S05E04 “1001 Thagatchari”, Gratitude project for Manipur. #6IndianWomenHockeyTeam #2002MancesterCommonweathGames #995ToGo

1001 Thagatchari“, Gratitude project for Manipur

Guest Speaker:

#6 Shanti Thokchom, Nursing assistant, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.


Today, I had the fourth session of “1001 Thagatchari” project with Shanti Thokchom who is a Nursing assistant for the elderly at Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. She says she is an ordinary but hard working woman. Her love for traveling and exploring the world is inspiring. She nominated her mother at the personal level to show her gratitude for the strength and learnings to be a strong woman. Her mother is a “Kuki” married to a “Meitei” and had faced lot of segregations during her time with the “Amang-Aseng” (Impure-Pure) culture amongst the Meitei for being a tribal. She nominated the Women’s Indian Hockey Team who won gold at the Mancester 2002 Commonwealth Games led by Suraj Lata Devi from Manipur. Such an awesome nomination to show our gratitude to talented women hockey players (Suraj Lata Devi, Tingonleima Chanu, Sanggai Ibemhal Chanu Maimom, Pakpi Thongam) bringing name for Manipur. At the global level, she nominated Pope Francis for his humility and less formal approach.   

I am really loving the high energy “1001 Thagatchari” series is bringing on and am looking forward for the next one.  I invite you to watch the amazing expressions in the video podcast.         

#1001Thagatchari #Manipur #6IndianWomenHockeyTeam #2002MancesterCommonweathGames #995ToGo



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.


 

FindingTheVoices with Dr. Ajit Lukram, coming back from UK to work for Manipur.

FindingTheVoices with Dr. Ajit Lukram sharing about breast cancer survivors in Manipur.(Part 1)
Guest Speaker : Dr. Ajit Lukram, Consultant Surgeon, Shija Breast and Thyroid Clinic, Shija Hospitals.
Language: Interview in English.
Location: Imphal, Manipur, India

It was such an empowering and proud moment to hear Dr. Ajit Lukram, Consultant Surgeon share about the successful story of breast cancer survivors in Manipur. Yes, Manipur has the facility, infrastructure, highly skilled qualified personnel to diagnose, screen and treat breast Cancer at Shija Hospitals. He spoke with such passion and dedication for his profession of saving lives from Breast Cancer. I learned so much about Breast Cancer.

Also, It’s really encouraging to see the power of passion and love for one’s birthplace, striving the best to save and improve the quality of life, elevating the progress of Manipur. It left me inspired that he came back from UK to work for Manipur. It’s even more inspiring that Shija Hospitals has the platform to provide and absorb such talents giving hope to many educated professionals in returning to Manipur.

Yet another strong voice to show that many are striving towards progress.


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/

 

FindingTheVoices with Laishram Meena Devi, artist from Manipur.

FindingTheVoices with Ms. Laishram Meena Devi, Expressions and Art. (Part 1)
Guest Speaker : Laishram Meena Devi, artist from Manipur.
Language: Interview in English.
Location: New Delhi, India

Life is a wonderful journey and the important thing is to always remember that there will be ups and downs, good times and bad times. Happiness and sadness go hand in hand together. One must never forget that no matter how hard life gets, it will always get better. However bad the phase is, we must remember that nothing lasts forever.

Our guest for this episode is Laishram Meena Devi, the youngest of four siblings, brought up in a multi-cultural society in Imphal. After her father’s untimely demise, Meena’s family fell into a financial crisis. They had lost their only bread earner. But fortunately, one of her brothers got a small job at Shopper’s Stop in New Delhi and was able to support the family. Meena was then sent to Delhi for her senior secondary schooling, and after completion of the course, she started working as a waitress at a coffee shop. She recalls the first day on the job, making coffee and serving everyone, standing all day long. She broke down crying later that night thinking about what had become of her life. But Meena had a hidden talent. She was a very talented painter since childhood. She knew she was good at it, but she had never thought of taking it up as a career. After about a year or so, she enrolled herself in the Bachelor of Fine Arts course at Jamia Hamdard College in New Delhi, but still worked part time at the coffee shop during the vacations to support her expenditures. She worked really hard and with strong confidence and determination, she secured the first position for the four year course. She then pursued for a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Delhi College of Art.


Today, Laishram Meena Devi is a very successful artist who creates lovely paintings, mostly of adorable children, recreating her memories from childhood in her locality. Her love and fondness for a multi-cultural society living in peace and harmony is reflected in her work.


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/

 

S03E37 FindingTheVoices with Mr. Oinam Khelchandra Singh, Understanding the Rituals for the dead in Manipur.

FindingTheVoices with Mr. Oinam Khelchandra Singh, Understanding the Rituals for the dead in Manipur.
Guest Speaker : Mr. Oinam Khelchandra Singh, Arangbham Purel, from Sagolband Sayang Leikai
Language: Interview in Meiteilon
Location: Imphal, Manipur, India

For those who are left behind, a funeral provides a place for family and friends to gather for support and to reminisce, an opportunity to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a loved one, a chance to say goodbye, and the focal point from which the healing process can begin. The funeral identifies that a person’s life has been lived, not that a death has occurred. It is also important to notify the community that this person is no more.
There are thousands of different culture and communities in India, and they practice different customs and rituals for a funeral.
This episode is a documentation of the meitei-meetei (or meitei-hindu) funeral rites and ceremonies. We have Mr. Oinam Khelchandra Singh, Arangbham Purel, from Sagolband Sayang Leikai helping us out in this episode as we try and cover all the customs and their significances.
Mr. Khelchandra Singh learnt everything about the rituals from the elders and performers and has been practicing for 30 years now.
We talk about the rituals to be followed when a person passes away, about lamboiba, and he describes the traditional customs step by step in detail. We discuss why clothes are burnt after a funeral, the purpose of lighting a candle or a small lamp at the place of cremation and other such topics. He also tells us the purpose of various rituals and about the symbolic meaning of the attire people wear during the 14 day period of the ceremony.

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/

 

S02E30 FindingTheVoices: Interview of John MPamei Musician from Tamenglong Manipur.

FindingTheVoices: Interview of John MPamei Musician from Tamenglong Manipur.

Guest Speaker : John MPamei
Interview Location: Web Interview, Guest Speaker joining in, from Qatar.
Language: Interview in English

John Mpamei is a musician from Tamenglong, Manipur. He shared about his journey of being a musician. He is specialized in Guitar, Piano, Violin and vocal. He is currently teaching music at Doha, Qatar. He shared his pain with the situation in Manipur with the media portraying the divide between the hill and valley, but gave a very hopeful message for peace, unity and progress in our beautiful land. He shared very interesting perspective and experiences which he faced.
Congratulations on John MPamei’s  first music Album Far Away released on 21st Dec 2015.  Be sure to get a copy of his Album from iTunes.

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/


S02E10 FindingTheVoices: From Malom to Rome, Rishikumar Khundongbam from Manipur

S02E10: From Malom to Rome, journey of Rishikumar Khundongbam from Manipur.

Guest Speaker : Rishikumar Khundongbam joining from Rome, Italy
Phone Interview: Washington DC, USA and Rome, Italy
Language: Podcast in Meitelon/Manipuri.

FindingTheVoices is proud to feature the journey of Rishikumar Khundongbam from Malom to Rome as a Security Assistant working for the Indian Embassy. He shares very interesting aspects and opportunity and growth of his career. He grew up from a poor family, struggling with the loss of his father at a young age, joining as a constable and continued his journey traveling to traveling to different places (yangon and Rome). It’s interesting to hear about his intensive training experience. He shares the motivation given by his seniors to grow in his career path showing different opportunity and it’s encouraging to hear such stories of growth and opportunity without being touched by the corruption, bribing or knowing higher officials one so often hear, giving hope, hope to the common people that you can grow.

Also he has tips and advice for self defense techniques for girls. He has a great message to students on the diverse career option available.

One of our goal is to give student and parents an opportunity to hear from our own people about different career and job options. This will help to widen the young minds of Manipur to hear about other line of work. I have spoken to many students and the general perception of career option are limited to becoming a Doctor, Engineer or IAS officer. Other options are not much known amongst students as well as parents. Also there is the craze and pressure to join extensive coaching classes and wait for 2 to 4 years to get into the medical entrance exam. And within this span, there are many who would become depressed with low self-esteem, loose focus and stray away. We encourage that students go in the line which they have aspirations and interest in rather than being forced or pressured into the line of career parents believe in.


MI_5FindingTheVoices brings voices and story that Inspire, Empower, Educate & Entertain us from people all over the world.. It is a talk show presented by Monica Ingudam with the vision to promote and spread positive, hopeful, inspiring & entertaining stories in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur.

This is your show to promote your talents & work, share your experiences and voice what you stand for, what you believe in, what you want people to know & talk about. I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/


 

 

S02E05 FindingTheVoices: Raising girls in Manipur and Manipuri proverbs

S02E05 FindingTheVoices: Raising girls in Manipur and Manipuri proverbs

Guest Speaker: Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam

Interview Location: Imphal, Manipur, India.

Language: Podcast in Meiteilon/Manipuri.

It’s our pleasure to present Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam, Retired Senior Grade Lecturer in Manipuri language and Literature from Thambal Marik College, Oinam, popularly known by Students of St. Joseph School and HRD Academy. Today she shares about raising girls, the need for a deeper engagement and guidance for girls to grow in the midst of conflict and violence in Manipur.

Even after her retirement, and age catching up, she continue to pursue her passion and belief in raising girls, instilling values and preparing them to be equipped to face the world in her own ways. M4 Girls Residence is a home away from home, for girls, coming from different locations within Manipur, looking for good education. Madam Saroj shares her passion in being a teacher to these girls. This episode is dedicated to all the Girls of M4 Girls Residence, my sweet sisters, the girls who has inspired me to pursue FindingTheVoices with their questions of different career and life outside of Manipur.

Also Madam Saroj shares about Meiteilon (Manipuri) proverbs, proverbs with great meaning which can help the young minds but proverbs which are ignored by the newer generation and the need to revive them.


MI_5FindingTheVoices brings voices and story that Inspire, Empower, Educate & Entertain us from people all over the world. It is a talk show presented by Monica Ingudam with the vision to promote and spread positive, hopeful, inspiring & entertaining stories in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur.

This is your show to promote your talents & work, share your experiences and voice what you stand for, what you believe in, what you want people to know & talk about.


 

S02E04 FindingTheVoices: Imphal Talkies, The folk rock band from Imphal, Manipur.

S02E04 FindingTheVoices: Imphal Talkies, The folk rock band from Imphal, Manipur.

Guest Speakers: Irom Singthoi, Sachidananda Angom, Akhu Chingangbam

Interview Location: Imphal, Manipur, India.

Language: Podcast in English.

Many of our listeners have requested to have Imphal Talkies in our show and it took us more than a year to finally coordinate the show. It was really nice to meet the team and hear their story.

Imphal Talkies was formed in 2008 by Akhu Chingangbam with Sachidananda Angom and Riki Chingangbam. The band released its debut album Tiddim Road in 2009. The band releases its music under its own record label Oomorock Records. Raju Athokpam, a software engineer, joined the band in 2009 March. The band dedicated a song “Eche” in 2010 to Irom Sharmila, a lady who has been on hunger strike since November 2000 as an act protest demanding the repeal of the draconian act, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958. The Imphal Music Project was conceived by Akhu to create a platform among artists from Indian sub continent. Irom Singthoi is the latest addition to the band.

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FindingTheVoices brings voices and story that Inspire, Empower, Educate & Entertain us from people all over the world.. It is a talk show presented by Monica Ingudam with the vision to promote and spread positive, hopeful, inspiring & entertaining stories in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur.

This is your show to promote your talents & work, share your experiences and voice what you stand for, what you believe in, what you want people to know & talk about….

Special thanks to Akee Sorokhaibam and my sweet sisters of M4 Girls who have been a part in the making of this Episode.


 

S02E03 FindingTheVoices: Career choice from Botany to the world of Marketing and Business development

S02E03: Career choice from Botany to the world of Marketing and Business development.

Guest Speaker : Ramina Haorokcham joining from Shanghai, China
Phone Interview: Washington DC, USA and Shanghai, China
Language: Podcast in English.

Ramina Haorokcham shares about her career introducing us to the world of advertising, marketing and Business development. She shares her studying and working experience in India as well as China. She started out with Botany and ended up in the media world fighting through her career aspiration and chasing her dreams in spite of her parent’s expectation to pursue into the line of IAS.  Watch her share about her experiences, challenges and satisfaction in her line of career.

One of our goal is to give student and parents an opportunity to hear from our own people about different career and job options. This will help to widen the young minds of Manipur to hear about other line of work. I have spoken to many students and the general perception of career option are limited to becoming a Doctor, Engineer or IAS officer. Other options are not much known amongst students as well as parents. Also there is the craze and pressure to join extensive coaching classes and wait for 2 to 4 years to get into the medical entrance exam. And within this span, there are many who would become depressed with low self-esteem, loose focus and stray away. We encourage that students go in the line which they have aspirations and interest in rather than being forced or pressured into the line of career parents believe in.


MI_5FindingTheVoices brings voices and story that Inspire, Empower, Educate & Entertain us from people all over the world.. It is a talk show presented by Monica Ingudam with the vision to promote and spread positive, hopeful, inspiring & entertaining stories in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur.

This is your show to promote your talents & work, share your experiences and voice what you stand for, what you believe in, what you want people to know & talk about….