September 20, 2008

2004. Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity walk through Bara bazaar


4 Responses to “Shillong”

  1. Dina Says:

    Hello there,
    Couldn’t resist adding a bit on Shillong . Some of these notes can be found on the net and some are my own.

    Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya (one of the smallest states in India) is situated at an altitude of almost 5000 feet above sea level. Peaks, Falls and Lakes are the highlights of this place.
    Cool, moist and with a temperate climate throughout the year, hilly Shillong probably reminded the then ruling British of the Highlands of Scotland. A whole new world to explore for these evengelical workers, Shillong became home for many from the Queens land.
    Dotted with some of the most elite missionary schools in the country, on one hand, you’ll find children attired in smart grey and red uniforms going to or coming back from school, missionary sisters dressed like the late Mother Teresa (as in your picture) walking around the town.
    And on the other hand, you’ll find local tribal women flaunting their colorful headgears and vibrant wraps tied fashionably over their shoulders, selling betel leaves and betel nuts while also chewing some on their own!
    Cane and bamboo craft occupies an important place in the economy of the state, next only to agriculture. These products are mostly articles required for day to day use and are of medium quality. They are attractive and functional and are more suited to local requirement.

    Shillong is a very musical place, It is considered to be India’s little rock and roll town! Many International rock bands visit Shillong and perform with the local bands here , out of sheer pleasure. They come in quietly, enjoy their stay here, rock the place but leave quietly! Nobody makes a big deal out of it.
    Overall, Shillong exhibits a unique and an interesting culture fusion and has become very comfortable in its inbred elite yet frugal and snobbish attitude.
    Shillong has been my favourite little place since childhood. Goa is second, since adulthood!

  2. gudus Says:

    one of my favourite places too, and probably the only real holiday I had with Shivani…Shillong

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