06. Yes, Nagas were once ferocious headhunters. But Nagas today, are arguably some of the nicest people I know, and undoubtedly some of the most stylish. They take a while to let you into their lives (especially if you’re from the mainland), but when they do, they’re very generous and caring.
07. Doggone it! Naga Food!! If I have the choice of eating one sub-continental cuisine for the rest of my life, I would choose Naga food. Cooked with almost no oil and the purest, freshest local ingredients, Naga cuisine boasts of everything from exotic meats and vegetables, and some of the most delicious pork dishes I have ever had in my life!
08. History is Here. Nagaland holds a significant place in world history. Kohima was the epicenter of one of the bloodiest battles in World War II, where the Allied troops stopped the invading Japanese Imperial Army from entering British India. The Kohima Commonwealth War Cemetary today highlights the fact that Hindu, Muslim, and Christian soldiers fought bravely side by side and gave their lives to protect their land and people. And today, they are immortalised side by side, as you can see in the picture above.
09. Naturally Nagaland. The wingspan of this butterfly is about the length of a UK-size-8 shoe! Really. And only in Nagaland will you get to see such amazing living things in the cities and in the wild. This land is blessed with abundant nature and wildlife. The Doyang Lake near Wokha for example, is home to the largest migration of Amur Falcons in the world!
10. Literacy and Education. As per the 2011 Census, Nagaland has 79.55% literacy. Given the rise of world-class educational institutes like Tetso College in Dimapur, the figure is most likely much higher today. And it is not just degrees and certificates I am talking about.
Most Nagas speak English, and it serves as a common language, along with the unique Nagamese to bind the 16+ tribes that speak different dialects and languages. Besides speaking, I have found most Nagas to be well read, and well versed in classic literature and contemporary culture, besides whatever stream of arts and science that they have taken up as a passion or professional pursuit.
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