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Rajat Patranabish

I live truly when I ride, for it is then that I perfectly embrace the experience of exhilaration and tranquillity for spiritual catharsis! I love nature and movement, so when I tour, I surrender myself to the impassioned menagerie of nature, the bike, and the road that beckons!

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Travelling from Dimapur to Kohima covering 246 KM.

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The Naga people thrive on passion. Passing Kohima, I met Titus and Christopher , propped up on a stilt, painting Lord Shiva with a guitar and Kennedy on the mountain wall. Titus is a cinematographer by profession, and Christopher does video post production and animation. They decorate the landscape through their creative passion.Working tediously on a painting for a week, these young Naga men bring alive the passing vistas with their own ingenious brand of creativity.

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Among the many different creative forms of Naga expression, weaving stands out for its widespread appeal and usability. Many women in villages learn to weave from an early age, and master this art for their sustainability. They work tirelessly at their looms for a modest fee and create a versatile portfolio of products. Asileh and Kopeo at Chizami village taught me the basics of weaving, and through I am far from being a capable weaver, I have acquired appreciation for their skill and hard work.

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On a day of incessant rain, a steaming serving of gallo (rice porridge with meat), some akhuni (fermented soyabean chutney), and fried chicken crumbs is just what the Naga doctor ordered to get the fire started! Gallo is an extremely healthy and delectable choice for firing up the body and mind in a yummy way! Akhuni does need an acquired taste, but once you get used to it, it throws in a definitive punch to the food!

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Dzukou is the solitaire in the crown of scenic beauty in Nagaland. The trek to Dzukou valley involves a 45 minute steep climb on slippery rocky steps, a two hour nature trail till the guest house, and then a 30 min gradual downhill climb into the valley. The trek will be tough for some, but once you get started, you can lose your soul in the pristine wild beauty of raw nature as its replendence takes your breath away! I was lucky to camp overnight on its verdant pastures.

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Wanderlust! Wilderness! Wrangler! Do you see a W in these images? If you look hard enough, you will find or create what you are looking for....anywhere! With the spirit of adventure in your soul and a brand that supports you in your aspirations....you can go places!

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Who said that comfort and style are not complementary? When apparel has been engineered to achieve both, it keeps you cool and makes you look cool too! I rode a motorcycle and trekked through rough terrain in sunny, rainy, and cold weather. And my Warngler inficool attire helped me do it with panache! Am always at home in denim, as these picutres do tell!

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The Naga people thrive on passion. Passing Kohima, I met Titus and Christopher , propped up on a stilt, painting Lord Shiva with a guitar and Kennedy on the mountain wall. Titus is a cinematographer by profession, and Christopher does video post production and animation. They decorate the landscape through their creative passion.Working tediously on a painting for a week, these young Naga men bring alive the passing vistas with their own ingenious brand of creativity.

#trueculture

The Nagas are devout Christians and yet they retain their distinct culutural vestiges. It was a unique experience attending Church in a village, where on one hand, several ladies were garbed in their traiditonal attire (the mekhela), while, the younger generation looked dapper in their well fitting suits and dresses. The ancient and the modern merged seamlessly in their faith and mothers received gifts on the occasion of Mother's Day.

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Among the many different creative forms of Naga expression, weaving stands out for its widespread appeal and usability. Many women in villages learn to weave from an early age, and master this art for their sustainability. They work tirelessly at their looms for a modest fee and create a versatile portfolio of products. Asileh and Kopeo at Chizami village taught me the basics of weaving, and through I am far from being a capable weaver, I have acquired appreciation for their skill and hard work.

#truefoodie

On a day of incessant rain, a steaming serving of gallo (rice porridge with meat), some akhuni (fermented soyabean chutney), and fried chicken crumbs is just what the Naga doctor ordered to get the fire started! Gallo is an extremely healthy and delectable choice for firing up the body and mind in a yummy way! Akhuni does need an acquired taste, but once you get used to it, it throws in a definitive punch to the food!

#truenature

Dzukou is the solitaire in the crown of scenic beauty in Nagaland. The trek to Dzukou valley involves a 45 minute steep climb on slippery rocky steps, a two hour nature trail till the guest house, and then a 30 min gradual downhill climb into the valley. The trek will be tough for some, but once you get started, you can lose your soul in the pristine wild beauty of raw nature as its replendence takes your breath away! I was lucky to camp overnight on its verdant pastures.

#truenature

During the trek to Dzukou Valley, I came across several little bugs. The ones that particularly stood out was the Trombidiidae, a beautiful little red spider-like mite. When it's time to mate, this little bug actually builds a love garden that consists of plants sticks, and his own sperm. Then, he lays down a trail that can help female mites find their way to him. Then he does a little dance to impress his girl. Lesson learnt: love is hard. Sometimes it involves a little dancing, too!

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While roaming around Dzukou valley, I met some amazing people from the Zeliang tribe. They offered me water and we chatted for a while. Then, we even sang a song in their local language - Liangmai. The song is a celebration of the place where we are and the wonderful people that we are with!

#truecapture

Wanderlust! Wilderness! Wrangler! Do you see a W in these images? If you look hard enough, you will find or create what you are looking for....anywhere! With the spirit of adventure in your soul and a brand that supports you in your aspirations....you can go places!

#truedenim

Who said that comfort and style are not complementary? When apparel has been engineered to achieve both, it keeps you cool and makes you look cool too! I rode a motorcycle and trekked through rough terrain in sunny, rainy, and cold weather. And my Warngler inficool attire helped me do it with panache! Am always at home in denim, as these picutres do tell!

#truefoodie

Naga food has a healthy serving of rice, some veggies, and meat prepared with very little oil and salt, but made spicy with their quintessential chilli-based chutnies. Enjoyed a wholesome meal of red rice, pork with bamboo shoots, and sping onion and chilly chutney with some spinach! The way the Nagas prepare their food makes digestion and assimilation really easy. And the taste is quite addictive, once it grows on you!

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Rain washes away facades and displays naked emotions. It washes the maturity and brings out the innocence. It portrays the truth of love, which is the cause of our existence.

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Owning a mithun skull is a matter of pride and an indicator of social affluence among Nagas. I met this old gentleman in Khonoma who had on display a beautifully painted Mithun skull. From what he told me, the Mithun is a domestic animal. Before Christianity came knocking, Nagas usually made Mithun sacrifices to the spirit world. Now, the government has a massive drive going on for Mithun conservation.

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Names are everywhere - carved on rocks, painted on walls and windows, scribbled on small rocks submerged in water for posterity to find. It's almost like people are desperate to leave behind a legacy; an indication of "I was here". Me, I'd rather etch my name in people's minds and the stories they share about me.

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In Khonoma, I met the village elder, Tsilie. He is a very knowledgable man and a well-read conservationist. Tsilie recounted how the brave Naga fighters thwarted the onslaught of the massive British army thrice killing three of their chief officers. He talked about how "corrupt" people were banished to Dzulekie. His wife, meanwhile, hobbled about in the kitchen preparing a delectable meal to feed a hungry stranger who eventually became part of their family.

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While I was setting up my camp at Dzukou valley, I met two fellow adventurers who invited me to dinner. We sang for hours; they taught me their Naga songs, I taught them the Bangla ones I knew. I walked away later that night, happy in the realization that in Nagaland, there are no strangers; only friends waiting to be made.

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On the way to Dzulekie, I noticed a man standing in the middle of a field with strange-looking paraphernalia. I stopped by to ask what he was doing. He said he was using a parabolic microphone to record bird songs. That had me hooked, and I just had to find out more!

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I've always been a skeptic about buying jeans from well-known brands because I hadn't ever come across a pair that was tough and yet allowed for movement - something that was designed for an active lifestyle. Until I tried Wrangler, that is. I've basically tried and tested my Wranglers over the long haul and as you can see from the photos, they fit really well and they make me look and feel awesome.

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Log Drums are an integral part of Naga culture - these are, as the name suggests, fashioned out of tree trunks. These are used to create music during festivals as well as times of emergencies (such as impending attacks from a rival tribe). Every time a log drum is made, an elaborate 7day ritual is performed, starting from felling the tree down to bringing it to the village. It's no less than a festival!

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While staying at the Morung lodge in Kohima, I happened to ask what Morung actually meant, and I was surprised by the answer. Generally speaking, Morungs are traditional Naga huts built out of bamboo and cane, with the purpose of allowing young men and women to intermingle and to prepare them for their life ahead. Morungs also housed unmarried girls who had attained puberty, and allowed them to have sexual relationships until till they chose their life partners and settle in family life.