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Laitumkhrah Street Style

August 22, 2013

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Just about three small cars wide, this street in Laitumkhrah is one of the busiest places in Shillong. Considerably empty during the holiday season and jammed rest of the year. (Shillong traffic ranks second in the country in terms of vehicles to population ratio. Isn’t that strange? I find it very strange.) On either side of this street, there are general stores, boutiques, a meat/vegetable market, a dying parking lot, seconds’ shops or box like structures that fit about 4 people at a time, small local restaurants/jadoh stalls(the best thing), cafes, ATMs, liquor stores, game parlours, a post office, back lanes where young people sit in their parked cars to talk, drink, smoke, eat.

When I try to think about it now, I am only able to picture the cafes, shops selling old clothes, jadoh stalls, and the back lanes.

I hung out in this area almost every day. These photos are from January 2011. Most shops were shut as shopkeepers were on the new year holiday break but some stay shut for longer than usual. In Errol’s words: Everyone is too fucking lazy here.

As a slow traveller with no intent of doing anything in particular, you could spend all your days here; there is always something to do.

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Photos below show how the town people dressed on any given day(except Sundays). 

Old women in patterned sweaters. Young girls in Converse, skinnies, and Uggs. Big warm plaid shawls & Khasi bags on both young & poor. No saris. No kurta-pajamas.

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Errol Morehead, in his 50s. Anglo-Indian. Ex-teacher, artist.

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Suzann, 17. Kemrik, 21.  Students.

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Wanrieka Passah, 26. Pianist.

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Kid from ‘mainland’ India.

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Vicky Pamei, 28. Ex-flight attendant.

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Kid working at a tea shop.

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Women of Shillong | Police Bazaar

July 2, 2011

Photos from Iewduh and Police Bazaar…taken in January.

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Kong(Khasi for sister) is a respectful term, and can be used for any woman irrespective of her age.
Although Mary, my host in Shillong, painted this picture(of a Kong) in my head, and I think the two ladies below get closest to that.

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This lady is also my host’s domestic help. She walks everyday from Polo Hills to Risa Colony and back. That’s roughly about…7kms. a day? She is in her 70s.

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“Old-fashioned dresses worn by Khasi ladies of farming families comprise – the ka jympien, a body cloth wrapped round and fastened at the loins with a cloth belt that ends at the knees or just below it. Over this next-to-the-skin undercloth they wear the ka jainsem, sometimes made of muga silk, which hangs loosely from the shoulders down to the ankles and is not caught in at the waist. It has a built-in pocket for small personal articles and is kept in position by knotting at both shoulders.”

However, what most of the women are wearing here is a Jain-kyrshah – a checkered cotton cloth knotted over one shoulder; sort of an improvised apron.

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Even in heaven people eat Kwai – a popular saying in Khasi. Kwai is paan made of betel leaf, areca nut, and lime. Everybody in Shillong eats it. It’s a part of their culture, and is addictive(in a good way I suppose). It’s available pretty much on every street, and in winters, you eat it with ginger; it makes you feel warm.

A Kwai addict is easy to identify – red lips!

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Kwai eating lady on the left.

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“If she is young, she will be buxom and comely, with powerful calves that are admired as beauty.” Couldn’t have been more honest with the description.

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Below: a woman selling Khui(Khasi slang for cigarettes) and Kwai..in Police Bazaar.

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“When it gets bitterly cold in the hills, Khasi women wear long feet less stockings; in cases of the poorer families, ribbons or cloth wound around the legs like putties or gaiters.”

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Text in quotes + the scans are from the book Dwellers of the High Hills – The Khasis of Meghalaya.

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I am also considering blogging about houses of Shillong and the way the city looked in January. The houses here look so pretty and different.

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Twain’s Drifter & Missoni’s Girls

March 23, 2011

There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought –a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities.
– Mark Twain

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Laitumkhrah street fashion shillong

A drifter in Laitumkhrah, Shillong; and models in Missoni’s Spring/Summer 2011 -via contessanally.

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A summer wardrobe that pays tribute to contemporary art and celebrates world’s different cultures…
Missoni‘s SS2011 press release.