Sonam Yudron - the first woman DIG in SSB from Arunachal Pradesh

Sonam Yudron from Dirang in West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh becomes the first woman from North East India to be appointed as the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), a central para-military force.

Elevated to DIG position in February, 2017, Yudron is the second woman in India to have risen to that rank in the SSB.

Yudron had joined the SSB as a Circle Organiser in 1984 after having topped the competitive recruitment examination, become an Area Organiser in 1991 and has now been promoted as DIG in the central force that is deployed along the international boundaries with Bhutan and Nepal.

Sonam Yudron did her early schooling in Dirang, about 350 km from Itanagar. She had worked as a junior teacher under the state government after having obtained an MA degree from Punjab University.

Photo: Sonam Yudron with Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (courtesy: TIE)

Debojani Ashralaya - Homestay in Guwahati

Situated in Mathgharia, Forest Gate in Guwahati, Debojani Ashralaya Home Stay offers bed and breakfast for enrouting travellers. One can taste the Assamese culture by staying with a loving and kind family. The family offers two rooms. Guests can choose from a private room for two to a dorm room for upto 5 people.

The 1st Floor room
The room on the first floor is spacious and about 180 sq ft in size. It offers a 4x6.5 ft bed and a sitting area with cable TV. The room also has a private balcony. The bathroom is not attached and shared by the family of the house. Upto 2 people can stay comfortably in the room.

Rate per night for 2 - Rs 900 (with complimentary breakfast) | Rs 700 (without complimentary breakfast)

The 2st Floor dorm room
The room on the 2nd floor is just next to the terrace garden. It is about 200 sq ft in size. It also has an attached toilet. There are mattresses for upto 5 people in the room. The room also has a 42 inch LED TV with Videocon D2H and a mini fridge.

Rate per night per person - Rs 600 (without complimentary breakfast) | Rs 120 per meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner)

Other amenities of the rooms include
LED TV with 'dish TV'
Iron (on demand)
Washing machine

Areas of the house guests can use
Terrace with a flower garden
Dining room

Meals & Food
Breakfast is complimentary
Tea (complimentary)
Lunch (Rs 130 per person - veg or non-veg)
Dinner (Rs 130 per person - veg or non-veg)

For booking and reservation please contact - 07578013817 or 09986573253 or mail us at
Please note, a non-refundable amount of Rs 1000 is required at the time of booking any of the rooms at Debojani Ashralaya atleast 2 (two) days before the guest arrives.

1st floor room at Debojani Ashralaya homestay in Guwahati, Assam

1st floor bed room

Entrance of Debojani Ashralaya

Debojani Ashrlaya Homestay


This property is maintained by OK! North East

4th Women Power Car Rally - celebrating woman power, and femininity

4th Women Power Car Rally (2017)
Guwahati is set to host the 4th Women Power Car Rally on February 5, 2017. The event will see women from different parts of Assam and India participating in the rally.

With an aim to promote the importance of women empowerment and motorsport among women, the rally is organised by DATRI (Darshana's Automotive Training and Research Institute) in association with EGAA (Extreme Games Association of Assam). The organisers also aim to create awareness on traffic rules and safe driving through the rally.

"We aim to encourage more women to join the exciting field of motorsport through this car rally. Nowadays many women drive their own vehicles but are unaware on how to drive safely. Through this rally we will create awareness on traffic rules and how to drive safely," said Darshana Sengupta, founder and organiser of the car rally.

The rally will be based on the time, speed and distance (TDS) format to maintain precise time and speed on various segments of a pre-defined route. Since 2014, every year more than 30 women have been participating in the rally. The organisers are expecting participation from more than 40 women from different parts of the country.

"Each team will comprise a navigator and a driver as navigation plays a vital role in a TDS rally," Sengupta said.

The first three winners of the rally will receive cash prizes worth Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively. Awards will also be given to participants in the categories of best decorated car, oldest driver/navigator and youngest driver/navigator, among others.

Event: 4th Women Power Car Rally
Date & time: February 5, 2017 | 8 AM
Venue: Geetanagar High School Field, Guwahati
Contact: 8811078254 / 9864048815

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

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.

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 1800
Cottages per day (upto 6 people) - Rs 4800

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