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Dimapur market: Small intertwining lanes that would challenge the map-drawers skills; Shops spilling out onto the streets with wares stacked in sacks and baskets on the road.
Salesmen-owners sitting on a makeshift arrangement outside the store, crowding up the space for pedestrian-shoppers. The road holds enough space for 3 humans to stand alongside each other, with enough room for a dog or goat or an occasional bicycle. Color, noise and smells ambush the senses and drown out any semblance of order, and the brain of the casual visitor is forced to be on high-alert at all times.
Exactly the same as any market in any city in small town – Agra or Meerut or Panaji – a complete experiential feast!
In Dimapur, live silkworms caterpillars and pupa are sold as food items, alongside dried eel and little frogs and snails of all kinds….
Silkworm Larvae for snacks
I used to think that the oriental features came from the proximity to China, but after seeing enough local faces, it is clear that this is the Japanese influence.
In WWII, the Japanese had reached Kohima, and were defeated by the British at Kohima.
The inscriptions on the gravestones of the British soldiers who at Kohima made me cry. It did not matter that these men were from an alien nation or that they lived and died so long ago. The grief of the people they loved and left behind, contained in the inscribed words, travelled across history to touch me. A photoessay on these stones is posted here.
Cane and Bamboo play a prominent role in the lives of Nagas:
(More about tribal textiles in a separate article dedicated to Naga textiles & jewelry)
I sampled the ‘Anishi’ curry made with fermented Yam leaves offered to me by a friend from the Ao tribe. A new flavor, a new experience for my tastebuds!
The Napfa flower spice – a key ingredient
Local band singing Pink Floyd to perfection!
At the festival, a raffle draw offers the grand prize of 3 bisons…. am totally smitten by every single thing on offer here!
Other articles on Naga costumes / textiles/ jewelry and on Naga dance and music performances are given below:
Naga Textiles Part I: Red, White and Black – Tribal Textiles of Nagaland (published on Jozan)
Dec 12th 2010