Living in the city, we are used to seeing an army of people inside shops, trying to manage a flock of customers. You can’t even dream of leaving your shop unattended unless you want to get robbed, of course. But what about a place where you can trust people blindly? Well, Mizoram seems to be ahead in that game. On your way from Seling, you’ll come across tons of Mizoram shop without a shopkeeper. And if you want to buy something, you simply pick the item and put the money in the donation box.
The concept is known as ‘Nghah Loh Dawr‘, which literally translates to Shop Without Shopkeepers. One such photo from Mizoram made a wave on Twitter. A street cart with fresh pineapple stood on the side on the highway with only a deposit box next to it.
Along highway of Seling in Mizoram, many shops without shopkeepers are found without shopkeepers. It is called ‘Nghah Lou Dawr Culture Of Mizoram’ which means ‘Shop Without Shopkeepers’. You take what you want & keep money in deposit box. These shops work on principle of trust! pic.twitter.com/LbG1J8xN1d— My Home India (@MyHomeIndia) June 19, 2020
If you look up Nghah Loh Dawr, you’ll be flooded with pictures of solo stalls selling mostly fruits and vegetables. The tweet got a lot of attention, and the Twitterati were overwhelmed by the values of the community.
Here’s what the Twitterati had to say about the Mizoram shop without a shopkeeper.
I have experienced this in Mizoram, really very happy and once read that Mizoram is the safest place in India to travel then realized. Hats off to the people of Mizoram. I love the state.— Pintu Mullah (@pintumullah) June 20, 2020
The concept of “Nghah loh dawr” has been practiced among the Mizos for a very long time and is woven inextricably in the Mizo culture. I would like to point out that “lou” in “Nghah lou dawr” above should actually be spelled as “loh”.— Sakei (@Sakei55736398) June 20, 2020