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MIZO – The first English lifestyle magazine of Mizoram

In what was an extravagant but closely knit gathering of the who’s who of Mizoram, MIZO – the first English language lifestyle magazine of Mizoram – was officially launched on the night of 30th September 2017. Set in the ambient Heritage Lounge with as classy interiors as the guests it welcomed, the event was historic in its own ways. The newly released magazine will be feature the very best of Mizoram’s culture, cuisine and lifestyle, to be showcased to the rest of India as well as the world.

MIZO is a dream come true for the Mizo people that celebrates both their traditional and modern-day achievements. Headed by two dedicated women editors, Rebecca L. Fanai and Ruth L. Hrangchal, work on the magazine began almost five months back. The ambitious endeavor of launching an English magazine in Mizoram, came with a risk of its own, but was eventually received with ample support and encouragement.

One of the guests commented on the design of the magazine as “deliciously indulging with excellent details”. The magazine is set to be released quarterly and if it gains the required popularity it may have monthly editions, said the editor-in-chief Rebecca in her opening address. The magazine has been designed so as to not be just another coffee table book of Mizoram’s history, but also bring to light its exciting new facets.

For the Mizo people, the magazine hopes to serve as a book of ideas that help them find “answers to their questions about life through stories”, as the editors quote in the magazine. It covers a little bit of every Mizo with stories from music, art, sports, social work, health, literature, cinema, fashion, dance and outstanding people, in a way that has never been covered before. As the editor-at-large, Ruth said in her address, “We have worked on the magazine in order to show the world Mizos’ talent and ability to do a lot of things.”

Dressed in salient hues of pink and pearl white, the venue was perfect for the glamorous event. The majestic night skyline of Aizawl shining outside the lounge windows added to the glamour of the event. The guests were given a theme of having a hint of traditional Mizo accessory in their attire and they obliged quite generously. We got to see a myriad different blends of traditional Mizo embroideries with the most modern attires. There was a special photo booth for all the guests to have their pictures clicked on the lower deck, with Jazz inspired interiors and traditional Mizo handicrafts decorating the desks.

The night was graced by Vanlalrema Vantawl the President of the Mizoram Journalists Association, who inaugurated the magazine. In his address he outlined the importance of having a quality magazine for the state apart from its obvious glamorous quotient. Despite being the owner of a weekly newspaper, he said a magazine was far more important than the newspaper when it came to going into depths of various social issues for readers.

He also stressed on the importance of quality journalism, in both Mizoram and India at large. He quoted the recent fall in ranking of India in terms of freedom of the press, in a survey by Reporters Without Borders. Appreciating the efforts of the Mizo’s editorial team, he called the magazine “a magnificent piece of work”.

Advisor to the Mizo’s editorial team, Lalruatliana Sailo, Press Secretary to CM, also delivered a brief and important address. He stressed on the role and responsibility of the magazine to dilute the negative prejudices against Mizoram and portray its true beauty and spirit to the rest of the country. He also said it was a dream come true for him when the editors-in-chief Rebecca and Ruth approached him with the idea of the magazine.

The famous Mizo gospel singer Liandingpui kicked off the event with her music. Among other dignitaries present were Lucy Sailo daughter of honorable CM of Mizoram. Most of the outstanding personalities featured in the magazine also graced the occasion. The celebrated painter Tlangrokhuma; the cover girl and Miss Mizoram – Rody along with other models