A Tour To Manipur
Story by Akash Das
I’ll never really know what drew me in and then quickly staked claim on my soul for eternity here in Manipur. Was it the mischievous tilt of the old woman’s lips as her eyes, expertly covered by a veil of innocence watched me take a bite of the world’s hottest chilly ? The explosion of laughter that followed in Asia’s largest market, run exclusively by ladies didn’t sound as funny then, as it does now!
Or was it the riveting motion of man on muscle, as nimble horsemen guided arguably the world’s best polo ponies deftly, in the land of the royal game’s birth? Maybe it was the warm, albeit bone crushing handshake of a humble man who, in his mission to inspire other HIV-F patients such as himself, welcomed the sad news by building a physique that has won major awards and adulating followers alike?
Then I think, it must be the eclectic experience of a hurried bargain with the old fishmonger, moments before his little island floated away on the shimmering Loktak Lake in Manipur. And the multitude of folk performances by Manipur’s many tribes; pretty girls and chiselled young men, swaying and leaping in rainbow-hued finery.
Actually, it has to be a blend of all these and much more for when you mingle with people who have been generously blessed with the gift of time, stories flow unabated. If it’s true that a picture speaks more than a thousand words, I give you my eloquent interpretation of myriad fascinating facets, captured through my lens in Manipur.
Facts About Manipur
Languages: Meiteilon, English
Seasons: Summer (March to May), monsoon (mid-May to mid-October), winter (November to February)
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