Zo beauty Queen : Lengtong Hoih story

WRITTEN BY GINPU GUITE
LENGTONGHOIH, the renown ancient Zo beauty was the only sister of seven brothers. Endowed with the pride of a lady, the symbol of feminity and beauty in her long hair hanging down her waist she was an extraordinary  beauty. Her brothers loved and took extra care of her  and ensured  whatever she demanded of them were met by them.They took extra pains to see that she is always happy, eats whatever she relished. She lived in a palace of iron with her  seven brothers. 

One day, to reaffirmed their love and concern, her brothers asked Lengtonghoih what she wanted the most in life. She asked for AKSINELKAI (may be a comet). Although it would be a very difficult task to get it, her brothers promised her what she asked. Before they set out for the mission, they instructed her to remain indoors and never set her foot out of the palace. She was also not to entertain anybody in the palace during their absence. After arranging all the provisions needed by Lengtonghoih during their absence, they left her alone in the palace for the mission to get AKSINELKAI.  

During that time,  while bathing in a stream KAWLMANGPA (Burmese king) found a very long and special hair which stirred his curiosity and he wanted to find out to whom the hair belonged. He led his servants and men on a mission to find out the owner of the hair. As he believed the girl would be somehere upsteam, they followed the stream towards the source. Finally they reached the palace where Lengtonghoih lived. Kawlmangpa started to plead Lengtonghoih to open the door so that he can meet her. As she was under instruction not to open to strangers by her brothers she refused. Kawlmangpa then pretended to be one of her brothers. Then Lengtonghoih repled: 

"Ka u tak takte na hih le,Na tuichin khuang hon beng aw". 

This means if you are truly my brother beat your drum to produce the tune of the river dam. But Kawlmangpa could not produce the secret password sound of the brothers and sister. Lengtonghoih refused to open. She made clear to him that she could not allow entry of strangers in the palace till her brothers return. Kawlmangpa pleaded again and again. But she remained adamant. Finally kawlmangpa requested her to at least show the tip of her fingers from a small hole in the wall before he leave. As she badly wanted him to leave and thinking the man to be sincere enough the naive Lengtonghoih at last agreed to show the tip of her fingers. No sooner did she let her fingers out Kawlmangpa pierced it with the pointed tip of a TUKKILH,(a sharp and pointed stick of cattle bone used by Zo women to position threads in a loom while weaving also use as a  hair pin by both sexes) and she was caught like a fish by a hook.However hard she tried, Lentonghoih  could not withdraw her hooked finger. She cried out in pain and requested Kawlmangpa to let her fingers free. Kawlmangpa agreed to release her fingers provided she open the door. Lenngtonghoih had succumbed to Kawlmangpa's trick.To relieve her pain she open the gate. Immedietly Kawlmangpa overpowered and took her captive to be his wife and returned to his kingdom. 

When the seven brothers returned home after accomplishing their mission with the AKSINELKAI, they repeatedly call their sister to open the door by singing: 

Leng aw leng aw,Lengtonghoih aw, I sikin kongpi hon hon aw.. 

But there was no response from their sister and nobody opens the door inspite of their producing their secret password sound. After some enquiry they come to know that Lengtonghoih was taken captive by Kawlmangpa. It hurt them that their only sister whom they love so dearly would be taken captive by a stranger. They vowed to revenge Kawlmangpa for kidnapping their sister, and as a test of strength for the mission decided to break their sevenfold fold gates and then turn and fly as a dove. The test begun starting from the eldest. In the difficult test of strength all the six brothers died; only the youngest brother could succeed in breaking the seven walls. Then he transform into a dove and begin to hover in the sky in search of his sister.From above he saw a group of men working the in the field and enquired: 

Ka nuai a lawm taangte aw e,Ka u Lenghoih na mu n'am.. 

They replied: 

Mu tuh mu,muna lawm lawm,anu vangkhua,apa vangkhua tungtan chia. 

You men working in the field have you by chance saw my dear sister Lengtonghoih. 

Indeed we saw her. By now she would have reached the lands of her father-mother. 

Then he continued the search and asked to a lady fetching water. She replied the same way. Again he asked to an old carpenter making a mortal and got the same reply. Finally he saw a weaver siting at her loom in the front platform of a house and ask:

Ka nuai a siamgan nu aw e,Ka u Lenghoih na mu na'm..

(You lady weaving down there,Have you seen my beloved sister Lengtonghoih.)

The lady replied:

Ka nau tak tak na hih leh ka tangzawm ah hong tuang inla ka siamtui hong dawn in.

The lady weaver is Lengtonghoih and she could recognised the voice of his younger brother and asked:

"If you are really my younger brother, you sit on the clothesline"

The dove did exactly as Lengtonghoih ask.She asked again

"If you are really my brother come down and drink from the cup where I moisten my loom"

The dove flew down and began to drink the water from his sister's cup. After confirming the dove was her younger brother reincarnated; she killed it with her Chiampek(a thin wooden implement to beat and fasten the cloth). She took out the bones of the dove and began to beat it. She seperated the bones in two groups- one producing high pitch sound the other low pitch. She threw away the group that produce the bass sound and preserve the other group well covered in a small pot. After seven days when she open the container chanting "Handsome young men,and rise up". Immediatly a handsome young men rose up. Her husband who was observing the whole process was very surprised. He too wanted to reincarnate into a handsome youngmen.He asked Lengtonghoih to do the job for him. She killed Kawlmangpa as he desired and repeated the whole process one by one; but this time she preserved the bones with the bass sound. When she open the bones after seven day she with the words: "Arise,street dog.Lick the excreta of the infant". A big dog arose and began to eat whatever he finds to eat.

Now Lengtonghoih is relieved from the forced marriage ties with Kawlmangpa.Immediatly she returned to their palace with her brother.But things were not as they were before.Without the remaining brothers they felt emptly and lonely in the big house.They wanted to bring back their brothers to life and begin to search for their bones. Luckily they found all the bones of the six brothers intact.Lengtonghoih did the same thing as she did to the bones of her youngest brother.And after seven days when she open the seven containers all her brothers life's were restored.And they lived happily ever after in their palace.


The Author

C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

Churachandpur's electricity crisis; from bad to worse

Power supply situation in Churachandpur district is getting worse day by day. Despite the unprecedented level of investment in the power sector and increase in electricity tariffs. The district suffered the state's biggest - ever power outrage every single day - night putting the state's ramshackle infrastructure on stark display. 

Students are finding it difficult to cope with studies, thanks to frequent power cuts. Every day in many parts of the district, power goes off without intimation at any time of the day or even at night. Students have been battling more than their school subjects. They have been grappling with the erratic power cuts. 

It is essential that students get uninterrupted power supply to study. As lights go off at night because of power cuts, many students in the district are forced to study in candlelight or abandon studies till the power returns. Power cuts cripple their preparation as precious time was lost be it morning, noon or night. It become a nightmare for them as they could not prepare for the examinations well due to the power shutdowns. 

And this happens every day and became worse before the Manipur Board and Council Exam. Why can't we get uninterrupted power supply? Not to forget, the electricity fees shots up to the mark despite the terrible power cuts. 

Churachandpur is a district of many community and tribes from different part of the state. Among them, there are school and college going students, who are intellectually so much into education. For them and for all, Electricty is one of the best and important thing in every way but keeping amongst those, there are again; who cannot provide themselves a daily usage, such as; candles, lamp, kerosene and solar. 

Looking around, we again found people who earn and wants to earn their livelihood by using/adopting electricity. 

Meanwhile, what can be the reason behind this? Why is the second largest district in Manipur is lack of electricity? Armchair discussion and roadside talks are not going to help anymore. The time has arrived to take a steps, lead forward and reach the ears of the concerned administrators and the state government. 

Education among youths and in different form is of the most important thing in today's world.That you all know better than me. So, the so called Leaders( Ministers/MLAs, Politicians & Student leaders) who motivated the youths for education and studies are not aware of the electricity crisis in the district? Why are they so negligence towards the most important usage in our daily life - electricity? Or they are satisfied by just seeing the little dazzling lights whenever they come to the district? 

Further, How many students organisation or any other forum lead forward and take steps for the future of their fellow students for better electricity supply in the district? (If there's anyone I am not aware of it. I beg your pardon). 

Instead of running and loitering here and there without any productive works, I think this is the right time, everyone should look forward, lead ahead, takes steps and fight against the electricity crisis in the district. It is distracting to study without electricity. Time has arrived to fights for our fellow students who are facing this disturbing major issue, so that the power supply should be launched properly and an area of darkness turn into a new world. 

Road blockade, Bandhs and other protest has been done for different reasons, amongst them, fighting against the electricity crisis and take step to reach the ear of the concerned person and department is important. Majority of them are paying the electricity fees without proper usage or are we actually prepared to pay the fees without even using? 

Few districts in Manipur are in frequent supply of the power, 23/24 hours in a day - night but despite the frequent power supply the public out there informed and reaches the ears of the concerned person. And let's do a fact check among us? Without even using proper electricity, like 8 hours in a day, we are paying more than Rs. 500-1000/- for every usage. 

Is this how we are going to live and deal with the electricity crisis? Are we happy? Are we satisfied? If not, our voice and action should be seen, let's use our biggest tool called - ''Democracy.'' 

This is not the right time to fight and drip a jealousy among us,. Let us remember one thing in mind that, we are occupying others land. 

The same important thing what others got in good form, became a pioneer of development, and the major thing which is a daily essential compulsory tool for our future leader who are in studying process called electricity. Time to take up this issue as one of the important and seek the solution of this black out crisis. 

* Jr Amo wrote this article for The Sangai Express 
This article was posted on February 26, 2015.

The Author

C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

My Dream of Hometown

Its been only a past few year ,Since then i have been staying in Delhi , in course of time i make new friends, met new friends, with the buzzing atmosphere i can adapt to this city environment and i feel like Delhi is my hometown, Home away From Home, 

yet the missing part is my Family, And feels like something is always missing.. yes that's right.. i miss home made food,, although i feel delhi as my second hometown ,, i hate it.. the climate its terrible.. if life have given me a better option i will leave Delhi,, love my bitrhplace weather.. its heaven  compare to delhi, But my hometown doesn't offer me a decent Jobs, security , it offer us Dusty roads filled with pothholes, irregular electricity, watersupply and gas,, and frequent hartal/Bandh inspite of all this i still love and wana live there, i hope someday this get better so that new generation doesn't have to go outside state unnecessarily

I have this dream. if my hometown have a world class University, People from far and wide wold come thus it would help the local economy, instead we go metro cities to study helping the local by paying rents, etc.. i was thinking like something like foreign investment should be in my hometown like BPO as an example, if then youngster dependent on parents would climbed down, which in turn would curb down unemployment related problem. 

Still its a Dream, A dream one day might come true.

The Author

C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

Mihing Bang a tel hiam Thian Mang

Mihing bang a tel hiam! Thianmang?
Na Ta thangvan nusia N'on sawl;
Na itna thuk Na itna sang! Thianmang,
Mihing pilna lung in gawl maw'ng.
Sakkik:Gelmaw'ng e gelmaw'ng e, gelmaw'ng
Mihing leh na itna simthu;
Mihing pilna lung in gelmawng Thianmang
Laukha'n lailung ah hon gel hen.
Mihing bang a tel hiam! Toupa,
Vanmang tutphah nusia N'on tat;
Na lainatna lian in za e,
Toupa, Simlei singta lung in gel moh.
Mihing bang a tel hiam! Thianmang?
Kum sang zatam Na lunggimna;
A gawl haan, a lei khemna hilou hiam?
Naubang Na dopna kansang sa'ng!
Mihing bang a tel hiam! Thianmang?
Van gouluah dia ngaihkhua Na tuah;
Itna sang hi! gupna sang hi! Thianmang,
Mihing simthu zaila'n lel maw'ng.

The Author

C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

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The Author

C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

HON HUAINAWN IN

Toupa nasiam sa lei mihingte,
Nopna zongin ni sim in buai ung;
 Simlei thupi na te’n a hon pi zel; 
Nang hon ngilhung Toupa na tate’n, 
Huaiham na sung a kibual ta in, 
Duham nate’n aw a hon zouta 

Aw na mite nanglam a hei di’n Toupa na tate
 hon huai nawn in Lambang haih ung 
Toupa na huangsung pan’ 
Aw ka Pathian hon nuselou aw, 
Hehpih na in aw hon en lai in, 
Na khasiangin Toupa hon huai nawn in 

Itna akiam nisim a kiamzel, 
Lainat na zong tuibang in kiam a;
Hehpih nalui pite a kang zou ta,
Nang toh nunnuam kholhkhawm na munte,
Gitlouh nate’n aw a luah zou ta,
Honpi kiknawn in nahuang sung ah
Toupa aw tu ni in ka hon ngen, 
Koute a di’n aw na zah ngaihna;
Honpia in aw Toupa ka hon ngen hi,
Nang hehpih thei Pathian na hi a,
Itna aw nem in ka lung sung uah,
Honsam lai in la nang a ding in

The Author

C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam

Book Review : Siamsin thelnah

Amasa pen in ah laigelhmi le ka hikei a.. Siamna le ka nei tuan kei a hilele ka lungsim ah hia Book ka sim a pat mite'n le hiai book ana sim sam le uh chi ka deih man le a bawlsuah tute pahtah huai kasak ziak in book review kon bawl tei ahi..

 It's a Siamsinpawlpi Silver Jubilee Sovenir title "Siamsin Thelnah" published by Siamsinpawlpi Mizoram HQ, for our better understanding Siamsinpawlpi is a Paite Student welfare body with its General headquarter in Lamka . The book 'Siamsin thelnah' with Pu Kamkhokam Guite as it Chief Editor give us the insight of the how Siamsinpawlpi began its journey to its present day..
On turning the page at Messages section we can see messages from our honarable leader. The book written in trilingual by its contributor are sometimes creating confusion for a reader like me  as I couldn't read one written in lusei dialect luckily for me few are written in lusei dialect. 
Here in this book its also give us a little knowledge of the socio-political scenerio of Paites in Mizoram. As i read further and further i came across a nice article 'Tunkhopum Baite and his Chin liberation army in the 1960s'  this article literally touch my heart ,  now i can see why  zomi didn't get a state and we can also see that enemy doesn't come from faraway.

Once reading the report from SSPP Heeadquaters , we can know how SSPP has made contributions to the society..  And once again after reading MLA te tanchin and Mizoram Paite khaw tanchin i am more enlightened and feel proud that my community are well represented despite being a minority. 
Conclusion: This book is worth reading and evry SSPP lover must buy it. SSPP damsawt hen

The Author

C Jambiakmuan is a Delhi based young and dynamic blogger from Zogam