Monday, August 24, 2009

Manipur The Switzerland of India

This beautiful Indian provincial State has to offer tourists unforgettable experience of fun and festivities.

Situated in the far north-eastern region of India, Manipur is a tiny hilly provincial State. In India the State is best loved for its vibrant, colourful culture and festivities. For its stable temperature and exotic natural scenery, Manipur is also referred to as “Switzerland of India”.

There is a market called “Ima Keithel” in Manipur where only women are the sellers and men are the buyers !! The market is one of its kind in the whole world. I don’t know such unique market exists anywhere in the world. It is said to be more than 100 years old. “Ima Keithel” literally means Mothers’ Market ~ Ima meaning in Manipuri “mother”. Here businesses are totally run, managed and controlled by the women. Due to this, atmosphere in the market is homely and very social. For something to buy, you yell out “Ima”(mother), “Ine” ( aunt) or “Iche” ( sister)!! From fish to handicrafts, shawls to vegetables, they sell all. All local products. Manipuri women are very hard-workers. From sunrise to sunset they work hard for their families. Most importantly, while doing their business, they always wear a smile and seem to enjoying their profession.

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