Acne is an extremely condition affecting nearly 80% population at some point of life. It is among the top 5 disorders that present to our OPD at CIHSR. The term acne and pimple are one and the same, consisting of blackheads, whiteheads, deeper lumps and modules which occur on the face, chest, back, scalp, shoulders […]

Crusading for God in Ourselves or Against the Devil in Others?

Naga dancers in traditional attire, perform a dance during the Hornbill festival at Kisama village on the outskirts of Kohima, Nagaland, India on Monday, December 2, 2013. The 10-day long festival named after the Hornbill bird is one of the biggest festivals of India’s northeast that showcases the rich tradition and cultural heritage of the […]

Beria is in the village council

Tungshang Ningreichon (L) and Beria Wanglum ( R) are seen here at the 9th Women’s Conference and Assembly held at Chandel in October 2013.   I met Beria Wanglum at the 9th Naga Women’s Conference and Assembly that was held from 4-7 October 2013 in Chandel. Beria is a beautiful 35 year old Anal woman […]

A diplomat and a double-standard laid bare

Indian activists of an organization called Dalit Cobra shout slogans during a protest outside the U.S. consulate in Mumbai, India on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. The arrest of an Indian consular Devyani Khobragade in New York, arrested and strip-searched for allegedly forcing her maid to toil for little pay, sparked a diplomatic furor between the […]

A Hunting Community Takes Steps Toward Conservation

Schoolchildren playing in Pangti village of Nagaland in Nov, 2013   In the fall of 2012, the people in this northeastern state, which is known for its hunting traditions, killed about 150,000 federally protected Amur falcons, the highest number recorded in India, as the birds made their annual flight from Siberia at the end of […]

From feared spymaster to art gallery owner

In this October 20, 2013 photo, Khin Nyunt, a former junta leader once known in Myanmar as the Prince of Darkness smiles in Yangon, Myanmar. Khin Nyunt had been among the country’s most feared figures – a former junta leader whose intelligence apparatus jailed and tortured thousands of pro-democracy activists. Now he runs a small […]

New Year’s Eve Do’s and Don’ts

Another year, another New Year’s Eve celebration that could go very right … or very wrong.We’re here to help you. Read this list to ensure having the best NYE ever. Or, at the very least, read this list to ensure not having the worst NYE ever. Do manage expectations. See what we did with the […]

Bitter Wormwood

The struggle for independence from India by the Naga people, indigenous inhabitants of the Naga Hills, has been a story hidden for several decades. Cleverly concealed by censorship on newspaper reports, there was only one western journalist, a British war correspondent named Gavin Young (The Daily Telegraph) who managed to enter Nagaland illegally in the […]

‘The art of merry making’

We have overheard from our grand parents that when a hen is brought from the bazaar it is advised that the feathers are never to be burnt in the hearth lest the other hens are affected by that alien fowl.  Likewise, we Nagas are quite feasible in copying the habits of other people whatever they […]

Evils of temptations

I kept not the vows I made to GodBut the God who made me still prayed for meBelieving in the lie of the devil I was deceivedThe voices of deception and rejection ensnared meLost in a world of frustration and depressionThe devil delighted in my signs of weaknessesDarts of temptations pointed at meThe devil wanted […]

“It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas” Syndrome

My daughter and I geared up for the Christmas season moderately early this year. Lights were on the edge of the roof of the house and in the yard before Thanksgiving, and the Christmas tree went up Thanksgiving night.Christmas music was in effect by then, too. My wife even called me "Clark Griswold" two or […]