Laitumkhrah Street Style

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Just about three small cars wide, this street in Laitumkhrah is one of the busiest places in Shillong. Considerably empty during the holiday season and jammed rest of the year. (Shillong traffic ranks second in the country in terms of vehicles to population ratio. Isn’t that strange? I find it very strange.) On either side of this street, there are general stores, boutiques, a meat/vegetable market, a dying parking lot, seconds’ shops or box like structures that fit about 4 people at a time, small local restaurants/jadoh stalls(the best thing), cafes, ATMs, liquor stores, game parlours, a post office, back lanes where young people sit in their parked cars to talk, drink, smoke, eat.

When I try to think about it now, I am only able to picture the cafes, shops selling old clothes, jadoh stalls, and the back lanes.

I hung out in this area almost every day. These photos are from January 2011. Most shops were shut as shopkeepers were on the new year holiday break but some stay shut for longer than usual. In Errol’s words: Everyone is too fucking lazy here.

As a slow traveller with no intent of doing anything in particular, you could spend all your days here; there is always something to do.

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Photos below show how the town people dressed on any given day(except Sundays). 

Old women in patterned sweaters. Young girls in Converse, skinnies, and Uggs. Big warm plaid shawls & Khasi bags on both young & poor. No saris. No kurta-pajamas.

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Errol Morehead, in his 50s. Anglo-Indian. Ex-teacher, artist.

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Suzann, 17. Kemrik, 21.  Students.

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Wanrieka Passah, 26. Pianist.

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Kid from ‘mainland’ India.

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Vicky Pamei, 28. Ex-flight attendant.

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Kid working at a tea shop.

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12 Responses to “Laitumkhrah Street Style”

  1. Asif Ahmed Says:

    Beautiful Photos. The best description of Laimu through photos…

  2. purnima Says:

    beautiful!

  3. Jeremy WAtson Says:

    Wanri, u look great

  4. Jim Eric Says:

    beautiful compilation…….come up wit some more all over the city

  5. pdb Says:

    simply lovely!very very in-fashion!

  6. Pushp Kapur Says:

    Lovely pictures reminds me of school days

  7. Lyra Neog Bora Says:

    The house that I crossed every day on the way to college (St. Mary’s school too)is still there and looks the same… thanks for the pics

  8. Tia Says:

    lovely blog🙂

  9. Nandita Says:

    my eldest sister stays at laitumkhrah…its the best place…I remember when I used to visit her from Guwahati, I would pass by the colleges (all lined up together i think) by car just when the colleges were over for the day and the sight outside the gates was seen to be believed for a style lover like myself…its a classy ramp if I can say…miss those trips

  10. catalya oje Says:

    the best place in the whole shillong. a cute cozy locality. live the place. missing LAITUMKHRAH. nga aeit yafi SHILLONG mmmuuuaaahhh…

  11. Bobby Says:

    So what about Lachumiere ?

  12. Beth Says:

    Amazing photos.:)

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