From the Chief Editor

“Darling of the North East!”

The Teenager Today and the North Eastern States of India have shared a very close bond with each other for nearly three decades. It was in the early 80’s that the magazine (then known as The Teenager) was introduced to the North East. While each of the seven States had and still has their own respective tribal languages, English was the link language (it is even now), and as there was no periodical of similar nature available in the region then, both the teens and the educational institutions wholeheartedly welcomed The Teenager, and made it their very own magazine.

Soon enough, The Teenager so endeared itself to the North Eastern youth that it came to be affectionately referred to as “the darling of the North East!” Come first week of the month, and it was such a delight to the eyes to see this “darling” magazine displayed in big numbers at every kiosk! Many English Medium schools too ordered bulk copies for their students. In less than three years, the number of copies of The Teenager reaching the hilly States crossed the magic figure of 5,000!

On our part, in the mid-90’s, The Teenager carried a series of articles featuring the seven States of the North East, every alternate month, taking 15 months to complete the series. Though the circulation of the magazine in the North Eastern States has dwindled a bit over the years, due to various factors, The Teenager Today still remains the favourite of the young people in the region.

It is with this thought in mind that we bring you this month, a pictorial feature on the different tribes of Nagaland by C. Joseph, the student counsellor from St Joseph’s College, Jakhama in Nagaland. The April issue has more from the North East for you. Our sports columnist, Gp. Capt. Achchyut Kumar, profiles Ngangom Bala Devi from Manipur, the first-ever Asian woman footballer to be signed by the Rangers Football Club. All-time favourite music columinist Verus Ferreira features Quiet Storm, the Meghalaya family band. To crown it all, Shree Prakash Sharma, Principal, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Mamit, Mizoram, brings you valuable tips on making your cricket dreams a reality — Give Wings to Your Dream of Becoming a Cricketer. And lots more, in addition to the regular features, to be read and enjoyed in our special issue you have now in hand!

Alfonso Elengikal

Alfonso Elengikal, SSP, has the unique distinction of being the longest-serving editor of The Teenager Today, an office he held for over 17 years. He is the bestselling author of You Can Make A Difference, You Are Destined For The Skies, Let The Real You Stand Up! and Discover The Hero Within You published by Better Yourself Books.