The decay of traditional and ritualistic Hinduism is the reaping field of Sri Sri Ravishankar’s philosophy business. Ravishankar offers the Upper Middle Class and the wealthy an expectation that he will provide the balm for the frustrations in their lives. But what they get is a method of breathing and a manner of laughter wrapped in fake philosophy, marketed with a vengeance
Recently, Royal Wahingdoh – a Shillong-based football club of some repute – formally announced that they would be pulling out of the I-League, an All India Football Federation (AIFF) promoted initiative. This came as a rude shock to the fans who had been religiously following the club.
The entry of refugees in large numbers is never welcomed anywhere. Demographic balances in Northeast India were threatened, even overturned, by the influx. The Bengali refugee, competing for scant jobs in the already impoverished economy, was a threat. The next phase of violence and ethnic cleansing began.
Don’t mention it to your school, college, etc. Most likely they are fanatical religious fundies of the Hindu, Christian or Islamic persuasion. 2. Tick the ‘others’…
Released on YouTube in 2011, Gwyneth Alicia Mawlong’s “Syrngiew” is one of the most path-breaking musical productions emerging from Shillong, at least in the past decade. Its radicality lies both in its form and content. It is a Khasi song which beautifully expresses frustration and sadness over a love crippled by social detestation and non-acceptance, by virtue of its unconventional nature.
On 16th November 2015, I went to take part in the protest march called by the Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR), CSWO along with a few other activists from Meghalaya. I went not because I was instructed to by ‘party high-command’, not because I was threatened or coerced by anyone…
Although the buzz around TED has died down but its bastard lowbrow child called TEDx stalks the provincial countries and towns like a persistent salesman.
Shillong with its vanity number plates of ‘educational capital’, ‘rock capital’, ‘cliche capital’ has had many of these TEDx full of 18minutes of wannabe celebrities, failed politicians, music evangelists, development messiah, crumbling royalty with useless insights and bad powerpoint slides. It is high time to cap this crap.
It is fair to say that in any writing of the history of western music in India, Shillong would deserve a chapter. It is just that the writing of this chapter has become way too problematic – too many loose ends, too many grand unifying theories. The culture of western popular music in Shillong has no shortage of hagiographers. In fact most of the writing on this field has been gushy, uncritical and downright fallacious (there have been so many that it would be worthwhile to bring out a compendium of these).
Ha ka 35 snem ka sngi iap u khlur ka RI, Ka RAIOT ka kynmaw sngewieid ia U Bah Shlur Nongbri, uwei na ki khlur kynjat bol (Football star) uba don nam jong ka Wahingdoh Sports Club bad ka Shillong, u la khlad noh na ka pyrthei ha ka 3 tarik November 1980. U long U Captain ba wanrah jingjop ym tang ha ka kynjat ball hynrei U la dei uwei na kiba la wanrah ka jingpawnam ka jaitbynriew hi baroh kawei.
I am tired of governments.
Of this one. This one. This one. This one. This one. And this one.
And the one before.
And the one after.
“Natural” Conservativeness in Shillong and Khasi-Jaintia Hills could be due to the fact that most of their encounters with Modernity are given directly by the Church or ”reviewed” by it.
Ankush Saikia, chronicler of Shillong’s dark secrets offers up a chapter from his latest Thriller – Laimu, Drugs, Women and a deal somewhere near Myanmar
Gertrude Lamare deconstructs the panic over Devil worshipers in Meghalaya
Gertrude Lamare on vandal artists of Shillong featuring graffiti by small axe
Samrat Ray remembers the churches and their lives in Shillong
On 28th August 2015, Digital Suicide, were prevented from performing in Clod9, weekend retreat of the elite of the Crap Rock Capital of India called Shillong. Listen to their song #NOSTATENOREST
Silvester Phanbuh on culinary and other Shillong diversities
There has been quite a burst of talk on the sex tape involving two teenagers that was recently “leaked” in Shillong. According to some media…
Treibor Mawlong is one of the most exciting contemporary artists from our hills. From Mairang in West Khasi Hills, Treibor studied at Kala Bhawan, Shantiniketan (2006-2012).…
Tiew lalyngi pep shad Ba la shah teh lakam Da ki kti thombor ka por. Map i kyrpad; Khosiew ha snieh pyrthei, Ki ummat ksiar…
[For this weekend, lovely story about love and longing in Shillong by Frank Krishner] The darkness enveloped me. I sat on the bench taking in…
Ki ong ba pha lah kylla, Riew kieng atiar la pynliem da u pyrjong Bangla, Ki shong shuki ki lah kynmaw la ki dustur riti…