Once upon a time, not so long ago, Imphal wore a deserted look post 5 pm. The darkening of the sky didn’t just mean confinement, it signalled fear and uncertainty. People rarely ventured out for fear of the known—a sudden curfew being imposed, encounters between armed forces and militants, among many other possibilities. As a native, did I even know there could be life after sunset? Life had always been simple with early dinners followed by watching some local TV channels and then we would call it a day. When it came to food, we had no real concept of dining out. Perhaps the only places we indulged in were
Years of being away from home meant that I stayed connected through annual trips. My last few visits have been pertinently interesting on many fronts. The unexpected yet much needed political change from decades of Congress-led government to a first-time BJP-led regime was, of course, a big change in itself. This brought many visible changes that made me reflect and realise how much we had missed out on in life. Life was perpetually on hold due to the many
There was an unmistakable verve and Imphal was decked up, with people roaming the streets fearlessly — AN EXPRESSION OF FREEDOM…
When, late last year, I took home a friend, Rudrakshi Mishra, from Delhi, and we drove out at night. There was an unmistakable verve and Imphal was decked up, with happy people roaming the streets fearlessly. That was to us locals the biggest expression of freedom, even if for a few hours. It was reassuring, to say the least. The chief minister had just introduced Night Plaza, a never-before-seen night
It also meant that I could take off anytime in the day to explore my own backyard. Joe, my cherished friend, took me on an expedition of sorts, during my recent visit. Who would have thought there was a hill called
The youth are cashing in on that new climate of possible change. Like Naoba Thangjam, the young promoter of the state’s only deluxe hotel chain, who is expanding and setting new targets. He is reviving the state’s significant tourist spot, Loktak lake, by opening cottages and inviting visitors from all over. With the political climate veering towards normalcy, the people of Manipur will have a lot more in store for them
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