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In young company- Memoirs from Manipur

A trip to Imphal as an External Examiner for the MBBS Examination turned out to be a most enriching experience. While the days were spent in the rigourous examination schedule, I was entertained in the evenings by a bunch of young energetic post graduate doctors, who wanted to give me the best possible experience of Imphal within the limited timeframe. In order to keep pace with them, I myself was surprised at my own energy levels.

While Day 1 was a trip to Kangla Fort, and the War Cemetery, the next day was a trip to the Govindjee Temple in full Manipuri attire which was arranged for me by one of the young lady doctors. Peach or pink phanek ( mekhela) is normally worn to temples. I was awestruck by the graceful and acrobatic, traditional Pung Cholum dance within the temple premises as it was the auspicious Basant Panchami week.

War Cemetery
Govindjee Temple

The third day was a trip to Loktak Lake and this unusual and unique lake took my breath away. It is the largest freshwater lake in North East India famous for the floating vegetations upon it called phumdis. As I savoured every moment with these youngsters, time stood still. Age became just a number. I felt I was one of them. We chatted, we laughed, we rejoiced and we embraced the natural beauty around us.

Loktak Lake

Celebrating life in faraway places with new people who were half my age made me relish each moment with these young hearts and free spirits. There were no barriers, no labels, no demarcations. It is the joy of small things and the simplicity of life that eventually matters. I was happy and content with these young souls.

Young hearts
Laughter and chatter
In sync with nature

As we returned from Loktak, we halted at the ISKCON Temple, reaching just in time for the evening Aarti. The doors seemed to have opened just for us, as we realised we were the only ones in the temple apart from the priest.

ISKCON Temple, Imphal

Once again, I bow down to the Universe in gratitude.

Published by neelakshimahanta

I believe in celebrating life as it comes and living in the moment. Times are neither good nor bad. It is what we make out of it. If we are blissful, we will make the best out of it.

5 thoughts on “In young company- Memoirs from Manipur

  1. So refreshing to go through the pictures. Young company is always a welcome change for their enthusiasm and vigour


  2. Loved the article and the pics… Yes, I too believe that the company if youngsters keeps us energised… I live being around them ans interacting with them as one gets to learn so much of how they thin and what they believe… I never cease to be surprised at how much more mature they seem to be compared to what we were at their age.

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  3. Thank you very much mam…
    its our pleasure to accompany you in this trip….
    I was totally astonished by the way you approach your life, the way you want to take it…
    Mesmerized by those words you shared with us during the trip….
    thank you mam once again awaiting your next visit.. 🙂

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  4. It ws indeed beautiful memories maam!…. I have never met a doctor whose philosophy of life is to live one day at a time, have fun & be happy😃…..I aspire to be one too🤗. Lots of love & blessings maam!

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