• Reflection

    Who is responsible? Who will turn it around?

    How did it happen that we have become opposites of how we used to be? …Can we turn it around again for the generations to come? It is told time and again that Nagas were simple, honest and trustworthy. So, in public speeches and writings, appeals are made to revisit that past and cultivate or uphold that past collective character of our forefathers. That past is also often spoken in the context of the present situation where the stark contrast is projected: That we have become opposites of what we used to be. ‘There is no honesty or integrity and we have become corrupt from top to bottom’, people say…

  • Creative Nonfiction

    Lost forever

    Lost in social media – forever A small boy went missing in a certain colony in a certain town. Soon word spread with a photo of the boy in social media. It was circulated in heaven-knows-how-many groups in WhatsApp. Those who knew the boy took the responsibility on themselves to spread the information to as many groups as possible. Words of concern started pouring in as the parents desperately searched for the boy. The next morning, the boy returned home on his own. He had gone to play computer games in a new internet café. He lost track of time and had spent the entire night playing. But word had…

  • Reflection

    Foot-Away-From-The-Mouth Syndrome

    In the ‘foot-away-from-the-mouth syndrome’, the mouth is somewhere and the foot is somewhere else. You can find the mouth somewhere, but the foot is somewhere far away; God knows where. A cabinet minister in Nagaland is a self-professed ‘foot-in-the-mouth syndrome’ patient. He said and I only quote, “I am aware of my ‘foot-in-the-mouth’ syndrome which has already created so many enemies in my life unnecessarily”. His own party had to apologize on his behalf and express regret for his statement while the opposition party stated that the moment he opened his mouth, ‘his foot will be in his mouth’. After his own party split, members of the splinter party who…

  • 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   1,247 total views, 9 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,…