Beautiful Dzukou lily blooming at Dzukou Valley, Manipur

Another year have passed, another season gone by. But without fail, the beautiful Dzukou lily appeared blooming beautifully at the expected time at Dzukou valley, Manipur, India. Many from far and near travelled and walked to get a glimpse of the beauty. And I still couldn’t make it this year too. Maybe another year, another season. I saw these pictures of Simon Laishram and he has kindly agreed to share with FindingTheVoices.

Dzukou Valley of Manipur. Photographer: Simon Laishram

Dzukou Valley of Manipur. Photographer: Simon Laishram

Dzukou lily blooming in Manipur. Photographer: Simon Laishram

Dzukou lily blooming in Manipur. Photographer: Simon Laishram

Dzukou lily blooming in Manipur. Photographer: Simon Laishram

And I hope that I will go to this beautiful spot someday …

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year 2016.

The picture in our 2016 Calendar is the beautiful Dzukou valley of my native place, Manipur. A beautiful photograph taken by Loyangamba Khundongbam capturing the Dzukou lily with the green luscious hills at the backdrop. The Calendar Format is from e-pao.net and printed at Lumen World in Imphal, Manipur, a small memento for the family of FindingTheVoices. For those away from Imphal and not able to get the hard copy of the Calendar, I will be very happy if you will download this Calendar and make this your Calendar for 2016.

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 the people, people all over the world. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

We are in our 4th year of pod casting and progressing our content and productions with time, we have had a tremendous positive response from our viewers and listeners. And from the messages received from various age groups, our programs continues to touch our vision of getting our listeners and viewers inspired, educated, empowered and entertained. I believe that these stories will bring a change and positive thinking to many individuals. I believe that this will definitely contribute to change the scenery of the conflict and violence-torn to peace and progress in our society.

Thanks to each and everyone for your support. Happy New Year 2016 and to more Finding The Voices.

075 It’s all in the mind : The Lemongrass tea

The Lemongrass tea
A chilly morning,
With cold hands and feets,
Sipping hot lemongrass tea,
With soothing pena music playing,
Giving one the warmth,
Giving one the familiar taste,
Bringing the calmness,
Taking one to silence,
Watching the world,
The world with people trampling,
Living life in their own terms.

~The End~ 

An Experimental attempt to put thoughts in writing by Monica Ingudam.

074 It’s all in the mind : The Moment

The MomentNo rules,
No boundaries,
Listen, just listen,
Relax, just relax,
And slowly,
But surely,
The soothing sound becomes one,
With your heartbeat,
With your breathing,
With you,
And slowly,
Calmness seeps in,
Giving you the moment you seek,
A moment of your own.

 
~The End~ 

An Experimental attempt to put thoughts in writing by Monica Ingudam.

073 It’s all in the mind : Giggle Water

Giggle Water
My daddy said people who drink are bad,
He said stay away from people who drink,
But daddy you have seen only drunks who drink!You didn’t say anything about being tipsy,
You didn’t say anything about feeling like a butterfly,
I say it’s only giggle water,
And you don’t have to get drunk!My daddy said people who drink are bad,
He said stay away from people who drink,
But daddy you haven’t tasted all the cocktails!

You didn’t say anything about being light as a feature,
You didn’t say anything about feeling like walking in the clouds,
I say it’s just a mix challenging your taste bud to guess the ingredients!

My daddy said people who drinks are bad,
He said stay away from people who drinks,
But daddy we can have a great giggly conversation!

You didn’t say anything about being able to express what you want easily,
You didn’t say anything about feeling what you want to feel,
I say let’s have a drink together, it’s just giggle water!

~would love to make a song on this ~

 
~The End~ 

An Experimental attempt to put thoughts in writing by Monica Ingudam.

072 It’s all in the mind : Colors

Colors
Seasons are changing,
The warmth is gone,
The cold is here,
Leaves are falling,
Everything is changing,
The beauty which filled the sky,
With myriad of colors,
Waking one’s heart,
Will be gone soon,
Filling one in darkness,
And it’s just time,
Everything changes.
~The End~ 

An Experimental attempt to put thoughts in writing by Monica Ingudam.

071 It’s all in the mind : Thoibi’s Khamba

Thoibi’s Khamba
The man who ignited a woman’s heart,
At the first sight,
When our eyes met in my father’s house,
And disappeared for 4 full years,
Making me missed him even when I knew nothing about him,
Hanging onto his old clothes,
Searching for him,
Seeking for him,
And today I find that he is Khamnu’s little brother,
My friend’s brother,
That would make him my little brother too,
Oh what anger and irritation he showed,
Roaring like a lion when I called him “Epwoa” little brother,
Telling me that he is not that young,
Seeing his gestures,
Irritation in not wanting to be called a brother,
Gave me hope that maybe he feels for me too,
Enquiring if he has a lady in his life,
Thoughts on settling down if he is not as young as he says,
With his intense irresistible eyes,
And without any hesitation he nodes,
Making my heart sink,
Oh and all these time he was in my mind,
And he has a lady in his mind,
I have no courage to know who his lady is,
Then he pointed his finger to my reflection in the glistening water of Loktak,
Indicating that is his lady love,
Oh he is my Khamba,
And It’s is a new beginning,
All I needed to know was that,
My happiness is intertwined with his life,
I watched him slowly disappearing from my sight,
As he rowed his boat away,
And the beautiful Loktak Lake witnessed our love,
The love that will be remembered forever by souls touching the Loktak Lake.
~The End~ 
~Inspired and in awe of the The Khamba Thoibi epic story of #Manipur sung by Pena singers for centuries, rendered into writing by the great poet Hijam Anganghal Singh in Meitei-Lon ~

An Experimental attempt to put thoughts in writing by Monica Ingudam.

069 It’s all in the mind : Abok

Abok

My great grandmother,
Named me Tonu,
After Tonu Laijinglembi,
Told me she was the prettiest.

Told me many stories
Such great descriptive stories,
That I could see in my eyes,
As she narrated.

I remember only goodness,
I remember only laughter,
I remember your pampering,
But you left too soon.

And with you,
You took my name,
You left many stories unfinished,
I have missed you and I miss you.

~The End~ 

~Dedicated to my great grandmother with whom I spent my early childhood, very few years but left me memories which will last my lifetime~

An Experimental attempt to put thoughts in writing by Monica Ingudam.

068 It’s all in the mind : Time

Time

Good time,
Bad time,
Time with smiles,
Time with tears,
Trying time,
Sinking time,
Time with courage,
Time with strength,
Beautiful time,
Awakening time,
Time with laughter,
Time with peace,
What time is it ?

~The End~ 

An Experimental attempt to put thoughts in writing by Monica Ingudam.