Sendra Resort in Manipur – Loktak Lake

Sendra Resort in Manipur – Loktak Lake

Not as much a resort but it’s a nice location to hang out and click a picture or two. Yesterday, the 5th of January was their first day at business and it was headlined by two bands, one of which is a friends’ band – The Gravity. They are good. Better than most bands in Delhi. The café at the hilltop was a disappointment considering their prices, I felt like I’m in the airport which cost me Rs 30 in a disposal cup and Rs 60 for my favourite chocolate bar – Snickers, twice the MRP! Pretty girls who came with the band too with great DSLRs. One of the girls, I gave a friendly smile and she shrugged and turned away! Hahaha.. She wasn’t pretty anyways (Yes yes.. grapes are sour hehe)

There’s nothing new otherwise in this so called Sendra Resort by the Classic Hotel! The roads have improved though, the lake looks clean and a few local kids trying to make money in the boat trips outside the “resort” gate was the only best thing there. Of course the circle of friends that came along is something to be cherished. I guess the fun was being with them and nothing more. The boat rides costed us Rs 200 and Rs 100. The latter one being the self-paddled boat.  

Some of the local Meitei boys who came on fancy bikes tried to talk to Christina, the younger one amongst us as we came out of the boat rides and wanted to take a picture with her perhaps to brag their friends later about the “fun” they had! Hahaha.. She declined. I hope they can photoshop later as most locals boys do with their favourite actresses :D

It was about 40km away from the city area and it took us a little over an hour to reach the destination considering the road conditions, it’s black topped but it still is dusty and very bumpy. We were 12 of us, 6 boys and 6 girls and we came in two cars. One was driven by Vicky and the other by me. The local food available in the local market was great. We were hungry and hogged on to the available food items there. I reached home around 7pm and slept without dinner. 

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Hunting locations in Imphal, Manipur

Hunting locations in Imphal, Manipur

The plan to go hunting got cancelled as mentioned in the other post, but I really had to shoot the bullets I bought. I needed to drive out and find a place where there’s no houses in a few kilometer radius. My dad had to go meet a few people in a place about 25km from the Imphal city area by the name Kanglatongbi and I thought, “Hey, this could be it”. With due permission from my mum, we headed out. Sadly enough though, there was no place to actually shoot a gun. The entire road and the area was inhabited and I came back disappointed. Although not before taking a few pictures in the River side and a dangerously hand-made bridge, not something to walk by everyday. It is however, the lifeline to many villages in the inner region and they walk by everyday! Kanglatongbi is a beautiful place no doubt. The River beside it is being used to supply sand and stones for house constructions in the city area. The NH 39 passes right through the area and so the road is pretty good. Liangmai, Kuki and the Nepali people live here.

As luck would have it, I couldn’t find a place to shoot. Time was running out and I needed to get back to Delhi. Waiting for a miracle was exhausted with all plans getting cancelled. However, “knock and the door shall be opened unto you” is what the Bible says and I went knocking everywhere. I made several plans with the Liangmai boys and girls but all fell apart. I found a true old friend who is also looking for a little adventure and do something different this winter vacation as well!

Yaruiso, my neighbor whom I grew up together with was pretty eager to shoot that particular gun. The place wasn’t decided but we agreed to go on Saturday. Anywhere! He wanted to drive his new Bolero and so we headed out towards the Ukhrul District where he believes we can shoot and nobody would even notice. As we reach Ukhrul District, the roads went up the hill. There were army patrolling the area with MP5s and M16s. AK47s are used in Manipur by any and every army men! The scene is beyond believe, a beauty. It overlooks the plain city area. We parked the car beside the sloppy road and walked up towards the top of the hill where we plan to make a target and shoot at the trees. No, we couldn’t find animals to actually hunt. After reaching the top of the hill, we realize there were some few young boys and girls who had come for a picnic at the foot hill on the other side. We could see and hear them talk but they couldn’t see us. 

We went ahead with the shooting plan. It was too late to back out after coming that far. The first bullet was a blank meant for celebrations. I took the lead as Yaruiso shot a video of it in my DSLR camera. Honestly, I was a bit nervous. Both of us had not used that 15+ years old gun before and it has not been used for shooting in about 10 years!! The gun as you can see is a customized gun without the butt.  

The first bullet went easy. It was loud but it was awesome at the same time. The excitement in the air. Oh boy. There was not much of recoil too as I had anticipated. I asked Yaruiso if he would like to try the next bullet. A special bullet for hunting and much more expensive at Rs 120/bullet, it has the iron pallets and could easily kill anyone at a close range. He asked me to go ahead again and that he would try the next one. I agreed.

The second bullet was much more powerful but my grip wasn’t as tight courtesy the previous shot being easy. We setup up the parameters and convinced ourselves that the picnickers won’t bother us as they didn’t even budge when the first bullet went off. When I finally pulled the trigger, the gun push back with all its might and hurt my right thumb a little. The reaction was inevitable. The smell of the gun powder in the air felt great for some weird reason. I felt like I had accomplished something in life! Haha! 

I now took the camera to shoot the video and Yaruiso tried his hands on the gun. He pulled the trigger a few times to get comfortable with the gun without the bullet and as he finally got ready for the finale, I could see he was nervous but excited. I gave him a few tips and he finally pulled the trigger. 

We both hit the target.

After taking a few pictures at the hill top, I finally took the wheels and we drove home. Bought pork sausages by the roadside at a place called New Checkon to celebrate our safe return.

PS: To hunt in Manipur, you need to go to the interior forests of the jungle alteast 50km away from the city area. I won’t recommend it unless you are a native of that area since it’s infested by insurgents with automatic rifles who won’t have a second thought to see a stranger with a gun.

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Imphal, Manipur – A desperate cry

Imphal, Manipur – A desperate cry

A bomb blast killing a young girl and injuring 5 others in the capital city of Imphal the other day didn’t make the headlines anywhere in India. It’s heartbreaking to see that the media and the government have left my people high and dry.

A city surrounded by seven scenic hills is a beautiful valley and we called it Imphal. It is a unique city with over 40 dialects spoken by all the different tribes in different localities/area of Imphal while Manipuri is the official language. Imphal has an awesome weather conditions and the adjacent hilly areas are known for some few species of plants and animals that are not found elsewhere in the world. The capital city, Imphal is populated by the Manipuris (Meiteis) while the tribals occupy hardly 10-15% of the Imphal city. Food, culture and tradition is extremely different from the rest of the country. 

I was at home in Imphal, Manipur during the month of December, 2011 to celebrate Christmas with my love and near ones and its disturbing to learn that the people of Manipur have lost faith in the government completely, be it BJP or Congress or any political party for that matter. The Indian media have ignored and abandoned the people too. Three powerful bomb blasts took placed in December 2011 alone with one blowing off about 100m away from my car while I was driving back from the airport. I had gone to pick up my sister who had just come back from Hyderabad.

Prices of commodity have rocketed sky high even 2-3 months after the 3 months blockade ended which was called by the Kuki tribe demanding a separate district while the Nagas demanded that the Kuki’s demand be not met at all cost. The Chief Minister, O. Ibobi Singh was more than happy to sign the papers. I believe it was his plan to give another districthood to the Kukis all along. Talk about politics. Young men dying, old men talking.

Anyways, it is beyond my narrative or writing skills to express how pathetic life has become in Imphal!! I would like to share this video showcasing how the people of Manipur desperately needs India’s voice and attention. You are utmost welcome to share your opinion and raise your voice wherever and whenever possible.

This video was shot on 24th morning, 2011 December at around 7:00am in Imphal, Manipur using my cellphone Nokia C5 as people lined up to buy petrol for a maximum allowance of Rs 500 per car @ Rs 67 per litre. The cost of petrol in the black market is Rs 180-250! I know my narration is shitty. Thank You in advance for not commenting about it :D

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Home sweet Home - Imphal

Home sweet Home - Imphal
​​That very comforting feeling about being at home finally as I stepped off the flight is always so powerful. The drive back home looking out to my people as they go about their business is not. Shouldn't my people know? I'm Ningning Niumai, a B.Tech engineering student from IIT Delhi. I am home in Imphal finally.. "IIT What? You mean ITI? IIT...
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Tamei - Tamenglong, Manipur

Tamei - Tamenglong, Manipur
Tamei, my home sweet home. I spent my early years there until the war broke up between the Kukis and the Nagas where bloodshed and death was becoming more of a natural cycle with the events repeating itself every alternate day. At times, your favourite uncle would be alive and buying you sweets and before you realize it, his name's engraved on a st...
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