II Mokokchung to Mon, Nagaland: a journey by Sumo II



Mokokchung: Nagaland


It is one of the district headquarters of Nagaland. Unlike many places Mokokchung is clean and beautiful. The villages are more clean, beautiful and discipline in compare to the town. Here in the photo, is a village nearby the town. Cleanliness is in every corner of this village, discipline is reflected from every household and silence across the length and breadth of the village is the music here. You can find the plastic bags and packets nowhere in this village. They do use the plastic but they do not litter the village with plastic or any other wastes.  It was so good feeling to spend a day or two in such a village.


a village in Mokokchung


Mon: Nagaland


The famous in Mon district is the Longwa village, its tribe and the house of the Angh (King) of the village. They are Konyak tribe, famous for their body tatoos and headhunting practices during the wars with their enemies in ancient times. This the famous house of the king of the tribe in the photo. The border line of Myanmar and India passes through this house, which is the corridor. Its kitchen lies in  both the countries. The left side of the entrance is in Myanmar where the right is India (zoom out to see the signs).



King's House


The Tribal Cultivation


They burn the wood, make the hills ready for crops. Cultivate for 2 consecutive years and abandon the area to shape and grow the wild on its own again, thus sustaining the fertility of the land


burning the woods for cultivation



The Story of the Title


3rd February, 2018


Out of the many good memories during a travel, there always stays few bad memories too, that in fact add up the spices to the whole journey. During the Nagaland tour we encountered such few memories exclusively from our transporters, as if those were all planned earlier. The longest one such bad memory was for the entire day, when we sat for Mokokchung to Mon on Sumo. The counter issued 10 nos. of tickets to we 10 (ten) passengers and the driver started at around 7 AM. He took the road Mokokchung to Mon via Longleng, which is the least choice or can be said not choice route to Mon by any driver. The entire road was a horrible one and seemed to be used only by the nearby connecting villages. The sumo was more horrible than the road, the speed limit was not more than 20 KM/hour and in every one hour the engine had to be stopped as it got heated and the driver needed to find water somewhere with his jug. 



The sumo stopped





No one of us knew why the driver choose that road. At about 2:30 PM the driver stopped in a place called Aboi near a small hotel. We thought it was for tea and we all had tea. The driver was seen busy in repairing another sumo stranded nearby. We were waiting with the thought that our driver would start again after the repair work done. Half an hour passed, one hour passed, 2 hour passed, 2 and half hour passed, the driver was still underneath the sumo. when asked he avoided our questions and we had no idea how far we were from our destination. By the time it was total darkness, the driver said to us rudely, he would not drive from there, as he was sent only to repair the sumo, as both the vehicles was from the same owner. I phoned to the counter and asked, the owner replied, "Ab baat nehi Karega (I will not talk now) and he cut the phone. Then only we realized why the driver took us via Longleng and also that the owner recovered the cost of reaching and repairing his stranded vehicle from us. What a business talent! Bravo.

And then we all started to find our option to reach our destinations, but it was already late to get another vehicle from there...


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