U Kiang Nangbah- a patriot and prophet

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Dr. Omarlin Kyndiah
U Kiang Nangbah was born to Ka Rimai Nangbah at  Tpeppale in Jwai. The exact date of his birth is not known but it is said that he was a child at the time when the British annexed the Jaintia Kingdom in 1835. Unlike other patriot of the region, U Kiang Nangbah had no royal background. He was a rural folk and a common farmer that belonged to the lineage of the Sookpoh clan. Though very young in age at the time of annexation, he was greatly disturbed by the highhandedness policies of the Britishers. The spirit of patriotism was inspired in U Kiang Nangbah by these developments and by the story of his maternal uncle, U Ksan Sajar Nangbah, who fought against the British at a place called Chanmyrsiang. The reason for this early resistance is attributed to the construction of road from Jaintiapur to Nowgong.

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It is said that “All that glitters is not gold”, Dipankar Sinha neither glitters nor is gold because his creativity and passion for art far exceeds any human proverb or comparison. One is free to judge him on his alternative lifestyle or through the perspective of the magic he creates on the canvas or on a simple desktop. What describes him the best would be his tattoos and his dirty converse shoes, but he is a naive dreamer who firmly believes in his dreams. He is a different person when working on his canvas, a different person when designing the graphics and an incredibly mad artist when creating graffiti’s on walls. The Notebook Team tells us more…..
parachutes by dipankar sinha
Hi Dipankar, thank you so much for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers.  Ok let’s start  by you telling us a little about yourself and how did you get interested in desig-ning? Are you self-taught or did you go for any formal training?
-    Hi,about myself, born and brought up in Shillong. Did my first commercial graphic, when I was in Class XII, and there was no stopping… I’m a freelancer under a team named ‘alien workouts’, based in Shillong, working for clients locally in India and abroad. Although I am mostly self-taught in software and through continued learning and work experience.

We  love the style of the designs you create. Can you tell our readers a little about your designing process?
-    My designing process is a combination of visualization, a bit of research; I try and apply fresh designing techniques. I focus more on the concept then on just the looks.  There is always an artistic element added to it. Frankly I’m never satisfied, mostly getting carried away…So, then continues on to client deadlines, changes, more feedback, changes etc.

There is a big gap between amateur and professional looking designs. What as per you are the biggest factors that can take a design from good to great?
-    Knowing what, why and how, bridges this gap. Any design can look good. Professional designs come with looking good and feeling ‘Wow’. And yeah, most importantly, the final execution holds the key. The package sells more than the product.

Sometimes it’s difficult to get started on a project and brainstorm ideas. How do you get inspired and stay motivated?
-    Music is what drives me. It’s like my oxygen. Sometimes I’ve to struggle to get in the mood, and music makes it easier to. I can work without music, but with music I can create. And sometimes I even feel it’s the music that I’m designing.

So what kind of music do you generally listen to?
-I do not believe in the word genre. Music is simple as music, but if you ask my     favorites’ I mostly listen to Brit Rock, Alternative Electronics, Psychedelic or sometimes World Music like God is An Astronaut, Third Eye Blind, Depeche Mode, Porcupine Tree, Asian Dub Foundation, etc. It all depends on my mood actually. (Takes a deep breath)

Oh! You  seem to have a tattoo in Sanskrit on your left arm? What does it say?
-Well I actually have quite a number of tattoos; this one says that “you should do your job without the expectation of any fruits.” It is actually an old Hindu saying.

We’ve been very interested lately in gaining some insight from other designers about how they manage their time. With all the projects that you do, how do you manage to find time for everything?
-    Time is something that’s lost in me... I don’t keep track. May be because I work a lot, but at the end of the day I love what I do and love to work hard at it. It   doesn’t matter… day, night, food, comfort. As long as it needs to be done…so has to be done. People sometimes complain about my punctuality. But, I don’t want to compromise on the quality. I treat every project very personally. Literally, my day starts at 12 pm and my night at 6 am .

What are some of your favorite design/projects that you’ve worked on?
-    Answering that can be a bit difficult. I enjoy every new project, I come across But would like to mention one or two odd ones, my first amateur VFX experiment in 2003,  where a UFO sweeps over Shillong and gets shot down with a catapult in Soringkham road..  Sadly now I don’t have time to experiment like those…I miss them. My first complete 3D realistic animation project of a heart probe from the States, which was damn tough. Also being a part of the e-ARIK project in Arunachal Pradesh, was fun. Very new and challenging, which eventually bagged the ‘Best critic’s award’ in the 2008 National Awards, are some of them.

What tools are in your designer’s toolbox that would be tough to live without? Software, apps, hardware, books or otherwise?
-    Frankly, this is a sad list…let’s better not start with. But an honorable mention to Adobe Creative Suite, Cinema 4D can be given.

Mac or PC, why?
-    I’m a ‘monster fan’ of Alienware’s, which are PC of course. But, my 50% vote goes to Mac, for its stability, simplicity and powerful processing.
When you are not designing or otherwise behind the computer, what do you enjoy doing to step away for a while?
-    Well ‘m almost like married to my PC, but ofcourse I take my breaks. Painting is my passion, and it just recharges my frustrated cell…otherwise, I love drives and coffee hangouts. All with a musical background.

That’s lovely, next, please describe what’s ‘alien_workouts’ is all about?
-    ‘alien_workouts’ is a dream team of freelancers. It started in 2002-03, when the need of something that can break the typical design format was felt. All are connected in a network. All have the freedom of creativity. No boss. No 9-5 job. No office politics. We believe that an idea is an idea, no matter from whom it’s coming…and that the freedom to experiment, to create and execute, can change the traditional stuck-up. No miracle involved, all with the basic- ‘lines, colors and motion’. Simple as that!

What are the type of projects you take up?
-    Multimedia, as a whole? You can say that…I do Web and Print Graphics, 2D-3D animations, Websites, Video FX & Editing some-times, Layouts, Interactive Presentations/applications  etc. Anything that satisfies the hunger of creativityJ.

How do you think graphics communicates without the use of words?
-    Just as music with its sound, poems with its words, painting with its colors. Its all about how expressive is your message to trigger the communication. 

We have heard that you are also an animator? Now that’s incredible, tell us more about it?
-  Animation, just drives me crazy. Actually, there’s an animator inside me, more than the    rest. I’m still a learner in this field though. It all started from page to page stick animation during school…to getting swept away with Cartoon network’s “Jonney Quest”. When I first did my 3D animation, I was lost for days on how realistic can it be. But due to lack of animation projects at that time, I’m left half-motivated. Then came some interesting projects which keep me rolling till date. I still can trade graphic designing to animation… 

Lastly, tell us about your dream project you want to work on?
-  I’m a dreamer, so there’s never just one…May be work-ing on some cool VFX for the big screens… Designing world brandings for Nike, addidas… there’s just no end to dream-ing…!

A quote that has helped you through your career to improve?                              
-    “Subvert the paradigm”  

Thank you Dipankar ,The Notebook Team wishes you good luck for your future. May you rock all the way !



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Kareng Ghar

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Kareng Ghar is the remains of royal palace of Ahom kings when Garhgaon was their kingdom's capital


Garhgoan was the principal seat of the Ahoms for more than four centuries. The chronicle sources refer that Suklengmung, the 15th Ahom king established the capital at Garhgoan and constructed a palace with wood and other impermanent material in the year 1540 AD. Later, king Pramatta Singha constructed a brick wall and masonry gateway in the capital complex. The present multistoried edifice was built by king Rajeswar Singha in 1752 AD. The fort and the royal complex were badly damaged and disfigured due to procurement of raw materials for building from the monument. The structural remains in the fortified complex stand as a mute testimony of the Ahom kings of the bygone days.

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“It was destined to happen.”

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By Priyanku K. Sarmah

simran singh daddanSimran Singh Daddan could blame his fate for the wrong turns he took, the taxi driver who was driving in neutral that night to save fuel, the pitch black of the night due to which he was unable to see the car coming or even his inner craving for speed when he zoomed across that empty road on that unfaithful night in 2004! But after all he went through all he says is, “It was destined to happen.” Simran Singh Daddan’s story is an incredible tale of courage and determination, for he strived to survive in a situation where others would have easily given up and is a story which is in no need of being told as it speaks for itself.....
Simran, then a young student at a hotel management institute in Durgapur had come back to Shillong for his vacations after completion of his final semester; little did he know that he was never to go back either to his institute or the carefree life of a youth. Simran recalls, “It was almost 10 o’clock at night and we that is my cousin brother and I and, was returning on a bike from a relative’s place in Nongrim hills. When we were on the turn near the Ram Krishna Mission, all I could see was pitch dark ahead except whatever was highlighted by the headlight.  Without much thought I zoomed into the turn but as my headlight swept across in the flick of a second there appeared a local taxi in front of me- in neutral and headlights switched off... following my instinct I immediately turned my bike towards the left and avoided a head on collision, but it sealed my fate as the taxi came and hit me directly. As my right foot took the blow, the bike went into a spin and my cousin was thrown off. Little did I realise how severe the accident was...
After we came to a halt, I tried to get up from where I was lying but couldn’t and fell back, I tried again and again but it didn’t make a difference. At last realising that i was fighting a losing battle, I literally dragged myself towards the footpath and sat there and called up my uncle and family.”
After his family reached Simran and his cousin, they were taken to the police station and admitted into Nazareth Hospital. He was operated on the very next day. The extent of his injuries was massive with a broken ankle that would later require six years to heal, along with a broken wrist and countless lacerations.
Simran’s cousin too suffered a fracture which healed in a couple of months. But Simran’s foot showed no such signs. After a couple of months, he again underwent surgery where a metal plate was inserted and this seemed to hold on for some time. But the pain was continuous and at last with no other option. He was taken to Delhi for further treatment.
By this time his foot was infected and he was once again rushed into surgery in Delhi where doctors removed the old plate and inserted a new titanium plate. But the infection showed no signs of subsiding. Doctors were left with no option other than to amputate or opt for a revolutionary Russian-oriented procedure where there would be springs driven through his feet, kept for the next 45 days. Opting for this, he once again underwent surgery.
Thinking of how he survived those 45 days would send chills down anybody’s spine. As he describes it: “I had to keep tightening and loosening the screws every 15 days and clean the dead cells out of the area every day, I had to do it all by myself.”
Simran was back in Shillong with the success following the operation. Today, he is like any other individual on the street but with a story to tell...
He grow up in the pine city, then pursue his degree in Hotel Management outside the state, on his completion of the courses he was even offered the teaching job in the city Hotel Management Institute, quite and introvert by nature,  Simran have refused the offered, and opted to enhance his family business. 
He is now helping with the family business and lives a normal life. But all the years of recovery and medication has landed him with pancreatitis which he says, would heal in another two to three years if he sticks to the proper regulations.
Simran said that throughout the recovery period, ‘support’ was the most important factor that kept him going which was provided by his family, his cousin sister Sukmani Kaur and his friends, Harsh Jhunjhunwala and Hubert.
He also added, it was his parents who have seen the fighter spirit in him, and keep encouraging him to go on in spite of various pressures coming from, both within the family and the business.
Talking of fighting spirit, he said, being a human being, there are times it was really difficult for him to go on, being helpless on his bed, while his family members are doing their best making sure he received the best of treatment, had once again provoke him to bear the pain and keep fighting and now he thank God and his parents for giving him this second life.
He says, “It happens sometimes in life but for the most part, it is important to know that tomorrow is a new day and ‘will’ is the only way out...”


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State’s own selected for apollo Flight of the hawkz

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The state can add another feather to its cap as one of its own, Alva B. Sangma, Editor, Achik Songbad, has been selected to participate in National Geographic’s latest series ‘Flight of the Hawkz’. She was selected in the Kolkata round of auditions.
Flight of the Hawkz is an extreme off-road adventure challenge series involving Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) driving over rough terrain. The participants have to clear each step, moving into another more grueling round. A total of six teams will be shortlisted. Each team will consist of two participants, the SUV driver and the navigator.
Aside from having to cover 120 km per day over rocky terrain, participants will also have to solve mind games, take up adventure tasks like paddling while standing up, tight rope walking and monkey crawling among others.
The seven-part series will cover unknown routes in between Lavasa (Maharashtra) and Goa to reach the final destination.
These tasks are not without rewards, however. The winning team gets to go on a fully paid adventure trip for two to the stunning Masai Mara in South Africa.
The series will be hosted by actress and model, Nethra Raghuraman.
National Geographic Channel has tied up with Apollo Tyres, India’s largest tyre-maker, to bring this latest television series to its viewers.
In keeping with the channel’s commitment to conservation, Nat Geo will also be working on a carbon offsetting programme for the series. Supported by Coca Cola as the associate sponsor, the series will be extensively promoted through an innovative 360-degree campaign including on-air, on-line, print, radio  and SMS. Nat Geo has tied up with MSN to create and promote a special micro site on which includes a host of features like information for the participants, videos and an interesting photo gallery. The microsite on MSN will be the only registration mode for participating. The site can also be accessed through

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As it is said the people who create music best define it, so does the RANGDAP. An instrumental band in the city that is spreading their message across to all, which can only be defined in the power of music that they produce. Witnessing them jamming is an experience like no other, the madness, the vibe communicates through their music. Their friendly, humble and playful characters speak volumes about the kind of people they are. Originality and the pinch of difference that they have to their music is what sets them apart from the rest. Seeing is believing but to music hearing is believing  and one has to truly experience them to believe what is described… Priyanku K. Sarmah writes…  

What do you call yourselves? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?

Well we are known as RANGDAP, it is also my name. It just came about and has been known as since then.

Please tell us the specifications of your band members?

Well there is, Gideon, Noel and myself. Gideon is the bass guitarist, Noel is the drummer and I play the guitar. There is also Carl who is our additional guitarist.
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By Haimantee Dutta
In the midst of all the jeopardy and traffic in Don Bosco Square, Jadoh, a food corner that just started in the second week of October , has already earned a niche for itself.  Jadoh, a brightly lit place with strong smell of tungrymbai and jadoh that suddenly grasps your senses as you walk in. From the outer appearance of the place one could easily mistake the place to be a coffee house but this modern food joint promises a great treat of traditional Khasi food.  Jadoh is owned by Dr. R.J. Cunville who single handedly manages to keep the contemporary yet ethnic food joint to be the one of the Shillongites recent favourites. A lecturer himself, he says that, “I opened up this place to serve food for everyone starting from students to family, so the prices have been kept really economic.”
Over the years Shillongites must have somewhere or the other been to a jadoh stall but this Jadoh corner holds a great treat for all the foodie’s in store. The combo meals are a delight consisting of rice, salad, meat curry, chutney, potato or fried vegetable at a price of 45 only. The food though entirely Khasi does include vegetarian food as well. Cunville says that, “I have purposely included vegetarian food on the menu so that no one misses out on the experience of Khasi cuisine. Shillong, now a days has a number of tourists and this somehow made me feel the need to open a place like Jadoh. I myself have travelled to a number of places and somehow I wanted to portray the Khasi culture with a tinge of modernism.”
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Prospect of Khasi Literature

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The Khasi Authors Society has been demanding from time to time that the Sahitya Akademi, the premier apex body in Delhi should extend the long delayed recognition to Khasi Literature which has already matured over the years with substantial contributions to enrich the language to bring it at par with the other developed languages and literatures of the country. There is enough justification in this stand as the language is old with a rich oral literature. When a script was introduced by the great pioneer missionary, Thomas Jones during the yearly forties of the 19th Century, there arose immediately many gifted writers who brought out prose, poetry and other compositions in articulated forms which contributed immensely to the shape of literature for the future. It is worth mentioning that as early as in 1903, the language was recognized in the Entrance Examination of Calcutta University when no other tribal languages were developed to claim for such an honoured acceptance. In less than two decades since then, it made another significant achievement when the same University gave recognition for the language in the Degree Course. Today, it has traveled far to be at par with other advanced languages like Assamese by admitting students for M. Phil and Ph. D courses.
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The man who mapped the world.

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By Joannes Lamare
Mercator was born in 1512 in Rupelmonde, a small port near Antwerp, Belgium. He received his education at the University of Louvain. After graduating, he studied the teachings of Aristotle, and before long, he was troubled by his inability to reconcile the views of Aristotle with the teachings of the Bible.  Since he did not want to become a philosopher, Mercator gave up further university studies. However, his quest and his zeal to find evidence to uphold the Biblical creation account occupied his mind for the rest of his life.
In 1534, Mercator began to study mathematics, astronomy and geography under the mathematician Gemma Frisius. Furthermore, he may have learned the art of engraving from Casper Van der Heyden, an engraver and globe maker. At the beginning of the 16th century, cartographers used heavy Gothic or black-letter, type which limit the space available for written information on maps. However, Mercator adopted a new style of cursive writing from Italy called italic, which proved to be useful in globe making.
In 1536, Mercator worked as an graver with Frisius and Van der Heyden in the production of a terrestrial globe. Mercator’s beautiful cursive writing contributed to the success of the project. Nicholas Crane, a modern biographer of Mercator, writes that while another cartographer “had managed to fit fifty American locations onto a wall-map as wide as a man was tall, Mercator reduced sixty into a sphere whose diameter was two hand spans”
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