Full Name: Potsangbam Linthoingambi Chanu

Age: 23

Artistry: Author/Writer

Neighbourhood: Uripok Sorbon Thingel, Imphal

Last month, we had the opportunity to catch up with the Supergirl behind the book ‘The Tales Of Kanglei Throne‘ that has been quite the talk-of-the-town recently, Linthoi Chanu from Uripok, Imphal, and talk about her book and all the hurdles she had in making it possible. Read on.


Born on 15th August 1995, I grew up at Uripok Sorbon Thingel, Imphal. I completed my Master’s Degree in English Literature from Pondicherry University. Our family is perhaps a versatile one in a sense that my mother is a Balshree awardee and also a state awardee in her art of Potloi making and my youngest sister is an international award-winning classical dancer. I have four sisters and am the second child. I never met my real paternal grandparents but my relatives told me that my grandfather was a writer too! He established an institute called ‘Jagoi Marup’, a club for performing artists of the early 70s and wrote many pamphlets on cultural themes of Manipur but they said none of his works were formally published. I wished I met him.


Honestly, I have been writing since I could remember! (I still have old manuscripts to prove this). But I guess a lot comes from my foster grandpa (not a real one) who used to feed my young brain with all sorts of weird stories.


Yes, to write down thoughts and imagination is a pure passion but publishing is altogether a different universe. As a newbie author, my publishing journey completely shook me, but am glad I got the courage to break it down and let my thoughts into prints. I shall give a lot of my credit to my editor Pabung R.K. Nimai for supporting me about my decision on publication. If not for him, my work would have never got printed.


The funny thing about my writing is that I can’t schedule a part of my daily routine to focus on writing. Sometimes, I sit in front of my laptop, staring at the blank screen for hours! And on other faithful days, my brain just burst out with several thoughts at a time and I had to drop everything whatever I was doing and run for my laptop or notepad. This can be called a productive day in writing. Wish it comes often.


My book ‘The Tales of Kanglei Throne’ is based on the ancient manuscripts of Manipur (Puya) and other popular folktales in our community. I started working on the research for my personal knowledge and other academic projects, but somewhere in the journey, several ideas began to weave up into a comforting imagination and I began to write it all down with a charted plotline and character sketch.

The book contains four sections under the title: –

  1. Khamnung, the underworld
  2. The serpent king
  3. The colossal bird
  4. The exiled prince

Each section is based on one or two of the puyas transliterated mostly by Chanam Hemchandra with their archaic titles. However, I have framed for all the four to be interconnected as a line of succession of the heroes on the throne of Kanglei.


My personal favourite is the third chapter, the colossal bird and it is also the only section that had never been retouched since the first draft. I loved the fight scene between the Kakyel and the two princes.


It took time and me with less of most of the things to have a public influence made my book difficult to wave its presence but with patience and optimistic hope, I waited and do receive a lot of appreciation and support from my readers and other influencing individuals. To name one among these individuals, our Honorable Speaker himself recommended the book for the Legislative library after reading one of my articles and the synopsis of the book.


We need more writers to create more readers. The reading habits in our society are indeed expanding and I hope to see a conscious community of intellectual citizens in the future who value the power of literature and art to mankind as a whole.


Presently, am reading Supernatural by Graham Hancock. Been reading this for a year now, I would recommend this to anyone who’s curious about human existence.


I know publishing is a whole new daring step but never give up and you will be there before you know it. Trust your creativity.


A good day for me is having deep intellectual talks with my close friends and family or having a nice home cooked meal with good music.


Currently, the book is available in or will be available in one of the following bookstores: –

  1. Books And Coffee, Singjamei Thokchom Leikai
  2. Horizon, Lamphel Supermarket, Shop no. 11.
  3. Ukiyo Bookstore, Thouda Babok Leikai, opp. Sangai Express. (Hope it open soon!)

We are so glad to have met the young and talented writer Linthoi and to see her debut book scoring milestones, we wish her the best!

Follow her to check out more of her works here: 

Email ID:  ln.potz@gmail.com
Facebook: thetalesofkangleithrone
Instagram: @thetalesofkangleithrone
Personal Instagram:  @linthoichan

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Name: Yaiphahenba Laishram

Age: 25

Occupation: Illustrator

City: Imphal


I’m Yaiphahenba Laishram and I come from a small family of five members; my parents, me and my three younger siblings. Dad works as a senior accountant in MGT TATA MOTORSand Mom as an LDC in Lamphel Minor Irrigation Department Manipur. I have completed my masters in Visual Communication Design from the Institute of DAIICT, Gujarat and I am currently on the lookout for a suitable Graphic Designing job in Bangalore.


Since early days I had an inclination towards all things artistic and so after my senior high school, I wanted to go to the best Fine Arts Institute and learn more about art. But having brought up in a country like ours where the major population believes that opting only medical science or engineering makes us successful in life, somehow, I was also convinced to take up Engineering, and so I did. I studied my B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering from RITM, Bangalore and that’s when I realized that Engineering was not my cup of tea. So, finally after completing the degree I decided to take up a course where I could learn to merge my interest (art) and the technical know-how I acquired. During that time, through a very close friend of mine, I got to know about CEED (Common Entrance Exam for Design). I was not successful on my first attempt, but I got to learn a lot about the nature of the exam. I got through on my second attempt and that’s how I got into DAIICT.


I start off by trying to see the simplest and the most striking element of the picture (backbone structure) which easily stands out. I roughly start from there and when I’m really satisfied with the initial draft I move on to add shadows and more specific detailing on the background, hair, lips, etc. for the final touch.


I work with different mediums; pencil, watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, and digital graphics. I, however, prefer working more if not less with pencil and on portraitures at that. Also, I basically go for subjects which have interesting details; eyes are one such feature I emphasize on whenever I draw a portraiture. I also like complex structures and shapes which contains a lot of diverse elements in it, such as the human anatomy, which is one fine subject to start with.


Nature itself has always had a strong influence on me. Since my early days, I always wanted to imitate the art of nature and portray it in my works as much as possible. Artists like Michael Angelo, Hayao Miyazaki, Gottfried Helnwein and Marco Mazzoni has also influenced me considerably.


Columbia: I once drew the Sony Pictures Columbia (The lady with the torch) during my final years of B.Tech, if my memory serves me right. What led me to draw that scene was the fascination that stemmed within me after I watched the opening scene to my first Hollywood movie, which begins with the image of Sony Pictures Columbia. I wanted to draw that image ever since and so I did, almost 20 years later. It holds a huge value among my collections so far.


Two things: food and music. I am a total foodie and often hang out with my friends during the weekends to go on a munching spree. I also love listening to music. Currently, tuning into a lot Eric Clapton tracks.


Personally, I feel it isn’t as good as I know it can be. I don’t find many user-centric works of art (more of the designs) reflected in Manipur. However, I know this for a fact that there’s a plethora of good and talented artist in our hometown but only a handful get the opportunity to shine while most don’t get what they deserve due to lack of exposure and support. I am not a visionary person but I wish to see my hometown as a place that appreciates and values artists from all spheres of expertise. In short, artists in Manipur should be more aware of what’s taking place around them and come up with artworks and design ideas which not only will improve Manipur but will unite many great minds together (by bringing a shift in the perspective of the public through their artwork with a meaning and to make them understand that a little support can go a long way.)


Oja Imobi is a painter from Uripok, Imphal. He makes some of the most amazing works which I look up to and has also received quite a recognition in the field of art across India. He has given me a lot of ideas as well and I find his style and nature of work very unique. Another such person is Linthoi Chanu, the author of “The Tales of Kanglei Throne” who also happens to be my cousin sister. She is a young aspiring and talented writer/novelist and I would highly recommend everyone to also look at her work and give her your support.


Digital paintings and illustrations are some of the things which I’ll be taking up very soon.

We are so glad to have met local budding artists like Yaiphahenba and get to see his amazing artworks, we wish him the best!

Follow him to check out more of his works here: 

Email ID:  yaiphabalaishram016@gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/yaiphahenba.laishram
Instagram: @yaifalaiz
Behance:  behance.net/yaiphahenbalaishram 

Edited by Linda Horam

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GETTING CANDID with JENY RAJKUMARI (Travel & Yoga Enthusiast)

Name: Jeny Rajkumari

Age: 28 years

Hobby: Travel, Yoga, Acroyoga, Street Workouts & Photography.

Occupation: Software Engineer at FWD, Hong Kong.

City: Imphal, Manipur. (Currently in Hong Kong)


I’m Jeny (J-E-N-Y; with just a single ‘N’) and I grew up as the middle child of a typical middle-class family in Imphal, Manipur. After completing school at LFS and RKSDV, Imphal, I then proceeded to pursue an Engineering degree (IT) in Bhubaneshwar from KIIT University. Right after college, I started working for HP for few months until I got through a campus placement for HCL, Chennai. After almost three years with HCL, I landed a relocation opportunity for Hong Kong in October ‘16 and that’s where it all started for me.


It was probably the trip to Shimoga (Karnataka) with my dad and my younger brother in July 2015 that made me want to explore more places and document them changing my whole perspective towards travel. But the first accidental solo trip to Gokarna later that same year in November when one of my friends kind of ditched me and I ended up travelling and exploring north Goa all by myself was when I actually discovered the thrilling affair of travelling solo for the first time and ever since I’ve been  mostly travelling solo.


It was August last year, 2017, when I was probably the unhealthiest in my life. I was going through a really difficult time in my personal life and was mostly surviving on junk food, and had put on weight. It was then I realized that I needed to make a positive change in my lifestyle. I needed a home to go back to, to reconstruct myself each time I fell down. Yoga is now that home for me.

Initially, I started it as a way to reduce weight and be fit and the routines seemed cool. However, the more I practiced I fell more in love with it. I was continually surprised as I discovered the capabilities of my body that I had only dreamt of thus far. I was also introduced to Acroyoga late in December last year by a friend and have been jamming regularly ever since with the Hong Kong acro jam community every Sunday. I’m self-taught and continue to learn from YouTube channels and Instagram and now the people I meet in my street workouts or Acroyoga jams.

My yoga journey is an integral part of who I am since it’s given me strength during difficult times. I would also love to start teaching yoga in the near future. There are many benefits of the practice and I’d love to share them with people by hosting events back home (when I feel I’m ready) to encourage them to start practicing it. Likewise, meditation has helped me immensely in my practice. 


Every morning I start my day with a glass of lemon, warm water and honey, enjoy a healthy breakfast, practice Sun salutations for atleast 30 mins, cook for the day (I pack my own lunch and dinner, too, on days where I have to work late), learn something new at work, come back home and practice yoga for another 2-3 hours squeezing in a 15 mins HIIT workout, talk to the important people in my life and then hit the bed before 1 am. In between if I get time to write or read something, my day would be extremely productive. LOL!


Meeting  new people and immersing yourself into the local cultures and diversity is the best thing about travelling. You get to learn so many things on your travels from people you meet along the road. The worst thing is, yes, it’s expensive, and not everyone considers it accessible. Second, staying away from my friends and family most of the time and missing out on their special occasions at home thus failing to keep up with them as much as I’d like to.


You’ll always find my phone, power bank, lipstick, kajal, etc. but it usually depends on what I go out for. For hiking and other outdoor activities, I carry my Nikon D3300 camera and its accessories (10-20mm wide-angle Nikkor lens, 35mm and 50mm prime lens, ML3 remote and a compact traveler tripod from Rollei) with which I manage to take my own pictures along with a phone stand and GoPro Hero5 Black. My mat has to be my most essential stuff along with the phone if I go out for fitness workouts.


I’d totally go back to those beautiful 7 days of Island life in Andaman with my best friend when we almost cut off the rest of the world and immersed ourselves in the place. Also, my solo venture in Vietnam last year where I stayed with a Hmong family in a village in  Sa Pa, Vietnam for 4 days in bare minimum conditions and lived like a local for those days. A lovely host in Hanoi warmly housed me during my visit there.


In February 2018, I came back to India for a friend’s wedding in Delhi and stayed at home for about 4 and a half days. I haven’t travelled much in my hometown per se but I remember this unforgettable trip to Dzukou valley with a bunch of my friends. We stayed in Paomata in Senapati for a night before our trek to Dzukou valley and it was one wonderful experience.


I look forward to a lot of things – in terms of work and my personal life. Mastering handstand, fighting away the fear of swimming in deep water, picking up with my travelling scores which has sadly been low of late (so explore China more), improving my Acroyoga skills, hopefully run a full marathon (42.195K), prep for my first yoga teaching class that I intend to start someday and seeing my parents here in Hong Kong are on the list. Also, seeing my abs for the first time in my life. LOL!

It was an absolute delight having Jeny onboard as Disclosures’ first storyteller. We wish her the best in all her future endeavours.

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Name:  Rinchin Choden
Age: 31 years

Artistry: Doodle, Illustration, Graffiti Art 

Occupation:   Project Manager/ Design Assistant at Alienleaf Studio
Management at Bitbucket Solutions

Shillong, Meghalaya

Rinchin Choden grew up in a Buddhist family in a small town called Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. She left home and went to Shillong in 2005 to pursue a degree course but her love for creating art crowned her a job at a design studio called Alienleaf Studio as an intern soon after her graduation and has been living there ever since (12 years). 

She was graceful enough to allow us to peep into her world through this brief chat:

When and how did you first become interested in doodling? What have been your strongest influences? 

2016, as my friends would have said, it was the worst year for them, but it was the best for me. I did a lot of stuff then which is still memorable, doodling being one of them. My strongest influences have been these amazing guys I work with, they have been my greatest support.

Take us through the whole process of creating a new piece.

I usually start with a ‘dot’, wander around it for, like, few minutes.. and then there is no stopping. When I am making a piece with intricate designs I usually take about five to ten days, and I like to be left alone when I am making it. My other work titled “Diary of Lazy Rinzi” is a bit more fun and is about my observation skills (which happens to be real bad).

What else do you do when you’re not doodling?

Apart from my usual job and doodling, one can always find me in the kitchen, experimenting with innovative ingredients. According to my friends I make killer momos. If not the best, at least, the second best in the town.

It is easily noticeable that most of your doodles are in black and white. Any particular reason for staying away from using other shades?

My favorite colors are grey, black and white. I find more dimensions through them. About “brighter” colors, they are yet to equally fascinate me!

What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?

My studio is basically my bedroom and the most indispensable item is my blanket. 🙂

Do you undergo creative blocks from time to time? If so, how do you subdue them?

Ah, that’s hard to answer; I do give myself breaks whenever I am working on something. Those breaks are usually time for daydreaming, where I think about what else I could add to make my artwork more appealing. When I start working on a piece I just think about it day and night till I complete it. So, technically, I’m always working and thinking. Thinking is the greatest work.

Pick up your favorite piece of art and tell us the story behind it.

There was this time when I had a recurring dream which I actually remembered and tried to put it on the canvas. I managed to complete two out of the three series but somehow the last part of the series is yet to be done. It’s about this girl trying not so hard to fit in and letting herself lose control of all the burdens. The medium is permanent marker pens on canvas.

How do you feel about the present art scene in Shillong?

 – Well, Shillong is one big hub for artists. Be it graffiti wall art or painters, we have it all. There are art schools to hone the talents of young and old artists. There are cafes which promote art and then there are groups like The Small Art Project which is a small initiative to bring in all local artists and promote the freedom of creativity through various mediums of art.

What do you think are some of the most inspiring things happening in the North Eastern region of India that encourages the budding talents?

There are lots of events and workshops happening in the Northeastern part of India where young minds gather together and these are the hotspots where budding talents are discovered, be it Music, Sports, and other youth activities.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? Tell us about the particular piece.

Recently, I started the project “Diary of Lazy Rinzi”, which is a mini-version me, and the whole idea behind it was to make myself feel good and it’s an accomplishment every time someone says that seeing my work makes them happy.

So, what are you looking forward to in 2018?

2018 – It should be brighter, vibrant and eventful!

We had an amazing time chatting with Rinchin and we wish her the best in her future endeavours.

To keep up with Rinchin’s amusing doodle series The Diary of Lazy Rinzi and other creative arts, follow her social-media handles below:


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