27 February, 2021

Terhuomia Of Kohima

Two women, two generations. They sing of Nagaland—immutable and in constant flux.

Terhuomia Of Kohima
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2019-07-06T10:57:04+05:30

Hou, the Nagas! Not the Kumbh variety, but the real McCoy from the simplified collective—for everyone’s con­­ven­ience—called the Nor­th­east. This is tricky terr­itory; this Nagaland, this incontrovertible paradox for plain plains-folks. But for once, let’s peek beyond that panoptic view, that visceral, evocative portrait of a land filled with headhunters, dog-eaters, masked insurgents, and all that which fires popular imagination outside the rolling hills, valleys, streams, lush paddies and village mor­ungs, those bachelor longhouses. And discover a Naga­land, more preci­sely Kohima, through the eyes of Kho­­nuo and Kevinou—an Angami mother and daughter—growing up in two tumultuous times that define the place.

That’s Easterine Kire’s A Respectable Woman—set in her dearest Kohima, a township bombed-out in World War II transitioning to a modern city, offering education, electricity and boo­tlegged rum. Her latest work—equal parts fiction, history and a...

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