I was travelling through parts of North East India, in Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya in the first two weeks of December. During the journeys, we have had many close interactions with people from remote places in the region, which made this visit a gratifying and an eye-opening experience. I can’t recall too many places where I have felt so welcome and completely at ease. In many faraway locations where we randomly wandered into, people welcomed us unassumingly right into their houses. In one small village inhabited by Rengma Nagas, we were escorted to and offered tea at the house of a friendly villagers. As soon as we came out of their house, we exchanged smiles with another stranger, and were immediately led to her house for more tea! I am grateful to have received such warmth from so many people in the last few days. Having been recipient of such treasured welcome, I can’t help but say that I am going to be back here again in future, hopefully for many times in the years to come. Stories from the region will follow in January.
In the image is a happy family in Assam, walking through the woods towards their paddy fields.