January 24, 2012

North Eastern India

As you read this, I am spending a few days in Manipur.

Soaking in the atmosphere, meeting people, reaching out and being in one of my favourite places—all at the same time.

The schedule is a little hectic here but I still hope I can pull out the time and pay a quick visit to the Keibul Lamjao National Park, the world’s only floating national park. Really special.

The north east of India always has a very special place in my heart. So it is great to come back here.

Early in my career as a Quiz Master I would make many trips to the States that comprise the ‘8 Sisters’. In fact a few years ago we also did a unique North east TV quiz show featuring students from across the country.

We shot the 14 episodes by the Barapani Lake near Shillong and stayed for a week in a guest house in that beautiful setting in Meghalaya.

Nagaland and Mizoram are beautiful. Sikkim too! Even though I have only seen Gangtok and have not travelled to other parts of the State.

Of all the north eastern States it is Assam where I have quizzed the most.

I did my first open quiz in Guwahati way back in 1988. Gosh, that was 24 years ago!

It was an eventful day. Halfway through the preliminary round there was a minor tremor. The ground shook.

A minor earthquake… but that is another story.