Taking Delhi Metro from East Delhi to South Delhi is a very BAD IDEA

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Finally, the Delhi Metro's Magenta Line opens for the public. I've been excitedly waiting for this Magenta Line to open hoping to have my commute cut down by half. Boy! I have never been more wrong in my life. For starters, I live in Vasundhara Enclave, East Delhi which is about 15-20 minutes away from New Ashok Nagar Metro Station o...
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Manipur burns in hell - This is how it started!

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Nagas, Kukis and other smaller tribes inhibit the hill areas of Manipur, India. One of the highly neglected North East states by the Central Government. Meiteis inhibit the valley (Imphal, the capital city). There's a small percentage of tribals who live in Imphal and a small percentage of Meiteis live in the hill areas as well. To understand what'...
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Why I decided against buying a car for myself

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I have been driving since 2006. Yes, it's been 10 years now. I started driving without a Driving License like everyone, no points for guessing. My first drive was my sister's Maruti Zen in Hyderabad and the passion for driving escalated within no time. I've driven cars from the humble Maruti Zen to Mercedes Benz/Audi and oh yeah, Ferarri included o...
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A trip to Liangchi village, Manipur

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It all began when our beloved Liangmai elder passed away in his sleep after a prolonged illness in the early morning hours. Mr Achong, the only special contractor and highly respected elder in my Liangmai community. He was one of the founding fathers of the Liangchi village and also one of the early members and initiators of the Liangmai Baptist Ch...
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Winter holidays in Imphal, Manipur

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Wow! does not describe the awesome holiday this winter has been. It breaks my heart as I depart from this place again. Wonderful people, made a few new friends, late night bonfires singing tribal songs!!, fancied a beautiful girl who already has a boyfriend and another who is single but unavailable for me, courtesy my great looks perhaps, shot dad'...
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Sendra Resort in Manipur – Loktak Lake

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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...
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Imphal, Manipur – A desperate cry

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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...
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Home sweet Home - Imphal

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​​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, Is ...
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Tamei - Tamenglong, Manipur

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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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Liangmai Nagas in Manipur & Nagaland

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Liangmai, the name of my dialect and tribe is spoken by all the Liangmai Nagas with different accents in different villages spread across many districts in Manipur and Nagaland, India. We are about 40,000 in population as of the 2001 census. Interesting as it may not sound to you but I'm a guy from Tamei and if someone from Thalon speaks to me in L...
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Imphal Manipur - the forgotten land

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​Imphal was once called the Switzerland of India for its scenic beauty with seven hills surrounding it. The weather is awesome and so is everything else. It is still very beautiful if you can ignore the kidnapping, extortion, killings, extremely dusty, bumpy roads and if you don't mind driving at less than 30kmph on the National highway, 6 hours of...
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