18 July 2010

The real life in pictures

Hello! I'm back in Hyderabad. Again. I'm tired, I'm a spotted freak, I feel sick, I am officially a pauper, and I have nothing I feel like writing about so just for the sake of being undead I will post some pictures - also as is running tradition. And also because we all can never get enough of pictures of life in Mizoram.

First, my adorable nephew :) I'll forever be grateful to my sister for having him because even though he's only been on this earth for 9 months, I can't understand how we were ever happy without him before he came along.
And of course, it's only fair that I share pictures of where I spent the most time which was the Sih Tuikhur. Lovely isn't it?
I couldn't get enough of the lushness and greenness and the organic-ness of the place. And all the warm memories it awakens. I'd go there to wash clothes (well...to be very frank, I only helped others with the laundry) but I went mostly to wash my hair and soak my feet in the pure unprocessed spring water and to just be free and happy. There were Himalayan Balsams (ram nuaithang) blooming everywhere - pretty and natural like the water.The clear (albeit algae infested) water -
I remember many nights when we were kids sleeping over at a friend's who lived very close to this tuikhur (watering hole). After her parents were asleep, we'd steal out of the house, quietly tiptoe down to the tuikhur, trembling - half with excitement, and half with fright (it was always supposed to have many resident spirits after all), take off our clothes to commit the forbidden act......of jumping into the tuikhur :) We'd sit there, shivering in the icy water, in utter darkness with only the sound of the wind in the trees and crickets chirping and frogs croaking and swap schoolgirl secrets. Then we'd creep back to her room and jump under warm blankets and fall into peaceful sleep. And in the morning the water would be clear and undisturbed and no one would know that three little girls had 'swam' in the water in the night.
The area used to be thicker with trees and bamboos when we were kids but I was glad to see some bamboos still standing despite the fact that there was now a big school where there used to be plum trees to steal big juicy plums from, chestnut trees, wild berry bushes where we'd hog till our stomachs gave up and we'd all end up with the runs.

And for Bozo too, my city apartment dog, this place was paradise. He'd trot off chasing butterflies and green and blue and red dragonflies, and looking at him romp about I swear he could tell this was fresh air he was breathing, different from the polluted air he's used to. It made me very happy to see him so..happy.

In any case, for all of us who never get to spend enough time at home, I want to remind you all of how beautiful it is out there. When the sun is setting and the earth is still damp from rain and the cool mountain breeze is blowing in your face, and you're standing on top of a hill looking down at Aizawl knowing you're looking at home, there is no other place in this world more special than this. Or prettier. Maybe it's the kind of pretty you feel, not see. Which is even better because I would hate it if it looked as pretty to a person who's seeing it for the first time as it does in my eyes. That's right. No joke. I'm a jealous possessive bitch.

And don't forget the sky people! Folks out here don't get treats like this that we so often take for granted out there. I think even the clouds love us better because they never bother to dress up when they come out here :P In fact, they're rather drab and dull always, people don't even bother looking at them. And there you can just stare at the clouds for hours on end...
So don't forget to salute the land and the setting sun for such a spectacular display of beauty. And do it with your friends because you get a few laughs out of it as well, and that's good for your hearts :)
Well for someone who said she doesn't have a lot to say, I've said a lot. And I'm only stopping now because stupid Picasa is acting up. Well, I'll be working from home for the next few days and I'm going to be bored out of my wits so I'll be posting regularly anyway so let Picasa sulk. I'm going to borrow a burqa from the lady next door and go out for dinner.

18 comments:

ku2 said...

Love the post! Much as I sometimes yearn for the big city lights, its things like this that make me love being a hillbilly. Looking at your pics makes me feel lungleng,heh.
I love the midnight tuikhur swim. And your poor nephew with face scribbles. But then again, i do that to mine too, hihih.

Jerusha said...

Ku - you're lucky. My life would be perfect if Google would just move the office to Aizawl :) Who knows..maybe 50 years from now... lol

virgochhas said...

i nephew chu a va lo lian tawh ve....hmanni lawk kha ni maiin ka hria...a duhawm quit thrak anih kha...

Home Missions kan luh laiin kan school mawng ah tuikhur a awm a, kan kal ru nasa thrin...tui lo luannah ah hnah kan dah a, a tui kha kan han in ngei a...nuam kan tih theih thrin zia kha...lung a leng rum rum alawm...

kum hnih chuang mizoram ka hmu ta lo...ka haw chak ve khawp mai

Jerusha said...

Mizoram haw chu nuam hle na a, sometimes I wonder if it's worth the stress. Chubakah broke na. An trum thei mumal lo thlawk kual thinphu hreawm, chutah let leh dawn lamah, flight an han cancel chuti khati a, connecting flight neih hlauh chuan major loss ani nghal thruai mai. Kum tir lam a haw in lo hal, chumi zawh ah ruah leh chhun zing, chumi zawh ah thlasik romei, engtik hun hi nge haw hun thra pawh kan nei lo.

Jerusha said...

Chuan tuikhur a hnah ngei a in kha..ka lo theihnhhilh tawh keini pawh kan ti nasa thei. Ka it tawp tunah hian..hnah atang a tui in leh mau a chaw chhum.

illusionaire said...

Hey where exactly are the pics taken? Labeling it as "Mizoram" is pretty vague (unless I'm not from Mizoram :) ). The last pic looks a bit like our farm in Neihbawih, Sihphir. :) Your pics make me homesick a lot.

virgochhas said...

train in haw don in time uihawm bawk si...hai re hai...development hi a zuan in a zuang lo chu anih hi

vord verification pawh in swarb a ti ... lolzzzzzzzzz

Jerusha said...

Kimkims - last picture taken at Pi Hangi lunglen tlang :) Tuikhur like I said is the Sih Tuikhur, Chaltlang Ruamveng, near the DIET campus. Neihbawih ah hian kan tet laiin kan kal nasa thin, farm neih nan chuan nuam ngawt ang.

Rams - ni chiah. Mahni a zin leh phei chuan hmeichhe tan chuan it's not even an option train chu..

diary said...

I nephew chu a va lian tawh ve! And look at his toys..isn't it funny you buy kids expensive toys but they'd always prefer playing with empty bottles and bowls?:) Great pics of Aizawl, you stay here long enough and you tend to take everything for granted.

Jerusha said...

diary - so true about the toys. pic a a ei mek bowl khi, a ti keh tawh a a lawm ber bawk sia, a keh edge hriam tur a pa in black tape in a tuam sak a, a toys ho ah chuan a duh ber tawp lol

sekibuhchhuak said...

Hnahde te ka hmu. Building lian pui puin a hual khupna hnuaia han awm vang vanga; Mizorama han hawn leh chiah hian, kan ram lo la hrin mawi zia hi ka hre chhuak fo thin.

aduhi said...

Babies affect you in such a strange manner.My niece is now a year old and whenever I call home a harh zia thu leh a thil tih theih tawh te bak sawi tur an hre ngai lo. Naute hi ka lawm ngai lo hrim hrim, mahse unauten fa an han neih tak ah chuan bazar apiangin naute thil hlir kan en ta mai. Bozo chu i hawn ta daih elo? Buaithlak awm thlawhna velah.

Alejendro said...

Sih Sih Tukhur ka lo tlan ve lo chu ka van lawm tak em.... and what happened out there? Why did you need burga to go out??

Mos-a said...

Aizawl/Mizoram is bhery bootiful. Pianna ram nge nge hi chu lo ngawihawm duh khawp mai. Han haw chang te hi chuan han chhuahsan leh hi a hrehawm thin. Mahse lehlamah chuan thil man te to hma si/ mamawh a vang thei si/fate lehkha zirna tha em em vang bawk si/ current awm tha bawk silo/internet awm tha bawk silo/entertainment tha vang bawk si etc. Hetiang ngaihtuah neuh neuh hi chuan Aizawl a han kir leh te pawh hi a peihawmloh thin mahse this could just be a case of Sour Grapes :)

Aizawl thlalak pakhat khi ATC thlang atanga lak a ang riau mai.

(PS:my word verification for this post was "tinge" . I even took a screen shot -

http://i.imgur.com/CWMJ4.png )

vana said...

Napuang thlalak hi a cute luttuk. Naupang hmel inocent tak mai hi a hmuhnawm ber mai.

Almost Unreal said...

oi Jonathana chu a va lian leh toh veee...a ngaihom ee..lalzomi nen lah hian an in ang tulh2 mai..hahahaha

sih tui vel chu lung ti leng ma nge awwww...3 in omnaa i dinglam mi hi tu nge??

Jerusha said...

seki - ni chiah e, awm reng hi chuan chuti vakin kan appreciate lo. Han awm bo a, Hyderabad te ang atang a haw chu dang tak ani.

Aduh - Bozo chu March khan ka hawn alawm, a buaithlak zia chu sawi fiah thiam phak rual ani :) Flight ni 3 an cancel deuh reuh, cancel felfai chu zia mahse ni tin cage ah kan in khung tre tuar tuar a, kan take off a mahse mizoram ah kan land thei lo a Kol ah kan let leh thin. Khawngaihthlak duh bawn tawp.

Jerusha said...

Alej - Sih tuikhur I tlan lo chu I tan loss lian tak ania lawm tur I ni lo :P Nothing happened, I'm just spotted and I can't show my face in public hence the burqa.

Mos - ATC tlang thlang lam deuh ani e :) Ka word verification nimin ami pawh engtin or something like that, tinge tih ang dueh. Mizoram chu mit tan fur lai peh phei cfhuan a mawi na a, I sawi zawng zawng bakah, tui ren ngai rneg te, bawnghnute ren ngai reng te, tel ren ngai reng te, ka ning bawn tawp. Petrol awm lo reng bawk si..awm lo hi kan ngah em hi buaithlak ani.

Vana - An len hun tur ka huphurh phah keipawh hetia an hmel en a sualna awm lo lutuk hi..

Unreal - Lalhmachhuani a nih tret trot khi. A fapa hruaiin a rawn inhnawh lui ve tlat a motor ah, inti romantic deuh a tlang a nitla en tur kha, nu nen nau nen kan chhangchhe tak duah phah alawm amah avang khian lol