21 June, 2021

Idylls Of The Pragmatist

Love brings violence to rural placidity in this novella. Buffeted by an ­emotional storm, a mother and daughter find an anchor in folk ­wisdom.

Idylls Of The Pragmatist

Much of Indian literature draws inspiration from the country’s rich folk tradition. Folk tales are a treasure trove of generational wisdom. There are tales of survival, of origin, of sustenance, and even of death among a plethora of tales about alm­ost every challenge that life throws up. These tales are disseminated in various local registers through ­regional motifs which are familiar to the listeners. After all, the tales are quite often invoked when people are flummoxed by seemingly insurmountable problems.

Easterine Kire’s latest novella, Don’t Run, My Love, is a story of survival where the solution to the problem faced by the protagonists is found in a Naga folk tale. Kire’s novella not only reiterates ­communal beliefs, it is also written like a folk tale. The reader would need to move away from post-enlightenment ration­ality to compehend the various perspectives from which a simple tale of love can be viewed.

Ensconced within a seemingly simple tale of rural life is a tale of threatening...

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