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Mizoram is one of the states amongst the seven sisters of India. Interestingly, the name is derived from “Mizo", which is the self described name of the native inhabitants, and "Ram", which means land in the Mizo language. Thus, Mizoram means "land of the Mizos".
If you are planning to visit Mizoram then you must plan in the months of November to March because these months are ideal as the weather is pleasant and touring can be fun. Also, the temperature during these months varies from 11°C to 30°C, which is quite pleasant to feel.
So, visit these five beautiful places and make the memories stay with you for lifetime!
Aizawl- The largest city of Mizoram
Aizawl is the largest city in Mizoram and also the state's. This place is located in a beautiful setting on the ridges of hills at an altitude of 1132 m above sea level. At the same time, Aizawl is also called the 'Home of Highlanders'. Once you're in Aizawl, you can visit a lot of places like:
- Durtlang Hills
- Tamdil Lake
- Mini Zoological Garden
- Mizoram State Museum
- Sibuta Lung
- Khawnlung Wildlife Santuary
Tamdil Lake in Aizawl, Mizoram.Photo by Flickr.
- Murlen National Park
- Rih Dil Lake
- Phawngpui Peak
- Lengteng Hills
- Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary
Rih Dil Lake in Champhai, Mizoram.Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
- Lunglei- Bridge of Rock
- Nghasih Stream
- Theiriat Tlang
- Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary
- Saza Wildlife Sanctuary
Serkawn in Lunglei, Mizoram.Photo by Flickr.
- Vantwang Waterfalls
- Zoluti Hriatrengna Lung
- Chhingpuii Thlan
- Thenzawl Deer Park
Vantwang Waterfalls in Serchhip, Mizoram.Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
Interestingly, Lawngtlai shares its boundaries with the neighbouring country, Bangladesh. The western side of the district is covered by dense unexplored forests. So, if you are looking to spend quality time with greens, then this place is a must for you! Also, after reaching Lawngtlai, you can visit:
- Vengpui Peak
- Lohawka Wildlife Sanctuary
- Sinemon Wildlife Sanctuary
- Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary
Lawngtlai- Mizoram's Nature Centre.Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Keywords: Mizoram, Tourism, Travel, India, Tourits.
By Devina Kaur
Everything in life is temporary. The only constant in life is change itself. That is a reality that we cannot deny. The beauty of this fact is that it allows us to confront our fears, trust the magic of the moment, and enjoy the precious gift of life. What lasts forever is our true self -- the real you -- the person you were born to be. If you feel stuck, trapped, boring or insecure -- acknowledge yourself, find yourself and who you really are on the inside. Your shiny sexy brilliant self is there. It's been there all along. You just need to unveil it.
It's a very common question to ask: "Who am I?" and it's not an easy question to answer. We might be able to give a definition of ourselves, like professional or student, or that we're introverts or extroverts but this doesn't really represent our true selves. We might also try to describe our best qualities and say that we're kind and smart but again, these qualities only indicate the surface level of who we really are.
It's a very common question to ask: "Who am I?" and it's not an easy question to answer. | Photo by Alex Iby on Unsplash
To find out who we truly are, we need to delve deeper and create something that is uniquely ours. So instead of answering the question about who we are from society's perspective or what traits define us, it is better to answer by showing examples of what makes us the person that we are on our own.
A tree is perfectly content being a tree. It doesn't think about becoming a chair or a birdhouse. Yet it knows how to be what it truly is. Trusting in your own true nature is sexy, brilliant, and way more fun than any comparison game because it builds beyond the temporary.
Here are 3 ways to overcome temporariness:
*Invest in yourself
The most challenging thing in life is to unleash your potential, open your heart and shine. Start now by doing one thing 100 per cent for yourself -- spend time in inner development, learn a new skill, do something you have been dreaming of for a long time, or go somewhere nice and take a photo of yourself, really look at yourself in the mirror. Then look straight into the eyes of the person you see in the mirror and tap into your innermost desires with a promise to yourself that you will not stop until you have achieved your dreams and wishes. Focus on your career, be willing to be flexible with your time and desires and allow your needs and passions to change over time.
Focus on your career, be willing to be flexible with your time and desires and allow your needs and passions to change over time. | | Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash
*Discover your true self
Discovering your true self is not easy. To do this, introspection is required. There are many ways that you can take the time to explore who you are, but it is important to find your passion and drive. Spend time being still and silent and using that time to get to know who you are. Once you know who you are, you can then practice radical self-acceptance. Through self-acceptance, we can have more self-love for ourselves. I have been lucky enough to know and love as my true self for so long. I have found the journey this year to be more meaningful than any other year in my life because it has given me the chance to explore who I am and what I am really passionate about. Don't forget to practice self-care and health, set boundaries, start knowing and accepting yourself, as self-acceptance leads to more self-love.
Spend time being still and silent and using that time to get to know who you are. | Photo by Taisiia Stupak on Unsplash
* Be kind to yourself: People often neglect themselves and fixate on their imperfections. This can lead to low self-esteem, self-doubt, and other negative thoughts that worsen the mental and spiritual senses. It is important that we maintain our own well-being even if it means doing things that we might not enjoy or feel like doing at first. This includes eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, exercising, spending time outside in nature, reading a book, etc. I connect to the Earth and embrace my inner child by walking barefoot whenever I can. When you reach a stage of youth, you start to gain a clear vision of how you want your future to be like.
It is important that we maintain our own well-being even if it means doing things that we might not enjoy or feel like doing at first. | Photo by A A on Unsplash
The most successful people are the ones willing to learn new skills and unlearn their old conditioning! Don't forget to practice self-care and health and set boundaries. It starts with self-knowledge and self-acceptance, as self-acceptance can lead to more love. Remember that the journey to self-love is love itself. Your life has just begun, if you make the most out of it, your personal development becomes the best version of itself. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: development, nature, person, practice, yourself, acceptance
By Salil Gewali
The past 100 years have witnessed the major injuries being inflicted upon the most beautiful planet in the solar system. We have in fact senselessly punctured mother earth in pursuit of our selfish ambition. We only felt important to respond to our base impulses of greed. We never gave a second thought to the consequences of our ceaseless exploitation of the earth's crust. Has the deep rat-hole mining not already disfigured many parts of Jaintia Hills, and other places resulting in a number of tragedies in the recent past? Since prudence and greed are inversely proportional, we have totally lost our own sanity in the process. Are we --- the so-called academically qualified people, not fully responsible for all the ecological mess and the change of climate now? We hardly can discriminate right from wrong. This present controversial plan of oil palm "monoculture" could be another recipe for disaster. It may go against the natural rhythm of biodiversity.
The widespread plantation of oil palm at a whim will surely invite various natural catastrophes as pointed by scholars such as Toki Blah, Patricia Mukhim and others. photo by Salil Gewali
Let me draw an analogy for a layman's understanding. What if we start eating "ghee only" as our principal food for a longer period of time? What will be its impact upon our bodies though it's one of the very rich and nutritious milk products? It will certainly lead to various health complications, apart from indigestion. Even if we would be able to digest the ghee, the body will still be lacking many other minerals and vitamins leading to various malfunctions in our internal system. Nature requires us that we take varieties of "locally" produced vegetables, fruits, cereals as our balanced food for healthy living. Perhaps that is why bio-diversity is the fundamental characteristic in the "body of creation". We have amazing verities of butterflies, we have wonderful honeybees, but we also have pesky houseflies, cockroaches and mosquitos. If the honeybees are so useful then why are there less or not apparently useful insects, some are very poisonous? Yes, there are a lot many complex things around than that meet our eyes.
The widespread plantation of oil palm at a whim will surely invite various natural catastrophes as pointed by scholars such as Toki Blah, Patricia Mukhim and others. A NEHU research scholar Clarissa Giri deeply laments how the extensive monoculture might upset the ecological balance. Needless to say, the infinite creation of GOD cannot be understood by our finite minds. However, we can heave a sigh of relief now that our upright member of parliament - Smt. Agatha Sangma has sent the letter to the Honourable Prime Minister citing the grave environmental fallout due to the extensive monoculture of palm oil in the Northeast. In one chorus all should lend support to Smt. Sangma. Moreover, this oil palm is not endemic to Northeast India either as a tea to Assam and Darjeeling. Unlike anything, it is going to adversely affect the terrestrial ecosystem, wildlife integrity and much more.
Efforts in adopting every possible measure to chill down the surging heat of global warming will be the greatest gift to our kids. Photo by Salil Gewali
Here one strongly feels that we should not turn our deaf ears to what has been warned by our learned environmentalists. Let's listen to the siren of climate change with utmost seriousness. Efforts in adopting every possible measure to chill down the surging heat of global warming will be the greatest gift to our kids. We should learn to make peace with the ecosystem, not with the wallet.
(An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled 'Great Minds on India' which has earned worldwide appreciation. Translated into Twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.)
Keywords: Oil Palm, Monoculture, Nature, Biodiversity, NEHU, climate change
As climate change morphs into a real time threat, Meghalaya has turned to invoking its traditional leaders and institutions by turning them into evangelists and climate actors and crusaders. Meghalaya Forest Minister James Sangma has decided to take it upon himself to collect ecological knowledge and climate wisdom from the ancestral conceptions and indigenous tribal leaders of traditional institutions to create awareness and strategy of climate change adaptation and mitigation for the state.
A grassroot 'mini climate change conference' was held with 18 villages of a province called Ri-Bhoi - known for facing the ravages of fast approaching climate change reality.
Apart from the formal government systems (the state legislature and judiciary) as well as Autonomous District Councils that were carved to allot greater autonomy to tribal communities in Meghalaya, the state's village level traditional institutions called Dorbar in Khasi and Jaintia Hills and Nokma in Garo Hills. In that sense, Meghalaya is a strong decentralised society where these Dorbars and Nokmas organise the community and social life for their citizens and hold a great degree of historical legitimacy amongst people.
A grassroot 'mini climate change conference' was held with 18 villages of a province called Ri-Bhoi - known for facing the ravages of fast approaching climate change reality.Photo by Rasheda Akter on Unsplash
Infact, Meghalaya was exempted from the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act which allows for the devolution of governance through the decentralised Panchayati Raj system because of its strong grassroot and community governance structure. One of the global learnings emerging from Covid response all across the world is a new form of 'decentralised' governance where the state works in alliance with traditional and grassroots institutions and leaders. This bottom up approach is critical for social mobilisation and tackling the 21st century challenges like climate change.
Several complex issues such as climate change, diminishing rain patterns, green livelihoods were discussed with indigenous examples of several localised climate legislations - emerging in the conversation. In the idea exchange, there were conversations about green energy and livelihoods, agroforestry models and several preservation models that could incentivise the villagers and junta to create a new template of climate action economy.
After having piloted a successful project using multi strains of indigenous Algae or phyco-remediation to clean up the toxic industrial waste of one of its rivers, the Forest Minister has launched an open mandate to embrace local ecological knowledge and build nature based solutions..Photo by Mike M
After having piloted a successful project using multi strains of indigenous Algae or phyco-remediation to clean up the toxic industrial waste of one of its rivers, the Forest Minister has launched an open mandate to embrace local ecological knowledge and build nature based solutions.
Sacred Groves in Meghalaya, which are community based sacred forests, have been largely instrumental in community led forest management practices and large scale preservation. There were more green livelihood options such as algae and carbon farming, agro-forestry models and wellness tourism using folk medicine - with abundance of high value indigenous wellness knowledge systems were also discussed with the grassroots representatives.
Forest management and climate change adaptation strategy should integrate socio-cultural and ecological phenomenons and should be aimed to sustain human needs and maintain the ecosystem integrity. It has also been emphasised to include climate change and conservation as a part of school along with several green interventions with the headmen for turning the province into a 'climate action zone'. The grassroot conference was one of the first interventions on the part of the government to start collecting indigenous knowledge, community engagement and empower decentralised governance to bolster its fight against climate change.
(Article originally written by James Sangma)(IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: climate change, meghalaya, waste, industries, nature