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5 reasons why Shillong loved to wear its leather Jacket in the 80’s and 90’s and still loves it

TNT Desk | December 04, 2018

Shillong and its rendition with leather jackets is not only limited to the 80s and 90s but it continues even now. Here are 5 reasons why Shillong loved its leather Jacket in the 80’s and 90’s and still loves it.

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** Needles to say its rock n roll , whether it is a fete in Malki or in Mawlai you will find leather jackets metal heads trying to create a mosh pit , the best way to identify them is a 1985 Bruce Dickenson multi zip short style jacket.The shops below Dreamland called Arora’s made them just the way you like it. (We don’t know if they still do it though!)

** My dad gifted me the jacket, usually it is the leather jackets which are passed on to the children and not property or stock bonds. The nostalgic memories of what your grandfather wore and then your father is a bittersweet one. With the jacket slightly torn and at times reeking of the alcohol of yester years.

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** In the 90’s, during the troubled times Leather Jacket was seen as a sign of power. Even today many Shillongites will claim that CRPF men would pick them up or question them if they were wearing a Leather Jacket. Sadly for the uniformed personnel when it came to Shillong everyone including the Home Minister of the state wore a Leather jacket.

** The Leather Jacket would give even the tiniest guy the sense of a macho look, if the school boy or a college boy wanted to roam the streets of Shillong after dark, a leather jacket was the perfect armory for them. Of course it helped that we could keep a quarter bottle of whiskey in one of the many ‘Inside’ pockets. If you had money then it could be from Glory’s plaza and if money was an issue then some would buy a rexene jacket (OMG)

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** Finally almost all guys thought that if they wore a leather jacket they would resemble a Tom Cruise in Top Gun/Axl Rose or a Slash. Their aim, no matter how much they denied it was to get the attention of the ladies . Not surprisingly, the Ladies were heavily into leather jackets too largely due to Madonna and Janet Jackson and Geena Davis (OMG).Well, that instant boost of confidence comes not by anything else but a leather jacket and who can deny this!

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Meghalaya bags award for being most improved small state in Agri sector

SHILLONG | Nov 23, 2018: 

The Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister Thomas A. Sangma today received the India Today – “The State of the States” award on behalf of the State Government at Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi.

GSI keen to declare Mawmluh caves as ‘Geo Heritage site’

SHILLONG | Nov 15, 2018:

The Additional Director General of North East region, Geological Survey of India, Mulkh Raj Jarngal has asserted that GSI is keen to declare Mawmluh caves as Geo heritage site where the cave rock formation defined the Meghalayan age.

Prohibitory order issued against poisoning river bodies in Pynursla

Shillong | Nov 13, 2018: 

The Additional Deputy Commissioner, I/c Pynursla Civil Sub-Division, Pynursla has issued an Order under Section 144 CrPC prohibiting any person, organization, etc. from indulging in or resorting to the act of poisoning of rivers, streams or any water bodies with the explicit or implicit intention to cause wide spread/large scale destruction of aquatic life within the Pynursla Civil Sub-Division.

Here are the names of candidates selected for undergoing IAS coaching 2018-19 in Andhra Pradesh

NOTIFICATION | Nov 10, 2018: 

The joint resident commissioner, Meghalaya House, New Delhi SR Marak has released the names of selected candidates for undergoing IAS coaching 2018-19 at Nagarjuna IAS Academy, Gandhi Nagar, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

Tura witness another medical achievement; rare case of parasitic twin operated successfully

Tura | Nov 02, 2018: 

Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, was witness to yet another achievement in the field of medical sciences.

For the first time in the history of Garo Hills, a rare case of parasitic twins called Xyphophagus, was operated on successfully.

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