerate freezing temperature, and doesn’t like wet feet. It can be grown in…

  • Lifestyle

    I was sick, now I am poor: The impact of health care expenditure

    A society’s progress is not measured by how splendid a show one puts up at a festival or how good the top layers in the society are performing. But it is measured by how much it does to protect those people who live on the edge of a cliff. What would have a Chakhesang Naga village farmer not done before deciding to sell off his paddy field to pay for his son’s medical bills? Left with nothing else, he did it; for who wouldn’t have done so if that can save the life of one’s only son? If a single showing is worth a thousand telling, the story of desperation…

  • Lifestyle

    Child Mortality Statistics: Not just numbers

    Health statistics are not just numbers in a table, shades of colors in a chart, or dots in a map; but they are measures of human suffering. Behind such mathematical and statistical figures of our health and disease data are real people who either suffered or died In my presentations, I point to the health statistics and say that these are not just numbers in a table, shades of colors in a chart, or dots in a map; but they are measures of human suffering. Behind such mathematical and statistical figures of our health and disease data are real people who either suffered or died. Chances are that in the…