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Photographs by Tenzing Dakpa


“Gangtok is a small city, densely populated and closely constructed. The major city centre is a stretch referred to as M. G. Marg, which is lined with espresso retailers, bars, pubs and bakeries, all catering to the vacationers who throng the hill station for holidays, honeymoons, and many others. It’s a business-oriented city that largely is dependent upon the tourism trade.

Sharing borders with Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet Autonomous Region and West Bengal to the south, quite a lot of contraband items would come into Gangtok in earlier instances. Ranging from branded merchandise and pirated music to sneakers and sports activities jerseys – all of the stuff that you just wouldn’t discover within the mainstream Indian market would one way or the other be accessible within the North-Eastern area. This inflow of products carried with it a cultural significance, creating an arc of influences that will proceed to find out the preoccupations of younger folks for generations to come back – proper from my growing-up years in Gangtok all the best way to the current second in time. It manifested pursuits in genres of music like hip-hop, heavy metallic and Okay-pop, style, skateboarding, and many others, the final being a latest phenomenon that’s about 4 years outdated max. Inclination in the direction of these cultural commodities, which had been primarily Western and road on the identical time, led to shifts in perceptions and dynamics: it was thought-about only a section and never inspired by society at giant. But for the youthful people, it was a gradual city that was a lot too small for his or her ambitions, and turning inwards in the direction of one’s personal pursuits was the best way to go time right here. While a section of the youth turned to medicine, others centered on a more healthy different: nurturing passions that would finally translate into livelihoods.”

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