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Will Rev Thomas Jones’ literary gift to the Khasis end with mere writings sans recognition?

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie | Shillong, June 22, 2018:


Hundred and seventy seven years ago, one of the major tribes of Meghalaya – the Khasis were without a written script, without a lingual identity and without a literary history. However, all of that changed with the arrival of Reverend Thomas Jones, also popularly known as the Founding Father of Khasi alphabets and literature.

10 reasons that prove you grew up in the 80s in Shillong

TNT DESK | July 4, 2018

  1. You most likely knew who Freddy Khapran and Augustine Kharkongor were and thought that they were the best footballers in India. Bordoloi trophy was the tournament Shillong XI had to win to prove that we were the best in Northeast.



  1. You went and watched Qayamat se Qayamat Tak starring Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla at Bijou Cinema Hall.



  1. Most of you did not appear for Exams during 1987 as everyone passed because of the Shillong Agitation.



  1. Living High, Great Society,King Apple and Adremelech were the biggest bands that walked the planet .



  1. You had to own a Leather Jacket and dress up like Bruce Dickenson .The Mawlai and Malki fete was a must for all the rock fans.



  1. The Shillong Bus was a regular at GS Road and you most likely hitched a ride in it .



  1. You watched Salman Khan romance Ayesha Jhulka at the 14th Mile for a flop movie called Kurbaan.



  1. You went to the Nazareth Cafeteria in Laitumkhrah for Lassi and Hot Dog and Jalpan for Aloo Puri while Abba was the best restaurant in Shillong.And Hong Kong restaurant served the best ‘Half Plate Chow’.



  1. You saw the Flying Duck at the Umiam Lake (It was a restaurant).



  1. You knew someone who had modified his Jeep and bought Radial tyres.


Meet the man who brought Bruce Lee’s martial art form to life in Meghalaya – Ferdinand Suchiang

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie, Shillong News | Shillong, March 19, 2018: 

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work to see it fulfilled. If Rome was not built in one day, so also dreams and aspirations are not nurtured and fulfilled in one night.

It took years for this young man from Meghalaya to achieve his goals and carve a niche for himself in the world of martial art. Meet Ferdinand Suchiang, a martial art expert who despite all odds managed to climb the ladder of success.

Ferdinand’s recent achievements

Meghalaya Home Guards jawan, Ferdinand Suchiang has done his country proud again by winning a gold medal in the 1st World Jeet Kune Do Championship held at Nimibutr, National stadium Bangkok, Thailand from March 12-18.

The championship which was organised by Asian Jeet Kune Do Federation and International Jeet Kune Do Federation, saw the participation of athletes from countries like Syria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.

33-year old Suchiang defeated his Sri Lankan opponent in the below 55 kg category of the Jeet Kune Do competition during the finals held on March 16, paving the way for this young martial artist to bag the gold medal.

This is not the first time that this young instructor at the Unarmed Combat department of Meghalaya Home Guard personnel has brought laurels to the state and the country as a whole.

ALSO READ:Meghalaya: Home Guards jawan Ferdinand Suchiang triumphs in International Jeet Kune Do Championship

In October last, Suchiang bagged the Gold medal in the full contact category by defeating his Filipino opponent at the International Jeet Kune Do Championship at Hong Kong. The championship was held at Hong Kong Sea School, Stanley in Hong Kong and saw participation of athletes from the host country, Burma, Philippines and India.

Pic Courtesy: Ferdinand Suchiang’s FB page

Continuing his winning streak since the regional level championship held recently at Assam, Suchiang had remain undefeated in all the competitions he had participated so far including the National level championship held at Kolkata, West Bengal where he bagged the Gold medal, to qualify for the International tournaments.

So far, Suchaing has bagged 2 regional gold medals, one national and two international gold medals and a number of medals in state-level competitions.

“I am deeply honoured to have been given a chance and opportunity to represent the country in an international platform and I cannot help but thank God for giving me the much-needed strength and the patience to strive ahead in this sports,” Suchiang said.

ALSO READ: Meghalaya: Home Guards jawan Ferdinand Suchiang triumphs in International Jeet Kune Do Championship

What do we know about this International star from Meghalaya? 

Ferdinand Suchiang (33) was born and brought up in Jowai in West Jaintia Hills. He got into the sports (martial art) at a very young age. In 1998, he took up martial art lessons but had to give up in 2004 due to lack of financial support and poverty.

“Poverty was the main hurdle back then. I could’t find time to practice because by the time I get home, I was not in a condition to practice. Due to poverty, my brother and I had to struggle really hard to make a living and support our mother,” Suchiang said.

Pic Courtesy: Ferdinand Suchiang’s FB page

But luck was on his side. In 2008, he got a job at the Meghalaya Home Guard and Civil Defence Department in Shillong. Since then, he has been living in Nongthymmai, Shillong.

Ever since, Suchiang has been involved in many martial art forms like kick boxing before he discovered his forte in Jeet Kune Do, a martial art form founded by martial art professional and actor — Bruce Lee.

Despite being tight up at work, Suchiang never stopped following his dreams. Thanks to the cooperation of the officers and staffs of Home Guard.

ALSO READ:Meghalaya Home Guards personnel bags Gold in 4th Northeast India Jeet-Kune-Do Championship in Assam

Expressing his gratitude to the officers and staffs at Home Guard and Civil Defence, Government of Meghalaya, Suchiang said “They (officers/staffs) have always been supportive and they have always encouraged me to pursue with my interest. They saw my talent and skills and didn’t stop at mere appreciation but they pushed me further and provided a chance to shape myself and the art form.”

“They never complained nor did they prevented me from chasing my dreams rather they supported me and helped me in various ways. They inspire and encourage me alot,” he added.

(The writer can be reached at mawrie.iban@gmail.com or iban@thenortheasttoday.com)






Driven by passion, these young BMX riders, skaters of Shillong are creating waves across India

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie

Shillong, Aug 26, 2018:

The gradual transformation of Shillong in the last 10 years from a once ‘quiet hill-state’ to a ‘sought after destination’ has steered the city to a whole new outlook. The adoption and experimentation of cultures of a varied nature — be it lifestyle, sports, fashion or business has seemingly added more shades to the already lively city.

This is how SARS struggles to stand up for the voiceless stray animals

Shillong, April 06, 2018: 

By Abigail Nongsiej 

A ray of hope shown down on the helpless and voiceless stray animals that have suffered at the hands of men, after a young animal lover — Tee Mawlong formed Stray Animal Rescue Society (SARS) in  February 2016, an organisation with the sole purpose of helping Stray Animals specifically dogs and cats.

Meet Meghalaya’s ‘Rainbow Lady’ Marchie Sangma who has made India proud in South Africa


Marchie Sangma, now known as the Rainbow lady has made Northeast India proud with her recent feat after she won the South Africa Rainbow Nation Pageant. TNT-The Northeast Today brings to you an interbiew with the lady from Meghalaya who represented India in the South Africa Rainbow Nation Pageant. Who is she? Where is she from? Well calm down! Because we are here with all the facts you need to know about this mystery girl.

26-yr-old Marchie M. Sangma hails from Tura, Meghalaya. Marchie is the youngest daughter among her siblings. Beautiful, energetic, charming, passionate are few words to partially describe the lady, who with her colors of rainbow grabbed the attention of thousands across the globe.

She says,“I truly from the core of my heart thank you all. For the support, encouragement and faith towards me”.

Here is an exclusive with Marchie M. Sangma

TNT: Tell us about your childhood days?

Marchie Sangma: I never missed Sunday schools, I enjoyed a lot by playing with friends and I am grateful to God to give a happy childhood life to me.

TNT: As a kid, did you aspire to become a model someday?

Marchie Sangma: Well, I do not remember much about my thoughts when I was a kid… However I still had some vibes in me which resulted to my success today.

TNT: How did the idea of modeling come into your mind?

Marchie Sangma: Modeling was my passion so I gave a thought on to it and hence I am pretty much enjoying it.

TNT: When you were crowned as Miss Rainbow in SA, how was the feeling?

Marchie Sangma: It was awesome and a tremendous feeling for me as I couldn’t believe that among the entire contestants, I was crowned as Miss Rainbow Nations. It was really a very emotional as well as proud feeling thinking that at least I got something for my country by representing India.

TNT: Tell us about your education, academic pursuits so far?

Marchie Sangma: Little Flower School Dadenggre, Mother’s Union School Tura, Tura Govt. College, Travel and Tourism (RVTI) TURA, Aviation course at sky international Academy Guwahati (education qualifications) 12th standard.

TNT: How supportive was your family with your decision of taking up modeling as a career?

Marchie Sangma: My family has always been my backbone in every high and low, ups and downs in my life. I am here today only because of their belief, support and understanding…my family is my role model.

TNT: What do you think about the fashion scene in Northeast India?

Marchie Sangma: Fashion today is mostly about the outwards being whereas the inner being of a person is mostly neglected. Street fashion is however totally different from beauty pageants where both internal and external beauty is taken into consideration.

TNT: What message do you want to carry forward through modeling?

Marchie Sangma: Modeling is a way of representing oneself about one’s beauty, talent and potentials. It is one of the ways to represent our own people and the culture, custom, creed and ethics of our nation and be proud about and also make our own country and nation proud.




#Favorite color— Green because I like nature, the green color of life- growth, harmony, freshness, fertility and environment.

#Role model— My mom is my role model because I have seen her struggling for the happiness of the family and her consistent hardwork inspires me a lot.

#Favorite actor/actress— ‘Salman Khan’-He is my childhood celebrity crush. He is my role model off screen. I love his kindness and acting.

Priyanka Chopra–She’s one of my favorite actresses because she’s such an empowered girl. I respect her for all she has achieved in her life and she has a great heart too. It inspires me a lot.

#Favorite dish–Dry fish with bamboo shoot.

#Favorite fashion designer— Ritu Kumar

#Favorite Movie— Ghajini, I learnt a lesson from this movie that if we lose our memory we will lose our identity. It touched my heart.

#Favorite holiday destination— I have not been to so many countries but for me now it is South Africa. My experience in Johannesburg South Africa has been great. I visited Aerial cable to view Harties and I must admit that it is an awesome place. There are interesting places to see with great historical insights along the way.

The writer can be reached at ptymarak30@gmail.com


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