• Creative Non-Fiction

    The future of music

    Music will not fade. Music stars will live on. But musicians will wither away. That is the future of music for you my friend. Let me explain. Music will go on. People will continue to have their fix of the all familiar tune and lyrics. The marketability of music will determine the production (not composition) and therefore, there won’t be much wandering from the familiar path. If need be, shit talking in between the songs may remain for a while. The themes will be the relatable ones like ‘occurrences of the previous night’, ‘female body parts’, or the ‘repetition of a word or phrase’. Someone may inject a little bit…

  • Creative Non-Fiction

    Green reminders

    Today, I visited Pungro Community Health Centre where I worked briefly 8 years back. Pungro is the last town in the Myanmar border, en route to Mount Saramati which is the highest peak in Nagaland. As we were about to leave, the nurse who has been there all these years pointed to a lucky bamboo plant in the nurses duty room and said, ‘This is your plant, and we have been keeping it in your memory’. That plant was with me from my undergraduate days in Imphal, Manipur around 15 years back. I had forgotten about it. I planted trees and flowers in the health centre compound but all had…

  • Creative Non-Fiction,  Lifestyle

    Persimmon cultivation in Nagaland

    Persimmon cultivation in Nagaland is about 15 years old. It is mainly grown in Pfutsero area. The popularity of the fruit is growing. Not well known A wedding on 16th October 2018 at Kohima must be the first time in Nagaland when persimmon was served as the main fruit item. Guests were curious and asked the name of the fruit and where it came from. This shows that the fruit is new in Nagaland and people are unaware that it is grown locally. China, Japan, and Korea have been cultivating the fruit since prehistoric times. The fruit was introduced in India by Europeans in Kullu valley, Himachal Pradesh in 1921.…

  • Creative Non-Fiction

    New Plant Love: Ficus

    Old love My love for Bougainvillea has come down by a notch. I also realized that it doesn’t love me that much. It doesn’t bloom on me as much as some other people. I felt jealous when I saw multiple colours of bougainvilleas blooming on the back of a car. They were coming back from a church after decorating it for the weekend. I know that this person started growing bougainvilleas after me. Yet mine are nowhere near a trip to the church. Not only the bloom but I came to discover that the trunk and branches of bougainvilleas are not as strong against rot as their thorns. A little…