The garden-like village of Mawlynnong
Another remarkable community-led initiative by the local tribe, Mawlynnong was recently declared the cleanest village in Asia. Now I could really not imagine what the “cleanest village” might be like. In fact, Mawlynnong is hardly like a village. It is more like a huge garden, with hutments neatly laid out in a row, each having its own sprawling green patch full of flowers and bushes. Narrow concrete lanes run throughout the village, their sides lined with conical hat-like bamboo dustbins. Not even a toffee wrapper can be found littered on the road, and you can see groups of children roaming around, dustbins in tow, picking up whatever trash they can find. At the entrance of the village, there is an array of quaint little shops selling basic homemade meals of dal, roti and mixed vegetables.
*All images clicked by the author.