THE THREE BROTHERS - A NAGA FOLKTALE
Long ago, there lived three brothers. They had a small farm and a little cottage, in which they lived. The eldest brother, Tanyen, worked hard in the farm, while his lazy and selfish brothers, Zhoshu and Penhun, ate and slept all day. It was difficult to meet the needs of the family with the meager income that Tanyen earned. One day he said to his brothers, 'It's not possible to carry on like this, brothers! I will go out, seek my fortune, and become rich so that I can provide for both of you." Zhoshu and Penhun didn't like the idea. They thought, "Why should Tanyen become rich? We should go out and seek our fortune too!"
So, Zhoshu, the selfish brothers went to Tanyen and said, "Brother! I have realized my responsibilities, I will go out, seek my fortune and become rich so that I can share your burden."
Tanyen agreed. That day after breakfast, Zhoshu took leave of his brothers and started on his journey. He kept walking throughout the day. By late evening, hungry and tired, he reached another village. He went up to a hut and knocked at the door. An old woman answered, "Who's there?" "I'm a traveler," Zhoshu replied. "Can I stay here for the night?" "Only if you remove all the stars from that pool!" said the old woman, pointing to a pool of water. Zhoshu thought, "How can I remove those stars? They are nothing but a reflection of the sky!" Puzzled and exhausted, he returned home.
Next, day Penhun decided to try his luck and left home. Wandering, he too reached the old woman's hut and was asked to fish out the stars from the pool. "How is that possible?" he thought and returned home pyuzzled and exhausted.
Now it was Tenyan's turn. When he reached the old woman's hut, he too was asked to perform the same task. He humbly asked for a bucket, which the old woman gave him. Tanyen waded into the pool and began to throw out bucketfuls of water. He worked hard all night, until the pool was completely dry.
In the morning when the old woman came out of her hut, Tanyen showed her the dry pit and said, "I have removed all the stars, O good mother!" The old woman was pleased. She led him to a huge farm and said, "This is your reward. From today, you are the owner of this farm!" Tanyen thanked the old woman and returned home a rich man.
"I have found my fortune!" he announced." But where?" asked his brother's. "I found it in my own hands!" replied Tanyen. He then told them all that had happened. His lazy brothers resolved to work hard from that day. And they lived happily for the rest of their lives.
SANGTI KONYAK: THE YOUNG MAN WITH A MISSION TO UPLIFT HIS PEOPLE
Sangti Konyak is a young man from Tobu Town, Mon District Nagaland,who is on a mission to help his community- the youth and well-being of the town in general. Heworks as a Project Coordinator for a small health programme under FHI 360 (Family Health International).
Sangti Konyak has faced many hardships in his life as a child. The place where was born had no proper electricity or road connectivity and it was a big challenge for him to commute especially when it came to extracting additional information while writing academic assignments. That is why from his early days it became his mission and vision to ensure that the youth and his community get all the help they needed be it in terms of monetary or otherwise. He wanted to become the change that he wanted to see in the world.
Sangti Konyak from his own pocket money and scholarships ensured that the requirements of others were catered to. He is a social activist and is known for the road he constructed for the people of Tobu and the library he opened for the people. He also started an RTI group in their village.
He opened a library with an intention of meeting the needs of those who were interested to read and to encourage young students from his town who have very little knowledge or ideas about different kinds of books available.
His plan is to initiate all of his activities in the name of ‘The Genesis Project’, of Tobu because that is the only platform where he has witnessed the participation of a great majority of the youths together. And that is why he wants everyone involved in the project earlier to remember about their dedication and remind them about their responsibilities.