But the afternoon’s incident had shaken him badly. He felt the need to talk about it to some- one, although he would have to be careful not to reveal everything. ‘Baba,’ he resumed hesitantly, ‘something happened today on the way back from school.’
‘Yes?’ said Mr Dutta.
‘Some boys were calling me dkhar,’ Debu replied. ‘What does it mean?’
Mr Dutta did not reply. He puffed on his cigarette and silently watched the smoke curl upwards. After a while he said, ‘These boys…they know who you are? Where you stay?’
‘Don’t think so. Never saw them until today.’ ‘I see. Make sure you stay away from them.’
‘Yes, that I will. But you’re not telling me, what does dkhar mean?’
His father stubbed out his cigarette in the ashtray and said, ‘It’s the Khasi word for foreigner.’

Now in its 18th year, the festival has grown steadily over the years, in size and scope. In 2013, with the success and the demand, the Government decided to extend the celebration for a few more days – from a weeklong celebrations, it now runs as a ten day long celebrations. Considered as the longest and the most successful cultural festival in the Northeast state of India drawing in people from different parts of the country as well as from the rest of the world.
The festival is made up of several themed zones. The main attractions are cultural exhibitions of folk song and dances, indigenous games, and craft demonstrations. Food plays a crucial part in Naga culture, so much so that, it is considered an expression of cultural identity. All the 18 major tribes of Nagaland have their own traditionally designed Morungs (huts) where one can sample their exotic food and drink the local rice beer.

Against all odds, East Wind is back. This magazine that you are now reading is a reincarnation, or, if you prefer, a resurrection, of the original, which existed as a quite heroic one-woman operation from 2004 to 2010. One of us, Nona Arhe, started the magazine and ran it alone all those years.
This time there are two of us and hopefully the magazine will be at least twice as strong. Samrat, who joins the editorial team as Chief Editor, has two decades of experience in Indian journalism and has edited major newspapers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. He brings his experience into the mix. The team is completed by the support of a top designer.

The much sought-after mithun meat, usually smoked and dried, from Arunachal was not on my wish list. What was: The Khasi-Jaintia doh khleh, a pork, onion, ginger and chilli salad with slim sliv- ers of fat from the pig’s head as the main ingredi- ent; the Khasi tungrymbai, a dark, almost black, paste which looks and smells unappealing—with a most strong smell of akhuni, or fermented soya bean—is a surprisingly effective side dish, especially with little pieces of pork meat; the Garo stew-like kapa spewing chillies; the nakham bitchi (a soup, the star of which is fermented fish, the closest relative can be anchovies minus the salt overload); Naga style pork with akhuni and gener- ous lashings of bhut jolokia (ghost chilli) or Naga mirch.

Tokyo will be hosting the Olympics again in 2020, and the Paralympics too. The country suffers from an ageing population and a shortage of workers in many spheres. It is opening up to the idea of hiring workers from abroad. Only this month, November 2018, the government there proposed a loosening of visa regulations to enable foreign workers to move there.
There will be opportunities for Indians, and especially for Indians from India’s east and northeast who share certain historical and cultural connections, to engage with that country. The Olympics may be a good time to visit that country, and perhaps even to become a volunteer for the Games. The organizers are currently recruiting 80,000 volunteers from around the world.