The northeastern experience to relish – The Hindu (June 21, 2016)

The northeastern experience to relish – The Hindu (June 21, 2016)

A few months ago, I reached out to a school friend after a decade. When I called him, though, one of the first questions he asked was, “Assam? Your husband works in a tea garden?”

Oh Hello Face, Meet Palm.

He is not the exception. When I tell anyone that I live in the northeast, a bunch of stereotypes fall out of their mouths. About whether people look ‘chinky’, about ‘weird food’, ‘Chinese language’, and whether I worry about insurgency. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.

Today’s Words:

  1. Relish (verb) – enjoy, delight, love, adore.
  2. chinky (noun) – a Chinese man.
  3. Insurgency (noun) – rebellion, revolt, uprising, outbreak.
  4. Anglicised (adjective) – make someone/something English.
  5. Vaguely (adverb) – roughly, approximately, nearly, more or less.
  6. Grain (noun) – small amount, bit, little bit.
  7. Primitive (adjective) – crude, simple, rough, rude, unsophisticated.
  8. Continuum (noun) – a series of things with a particular quality, but by differed minute angles.
  9. Creole (noun) – a new language which is not original, but a mixture of some other languages.
  10. Alarmed (adjective) – frightened, worried, disturbed.
  11. Make do (idiom) – manage, survive, cope.
  12. Beholder (noun) – a person who is seeing/observing.
  13. Over-tax (verb) – make heavy demands.
  14. Fertile (adjective) – productive, high-yielding, rich, generative.
  15. Overfish (verb) – excessive fishing.
  16. Innate (adjective) – natural, inherent, inborn, intrinsic.
  17. Placidity (noun) – calmness, peacefulness, quietness, repose, restfulness.
  18. Exotic (adjective) – remote, distance, far away, far off, unfamiliar.
  19. Litter (verb) – make untidy, mess up, make a mess of, leave rubbish things.


  • Click each one of the words above for their definition, more synonyms, pronunciation, example sentences, phrases, derivatives, origin and etc from .
  • Synonyms provided for the words above are my personal work and not that of Oxford University Press.

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