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Here’s why recorded crime is on the rise in Meghalaya

 

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie | Shillong, July 22, 2018: 

Meghalaya has underwent many changes in the past few months — from the formation of a new government to the implementation of a new tax regime (GST), but what is new in as far as safety and security of its citizens is concerned?

MUST WATCH | What is the Meghalayan Age?

TNT News | July 20, 2017

Here is all you need to know about the Meghalayan Age.

4200 years ago, a sweeping mega-drought devastated agricultural societies across the globe, wiping out civilizations from Ancient Egypt to Mesopotamia, Palestine and the Yangtze River Valley. Now, scientists say the cataclysmic event marks the beginning of a new geologic age: the Late Holocene Meghalayan, which encompasses everything from the start of the drought to the present.

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Indigenous band “Ahowee’ from Garo Hills is taking music to a whole new level!

Interviewed by PREETTY Ch. MARAK | July, 2018

As we know music runs in Northeastern people’s blood whether young or old. One of the famous band who not only captivated people’s attention but has also brought the A’chik culture alive is none other than the “Ahowee band”. Their fusion of Garo music is worth listening, but what makes it so different is the folk touch with traditional instrument fusion, the blending of “Ajia” used by the band makes it more unique.

As the name suggest ‘Ahowee’ means victory, it has already conquered the hearts of many people with its A’chik touch. From the soothing ‘Apa de’ to the head banging ‘Airokrak’ songs, this band has made people realize that music can also revive the traditions and culture.

Here is an exclusive interviews of the band by TNT-The Northeast Today

TNT: Briefly introduce your band members to our readers

AHOWEE: The band comprises of 7 members

Gabriel G. Momin – Vocals/Flute/Dotrong/Sarenda

Gifford R. Marak – Guitars/Dotrong

Lussac M. Momin – GaroPercussions (Dama/Nagra/Ja∙srang)

Dipenbirth G. Momin – Keyboard

Sunsylevan N. Sangma – Drums

Aaron R. Marak – Bass

Chongkam G. Momin – Rapper/Flute/Chigring

TNT: Which year was the band formed?

AHOWEE: Well to be honest the band was not stable when it was first formed…. There was a lot of shuffling done to recruit band mates which eventually led us to find new members along the way and it was in the year 2015 where we found members with similar aspects towards our genre.

TNT: What is your genre of music?

AHOWEE: We play folk fusion which involves blending of our own traditional instruments along with various western instruments since folk fusion and experimental has captivated us very uniquely.

TNT: What inspired the name of the band?

AHOWEE: Well if we take Wangala for example which is the only form of Art in Garo Hills that defines our Culture and if one observes, every dance troop led by the “Matgrik” shouts out “AHOWEE” which represents Triumph over something. So the name “AHOWEE” actually signifies “Victory”which was proposed by our Rapper/Flutist’s Mr.Chongkamand we also expect to be victorious and to come out strong in our musical journey.

TNT: How did you guys come together to form the band?

AHOWEE: The band was formed by our Rapper Mr.Chongkamand we were acquainted to each other through our friends…. Fortunately we all are aspiring musicians, since then we’ve been playing together.

TNT: Who is your biggest source of inspiration?

AHOWEE: Actually we have our own legends whom we consider very inspirational and being in a band is always about finding different people who have different taste in music and eventually combining them to make a unique form of music. To mention some would be Bob Marley, Mr. Big, Marty Friedman and lots more.

TNT: How often do you jam?

AHOWEE: We jam quite frequently though we’re mostly busy during the weekdays but nevertheless we always find time when it comes to jamming.

TNT: Tell us about your EP’s or upcoming music.

AHOWEE: At present the only EP out is “Apa De Angko” (The song is a lament of a woman. She wishes that life could’ve been kind to her like any other woman’s life). We’ve got lots in store and in time will let our tracks reach the audience…. as of now the one coming hot is “SaljongTa∙sinMe∙chik” (Story of the Goddess).

TNT: What is the greater objective through your music?

AHOWEE: Since we’re doing folk fusion we want to sensitise the present Garo brethren that there is beauty in playing four strings (Dotrong), Chigring,Dama (or any Garo folk instruments) as any other form of western instruments…. Literally speaking to learn, appreciate and improvise one’s own traditional folk music and to keep the culture alive.

TNT: What is your take on the music scene of Northeast India in general and Garo Hills in particular?

AHOWEE: Northeast is really rich and full of talented musicians. We’re proud to see that a lot of bands are achieving great heights, western music in particular and thanks to Nagaland for promoting the artists of Northeast, it means alot. We hope to go someday too. As for folk music such as Garo music definitely needs miles & miles to go. So we believe it is the collective responsibility of every Garo Artist to take it to greater heights. As a band we are fully committed to stick to our roots…. but yeah with wise improvisation!!

TNT: When not jamming, what do you do?

AHOWEE: Well…. When not jamming we give time for ourselves (family & friends) but at the same time we also keep ourselves abreast with our home works because talent is best nurtured in solitude…. Jamming is all about flowing like water…

TNT: Your message to aspiring music artists.

AHOWEE: Our message is simple…. Keep originality as prior, after all identity matters rather than playing something that has already been played and Love Music not because someone plays it. Love Music because of the appreciation and the love for music..!! Practice hard!!! Yeah!!!

The interviewer can be reached at preety@thenortheasttoday.com 


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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.

football-fred

 

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

aamir

 

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

shillong-1987

 

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

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  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.

leather-jacket

 

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

shillong-bus

 

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

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’.

abba

 

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

flying-duck

 

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

jeep

BLOG | Why Shillong corporates working in Delhi fail to start a venture in Pine City?

BLOGS | June 30, 2018: 

By Aiborlang Andrew Chyne

I have always asked myself this question for years even before starting my career in the Corporate world. As I started my career at an entry level in one of India’s renowned MNCs -HCL – BPO Division in 2009, I began to realize the actual picture of Corporate world.

Life in the corporate world is always glamorous, from the kind of office space you are in, to the facilities provided at work. It is a different feeling altogether and I’m sure it would take another 100 years or more for Shillong to have such an office infrastructure for enterprises or business organizations.

For a typical person like me, working in a fully AC-ventilated office is a luxury because work for me is just about getting myself preoccupied in the most useful manner and the idea of an office-infrastructure was never on my mind.

However, some of us failed to start a self-employed venture or small business because of some of the following reasons:-

  1. Being away from home, we would prefer to work in established MNCs where salaries are credited before 30th of every month, mostly in the IT and BPO sector.
  1. We still have a very narrow concept of work. We often feel that our job is just about going to the office, do our job and come back home.
  1. We often have this blind faith that if we have a tag of major brands like TCS, Infosys, HCL or IBM in our resumes, we would easily get a job back in Shillong. In other words, having a blind faith in brand names.
  1. Very few of our parents are aware of corporate institutions. At times, we often misguide them by the kind of positions we hold in the organization.

No doubt, one needs to appreciate oneself for being selected to be a part of the Corporate workforce of Delhi NCR irrespective of the industry or brands one works for, but we need to realise that it is the people that constitute a brand name and a brand-name does not exist by itself.

Despite the common financial problems that one faces, one needs to understand that a white-collar job in an MNC is the first step of ruining one’s own career. As per my experience, established MNCs have too much hierarchy and let’s not forget the bureaucracy or red-tapism in such organisations and I just wonder how people survive in such environment. I can only pray that they learn something new about their work in which I found it highly doubtful.

One can learn a lot when one works in a startup or take new initiatives in an organization. As per my experience working in startups, the main drawback is that salaries are always credited 7 or 10 days late. There are no provident funds or health insurance and forget about the leave policy, one just can’t think of it.

The scope of learning and development is huge in startups because you are being encouraged to experiment new concepts, be it in marketing or product development for different domains. At times, you would be required to work more than regular working hours, I still remember in one of my startup careers, I was asked to send a report on Christmas Day, 25th of December because I was taking care of a pilot project which was still at its nascent stage, back in the year 2014. I do feel sad doing an office work on Christmas but can’t help it when situation demands.

In startups, there is no hierarchy or red-tapism and employee engagement is at the highest because startup founders and co-founders don’t have the luxury of resources available and manpower is always scarce.

Shillong Corporates of Delhi needs to be encouraged to work for startups because it is the only option to be able to start their own venture in their hometown and to survive or else we would be like dead leaves that gets carried away wherever the wind blows.

And last but not the least, never use contacts or lobbies to start your career because it is nothing less than taking a short cut to success.

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(The writer is a Business Development Consultant from Shillong)

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

By Ibankyntiew Mawrie | Shillong, June 22, 2018:

REMEMBERING REV THOMAS JONES – ARGUABLY THE FATHER OF KHASI ALPHABETS 

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.

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