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TINGHAA   Volume 10 

The Maram Digest

Kanghikii/December 2010       

[Reprint of September 2010 Issue]    This issue of Ting­Haa is dedicated to the loving memory of Apei Hinga,   the Queen of Maram, who passed away on 27 August 2010   


Girls in traditional attires 

Editorial Board 

Peter Ki (President), Kuba K. (Vice President),   Augustine Bruno (General Secretary), R.K. Hopeson (Speaker)   


MKSD EXECUTIVE COUNCIL 2010-11 President Peter Ki (9958262244) Vice President Kuba K. (9953535854) General Secretary Augustine Bruno (9818278291) Finance Secretary John T.A. (9873525542) Treasurer Celina Hing (9650508992) Social & Cultural Cum Sport Secretary A. Namcharei (9999365344) Education & Statistics Secretary Suity Livingstone (9654388207) PRS South Delhi Kangba Lovejoy P. (9654664906) PRS North Delhi H. Abraham (9582325997) PRS Gurgaon T. Kuba (9654848159) Women Coordinator R.K. Raina Rose (9899220926) Speaker R.K. Hopeson (9953435475) MKSD congratulates the following for their success: Karang R. (Junior Accounts Officer, BSNL); Paul T.A. (Marketing Manager, Oriental Bank of Commerce); Luikang Mathew (Administrative Officer, United India Insurance Company); L. Pungding (Assistant Professor, Manipur University); Mordecai Ngiimei (National Defence Academy); Hingba Jacob (MBBS); & Ng. Lungbila (B.Sc. Nursing)

MK KS SD 2010-11: Round Up Kangba Lovejoy P (PRS South Delhi, MKSD) ‘Merrymaking’ among the Marams in Delhi usually comes either during the Freshers’ Meet or Sports Day. But 2010-11 was a little different than past years. The events that took place have been outlined below. MARAM PREMIER LEAGUE FINALS was held on 10 July 2010. It saw six HIGHLIGHT teams vying for Seminar, the coveted title Sports Day, “Team of the Year” at Rosary Freshers’ Day, School ground, MKSD T-shirts, Radio Colony, MKSD lucky draw, New Delhi. The Tinghaa Special Edition. teams and their respective captains were: Rangtaiba Team (Kuba K.); Smeiring Team (Lovejoy); Chiilai Team (Hingba Ch.); Rangsung Kanii Team (Livingstone Joshua); Pai Labapui Team (Chembila); and N’Tulula Team (Mary Ngounila). The day was keenly enjoyed not only by sports lovers but even by those who believe in luck. For, in the MKSD LUCKY DRAW 2010 (Lottery) on that same day, the winners were also drawn. The first prize which consisted of DVD Player and Creative Speaker with Woofer went to Kashungkangba of Maram Makha Sagai (Mazangmai) village. R.K. Johnny was the Convener of the lucky draw.


With focus on the real goal of coming to Delhi, the MKSD also organised a seminar on “Career Guidance and Education” for the first time. Scholars and experts shared their experiences and provided guidance towards to a brighter future. They taught, interacted and motivated the MKSDians on 31 July 2010 at UEF Centre, Outram Line, New Delhi. What is the best day of gathering for MKSDians? The answer is obvious—it is indeed the Freshers’ Day! September 11 was the day when the new faces of Marams coming to the capital city were warmly welcomed by the seniors. All these events got most of the MKSDians involved, and the memories of them will always bring a smile to them as they go ahead in life. ***

Education, Integrity and Moral Responsibility Dr. Joseph Kuba (Asst. Regional Director, IGNOU) The degeneration of education, integrity and moral responsibility is becoming more and more a matter of serious concern in our society. Effortless accumulation of knowledge may lead to degrees but this does not necessarily entail ‘education’ in the philosophic sense of the term. And erroneous perception of education is a recipe for personal

disaster. Herein lies the root of ethical omissions and unethical commissions in everyday life— and most of them consciously. These irrevocably results in heaping lies upon lies to evade moral responsibilities for acts committed and activities concealed or left undone. The famous novelist J. K. Rowling says, “You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need to do wise things with it and give intelligently.” Alvin Toffler, a philosopher says, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Looking at these insightful thoughts from thoughtful minds and putting them into perspective in the kind of situation we are living today, one cannot but fail to wonder if we need ‘mad persons’ to lead society because we can all see where the ‘sane people’ have taken us. There are three aspects that need to be part of serious introspection of every person in our society: not to change the world around us but to change ourselves just as Darina Stoyanova says, “After all, it is all within our Self, it is not about our self and it is all about transcending ourselves.” First, is understanding our roots and preserving the same. This implies that we should be able to distinguish between the whirling alien traits around us and our originality. Our originality would mean a proper appreciation of who we are, who the people around us are and how we can build relationships to the benefit of us and them. Second, is the understanding of persons who matter and influence situations and events in society. We should be able to differentiate between what the responsibilities of these people are towards society but more importantly what our responsibilities are vis-à-vis these people. We should know well the relationship we share with them and not be swayed away by charisma, power, fear or a feeing of powerlessness. Finally, a proper comprehension of what interventions are of utmost importance in our society in the face of realities being faced. Benjamin Jowett says, “We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.” We may have all the good intentions but these must find an outlet. C.S. Lewis puts this aspect beautifully when he says, “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” These three aspects: those of understanding ourselves, understanding people and circumstances around us and being able to fit in into the situation without getting swayed away but by being firmly planted will, in the decisive struggle of life, be


what Kenneth Smith opines, “The only measures that count are progress over your own self, and triumph over the vacant abstractions that most people mistake for thinking.” ***

Arise Marams Talung Francis (Customer Care Executive) They say "Life is not a bed of roses, it is full of thorns". But omit the word 'not', and end the phrase with 'happiness', and we have a formulation with a completely new meaning. Likewise, it’s not impossible to realign the trajectories of our lives. It takes just an extra mile to reorient our mindset towards a positive direction. Life is a path. Whether the path appears rough or smooth depends on us. How is it so? Think of a football game. Scoring a goal depends on how and where you place your target. Let’s take the case of two football teams—one is drunk and the other is not. Who do you think is going to win? Obviously, the latter! It’s as simple as that. All you need is a thorough cognizance of the nuances that blur our minds. People, lets take a lofty leap to cope with the ever changing world and not lag behind. After all, it’s you and me who should break the shackles. None, not money or even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can bring about a prosperous Maram. Marams are no longer a backward tribe. Take a survey of the literacy rate keeping in mind the population of the tribe. The ratio is impressive. No parents want their child to be a spoiled brat. In fact they want their child to be the best. That is why we see so many Marams in the capital city Delhi, all supposedly trying to succeed. We must understand that the purpose of living in metropolitan cities is not to merely taste the delicacies of city life. Our people back home have high expectations for each and every one of us; they do not want to see us as 'dead minds walking', degrading our identity in the face of other people. Marams cannot soar by the effort of a single individual. It needs the involvement of everyone. Let’s embrace and uphold the virtues and the enviable identity bequeathed to us by our forefathers. Let our slogan be: "Marams to victory". Let us hold it tight, never letting go of it. Let us use our strength in a fruitful way by being agents of change and not just enjoying the good life. If we keep these points in mind, I'm convinced that the Maram land will, in a short time, be a green pasture for the next generation as well as an epitome worthy of emulation by other people. In

conclusion: Where there is a will, there is a way. Marameifii makeklo, marameipui hinalo! ***

The Maram Understanding of the Ultimate Reality Hingba Michael SDB 1. Introduction Human being, who is able to think, know and reflect, is constantly in search of the Ultimate Reality. Here, the word ‘Ultimate Reality’ refers to the Eternal God who is ever living. This journey of search is not an easy task as human potential has certain limits to know the whole reality. Yet we keep on making an effort to understand as we journey along toward the goal of complete union with God. This article is an attempt to rediscover how the people of Maram in the past tried to understand the existence of the Supreme God in their own particular time, space and context. From time immemorial, the Maram people were deeply religious. The presence of the divine was felt in all their lives. Like any other traditional religions, the Maram understanding of God was a mixture of morality, sacrifices and even superstitions. They believe that Paramhaba is the Supreme God who created the world and all living creatures go to get the blessings from him. 2. Myth of Creation according to the Marams The creation story of the world according to the Marams has been handed down orally through its folktales. In the beginning the whole universe was in total darkness. God/Paramhaba was alone. So he thought of creating some creatures to live with him. Therefore, he created all the living beings one by one in this universe. Life prospered and the world looked beautiful. But Paramhaba was not fully contented with his creatures. He felt the need to create a creature in his own image. As he was thinking of a company like himself, he spat on his right fingers, uttered some words and picked up an n’set (a stem borer insect) from madungbang (a typical local tree). Holding the creature in his hand, he murmured something to himself and threw it to the ground. Then a man in his likeness emerged out of the n’set. Now he was happy and loved the man much. The man was his partner; he named him as Madungkasyii after the name of the tree and the insect. Still, he was not satisfied fully in his creation. As he walked a little further down to fetch water from the pond, he felt a creature in his hands. It was an atingpui (a small flat water creature that can fly). Again he threw it down to the ground and


there emerged a woman out of the creature. He named her as Samutingdangpui. Now he was fully satisfied with himself. He made them partners and put them in a place called Taikong Rajaimii. They were the first human beings according to Maram folk tales. The Supreme God, who was known by the name Paramhaba, is today understood as Pumpii (the Lord), Tiikapsiibii (the creator of all things) and as Saraagongbii (the God of gods) in Maram language. In Christianity’s context, this is the God who created the world and human beings in six days as narrated in the Holy Bible. In my opinion, the Supreme God of the Marams and that of the Christians is the same God but understood in different context and time. 3. A Remarkable Prophet among the Marams The Marams had many prophets. Among them, the most revered by the people of Maram was Rangtaiba. The people considered him to be a historical hero, a miracle worker, a prophet who was both human and divine. He had a close friend by the name Poutingba. It is said that as a sign of friendship between the two, they had mutually agreed that a sign should be given to the other in case one of them died earlier than the other. It so happened that one day while Rangtaiba was drinking from a Yak’s horn, blood fell from heaven. Seeing the blood falling, he presumed that his friend Poutingba was killed by his enemies because it was a time when Marams were at war with her enemies. On realizing that his friend had died, he took an egg and threw it to the ground cursing his enemies and shouting “Let the hailstones fall.” There was indeed a heavy downpour of hailstones. The enemies, caught in the downpour of hailstone, became quite numbed from the cold. As a result, the Marams went out and avenged the death of Poutingba. Rangtaiba instructed the people not to bury him immediately after his death. He was to be buried only after three days. However, according to the Maram custom a dead body is never left unburied for more than a day. If a person dies before sunrise, the body must be buried on the same day; if death occurs after sunrise, then the body must be buried the next day before evening. Thus when Rangtaiba died, they decided to bury him right away without following his advice. But to their surprise, they found that his body had disappeared from his deathbed. So they could bury only his clothes in the tomb. Hence, the Maram people believe that he really did not die but he is alive. His tomb is still there in Maram Khullen village. When people need sunshine it is enough to strike his tomb and sunshine will surely come. On the contrary, when they need rain, especially

during plantation, it is enough to strike the tomb once again and it will rain heavily. It is a pure testimony that Rangtaiba lived a divine life when he was in this world. He was a miracle worker for the Maram people and in a way was like Jesus Christ who worked many miracles in his time. Therefore, the Maram people considered him as their protector and saviour. 4. Some of the Ceremonies in the Lives of the Marams The people of Maram would perform ceremonies to begin any important event in their lives. It could be their activities, or various festivals all through the year. The Maram festivals basically consist of invocation and glorification of deities. There would be certain gennas (ritualistic taboos) to be observed and it would be followed by community feasts. The following ceremonies are to show that they were in union with God all through their lives starting from birth to tomb and even life after death. 4.1. Birth Ceremony When a child is born, ten days will be observed and people outside the family were restricted by genna from having any physical contact with the members of the family of the newly born. Thanksgiving sacrifice is made to the household deity by offering rice and ginger on plantain leaves. This is done to prevent evil spirits from having any hold over the newly born. 4.2. Naming Ceremony The naming ceremony is done normally after five days or a week. It is done by turning the child towards the sun. A boy or girl from the neighbouring family is also called to carry the baby and face the sun. If the newly born baby is a boy, then the boy would be chosen to carry the baby and call out the new name for the child. If the child is a girl, then, a girl would be chosen to carry out the responsibility. A spotless hen for a daughter or a cock for a son is sacrificed after the naming of the child. In this way they implore God’s blessing for the newly born so that the child too may be blameless like the sacrificial victim. 4.3. Burial Ceremony The Marams, like the Christians, believe in life after death and the existence of the soul. They believe that the existence of the next life is between the physical living and the dead. Death itself is considered as a normal end of human being’s physical existence and one who dies and re-exists is not the whole personality of the individual but a part of it. In my opinion, here ‘part’ must be a reference to a transformed life like that of the Christians’ belief. Burial proper takes place toward the sunset. Once the grave is dug, a little thatch grass is burnt


inside the grave. It is to give light for the soul as it cannot see in the dark. A gunshot is fired into the grave to drive away all evil spirits. The weapons like knife and spear for a male, and basket and walking-stick etc. for a female are place in the coffin at the left side of the body. The weapons are kept so that the evil spirits, who bar the way to heaven, may be frightened off and the dead person allowed to enter into heaven. Some foods or even rice beer would be kept (it’s known as viaticum in Christian terminology) for the journey. A plant called tamhing that admits a person into heaven is kept in the grave. After placing all these items the corpse would be covered with a shawl and is laid to rest at the burial ground. 5. Conclusion As I try to understand the concept of God according to the Maram tribe, I realized that they have understood the Ultimate Reality (God) in their own way. I believe that this same God is the God whom the other people, community and religions are searching for all their lives. There are a lot of similarities between what the Marams and the Christians believe. First of all, the narration of creation that is described in their mythical stories is similar to that of the biblical version. Secondly, a thanksgiving in the form of sacrifice and imploring God’s blessings are found in Maram tradition as well as in the Christian tradition. Thirdly, a remarkable similarity between them is the concept of life after death. Unfortunately, many valuable Maram customs and traditions are getting lost due to lack of written records and practices. Hence, the time is ripe to revive such virtues and inculcate them into the culture of Christianity. In this way, Christianity can be more meaningful in the lives of the Maram people towards the path of salvation. ***

Homer’s Odyssey: Lessons we can learn Paul T.A. (Marketing Manager, Oriental Bank of Commerce) After the Trojan War, Odysseus sets off for home, crossing the land of the Cyclopes, the one-eyed giants. The Trojan War is a ten year war fought between the Greeks and Trojans in the city of Troy on Asia Minor (modern Turkey. Odysseus and his crew members get captured by one of the Cyclopes named Polyphemos. Odysseus begs Polyphemos to let him and his crewmen go. But Polyphemos refuses and instead asks his name. Odysseus replies that his name is ‘Nemo’ which means ‘nobody.’

During the period of captivity, Polyphemos eats two of his prisoners. Odysseus thinks hard and comes up with a clever plan of escape. He gets Polyphemos drunk on wine and, while he is sleeping off the intoxication, sticks a glowing pole into the only eye he has. Polyphemos screams and the other Cyclopes, on hearing the noise, come running. They ask if someone is trying to kill him. Polyphemos cries: “‘Nobody’ is trying to kill me, friends.” Not knowing that ‘Nobody’ refers to Odysseus, the other Cyclopes simply say, “Then deal with it on your own”. In this way Odysseus is able to make good his escape. From here, we can infer that we should accept the fact that we are ‘nobody’. We all merely play roles: be it a professor, doctor, father or husband. A husband can just leave his wife and be someone else or a doctor can leave his profession and do something else. We are all wearing a mask and playing roles. We are all faking and trying to be someone else. We are not born doctors, scientists or teachers; we assume these roles and play by them. Thus we are all ‘nobody.’ Odysseus by accepting that he is ‘Nemo’ was able to save his life and that of his men. On the way home, Odysseus and his men were tempted by the sirens (beautiful naked women in the sea). Many of the men were tempted to discontinue their journey and give in to their desires, but Odysseus advised them not to fall for the temptation and persuaded them to continue their journey back home. In real life, these sirens are distractions in achieving our goal. There will be distractions and obstacles at every step of our lives, but we should be firm and overcome them. The story continues with each event lending some meaningful insights. Aeolus, the master of the winds, gave Odysseus a leather bag containing all the winds but warned him never to open it. However, the sailors foolishly opened the bag while Odysseus slept, thinking that it contained gold. All of the winds flew out and the resulting storm drove the ships back the way they had come, just as Ithaca (their destination) came into sight. This shows the lack of patience and discipline in Odysseus’s men. If we are not people of integrity, we will one day fall because of our actions. In attempting to resume their journey, in one island, Odysseus’ men ignoring the warnings, hunted down the sacred cattle of the sun god Helios. This sacrilege was punished by a shipwreck in which all but Odysseus drowned. But Odysseus didn’t look back and carried on the journey. He didn’t get angry at the gods but accepted his crewmen’s fate. This shows that we should be ready to lose negative things. If we keep carrying them, we will never reach our journey and we will keep falling back. Sometimes we have


to examine ourselves and accept the fact that we are not always right. Once we start thinking that we are always right, our minds become closed and we don’t accept new ideas. This is the problem with people who are so certain of themselves. The Greeks made physical training an important part in education: Arête, which in Greek means wholeness and excellence. It is to make a person an excellent all-rounder, a winner, a strong man but also at times be feminine and feel emotional. If a man only has the masculine side, he can be very dangerous and arrogant. In the Greek history we find out that the purpose of living on earth is to learn and grow and the end of life comes after acquiring knowledge and wisdom. As we live our life, we should be open to learning new things and accept that learning is a part of life. We should find happiness in the journey and not only in the destination. ***

From Italy, With Love Kangba Rang Anthony SDB Dear friends and readers of Ting-Haa, with immense joy and happiness I write this to you from Italy. Life in Italy is a totally different experience; the ambience, culture, lifestyles, attitude towards value of life etc are some of the interesting aspects to reflect upon. We have all heard the common saying: “Bloom where you are planted”. We are invited to learn the skills and gracefulness of blooming where we’re planted. Blessed are those who bravely face life’s tough situations and outlive it. This is what life calls us to do for today, even more so, for those who have vowed to commit themselves to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Thus, life is for those who dare. The pessimist never gets tired of cursing the things around him, even of the best things he has. Thus, to be optimistic about the reality of our daily life is what sustains our growth. Once we learn to accept the actual reality of life with its joys and hardships, then we begin to live an authentic life eliminating all the superficiality of our existence. But let’s never forget our humble roots. For this will help us to be more humane, than to be a hero without the basic qualities of being a better human person. Life’s Experiences A summer camp with the Italian youngsters here was overwhelming, interesting and enriching. It surprised me that even a child of four years could reason with the things around him so well. Learning to be a free and responsible person is a vital component of their lives. Their attitude towards personal freedom is admirable;

exaggerated, of course, at times. Their capacity to learn and adapt to new situations is what we could acquire for ourselves. Bruce lee, one of the world famous celebrities once said in an interview to a close friend of his, “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water. And you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put in a teapot, it becomes the teapot… Now become like water my friend.” This is exactly what is meant to be adjustable and adaptable to various situations of life. If you are born a man, live as a man; if you are born a woman, live as a woman. For therein lies an eternal beauty in being a unique person, that masterpiece of the Creator. Italians are humane, extroverted, curious, and warm-hearted and take great pride in their culture. Their desire for knowledge is splendid. The rights and freedom for self expression is well respected. Even a child is conscious of his rights and freedom. Life and Truth There is a joke about a man on the riverbank asking a woman on the opposite bank how to get to the other side. She replies that he is already on the other side. ‘Life and truth’ is often a matter of perspective and viewpoint. Do you realize how many people are trying to get to the very side that you are already on, while you are trying to get somewhere else? Do you know how many people wish to have parents, brothers or sisters like you? Do you know how many people wish they had a pain-free body like you? Do you know how many people wish they had just enough money to pay their basic bills like you? Have you ever felt you are a fortunate person, because you are the precious image of the Creator? Have you ever given a moment to utter ‘Thank you God’ for all the blessings you receive in life? Have you realized how many people wish they had a job like you do? Have you realized how many people wish they could see like you? ...could hear as you can? ...could walk like you do? …could express like you? Today I realized that with so many of these rivers of life, I'm already on the "other" side. So are you! Therefore, let’s learn to be grateful. Here are a few facts of life that could help us see things a little differently. I hope they instil in us the sense of gratitude for the marvellous things we receive from God each day. None of these are our merits; they are God’s gratuitous gift. Out of His boundless love, God wants us to be free persons. He gave us the freedom of conscience to discern between right and wrong. The world’s colourful attractions will sooner or later fade away. What the world offers us today is ‘Money and Power’. But the infallible truth is that Money and Power cannot buy the most essential requisites of life. MONEY can buy books, but no brains.


MONEY can buy a bed, but no sleep. MONEY can buy medicine, but no health. MONEY can buy amusement, but no happiness. MONEY can buy food, but no appetite. MONEY can buy a house, but not a home. MONEY can buy luxuries, but no culture. MONEY can buy a church bench, but not heaven. Isn't it wonderful that the best things in life don’t cost a cent! Life is only a matter of making up our minds and adopting the right attitudes to face its reality. The type of attitude is what makes you and me count. Our attitudes could be constructive or destructive. Our delicate and precious life is based on it. This attitude is what drives our life. Could we live our life a little better each day? The beauty is that the master key of our life rests in our hands. It’s up to us to make the best of life. Often, we have regrets for having done things or for not having them done. But the simple truth is that these regrets can be anticipated. Youth Today, our understanding of youthfulness could be confronted with this reflection, as it could enlighten our conscience to relive once again our youthfulness in the right spirit. Youth is not so much a time of life, as it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, vigour of the emotions; it is the freshness of deep springs of life. It means the predominance of courage over timidity—of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of 60 more than in a youth of 20. Nobody grows older merely by living a number of years. We grow older by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, selfdistrust, cause the heart to grow old and sends the spirit back to the dust. Whether 60 or 16, there is in every heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game of living. In the centre of every heart is a radio. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, courage and power from man and from the Infinite, so long will you remain young. When the aerials are down and your spirit is covered with the dust of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you have grown old, even if you are only 20. But as long as your aerials are up to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope that you may die young at 80. Conscience Our conscience is the inner voice of God; therefore, there is an urgent need to pay heed to it. It needs to be formed and educated constantly to our Christian way of life. A well-formed and educated conscience will remain to be our true and loyal friend. It will teach us to live our life wisely

and righteously in the sight of God and our fellowmen. Never turn a deft ear to what our conscience says. Certainly, it’s not an easy task, but we can make it. ***

Maramfest 2009 - The Diary John T.A. (Finance Secretary, MKSD) The first ever Maram music-cumsocial get-together titled Maramfest 2009 was held on 10 January 2009 at Maram Centre’s Helipad ground. It witnessed a huge crowd of over 5,000 which included many senior Maram leaders and performances by various prominent local artists. In addition to music, the festival brought together people from different walks of life as one big happy family. The festival managed to lure both the young and old alike, with a good number of head counts from far-off places as well. An interesting incident worthy of note was villagers from New Magaimai (located 16 kilometres from the venue) hiring 5 Tata Sumos to be able to attend the festival. Such array is an encouraging delight and impressive trophy amassment! The list of artists who took the stage included renowned local musician Jangmei (Imphal), Scarf (T. Khullen), Psiikouna (Kavanam), Young Maraluiths (Maram Centre), Over the Bridge (Senapati) and many more. Apart from the incredible musical works, special dance performances also raised eyebrows and elicited chuckles that left the audience pleased and delighted throughout the night. The main star for the evening was 9-year-old Makanla from Maram Bazaar; she did a beautiful cover version of ‘Father Above’ and stormed everyone’s heart by surprise. And no doubt, she is the nightingale of the Marams. Her talent has truly brought the festival to life in a really incredible way. Indeed, that night, she broke the new record of the loudest thundering clap ever heard in the sleepy town of Maram. The official festival compilation audio CD album “Maramfest 2009 Anthems” was released by Niigi Rangnamei (social worker). The album features the work of various artists promoting Maram dialect songs. Towards the curtain closing end, R.K. Peter and L. Angelus Thoiba distributed the gifts to all the well-wishers and donors. The first Maramfest event edition was definitely a great experience and will remain a pleasant camaraderie hangover for many. The festival is all set to become an annual event going forward to honour and celebrate local talent in the region. The newly formed society


Maram Artistes Guild (MAG) which is made up of Maram musicians, promoters, volunteers and public leaders will take over the festival management board from the next instalment of Maramfest 2011 onwards. Plans are afoot to lay out the event to the likes of Hornbill Festival, Kutfest etc. That would mean cultural activities during the day and musical scores at night. ***

The Story of the Creation of Mankind Kanga Monica How did the creation of mankind start in the beginning? On the earth was a big hill on which a tree, Madungtingbang, was growing. There was a worm (n’set) which was feeding on (boring into) the tree. One day god chanced to pass by and saw this big N’set boring into the tree. God placed the worm in his right palm, spat on it, blew his breath on it and commanding it to turn into a man he threw it away. As soon as the worm turned into a man, god called him, Madungkasyii (which means boring into Madungtingbang). As god went along he came across a lake in which he saw a water creature, Atingpui. He placed it on his right palm, spat on it, blew his breath upon it and commanding it to turn into a woman, he placed it on the dry land. And then the creature of the water turned into a woman and god called her Samutingdangpui. This was how Grandfather Madungkasyii and Grandmother Samutingdangpui were made (created) by god. The Story of Regeneration And then one day, Grandfather Madungkasyii came looking for Grandmother Samutingdangpui when she was not in the house. Then he asked her spirit, “Grandchild, where is your grandmother?” Abaa, the spirit, replied, “My grandmother is not at home; she’s gone out for a walk.” At this the grandfather answered, “If your grandmother were to be here I would like to do this to her.” Saying this, he took the pestle and broke the mortar. After the grandfather left, the grandmother came back and seeing the broken mortar, she asked Abaa, “My grandchild, who broke the vessel?” Abaa replied, “ One man came in search of you and when I told him that you had gone out for a walk, he said, ‘If your grandmother were to be here, I would like to do this to her.’ And he took the pestle and broke the mortar and went away.” After hearing what her spirit told her she said, “My grandchild, if I had been here I would like to done this to the man.” Saying this she took the pestle and broke it against her knee.

And then the grandmother went in search of the Grandfather Madungkasyii and found him sitting on a Kaba tree. On seeing him, she said, “There you are!” Then the grandmother lay flat under the Kaba tree and angrily told the grandfather to climb down from the tree. As soon as she made her intention known, the grandfather plucked some fruits of the tree and started throwing them at her groin. The grandmother took the grapefruit, started tearing it with her teeth and spat it out. After her teeth became sour, grandfather climbed down from the tree and they made love. Since they made love, they started living together in his place. As time went by they had two sons. The name of the elder son was Rapii and the younger son was called Dipii. Though they were brothers, Rapii was human and Dipii was a beast. Earlier, man and beast lived together. Author’s Note. The commentary for this particular story appeared in the 9th edition of Ting-Haa. This story is faithful to the original oral story telling tradition. The style is simple and characterized by repetition of ideas as an aid to memory. The folk tales begin with the origin of man and continue with how human communities multiplied and dispersed into various clans and tribes. ***

Kung Shangni Kadi Katii (Major Festivals of the Marams) Peter Ki & Hingba Francis The Maram Nagas are scattered all over the Maram Area in Senapati District. Maram Khullen (henceforth Maramai Namdi) is the oldest as well as the biggest village. Maramai Namdi, which is divided into three parts—Kagamna (Makha Sagai), Lamkhana (Khullakpa Sagai) and Magai-Bungnamai (Mathak Sagai)—still observes the different traditional celebrations and rituals of the Maram Nagas. The quintessential role of Maramei Namdi as the preserver of the tribe’s culture, social norms and ethos continues to hold sway. It zealously guards the many customs and traditions of the tribe, even as almost all other villages have long discarded them. The people of this village continue to follow the “LUNAR” calendar for its customs and traditions. Mankang, Punghi, Atiim Matai, Rakak, N’pamrah, Miilem and Kanghi are the major festivals of the Maram Naga tribe. Other festivals


such as Miiru, Miila, Giimdung, and Pouthing are also celebrated. N’pamrah is celebrated in the month of Fiibuikii (February) and again in the month of Lamsangkii (September). N’pamrah is celebrated in honour of infants. On this day, wine is distributed to elders in the name of the infants. In return the elders bestow their blessings on the infants. Mankang, a festival for the woman folk, is celebrated in the month of Tingpuikii (April). During this festival the ladies put on traditional attires such as necklace, bangle and earring. Fully decked up in their best traditional attires, the unmarried women (as well as those married within that year) participate in a traditional dance called Psiiha at a place called Psiihapung (at Maram Makha Sagai). Punghi is celebrated during the month of Punghikii (July). The celebration spans seven days and takes place immediately following the completion of rice transplantation. It is also called Punghi kiibah (bright day). This festival is regarded as even more propitious than Kanghi Hangni. Punghi Hangni marks the end of the planting season, considered to be the most difficult phase of rice cultivation. In the month of Mataikii (October) a one day festival called Atiim Matai is celebrated. It is mainly for children below 10 years. On this day the children under the guidance of the village cow boy clear the path of the cows leading to the village. At a spot in the jungle, which is a little away from the village, a feast is held. In the month of Rakakkii (November) Rakak ritual is observed. This is in commemoration of those who have passed away (akin to the observance of “All Souls Day” by the Christians). Miilem is one of the two festivals during Kanghikii (December). It is mainly for males above three years of age. On this day, the men folk do not eat food prepared by the women. Also, no food is taken before noon. The men folk will gather at one spot called Ranii (resting place). Usually there are two or three Raniis in a village. They will traverse the village going from one to another all the while making the wonderful sound called Miigu. They will then move to the jungle to hunt for birds and small animals like squirrels. (No catapults or hunting rifles are used). Once they are back from the jungles they prepare a unique traditional fire called Malii. A piece of wood prepared especially for the purpose, bamboo, and a dried shrub called paimii are used to start a fire. The paimii is placed beneath the piece of wood and the bamboo is rubbed against the wood. The heat emanating from the friction causes the paimii to start burning. The water used for cooking and drinking on this day is fetched by the men folk

themselves. The food is cooked only in earthen pots. Once the food is prepared everyone sit in a circle around a big plate called Arii (Bamboo meshwork) and begin feasting. Kanghi Hangni, the biggest festival of the tribe, is also celebrated during Kanghikii (December). It is also known as Kanghi Kamii (dark day). The celebration spans seven days. During this festival there is a lot of merry making. A special event is the wrestling among the men. On the fourth day, wrestling takes place in front of the Khel’s King house. On the fifth day, it is performed in front of the house of the King of Maramai Namdi. Naked wrestling still takes place in the belief that evil spirits will not leave the people in peace if it does not take place. During the entire festivity, people consume a lot of rice beer and meat. Melodious folk songs are sung and folk tales are related. Immediately following the two festivals, i.e. Mankang and Kanghi, the villagers observe Miiru. They are known as Tingpui Miiru and Kanghi Miiru respectively. On these days, people will cleanse themselves of the sins committed during the entire year. For this, the male folk will go to the water sources early in the morning for bathing. They also clean weapons like guns on these days. Then the boys go for hunting animals; whatever is killed is used for ritual. The animals killed are given to the head of the clans which is then distributed for consumption. Tingpui Miiru is the more important of the two. As the name indicates Tingpui Miiru takes place during Tingpuikii (April) and Kanghi Miiru takes place during Kanghikii (December). On this occasion women are not allowed to fetch water before male folk leaves the village for hunting. Pouthing is observed for three days during certain months of the year. Bungnamiifii Pouthing is observed in the month of Fiibuikii (February). For three days no one is allowed to do any kind of work. The king of Bungnamai will perform a ritual to find out whether the monsoon rains will be good that year. Wine is prepared for “Apou” (ancestral spirit) whose visit heralds heavy rains that year; if he doesn’t pay a visit, there will be very little rains that year. Langkanamafii Pouthing, which also consists of three days, is observed twice a year in the month of Fiibuikii (February) and Lamsangkii (September). The third and final one is N’zangmafii Pouthing. It is also observed twice a year in Fiibuikii (February) and Lamsangkii (September). It is also of three days. [Authors’ Note: This is a draft version. We sincerely invite suggestions and corrections] ***


Back to the Basic – Part II Rev. Rocky Angumei (Pastor, UEF) In my last article, “Back to the Basic,” I pointed out that it is the Word of God that is missing in many Marams’ lives. Today, I will focus on its importance and its effect on our lives. This is because the more I see and experience life in this world, the more I realize the importance of the Word of God and its application to our lives. Through this article, I hope God will instil in us a heart to love His Words and we become the kind of people, who delight in the law of the Lord and in His law we meditate day and night. Then our lives will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaves also shall not wither; and whatever we do shall prosper (Psalm 1:2-3). Why the Word of God is so Vital? (i) God’s Word is Eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. (Psalm 119:89). What is eternal? It means forever. It has no end. It goes on and on. It is not just a thousand years or tens of thousands of years. It is everlasting to everlasting. That is eternal. That is huge. Can we even begin to imagine? How often we dwell on the knowledge that comes from this world that is not an eternalbased, but temporary. Since it is temporary, our knowledge becomes shallow and empty. Our knowledge is not solid and complete. As a result, our lives are like castles on the sand; castles made of sand melts into the sea eventually when the storm and tides of lives comes. Take heed this eternal Word of God and apply them in our lives. (ii) The Word of God is Righteous (Psalm 119:75). God’s righteousness is everlasting. Not only that, God’s Word is truth. God’s Word is forever right (Psalm 119: 144). It will never change. As a matter of fact, all people on earth want to live out a life that is pleasing to God. We all want our lives to be counted, respected, and honoured beyond reproach. To live out that kind of life in this wicked and exciting world, without abiding in the Word of God, it is impossible. Some may disagree with me, but I am convinced about this. God’s Word is never wrong. (iii) The Word of God is Trustworthy (Psalm 119:86). Trust is one quality that is hard to find in the 21st Century. It is like a rare diamond that is hidden in an unexplored mine. When we look at our world, it is sad, but true that there is hardly a leader whom we can really trust with all our heart. How many trusted leaders do Marams have? Can we name them? Why is trustworthy leaders lacking? This is because majority of today’s leaders won’t pay attention or trust God’s

Word. The world is looking for a trustworthy person. A person who takes the Word of God seriously is trustworthy. (iv) The Word of God is Wonderful (Psalm 119: 129). Great men of God obey God’s Word because they are wonderful. The unfolding of God’s Word gives light and understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119: 130). God’s Word is wonderful because they are wisdom of God. It is in the Scripture alone we find all the wisdom we need to know, but not all what we want to know. The Bible is the mother of all books. If God in His mercy has made known His wisdom in a book called the “BIBLE”, then why are we not taking the Word of God seriously? All great men had testified that the wisdom they received from the Bible is the reason for their greatness. Some of them are Pascal, Isaac Newton and others. Therefore, it makes sense to read the Bible and apply its principles every day in our lives. (v) The Word of God is True. (Psalm 119:160). There is no falsity; there is no wrong; there are no lies; there is nothing useless or worthless in the Word of God. God’s Word is pure. It is complete. We are living in an age where people are confused with truth. Now, black and white has turned to grey. What is wrong has become right; what is right in the past now has become wrong. The differences and thin line that exists between right and wrong; good and evil; pure and impure; black and white has broken down. This present generation is a confused generation. Marams are not excluded from this. Our people are perishing because we don’t follow the truth and don’t allow the truth to rule over our lives. Why not follow the truth rather than follow the lies of this world? (vi) The Word of God gives peace to those who love it and nothing causes them to stumble (Psalm 119: 165). Who does not want peace in their lives? Who does not want to stand firm like a building that is built on a solid rock? Peace always leads one’s life to stability. Is there any Maram who says, “I don’t need peace in my life?” The world needs peacemakers who stand firm in the midst of storm and uncertainty. How should we respond to the Word of God? (i) We must fall in love with God’s Word. (ii) We must become ardent readers of Bible. (iii) We must become Bible teachers (iv) We must become preachers of God’s Word. (v) We must speak God’s Word. (vi) We must obey God’s Word. The Apostle Paul reminded his disciple Timothy whom he loved dearly to, “give attention to reading (Scripture), to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:13). God is reminding us today the same. He loves us and wants us to be successful.


He wants us to shine. Therefore, He wants us to read, teach and discuss His Word with our family, relatives, friends and neighbours. In Joshua 1:8, we are reminded as children of God to meditate on God’s Words constantly. If we do so, we will have a successful life. Why are Marams not successful? How many of us are away from home spending time, resources and energy to become a successful man or woman? You have the answer. Take the Word of God and apply them in your lives seriously. Then you will be successful. Let us stop paying lips service but make the truth of Bible our lifestyle. Amen. ***

Are You a Winner, Maram-Thangal? Joy Thangal (Section Officer, Ministry of Defence) Wise men say, “Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently”. The Beginning This is the story of Kadeirangba*, a young boy of upper Yangkhunou village from the green Senapati Hills. Though he was small in size, he had huge dreams. He lived in a thatch house with his old parents and eleven younger brothers and sisters. The road leading to the village was narrow and perennially muddy because it was unpaved. The chief source of livelihood of the villagers was rice, grown in the small paddy fields that each family owned. They did not enjoy any of the basic needs: water supply, electricity, dispensary, school, pucca road etc. Through schooling in a neighbourhood village, he got a faint picture of the outside world. Thus, at a tender age, he began to dream of becoming the saviour of his poor family, village and community. He desired a better life for himself too. Train to Delhi One fine day, a door was opened to him for further studies in the capital city of India. With a big dream of coming back as an IAS officer, he finally landed at one of the Nagars of New Delhi. Challenges and Compromises Initially filled with inspiration, he soon began to wonder at the strange habits of the seniors in the city. For a while, he tried his best to give these seniors the wake-up call. To his surprise, the seniors refused to change their old habits, being fully entrenched in it. With the passing of time, even Kadeirangba enthusiasm began to die down. He was overcome by the deadly disease called Cha-Tum-Phai**. The prevailing way of life was so powerful that he could not resist it for long. He eventually metamorphosed into the infamous

“Delhi Wallas”, or what some proudly call “Delhi Gentlemen”. Roster of Delhi Wallas These gentlemen have a special daily roster (which is still in vogue). The day normally begins at 11 a.m. or 12 noon. Then there is a shift which involves flipping of the day’s newspaper, particularly the supplements. Lunch is at 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Then there is either a football game/movie/shopping/casual visits to friends at around 5 or 6 in the evening. This visit will last till 10 in the night. Dinner consists either of Khupchand pork or chicken at around 12 midnight. This is followed by magazine reading, chic chat, special movie sessions or a second round of visit of convenient friends lasting till 3 or 4 in the morning. After this long and hard day’s labour, sweet dreams come… and this cycle goes on and on. Wake-Up Call Where is the once young and determined Kadeirangba? Where is his big dream of lifting up his poor family and community? Oh! Kadeirangba, will you continue to sleep? Your parents are waiting for you with high hopes. Your village people are expecting you to come back and rescue them from the bondage of poverty. You are their only hope; no neigbours will lend their shoulders to your family and society. Come, let us reason together and build up Maram-Thangal. Whatever be our economic and academic background, we can fulfil our dreams. Many have proved this. Look and around and you’ll see. This is not another empty lecture but a depiction of reality. Ray of Hope in Christ How shall we do it? First, channelise and use your mind for the right purpose. Adam and Eve’s downfall began in their mind, remember! Romans 12:2 tells us that it is in our mind that we are deceived, which is why God wants us to renew them. All we are today is the result of what we thought yesterday. If we do not like what we are today and do not want to be the same tomorrow, we need to change our habits and way of thinking today. We should not allow our mind to be easily carried away by the waves of the world. Be careful about what you allow into your mind. They will either push you up or drag you down. This is why we first need to humbly submit our minds to Christ’s will. Dare to Act Don’t get frightened by the sight of goliath (challenges in front of us). Tiny David with a simple sling proved that no goliath is too strong for any child of God. Stop regretting your limitations and past failures. Look at the greatness and might of our god whom we believe. Look at


what and how much He can do in and through us. Look at what God has placed in your hand. That’s sufficient. Cultivate it with sincerity and devotion. Our God shall bless it, cause it to multiply and bring forth a rich harvest. James 2:20 tells us that faith without good works is dead. James 3:13 also says, “Who is wise and understanding amongst you? Let him show by good conduct…” We need to demonstrate our dream, our plan, our faith by our actions or else our dreams no matter how big, will remain a sweet dream. Keep awake. Remember, the man who woke up and found himself a winner has not been asleep. We don’t have to do different things, we only need to do things differently. I like the graffiti on a wall which read: “Winners are only willing to do the things which losers won’t”. Are we willing to do that? Your Inheritance, Grab it! Take a few seconds to picture yourself as a Christian IAS, IPS, IFS, Manager of a reputed company, a powerful Holy Spirit-led Preacher etc and serving God and our society in that status. How satisfied and joyful your heart will be! That is your inheritance. Oh Maram-Thangal! Are you willing to easily let go of your rich inheritance just for momentary fun and sweet dreams? We should never let it go. Go for it Maram-Thangal and be a Winner! [* Kadeirangba means “big mouth” in Thangal dialect; ** Cha-Tum-Phai means “one who only eats, sleeps and shits” in Manipuri] ***

The Bigger Part of Living in a City Kangba Lovejoy P (PRS South Delhi) As a young boy I dreamt about going to places called Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. I had a vivid image of the people in those places. I knew they experienced and learnt more than the people in villages. I waited patiently for my dad to say, “Go and win the world.” And when that day finally came, my imagination went wild: I was thinking about when I would go back home and hear people exclaim, “How Lovejoy has changed?” Now, coming to the point, I am not vilifying the Marams in Delhi or Chennai—the two places I’ve been to. When counting the increasing number of Marams in these cities, we often forget to count how many of them are actually bringing back “JOY” to their parents and community. The people back home expect a lot from those away. It is my contention that we do not give back enough to the people back home. Living in the cities with all the blessings from home, we begin

to convince ourselves that we are now at a little higher position, having tasted life more than others. But the question is, are we an asset to our family and community? Here comes the question of how far we have gone. Let us, as Marams, not be a disgrace to our people. Let us also not give “fabricated” accounts of our lives in the cities to the people back home. Instead, let us, as Marams, deliberately go together and come back holding the white flag of victory. A thorough reflection on individual morality and social vision is a must! ***

MKSD SPORTS DAY 2010 Luther Kangsung A combination of the potent Maram pride and the frenzy of the World Cup Final’s eve resulted in a memorable MKSD Sports Day 2010. On 10 July 2010, at Rosary School ground, the Marams of Delhi braved a scorching summer day to play competitive sports in a never-say-die spirit and esprit de corps. Over a hundred Marams made their presence felt on the ground. An eclectic mix of all professions ranging from yuppies to collegestudents and from nine-to-fivers to assiduous job aspirants added to the bonhomie of the day. To put it in context, the sports day was all about maintaining that fine balance between an individual’s work and social interaction. And considering the alacrity of the participants and the enormity of the response, it was nothing short of a display of inner conviction and the ‘will’ to uphold the identity and integrity of the Marams in an ever evolving problem of ‘identity crisis’ of contemporary times. The day began with the lining up of the participants, followed by oath taking of the five captains of their respective houses. Then there was a shower of blessing upon the participants in the form of a lavish prayer by Pastor Rocky. Soon, the sports day was declared open and the sounds of excitement cut across the ground. In men’s football a two leg match was set to reach the finals for the winners in first round. The flair and wizardry became conspicuous among the players epitomizing their favourite icons of the soccer world as the game progressed. In women’s volleyball, there was no less enthusiasm and display of talents. These engrossing moments were just the pearls of the real necklace, the real objective of the day: a platform for meeting long-lost friends and, more importantly, striking up new


friendships with your people. The joy of laughter and the camaraderie the day provided could hardly be described in words. As the sun made its slow descent into the far horizon, came the icing on the cake: lucky draw*. Silent anticipation and nail-biting moments prevailed over the gathering as the lucky winners were picked one by one. A mere glance at the milieu of the gathering easily revealed the contentment as everyone prepared themselves to become enthusiastic participants and, possibly, even winners. The success of the sports day lies with the captains of the various houses. Efficient use of technology, such as net-to-mobile instant messaging service, also played a pivotal role in the mobilization of MKSDians for participation in the sports day. Now the task is for posterity to look at this milestone and continue to forge ahead together. [*WINNERS OF MKSD Lucky Draw 2010: 1st - Kashung Kangba (Maram Khullen); 2nd - Vikas (New Delhi); 3rd - Rabi (New Delhi); Consolation Prize Winners (5) - Shaingam, Victor, James, Dune, & Aimson.]

MKSD Seminar on ‘Education and Career Guidance’ A Brief Report The MKSD for the first time in its history held a seminar on ‘Education and Career Guidance’ on 31 July 2010 at UEF Centre, Outram Line, New Delhi. More than 50 participants were took part in the seminar. The seminar was made possible by the generous contributions of various people. At the seminar, youngsters not only listened to the speakers but asked questions and sought clarifications. The discussions that followed each session was lively and encouraging, an indication that we are beginning to think aloud and share our opinions. This is a hallmark of a progressive society. Reverend Rocky Angumei, Pastor of UEF, gave the message of exhortation titled “Pursue Your Dreams”. He said that dreams are whispers from the soul. He quoted Carl Sandberg: “Nothing happens but first a dream”. Only as high as I see I dream; only as far as I seek can I go. Though there are many things, only a few things capture our hearts. Pursue those goals that touch your hearts. Obviously, you cannot pursue everything that your eyes can see. Nothing is impossible. God has made it possible for us achieve anything we want, for we are not in this world by chance. Eleanor Roosevelt said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. So never let fear and

doubt stop your dreams. One of our biggest weaknesses is to say, “We cannot do it”. But, in reality you don’t need to have everything but just a dream and to get started. To pursue a dream, have a realistic goal, a specific goal. Perseverance is the root of all success. God gave us just one life; so you are already on the stage, not a rehearsal. In all these, take God with you. Fear God and obey His command. For the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. In the First Session, which was moderated by Karang R., the resource person was Y.K. Silas Thangal, IFS (Director, External Publication, Ministry of External Affairs, GoI). He spoke on the topic of “Civil Service: The challenges and the rewards”. Using the analogy of the diamond and charcoal, Y.K. Silas showed that we can be what we want to be. Both diamond and charcoal have the same composition. Likewise, all humans are made by God equally. But, by adopting different characters some human beings become diamond, others charcoal. He also gave the example of Sir Tenzing Hillary, the first man to conquer Mount Everest. He failed a number of times. But on going back to London he asserted that: I will conquer Mount Everest because I will be growing but Mount Everest will remain constant! Success and failure entirely depend on habit. Unsuccessful people go by herd instinct, are directionless, and merely go through the motion of life. To reach higher goals, it is imperative that you step out of your comfort zone He also went on to demolish the myth or excuses given by many for failing to try: lack of time; lack of capability; genetic differences etc. The excuse of lack of time is a reflection of nothing but our inability to use time efficiently. Lack of ability cannot be a reason for failure. Success is more about achieving goals with whatever talent God has given us. It is our duty to harness them. True, we cannot change our genetic composition, but we can still choose to do the best with what we have. Civil Services examination can be cracked. When struggles look endless, programme your mind to do more. The harder the challenge, the more satisfying is the success. Have a proactive mind, driven by values. Don’t listen to what others talk or think about you. Use the resources you have rather than complaining about the lack of them. Build a strong foundation, have a strong desire to succeed, be determined, be committed, set a target and be disciplined. Martin Luther Jr. talked about a dream; Barack Obama pursued that dream. Dream alone, however, is not enough. We have to pursue it.


It is also important to set smart goals, one that has structure and is attainable. We cannot dream to become the president of the United States before becoming a citizen of that country. If we take one step at a time we can surely attain our goal. Learn to set goals according to the availability of resources and time. Prioritize your goal; never give up; adopt a never-say-die attitude; winners never quit, quitters never win. The Second Session titled “The Value of Higher Education” was moderated by Peter Ki. In this session, the speaker Dr. Subrata Kundu (Knowledge Chief, PULASTYA) extolled the virtue of higher education. He stressed the need to have openness of mind. This is necessary to receive new ideas. We should have the quest to know more. Sharing is important, for knowledge grows with our interactions with others. With the global financial crisis, the lesson is that the old way of doing things must change. Therefore, the need is for an innovative society, where individuals are able to think for themselves. The value of higher education lies in the fact that we can create something new for ourselves and others. Besides imbuing us with confidence, we will be able to deal with difficult situations better. With the firm foundation provided by your different backgrounds, chalk out your own paths. Your roots or community gives you the unique advantage to pursue other things. The biggest advantage of higher education is that we are able to think independently. A small Quiz Competition was also organised during the Seminar. The Quiz Masters were P. Kangba Lovejoy & Suity Livingstone. The winning team was EINSTEIN TEAM, whose members were Rebecca Rangnamei, Karaiba Edward & Tirang Rangsanamei. The other participating teams were NEWTON TEAM & EDISON TEAM. The convener of the Seminar was Kuba K., while the compere was Kasuila Namba. [With inputs from N. Luther Kangsung and Rang David] ***

List of Donors (2010-11) MKSD OPERATIONAL FUND K. Raina; Ng. Lawrence; Hingba Thomas; Pangniba TK MKSD SURVEY & SYSTEMATISATION PROGRAMME George Kanggung Maram MKSD SPORTS N. Dilung Timothy; Isaac S (Donor also for MKSD Freshers’ Meet)

MKSD CULTURAL REPRESENTATION PROGRAMME P. Nogi; D.D. Thaisii MKSD FRESHERS’ MEET Abraham H. (Donor also for Seminar; Sports’ Day & Others); Ngatuba Simon; Lungbila Teinamei; A. Adaibila; Livingstone Joshua; Moses Willong; Ranga Philomena; Mary Ngounila; Namkoy Henry; Rajen; Salung Benjamin; Aimson RT; L. Pungding (BSNL Proprietor) MKSD SEMINAR Rang Peter; Jacob Rangkuing; Ng. Karaiba; Alexander Teinamei; T.A. John (Deputy Ranger) MKSD EMERGENCY FUND K. Suiba MKSD TING-HAA (Original Publication) John Rainamai

NEWS IN BRIEF Apei Hinga, the Queen of Maram, passes away on 27 August 2010 at the age of 86. She is survived by her only son Sagong Namba, who will now assume the responsibilities of the King of Maram. The Maram Bazaar Baptist Church is celebrating its Silver Jubilee Year from 13 to 14 December 2010. The Maralui Karalimei Swijoikang (MKS) will celebrate its Golden Jubilee from 12 to 15 January 201, Mini Stadium Ground, Tahamzam.

MKSD Freshers’ Meet 2010 Luther Kangsung N. The one of the most awaited and breathtaking events for any students’ body is the Freshers’ Meet. The reason is: the Freshers’ Meet is always a brimful of activity and creativity on stage and off stage, providing opportunity to students to showcase their talents. It also offers a platform to build a healthy relationship between the seniors and the juniors. The MKSD also organises Freshers’ Meet annually to welcome the freshers who have make it to Delhi all the way from home. Amid much fanfare within the MKSD fraternity, the exuberant MKSDians organised its 16th Freshers’ Meet on September 11, 2010 at Vidya Jyoti, Raj Niwas Marg, Civil Lines. A total of 21 freshers and over 200 participants made their presence at the Freshers’ Meet. Shir S.J. Chiru, IAS, (Deputy 15

Secretary (O), Ministry of Defence, GOI) was the Chief Guest. With the arrival of the Chief Guest, the programme kicked off in a spectacular manner brought about by various participants of the Freshers’ Meet. The activities of the programme included various performances ranging from Maram solo song, country duet to display of the rich traditional attire through fashion show to introduction and grilling of the freshers. Pastor Rocky anointed the freshers in a combination of a prayer for the blessing of the freshers and fulfilment of the goals for which the freshers have come to stay in Delhi. While some hiccups in the proceedings of the programme could not be avoided, the carnival atmosphere and the spectacle on stage surely held the audience spellbound and outweighed the inconveniences. Miss Serena delivering the speech on behalf of the freshers acknowledged the helping hand extended by the seniors in the selection of courses and colleges. Chief Guest J.S. Chiru, IAS, in his speech noted that Delhi is a place to learn and from where you can go anywhere. While edifying the students, he mentioned that success come by doing small things correctly and not by sacrificing or doing big things. For a man to be successful, he said, no amount of lecture by teacher is enough but we should have a desire within ourselves to attain success. On behalf of the senior students, John Kangrainamai gave a speech highlighting the life stories of some of the world’s most successful businessmen such as Bill gates and Dhirubhai Ambani. The one common thing, he said, among them is that, they are all school drop-outs who became the most successful people on earth. He concluded that the Marams should follow their footsteps despite the inherent obstacles. Fully aware that the day would not be complete without ecstasies and laughter, the MKSD went on to organise the second session—an informal one. The freshers’ talent hunt was the best part of the day. In a real hunt for talent and Mr fresher and Miss fresher, the freshers showcased their talents individually, which included singing, acting, dancing, catwalk etc. In the end, R.K. David and Keipila were adjudged as Mr fresher and Miss fresher respectively. The second session rendered a moment of gala night that would

be fondly remembered in the memories of the MKSDians in general and the freshers in particular. All in all, the MKSD 2010 freshers’ meet will deservedly be remembered as taking forward the wonderful tradition of making the freshers feel at home, while also preparing them for the tough road ahead. [Editor’s Note: The Maralui Karalimei Swijoikang (MKSD) celebrated its XVIth Freshers’ Meet on 11 September 2010 at Vidya Jyoti, Raj Niwas Marg, Civil Lines, New Delhi]

Listen to your heart and let your spirit run free"

Requiem to My Grandmother: The Queen of Love

She taught that tradition was a guide, not a rule That social graces and appearances should never be one's school To live life to the fullest, always learning new things That knowledge is power, not diamond rings

By Huidina, her curious grandchild

But she was always there when the going got rough Listening, encouraging, and quelling my fears Never judging, just guiding me throughout my young years The bed where I slept with her as a teenage girl stood lonely With no bedtime stories so rich in love and blessing

She said: When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me; I want no rites in a gloom-filled room Why cry for a soul set free! Miss me a little but not for long And not with your head bowed low Preceded by cold wind of illness The last autumn leaf has fallen on her Though she tirelessly tried to shun in hope However, fate turned against her will And her journey here was done The world turned dark for a while The star of this story faced the biggest challenge of all The star is a beautiful woman, my beloved Grandmother Her love was ever present; which no adversity could veil Love for humanity was her religion As I gaze upon the picture of my grandmother in my memories Her dress conveys convention, yet she stands so very tall Certain of herself, with a quiet dignity I remember all the wisdom she often shared with me "Be true to yourself," she said, "and follow your dreams 16

Remember the love that we once shared Miss me, but let me go For this journey that we all must take And each must go alone It's all a part of the Master's plan When you are lonely and sick at heart Bury your sorrows in doing good deeds She waits and watches me from heaven A new journey at its dawn And as she would have wanted it And life’s Journey, for me, continues But without her! *** This is a black & white reprint of the original well-designed multi-colour 10th edition of Tinghaa. The original edition was sponsored by John Kangrainamai For any assistance or query, mail in to: (Official Email ID of the Maralui Karalimei Swijoikang, Delhi)

Tinghaa Volume 10  

Tinghaa is published by Maralui Karalimei Swijoikang, Delhi (MKSD).

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