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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Assam Bikers' Tawang Roadtrip 2016

Simanta Kakoty, Pallav P. Nath, Gokul Saikia and Mayur Mahanta of Assam Bikers in Tawang

On March 1, 2016, four bikers from the Assam Bikers' group took a roadtrip to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. Below are few of the moments from the 6 day trip to one of the most beautiful places in India. The bikers are Simanta Kakoty (Pulsar RS 200), Pallav P. Nath (Pulsar RS 200), Gokul Saikia (Ninja 300) and Mayur Mahanta (CBZ Xtreme Sports).

For more info on Assam Bikers, visit their Facebook page.

The beasts resting at Bumla

Racing the heights

The FROZEN Sela Lake

A love affair at the heights

Motorcycling and Freedom

Selfie break

The snow clad mountains being introduced to greenery

Its not what you ride that matters, what matters is how you ride it

Bumble Bee lands in Bumla

History and Art

Jugaad - Coz we need to keep riding far

Assam bikers

Bikers love curves

Lonely planet full of snow


Assam bikers at Tawang

Bumla Pass - Road never ends

Assam bikers at Tawang

Motorcycling and peace of mind

The Buddha statue of Tawang

Om Mani Padme Hum i

Monday, March 28, 2016

5 films from North East India bag best regional film awards at 63rd National Film Awards

Five films from North East India win best regional film awards at 63rd National Film Awards presented by Directorate of Film Festivals.
Kothanodi from Assam won the Best Assamese Film award. The film is directed by Bhaskar Hazarika. A stylised, poetic film, inter-weaving four folk stories, evoking the terrifying undercurrents of human mind as depicted in folk mythology.

Onaatah from Meghalaya won the Best Khasi Film award. The film is directed by National Award winner Pradip Kurbah. The film illustrates a sensitive portrayal of a rape victim in the course of her revival, in the healing background of the tribal setting.

Eibusu Yaohanbiyu from Manipur won the Best Manipuri Film award. It is a film about the victory of a differently-abled boy's attempt to join a football team.

Kima’s Lode Beyond the Class from Mizoram won the Best Mizo Film award. The film is produced by the Children’s Film Society, India. The film revolves around an adventurous coming-of-age story of a boy, set in the pristine environments of Mizoram.

The Head Hunter from Arunachal Pradesh won the Best Wancho Film award. Directed by Nilanjan Datta, it is the first film in the Wancho language. The film depicts a cinematic contemplation on the lives of the Wancho tribe, regarding the balance required in modernising tribal environment, while intruding and displacing their lifestyles.

Apart from these, Tezpur 1962 directed by Samujjal Kashyap from Assam and produced by Films Division of India won Best Investigative Film. Also Meghachandra Kongbam from Manipur won Best Film Critic award (Swarna Kamal) which includes a cash prize of Rs 75,000.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cafe Umbir - a resort in Barapani near Shillong

Cafe Umbir - resort in Barapani, Meghalaya
Cafe Umbir is a quiet destination for nature lovers. Little above from the Umiam Lake (Barapani Lake), towards NEPA, the resort is a place that is frequented for holidays and recreation. 75 Kms from Guwahati and 20 Kms from Shillong, it is situated in almost a noiseless destination mainly designed for people looking for serenity and peace. While the resort provides cottage and rooms, most preferable to travellers are the tents facing the Umiam Lake below. Amidst the pine trees, one can sit next to a bonfire and have some delicious roast or barbeque pork made by Sangma, the chef and the caretaker of the property.

One has to understand that this is not a hotel nor a fancy resort where all kinds of people can come and create nuisance. This place is mainly for travellers and not tourists who are looking for tranquillity of rural life.


The resort has rooms, cottages and tents.

The tents can accommodate upto a group of 20 people.

The room with attached toilet above the restaurant can provide shelter for upto 2 people.

Each cottage can accommodate upto 6 people. Each cottage has a bed room, a drawing room and attached toilet.


Sangma, the chef and all in all of the resort is an excellent cook. One can have various non-veg dishes including roast pork, chicken or beef and different home grown vegetable dishes. Chicken momo is quite popular. People can have food in the main restaurant or in the bamboo hut. One can also request Sangma to set up a table outdoor near the tent zone facing the Umiam Lake.

The package includes veg and non-veg breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks and beverages are available in the restaurant at all times. Some items from the food menu can be prepared on prior order and may take several hours to serve.


One can request for a bonfire for a minimal price.


Parking is available in the cafe.

How To Reach

Situated in Umbir in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya, one can drive her/his own car or take a cab from Guwahati or Shillong to Cafe Umbir. It is opposite to St. Francis Bassisi school near Ri Kynjai resort in Barapani.

Address - Umbir, Ranikor Taluk, Ri Bhoi District, Opposite St. Francis Bassisi School, Umiam, India 277291


Tent per person per day (only stay) - Rs 800
Tent per person per day (with breakfast, lunch, dinner) - Rs 1200
Room per day (twin sharing | bed tea and biscuit complimentary) - Rs 1400
Cottages per day (upto 6 people) - Rs 4000

Booking and Enquiry

For enquiry regarding availability please write to A nonrefundable deposit of 50% of per day rent is required at the time of booking which will be adjusted in the final bill. Call (91) 75780 13817 for more information.

Cafe Umbir near Umiam Lake

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lady Midday from Guwahati wins the Best Band at Euphony music fest

Euphony - A Winter Nocturne by Eastern Fare Music Foundation

Three bands from Guwahati rocked the finals of the rock competition on January 30, 2016, held under Euphony music fest at RnB Club in Gitanagar. While Lady Midday received the Music Malt Best Band award, The Last Theory and The Connectors won the 1st and 2nd Runners-up trophies. The winners got certificates, gift hampers and a prize money Rs 15,000. The competition was held specifically for the bands from eight states of North East India.

Lady Midday performing live at Eupony music fest
Himon Choudhury and Adnan Ahmed of Lady Midday won the Best Vocalist and Best Bassist awards respectively and Debarshi Hazarika and Farhan Hasmi Hazarika of The Last Theory won the Best Guitarist and Best Drummer trophies.

Founded in September 2014, Lady Midday is a rock band from Guwahati consists of Himon Choudhury (vocals), Hirak Jyoti Kalita (guitars), Riaz Ahmed (guitars), Adnan Ahmed (bass) and Boris Pegu on drums. The band has so far managed to bag 1st Runner-up trophies at Ransack, Auxesis v 5.0 (Dibrugarh University) and Rock Rising National Beat Contest. The band also won the Best Original trophy for the song 'Hey You' at Rock Rules 2015 at Sanskriti, AIMT.

The Last Theory at Euphony Rock Competition
The Last Theory is a a five piece Progressive Groove Metal / Thrash Metal band from Guwahati. The band includes Nayanabh Bordoloi on vocals, Debarshi Hazarika on lead guitar, Sandeed Sakir on Bass and Farhan Hasmi Hazarika on drums.

The Connectors is Guwahati based rock band consists of Nisht Kashyap, Arnesh Barua, Nitish Pathak and Pritam das. This is the first time the band has won a professional level competition.

The Connectors at Euphony-A Winter Nocturne
Euphony is an annual cultural fest organised by Eastern Fare Music Foundation. For the first time the event was held in Guwahati marking the launch of Eastern Fare's newest branch in Guwahati. The music festival is a collaborative artist retreat for emerging young professionals and celebrated artists, held annually at the end of each summer and winter. Mainly two events are hold every year - 'Euphony - a winter nocturne' in in January and 'Euphony - a summer serenade' in August. The event features performances by well known and upcoming bands and DJs from all over India.

The event was sponsored by Peerless Mutual Fund and powered by Music Malt in association with ChaiTunes, Purple Trope, Mousai and North-East India.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bravery award winners from North East India draw applause

Chongtham Kuber Meitei (Manipur), Angelica Tynsong (Meghalaya), Maurice Yengkhom (Manipur), Ramdinthara (Mizoram)

Four National Bravery Award winning boys and girls from North East along with 21 children from the other parts of India drew applause from the audience at the 67th Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2016, for having saved lives in grave situations.

Chongtham Kuber Meitei from Manipur on March 8, 2016, jumped into a pond to save a girl of his own age from drowning.

Angelica Tynsong from Meghalaya risked her life to save her brother Carmel Tynsong from an inferno that had engulfed their home at Pahamrioh village under Nongpoh PS in Ri Bhoi District on February 1, 2015.

Maurice Yengkhom, on March 8, 2015 was playing with 13 year old Hijam Rodin and five other cousins on the terrace of their building. While playing, Maurice realized that Rodin had been struck by an electric current, probably through a naked wire. Maurice tried to pull Rodin but was thrown back due to electric shock. Doing quick thinking and having presence of mind, Maurice used a broken cane chair and hit Rodin with it, thereby freeing him from electric current.

Ramdinthara (15) of Mizoram, who saved two persons from electrocution, was awarded with Bapu Gaidhani Award.

The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) to give due recognition to the children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service.

Series of tableaux from North East India at India's 67th Republic Day


- Tableaux from Assam showcases the local people of Assam engaged in bihu celebration.
Tableau of Assam at India's 66th Republic Day (2016)


- Tableaux from Sikkim with the theme 'Saga Dawa' depicts prayer wheels and the rich cultural heritage of the state.
Tableau of Sikkim at India's 66th Republic Day (2016)


- Tableaux from Tripura represents the Unakoti, draws nation's attention.
Tableau of Tripura at India's 66th Republic Day (2016)