Was internet starved for the last few days. Could not find cyber cafe anyhwere. Even in a metropolis like Calcutta, I’d to make especial effort to find a cyber cafe.
Looks like there’re wheels on my feet. Don’t feel like staying at any place for more than a day. Just feel like travelling all the time.
No matter how low profile I keep myself, some people discover me. I’d post my encounter with a Tamil proffessor of economics at the Mizoram University – Dr. Easwaran, a young bengali lover boy in his early twenties – Mr. Mazumdar, and also meeting with India army personnel like Mr. K and Mr. P and others from Darjeeling, Sikkim and Nepal. I’m not disclosing their identity coz they’re security personnel But I’d a very unique experience with them about which I’ll write later.
This time, I’m going to write about my Mizoram experience.
Guys, looks like Indian Intelligence is keeping track of my movements. If I were like my fellow blogger Dr. Ruff, I might have written another article criticizing the India Govt. But, I’m happy if the India Intelligence is keeping track of my movements. After all, that’s why I leave my traces everywhere. That’s a training from me to the security people. Catch me if you can, dudes!
When the Tata Sumo arrived at the Mizoram check post, a security officer came running and asked: A Nepali national is coming to Mizoram. Is he in this vehicle? All the passengers including Dr. Easwaran pointed their fingers to me: Yes, there he’s.
The security officer asked me: Are you from Nepal? I said: Yes. Then he asked my name. I replied: Divas. Then he looked at me for a few seconds and said to other passengers: OK. all of you show your pass to enter Mizoram.
Wow! It was really a stately honor for me that while even Prof. Easwaran had to show his ID proof, and I entered Mizoram without any pass. Later I came to know that there’s a huge presence of Nepali speaking people in Mizoram.
However, I didn’t find anything exceptional about Mizoram capital Izwal, as my Mizo friend back in Kathmandu had claimed. “Visit my Izwol at least once, it’s so beautiful that you might even think of settling down there,” my Mizo friend of Kathmandu had proudly claimed about his homeland.
Instead, I found that for a person from Kathmandu, Izwol has very little to offer. Both Izwal and Kathmandu are mountain cities, therefore both cities are similar in many respects. There’s one difference, Kathmandu is a valley and Izwol is settled on mountain ridges. And yes, Izwol is more developed thatn Kathmandu.
There’s another differnce – cultural one. While Kathmandu has Hindu-Buddhist influence, Izwol is a Chritian capital. And yes, in a way my friend was right. The girls in Izwol are pretty, fashionable and less inhibited. Sometimes you do feel like settling down there.
And since the girls and women of Mizoram are less inhibited, they are mostly happy and enterprising. To be honest, I didn’t find any woman beggar in Mizoram – a common sight in Hindu and Muslim influence area. Like it or not, the girls and women from Christian and Buddhist background are much happier than their sisters from Hindu or Muslim background. And since the woman in Mizoram are happy and enterprising, men are also happier comparatively.
Hindu and Muslim social systems and values put so much bondage upon the girls and women that they find it very difficult to get out of the social trap without a man’s active support. I insist that instead of wallowing in arrogance or self-pity, cultures must interact and learn from each other.
My Mizo friend back in Kathmandu had also cautioned me: “But, don’t do anything bad there.” So, why stay in a place where you’re tempted and yet you’re not allowed to do anything ‘bad’? :P: