Interview of Monica Ingudam by All India Radio, Imphal, Manipur

Map on Oct 30, 2016

Location of the family of FindingTheVoices

Thanks to all our listeners and viewers all over the world. Today’s map covering statistics showing locations of our listeners. A big hands for our top 5 viewers in India, USA, Canada, Singapore,Kuwait and Bahrain. It’s exciting to see the statistics and hits coming in from different countries, countries I have never been to.  Thanks for your support and message.

I want to share the interview covered by All India Radio, Imphal, Manipur featuring FindingTheVoices during my visit in Manipur way back in 2014. It was a great honor to be interviewed by Eche Bijaya Yumlembam, and be a part of radio network, a medium I listened growing up and even now.  In this interview I shared about my initiative of FindingTheVoices and a little bit of myself and life in USA.


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/

S02E39 FindingTheVoices: Mainland Media and Manipur

FindingTheVoices: Bhargab Sarmah Mainland Media and Manipur

Guest Speaker : Bhargab Sarmah, journalist at Catch News
A video Interview, with Bhargab Sarmah joining in from Delhi, India.
Language: Interview in English

Bhargab Sarmah’s article “Did Indian media just ignore the Mr. World from Manipur?” caught our eyes and we invited him in our show to thank him in person for highlighting Manipur.
In this interview he shared his view about Mainland Media and Manipur. He shared his view on the connection of conflict situation and lack of sponsors for sports initiative in Manipur.

BoMI_5rn and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/


S02E38 FindingTheVoices: Manipur and Polo, Ed Armstrong, Hun-Tre Adventures, USA

FindingTheVoices: Manipur and Polo, Ed Armstrong, Hun-Tre Adventures, USA
Guest Speaker : Ed Armstrong
A Video Interview, with Ed Armstrong joining in from USA
Language: Interview in English

Ed Armstrong,  Partner at Huntre!Adventures, a tour company offering package to the Birthplace of Polo in Manipur. I was excited to read about his association with Polo and Manipur and invited him to share about his experience and work.
He shared very interesting details based on his experience on his travels and interaction with people in Manipur. Happy to hear him share that “The Manipuri Polo team is by far one of the best team in the world.”
He spoke about Polo and the level of Manipuri players for both the men and women teams comparing with the USPA team. He spoke about the charm and tourism aspects of Manipur identifying Ema Keithel as the high point and internet as an improvement. Asking him “What does tourist in Manipur love about Ema Keithel ?” He shared that the friendly people in Ema Keithel want to sell things but they are not aggressive like they are at New Delhi. Ema Keithel is a high spot for tourism and Ed Armstrong indicated that he hopes that Ema Keithel comes up and going, after the effects of the recent earthquake in Manipur. He added that “simple things like internet could be improved in Manipur”.
He shared details about the tours planned to Manipur as part of the offerings from Hun-Tre Adventures.

MI_5Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/


S02E37 FindingTheVoices: Moirangthem Loiya Ngamba, Wildlife & Habitat Protection Society, Punshilok, Manipur (Part 2)

FindingTheVoices: Moirangthem Loiya Ngamba , founder of  W.A.H.P.S (Wildlife And Habitat Protection Society) at Punshilok, Imphal, Manipur.
Language: Interview in Meiteilon (Manipuri)

Moirangthem Loiya Ngamba followed the calling to plant more trees and created a beautiful place at Punshilok, Imphal, Manipur. He started by living all alone in solitary on top of the hill. And slowly it expanded and extended to many young people providing a calm and spiritual place, a place to reflect on oneself. Meditation, music, silent retreat, connecting with nature, planting more trees in the hill are some of the activities. It’s amazing to hear the story of how some of the changes were seen amongst the youth who have been affected by the unrest and conflicts, giving focus and calmness in their life.
And a great satisfaction to convert a once barren hill to a hill with luscious greens and trees. I got an opportunity to visit the hill which is very close by from the heart of Imphal, with less than half an hour trek climbing up. In the first part of the interview he shared about the making of Punshilok and his journey. This is the second part of his interview sharing his quest to find himself, answer many questions which was muddling his mind, finding the answers with his connection to nature, his realization on the shrinking of human minds creating more conflicts. Life is short and live to the fullest is what he believes in. He believes in growing and nurturing the human body.

MI_5Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/


S02E36 FindingTheVoices: Moirangthem Loiya Ngamba, Wildlife & Habitat Protection Society, Punshilok, Manipur (Part 1)

FindingTheVoices: Moirangthem Loiya Ngamba , founder of  W.A.H.P.S (Wildlife And Habitat Protection Society) at Punshilok, Imphal, Manipur.
Language: Interview in Meiteilon (Manipuri)

Moirangthem Loiya Ngamba followed the calling to plant more trees and created a beautiful place at Punshilok, Imphal, Manipur. He started by living all alone in solitary on top of the hill. And slowly it expanded and extended to many young people providing a calm and spiritual place, a place to reflect on oneself. Meditation, music, silent retreat, connecting with nature, planting more trees in the hill are some of the activities. It’s amazing to hear the story of how some of the changes were seen amongst the youth who have been affected by the unrest and conflicts, giving focus and calmness in their life.
And a great satisfaction to convert a once barren hill to a hill with luscious greens and trees. I got an opportunity to visit the hill which is very close by from the heart of Imphal, with less than half an hour trek climbing up. Presenting the first part of the interview where he shared about the making of Punshilok and his journey.

MI_5Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/


S02E35 FindingTheVoices: Sanhita Ambast, International Legal Advisor talks about Silence On AFSPA

FindingTheVoices: Sanhita Ambast, International Legal Advisor talks about Silence On AFSPA

Guest Speaker : Sanhita Ambast
A web Interview, with Sanhita Ambast joining in from Delhi, India.
Language: Interview in English

I read the article “The Undemocratic Silence On AFSPA” written by Sanhita Ambast and featured at http://www.huffingtonpost.in. This article highlights about the silence from the government of India, 10 years after the Jeevan Reddy Committee submitted its report. It has done nothing about its recommendations.

Sanhita shared about AFSPA in Manipur and status about the “Jeevan Reddy Committee” and the findings and recommendations. We spoke about national and international bodies that echoed the recommendations of the Jeevan Reddy Committee.

Several UN bodies and experts have called on the Indian government to repeal the AFSPA. However, the government of India – 10 years after the Jeevan Reddy Committee submitted its report – has done nothing about its recommendations. And, as the answer to the question in the Rajya Sabha indicates, it has provided little meaningful explanation about why.

When the system takes so long to provide justice, can there be peace ? Where is the justice ?  Where is the hope for people opting for peaceful protest seeking for the system to work ? There has been compensations but compensation cannot replace Justice, and it is justice, the people are waiting.

Sanhita Ambast is the International Legal Advisor (South Asia) at the International Commission of Jurists. Sanhita graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She has completed an LLM from Harvard Law School, and an MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, specializing in international human rights law.
AFSPA

MI_5Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/


S02E34 FindingTheVoices: Mr. Arambam Boby (4 times Mr. World, 12 times Mr. India) speaks out – Part 2

FindingTheVoices: Mr. Arambam Boby, 4 times Mr. World, 12 times Mr. India, a bodybuilder from Manipur speaks out (Part 2)

Guest Speaker : Mr. Arambam Boby
A Phone Interview, with Arambam Boby joining in from Guwahati, India.
Language: Interview in Meiteilon

Mr. Arambam Boby, bodybuilder from Manipur speaks out and shares his story with FindingTheVoices. He is 4 times Mr. World, 12 times Mr. India and has bagged many other titles.

And yet Findingthevoices is the first to interview him. Another reason of why we are here, we believe in the power of Internet, Youtube and sharing by the public covering voices which the media haven’t found.

Mr. Arambam Boby laments that when the state government of Manipur have ignored his achievements, what can he expect from the rest of India ? We as a community still need to progress in the field of recognition, learning to clap to celebrate achievements of an individual. He expressed his thanks for the support, encouragement given by the Railway department in Guwahati, where he is currently posted. His team has been very instrumental in all his participations of the body building events.

This is the second part of his interview where he spoke about the coverage and recognition of any achievement in the field of Bodybuilding. He shared about where Bodybuilding stands in India as compared to cricket. We spoke in appreciation of the article “Did Indian media just ignore the Mr. World from Manipur?” and thank Bhargab Sarmah for highlighting this.

He shared very interesting perspective of travelling, international and local career perspective and charm that comes as part of participating Bodybuilding events, competition and shows. He spoke details of what he follows to maintain his body.

Do catch up the first part of his interview, where he shared about his story on how he got into body building, his journey and experiences on his winnings and his reflections and lamenting on the lack of encouragement and recognition.


MI_5Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/


S02E33 FindingTheVoices: Mr. Arambam Boby (4 times Mr. World, 12 times Mr. India) speaks out – Part 1

FindingTheVoices: Mr. Arambam Boby, 4 times Mr. World, 12 times Mr. India, a bodybuilder from Manipur speaks out (Part 1)

Guest Speaker : Mr. Arambam Boby
A Phone Interview, with Arambam Boby joining in from Guwahati, India.
Language: Interview in Meiteilon

Mr. Arambam Boby, bodybuilder from Manipur speaks out and shares his story with FindingTheVoices. He is 4 times Mr. World, 12 times Mr. India and has bagged many other titles.

And yet Findingthevoices is the first to interview him. Another reason of why we are here, we beleive in the power of Internet, Youtube and sharing by the public covering voices which the media haven’t found.

Mr. Arambam Boby laments that when the state government of Manipur have ignored his achievements, what can he expect from the rest of India ? We as a community still need to progress in the field of recognition, learning to clap to celebrate achievements of an individual.

He expressed his thanks for the support, encouragement given by the Railway department in Guwahati, where he is currently posted. His team has been very instrumental in all his participations of the body building events.

This is the first part of his interview, where he shared about his story on how he got into body building, his journey and experiences on his winnings and his reflections and lamenting on the lack of encouragement and recognition.

Please do check out for the second part of the interview.


MI_5Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/


S02E32 FindingTheVoices: Tamara Reisdorf From Germany, First time Author, Nanowrimo 2015 Winner

FindingTheVoices: Tamara Reisdorf From Germany, First time Author, Nanowrimo 2015 Winner

Guest Speaker : Tamara Reisdorf
Interview Location: Web Interview, Guest Speaker joining in, from Germany.
Language: Interview in English

I love the concept of Nanowrimo , to write a novel in 1 month. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. We have Tamara Reisdorf from Germany, First time Author and Nanowrimo 2015 Winner sharing about her experience. It was really great to learn her experience and Nanowrimo is a great platform for first time author, trying to write with the drive and support, to pour out the 50K words floating in your mind into written words.

A little bit about Tamara Reisdorf in her own words:

My name is Tamara Reisdorf. I am a 24-year old german, social worker and participated this year for the first time in Nanowrimo. Currently I am getting a master degree and there I specialize in grief/loss/death and social work related to this. At the moment my thesis is about how grief is shown in children’s books. Afterwords I plan to do a Phd in the same research field. This inspired me to write my novel about a 11-year old girl (Prim), who lost her sister a few weeks ago. Therefore she is full of grief and sadness. Then she meets Alma who is a Bothynum which is a little creature that gets send to humans, who are going through a hard time. Only the human who they get send to can see them. Together they experience the loss in the family, the burial and different things.