DESIGNER CREDITS: ARAVIND AZHAGAPPA
Mark Laitflang Stone
Founding Chief Executive | Managing Director | Group Avenues
Founder | The YouthMENTORS Platform, connecting young people with inspiring speakers
Founding Curator | Shillong Hub of the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum
Award winning Social Entrepreneur
Founder of the Avenues Youth Icon Awards
Mentor and Motivational Speaker
Coffee With Stayzilla: A Conversation With Mark Laitflang Stone
1. Would you trade Shillong with another town? If yes, which one?
2. You are a great mentor for the youth. Who is your inspiration?
TEDx Talk: Unconventional | Inspiration in North East India, 2013
3. A wish you’d make upon a shooting star?
I’d wish for a child to find his first shooting star tonight. There are very few miracles left in the world. Seeing a star shoot across the sky is one of them. Keeps our faith in the impossible alive.
4. Which one would you choose and why?
Tree house | Jungle house | Boat house | Hill top house | Beach house | Tent | Skyscraper
Hill Top House: For the view and the air, the rain and the lightening. For silence and thought. And for the stumbles down grassy slopes with the kids. (He smiles)
5. Most memorable holiday stay experience other than a hotel?
If you really want to breathe in and truly experience a destination, don’t stay in a Hotel. Some of my most memorable experiences have been in the homes of friends and family. I honestly cannot think of a better way to discover local sentiments or tradition! How else would you savour home-cooked local cuisine or tune in to community spaces and culture?
Your Holiday is the company you keep. My most fond recollection of a stay away from Home would be India House in Geneva, Switzerland, the residence of our Ambassador to the United Nations.