Saturday, January 30, 2010

World War II Cemetery - Kohima

(a recent visit to home;continuation........ post 4)

In this trip, I took Sumi to Kohima, the state capital of Nagaland. It was her 1st visit to the this beautiful mountainous terrain & lush beauty of Nagaland which had offered her many new and exciting places to see ...... such as the historical Kohima world war II cemetery, its state Museum, the gigantic Asia ’s biggest cathedral, the kisima village, the british age-old tank and many more...............

On our way to Kohima from Dimapur; at the enterance of the foothills

A depict of a traditional Naga house.

One of the many roadside displays against speed.

a winding steep and high road to Kohima.

Taking a short break for pee in the jungles......

A view of a small steppe cultivation while on our way.

rich wild flowers.

Finally, after 2 hrs drive........ we reached Kohima and headed straight for the famous & historical WORLD WAR II CEMETERY (WWII Cemetery) which is located on a hilltop. The WWII Cemetery is related with the warfare which occurred in Kohima in the year 1944 (April to June), during which the war was fought between the Japanese (axis powers) and the British with the Indian troops (The allied group). The English had won over the Japs. Though a lot of the British man force was lost in the battle. The corpse of the brave English soldiers are buried here in the Kohima war cemetery along with the Japs. The maintenance of this cemetery is solely taken care by the British & the Japanese govt.

The famous stone pillar with its golden inscription "When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today…...."

The list of the troops and regiments participated in the "Battle of Kohima:WWII"

Two amongst many of the visitors reading the grave of the british mortal.

A lateral view of the WWII cemetery

One of the many british corpses in the cemetery sleeping peacefully.

Another stone bed inscription paying tribute to the gallant soldiers.

A combined view of the cemetery and the kohima city at the backdrop.

The cemetery is maintained by the British & the Chinese government.

The cemetery is immensely large with identified corpse and many, still, unidentified corpse.

The center of the cemetery with the Kohima city at the backdrop.

With a friend of mine "Michael".

Sumi, supremely happy...

The famous inscription: "When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today…...."

A view of the Kohima city with the rear of the famous stone inscription, in the left, from the WWII cemetery hilltop.

A little away from the WWII Cemetery is a British age-old tank in a display which had rumbled down from a hill in 1944 and crashed against a tree and caught fire. The tank still remains in the same position as a memoir to tribute the gallant British Soldiers against The Japanese.

The Tank inscription.

I could feel the strength and the power of the Allied force.

The tank is located in a very small confinement amidst the tall trees

Was really cool & cold.........

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dimapur - The Kachari ruins

( a recent visit to home;continuation........ post 3)

"Dimapur" where faint memories of childhood, education & friends are re-posited incessantly. Dimapur is a small city but is highly commercialized and has always beckoned me time and time again: from my convent schools to the hustling and bustling streets to its famous archaeological monolithic Kachari ruins to the the much hyped Hong kong market, the local Wednesday super market; Dimapur has always been a reservoir of memories... I have tried to captivate some of these in words and pictures.....................

Border of Assam and Nagaland; Lahorijan-Dimapur

Dimapur 1st police check post, also called as 'Nagaland gate'

Dimapur city auditorium.

A rear view of one of the oldest Hotels in the city "Hotel Sente"

Dimapur railway station, the only railway station in Nagaland.

Dimapur flyover

Circular road, Dimapur




a sour plant.

Muga silk

Mom weaving 'gamucha'

Lau pani (rice-beer) or mod in assamese; modu in nagamese

mod with pork blood and intestine

A rooster unfeathered, to spice up with Rum in the cold.

Bhoot jolokiya in assamese (world's hottest chilly) Raja Mirch in Nagamese

fresh Raja Mirch finely chopped for pickle

Mike and my bro busy chopping pork-meat

.... and then some of the chopped pork is smoked

thats what we call SLURP! SLURP! Smoked meat.

The enterance of the Kachari ruins "Rajabari Park"

The name Dimapur comes from the Kachari dialect. Etymologically di means "river", ma means "big" and pur means "city"; in effect, the name means "the city near the great river." By the 10th century, the kachari tribes had established in Dimapur.

Rajabari park; the kachari ruins built during the 10th century

Rajabari park; the kachari ruins

Rajabari park; the kachari ruins

a very small grassland inside the park

maybe a wild orchid or a plant

even this grasshopper could not escape my camera.... heheheehe!

beautiful and mystifying

a lil girl inside the park giving a pose

with my old school mates; Tia and Oyim

with some of my college friends