The cover page of this issue is dedicated to the serene Dzükou Valley located at the border of Manipur and Nagaland, two northeastern states of the Indian subcontinent. The name 'Dzükou' traditionally means 'Soulless and Dull' to represent the unfavourable conditions to harvest crops faced then by ancestors of the Viswema, a village in Nagaland. The valley today is a house to a variety of flowers and visitors are overwhelmed by the Dzükou Lily which is peculiar to this region. The best time to visit is late June to July and September. In 2015, a new trekking route was opened to Dzükou Valley with an objective to promote tourism and the landscapes of the region. The Dzükou Valley is situated at an altitude of 2,450 metres (8000 ft) above sea level behind the Japfu peak.
You must be in a traffic jam or planning to get to your destinations with the least traffic possible while reading this editorial. Well, the summers are here and if you are planning to get a break from the buzz of city life concerned with air quality indices and pollution control, the Dzükou Valley must be a sincere option.
The cover page has been prepared by Kunal Borah.