Nothing was normal here. Girls in shorts and tank tops and no one staring at them or passing lewd comments. Two-lane, two-way roads and still no traffic jams. The best part: absolutely no honking. I stayed in the heart of the city and by night-time I realised, I hadn't come across any honking. It was simply not India. Did I say India? Ramrajya is a befitting title.
Mizoram is a small hilly state tucked in the north-east of India. The hills are small but the turns are sharp. It is the state with the least cultivable flat-land in India. Everything is on a hill-top. As was in Manipur, girls run the marketplace here. Loud voices are rare and literacy almost perfect. Midnight strolls are not a risk. What else do you want? Oh wait, I forgot to mention, to the frowns of a few, that Mizoram is a dry state. You will find no alcohol. However, a locally produced grape wine Zawlaidi is allowed to be marketed. People claim that being a dry state has really helped the society of Mizoram. It is a result of the collective effort of the church and the people of Mizoram.
Kids training at Aizawl stadium
The church is at the centre of everything in Mizoram. On any given Sunday, the town dresses up and heads for the Sunday mass.
What I needed to do was get to the countryside of Mizoram. The only issue of getting to places in Mizoram is to take long taxi journeys. We stopped for brunch in a wayside hotel. They served rice, chicken, pork, beef and some soup. One can have unlimited servings of all. I was ready to shell out atleast 500 rupees for this meal which I thought was cheap. I gave the woman a 500 rupee note and she returned 400 rupees. I was taken aback. I inquired again as to the cost of the meal. She replied that it was for 100 rupees!
A note to our parliamentarians: Food is cheap in India; however, it’s still not possible to buy a meal for 5 rupees.
The town of Champai: The flat piece of land stretches out