I traveled to Mizoram by chance with my German/Brazilian roommate, a French guy and the best gang of Mizo's I have ever met. I have heard very little about this part of India prior to my trip. Like most states in India, Mizoram has an almost entirely separate identity with its own distinct language, traditions and history. I found Mizoram remarkably progressive (it boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the country), naturally spectacular (a land of rolling hills, valleys and rivers), and the people to be some of the kindest I have encountered in India. Mizos abide by a code of ethics focused on "Tlawmngaihna," an obligation of all members of society to be kind, hospitable, selfless. There is a prevailing sense of community there, bolstered by generations of families living in homes perched above one another.