S05E01 “1001 Thagatchari”, Gratitude project for Manipur. #1MaryKom #2NaoremSanajaoba #3BablooLoitongbam #998ToGo

1001 Thagatchari“, Gratitude project for Manipur

Guest Speakers:

#1 Nivea Longjam, Biotech Student, Delhi, India

#2 Babloo Loitongbam, Executive Director, Human Rights Alert, Imphal, India

#3 Yanglem Chanu Carolin, Law Student, Bengaluru, India


Today, I had the first session of “1001 Thagatchari” project. I was quite nervous with how the new video conferencing platform was going to work out. Also I didn’t know what to expect in terms of the depth of sharing, I just knew that I had to move forward with this project listening to my deepest calling.

Nivea shared about her gratitude to her parents with tears in her eyes, it made me realize how much we miss our family staying away. When Tamo Babloo shared about his gratitude to his wife and children, it made me reflect on the support and sacrifices his family goes through to support him in being the voice of Manipur. When Carolin said “I love you Dadhou” my tears rolled instantly and we had a moment together. Such deep expressions and I knew our project has kick off at the right note even with the technical difficulties we had in between.

I invite you to watch our special Guest Speakers share their nominations of gratitude at the personal, Manipur (Mary Kom, Naorem Sanajaoba, Babloo Loitongbam) and global level (Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson Mandela, Michelle Obama).

#1MaryKom #2NaoremSanajaoba #3BablooLoitongbam #998ToGo



About “1001Thagatchari” Gratitude project for Manipur 

One of the takeaway I had interviewing many of the awesome talented voices of Manipur for the last 5 years was the lack of recognition and appreciation for their work and contribution. In the midst of conflicts, unrest and media’s focus for sensational stories, we have forgotten to say “Thank you” “Thagatchari”.

To change that I have challenged myself to find people who truly have appreciation and gratitude in their heart and the idea of “1001 Thagatchari” was seeded.

As a result of 1001 gratitude project, the much needed recognition and appreciation for the people will be elevated and we will re-learn to express our gratitude adding “Thagatchari” “Thank you” in our top list of vocabulary. I believe that this exercise of expressing gratitude as part of this project will enrich, expand and empower all of us and also contribute in building the strength of our community.

In the midst of conflicts, unrest and media’s focus for sensational stories, we have forgotten to express recognition and appreciation. To change that, I am looking for 1001 people to be a part of the movement to pause and express gratitude for the people of Manipur? Do you know anyone? Are you one of the 1001 people?

Contact us to be a part of this project and be a part of change. I welcome you to join us live and participate with your comments/questions as we are co creating our show Facebook FindingTheVoices Community Group.