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The Most Awaited Ningol Chakkouba and Its True Lies

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Ningol Chakkouba Shopping :: A very crowded scene at Ema Keithel, Imphal on November 13 2012 Ningol Chakkouba Shopping :: A very crowded scene at Ema Keithel, Imphal on November 13 2012 :: Pix - Bunti Phurailatpam



"The meaningful SUBSTANCE of Ningol Chakkouba is been infected and invested nowadays with all kinds of elements that slowly poison and kill the LIFE that makes this day shines BRIGHT"

Have you ever seen things flying all around? Or Have you ever encountered gifts looking bigger and gigantic than the person who's holding or carrying it?

Well spare some THIRTY minutes today and just stand by the roadside in and around 3.30p.m or 4 p.m and then the surrealistic like show begins. Actually it's a good amount of entertainment guaranteed with no money spent on ticket.

As time passes by, everything substantial at its beginning seems like falling apart. Culturally and socially inherited proud customs of our society seem to be getting either diluted or mixed up with things all insane.

THE MATERIAL CULTURE has hugely affected us so much so that we feel like today carrying the BURDEN OF INHERIANCE OF LOSS from our ANCESTORS. We do bad and our fathers and mothers get to be blamed for it. Such a painful reality is the truth of our life today.

Yes the beautiful day of Ningol Chakkouba is uniquely pristine and more so, when the occasion celebrates one of the most gorgeous aspects of human relationship. Indeed this day should be held up and worshipped for its sanctity.

To every Manipuri, CHAKKOUBA symbolizes the ONLY day in a year that should and must bring joy and happiness in each and every household in Manipur. Irrespective of class or caste or religion one belongs to, this day motivates one and all to light up their life and have a joyous day and moment with their loved one.

The basic thread that runs through this occasion and which solely makes it one of its kinds is the way it REDEFINES the meaning and essence of GIFT. Gifts become a Binding Factor once and for all to bring about a FAMILY GET TOGETHER.

Today as we could see, just like the Engendered species of Sangai- the REAL CHAKKOUBA seems to be missing somewhere. What has become of it is a TRAGEDY of our modern time and life. The word in itself has become corrupted with materialistic ideas of all kinds and colors.

The commercialized world culture of our time couldn't spare this Holy Day from its IRON HOLD like GRIP. The meaningful SUBSTANCE of Ningol Chakkouba is been infected and invested nowadays with all kinds of elements that slowly poison and kill the LIFE that makes this day shines BRIGHT.

In a dark way, the fastest growing CONSUMERIST CULTURE has substituted the humble thoughts of a simple brother or father. The height of this MURDER INSTINCT has grown up so much that NINGOL CHAKKOUBA today could be equated to a KILLER virus in our society that's destroying the healthy workings of a family structure.

For those who are poor, this day alerts them about the huge amount of money the occasion may make them arranged for by hook or by crook. And for the wealthy lot, this day is the best way for them to show case 'How' benevolent and CLASSY they are.

In a kind of rat race for giving a great gift, the basic thrust that makes this day a HALLMARK event in itself is pushed aside. Even the Ningols assume the role of a profit oriented merchant seeing this occasion a sole way to EXTRACT GIFTS of their choice.

Gift gifts giftssssss- this is the DEFINITION of Ningol Chakkouba Now.

May be it may end up taking a 3-D AVATAR in another few years to come whereby, the HUMAN TOUCH that makes it a wonderful moment gets all stolen by some X Y Z Culture. May be one day this day and its true significance may vanish like a THIN BUBBLE IN THE AIR and lots more DYSTOPIC sides to it may prop upů.




* This article was published at Hueiyen Lanpao (English Edition)
This article was webcasted on November 15 2012.


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