5/20/2011 to 5/23/2011 | India , Mizoram

Touring the East: Mizoram’s Land of Folklore

Vaphai

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From Champhai I traveled to Biate where I would meet up with Himpuii.  Though she grew up in Aizawl, Biate was the village where her family originally came from.  Currently a good friend of hers was serving as the pastor in the local church.  She used my visit as a pretext to […]

5/17/2011 to 5/19/2011 | India , Mizoram

Champhai: Ri Lake Denied

Champhai

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After a few days of rest and recuperation in Aizawl I headed east to the district capital of Champhai, a region along the Burmese border famous for its grapes which are made into the only legally sold alcoholic drink in Mizoram, a slightly sweet red wine, and for having the largest area […]

5/7/2011 to 5/9/2011 | India , Mizoram

Chongte: land of the Chakmas

Chakma weaving, in a village near Chongte

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Chongte, a city not just divided once but three times.  The merging of two rivers at the center of Chongte, divides the city not just geographically into three lands bound by water but culturally and politically as well.  The rivers form the boundaries of the three districts that meet at the center […]

5/4/2011 to 5/6/2011 | India , Mizoram

Tlabung: Where Fairytales Sometimes Come True

Woman smoking a bamboo pipe, Tlabug

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Even before I had set foot in Tlabung (pronounced claboong) I had heard the story.  It had been first relayed to me back in Aizawl by a friend of Himpuii who held senior position in the forestry department, and was based in Tlabung.  It would be relayed to me again and again […]

5/3/2011 to 5/4/2011 | India , Mizoram

Saiha to Lunglei: Lawngtlai’s “Cement Queen”

Lunglei

I had planed to stay a night in Lawngtlai (pronounced long-cly) and proceed to the town of Chongte the following morning; however I had to change my route after I found out the only place I knew of to stay in Lawngtlai, the tourist lodge, was full.  I decided to transit through Lawngtlai […]

4/30/2011 to 5/2/2011 | India , Mizoram

Phawngpui: Climbing the “Blue Mountain”

View from near the tourist lodge, Sangau

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Phawngpui, literally “blue mountain” in Mizo, at rather lowly 2158 m (7078 ft) is the highest point in the state of Mizoram.  The mountains or hills of Mizoaram make up for what they lack in height with shear quantity making it the state with the fewest acres of flat land in India.  […]