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“Some Poems are as Bright as the Glaring Sun, While Some are as Dark as Our Struggles” – Nongwarngam Chinir from Manipur Talks About his Newly Launched Book “Labyrinth”

“Some poems reflect dreams that are as ambitious as the glaring sun, some will depict the darkness we all struggle to keep at bay; may you find yourself in this Labyrinth” – Nongwarngam Chinir I had the pleasure to share a little warm conversation with this soulful writer Nongwarngam Chinir who recently published his debut book entitled “Labyrinth” – a collection of poems about stories from the eyes of strangers, of love, of courage, of finding the deeper meaning of life, about finding one’s way through this labyrinth called life.  Our young aspiring author introduces himself as an activist, a humanitarian, an old soul but above all just a normal guy who is trying to achieve his dreams in a world filled with chaos. Join me as I take a journey down memory lane with Nong of how this wonderful book was born.  Nongwarngam Chinir – Author of the newly launched book “Labyrinth” Arep: First, congratulations on getting your book published! Please introduce yourself to our readers. N. Chinir: My name is Nongwarngam Chinir, I …

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“I found that Food is an Expression of Identities and Histories” – Art Curator and Author Tanya Abraham from Kerala Chats about Her Newly Launched Book ‘Eating with History’

Today, we have with us, a very interesting guest who is here to share some insight into the evolution of the very rich culture and cuisines of Kerala, that emerged as a result of the ancient spice trade in this southern part of the country. Spices still are a huge part of trading activity in Kerala with over three-fourths of spice exports from India sourced from the state. That said, let us say hello to Tanya Abraham from Kochi, an ex-journo, and now a published author, who has just launched her second book  titled ‘Eating With History: Ancient Trade-Influenced Cuisines of Kerala.’ Over a quick chat, we dig into her roots, colorful journey of Kerala cuisine, and of course her book. Hi Tanya, so nice to have you with us! Please introduce yourself to our readers. My name is Tanya Abraham and I was raised in Fort Kochi, an ancient town in Kerala. I currently live in Kochi. I work as an art curator and am the founder of the non-profit ‘The Art Outreach Society …

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Emisen Jamir – Author of “Loneliness Is an Orange” Talks About Her Book and the Inspiration Behind It

For Emisenla Jamir, the mundane things about life make it beautiful. A writer and an Assistant Professor who teaches literature at Kohima College, she weaves stories with words and draws you in with her charming, comforting and grounded writing. She says, “I’m inspired by everyday life, nature, people and their experiences. It is observations mostly and also an attempt to stay true to myself without deviating into spaces that I have no hold of.”  She published her own book of poetry in 2018, titled Loneliness is an Orange, which speaks about the myriad of emotions we go through everyday. We caught up with her to chat about her book, her ambitions and her love for writing.   Hi Emisenla, please introduce yourself! I’m Emisenla Jamir and I currently teach literature at Kohima College, Kohima. When I’m not engaged in teaching, I read books and (try to) write. Tell us about your book Loneliness is an Orange is my first collection of poems. It was published by Barkweaver Publications in 2018. This collection speaks of everyday life and …

Anukrti Upadhyay, a Writer from Mumbai, Talks About Her New books, Bhaunri and Daura

Anukrti Upadhyay, a writer based in Mumbai, sits and talks to us about her recent English novellas, published by HarperCollins. Her twin books, Daura and Bhaunri, have received acclaim for the fresh storytelling and their ability to transport you into a whole new world in the midst of the Rajasthani desert. Hailing from an academic background, this author has always been around stories, which inspired her to weave her own stories and share them with the world. Currently, she is working on various writing projects and her job simultaneously. We spoke to this inspiring woman about her books and the inspiration about them.  Hello Anukrti! It’s exciting to have you here today. Please introduce yourself to our readers.  I am Anukrti Upadhyay and I am a writer. I have post-graduate degrees in Management and Literature, and a graduate degree in Law. I also wrote a doctoral thesis in Hindi Literature.  Today, I write fiction and poetry in both English and Hindi. A collection of my Hindi short stories, titled Japani Sarai, was published by Rajpal …

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A Chat With Rinreichon Angkang, Student And Author From Manipur To Talk ABout Her Recently Launched Debut Book, “Blue Is Not One Of Her Favorite Colors”

Writing sets you free, it connects you with nature, brings you back to reality but also gives you the freedom to dream. Today, we have Rinreichon Angkang, student and a passionate writer from Manipur. She recently launched her debut book ‘Blue is not one of her favorite colors’, which is a collection of short fictional stories and poems. She started out writing her thoughts and reading quotes daily at “Your quote” app, which inspired her to write her own book. Find out what the book talks about and what inspired her to write! We had a quick chat with Rinreichon Angkang from Manipur to talk about her debut book ‘Blue is not one of her favorite colors’ Hi Rinrei, please tell us a little about yourself. Hello, I’m Rinreichon Angkang, 20-years-old from Ukhrul, Manipur but I’m currently based in Shillong, Meghalaya pursuing my B.A final year in St. Mary’s college. Tell us about your book ‘Blue is not one of her favorite colors’. And when was it launched? ‘Blue is not one of her favorite …

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A Candid Chat With Mmhonlumo Kikon About The Story Behind “The Penmi Poems” Which He Penned Down In Memory Of His Late Wife

Writing can be a beautiful way of comforting oneself – in times of trial and sadness. It is also a wonderful way of expressing our personal emotions of all kinds. Today, we sit down to chat with a friend who has just released a book of poems dedicated to his late wife – as a way to celebrate her life, and befittingly, words he penned down as a therapeutic exercise to comfort himself during his saddest moments. Mmhonlumo Kikon from Nagaland chats with us about his book, “The Penmi Poems: A Requiem” – a collection of poems dedicated to Penmi Phazang Kikon, his late wife and mother of his two daughters. The book also features the late wife’s paintings, prints, and sketches – a reminder of her love for art, which she dreamt of sharing with the world.  We chat with Mmhonlumo Kikon, author of the book “The Penmi Poems: A Requiem” – a collection of poems dedicated to his late wife, Penmi Phazang Kikon. This book ‘The Penmi Poems: A Requiem’ is dedicated to …

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“Dark Days Will Be Many, But The Sea Will Calm Down and The Sun Will Shine Again”- A Chat with Chirmi Shimray from Manipur, author of “The Sea And I”

Some say that every secret of a writer’s soul is written large in their works. Some say it’s all fiction and a figment of their imagination. Today’s writer from Manipur has a little bit of both in her first ever book to be published “The Sea and I.” A teacher by profession, 26-year-old Chirmi Shimray is a new mom to her 3-month-old son and has always been passionate about writing. The themes of her writings usually revolves around Death, Survival and Freedom, and she says of her book “The Sea and I”, ” It’s mostly fictional except for a chapter called ‘Paradise’ which is based on my real life. I want my readers to dive into the book and just let the book take them over with its mesmerizing vulnerabilities, and also its coldness.”Let’s find out more about Chirmi and her book! A chat with Chirmi Shimray – a passionate writer, full-time teacher, new mom and a published author from Manipur. She talks about her debut book, “The Sea and I” the whole process that …

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A Writer at Heart and a Waiter by Profession, Wedekhro Naro from Nagaland Has a Candid Chat About His Debut Book, “True Love Keeps Moving”

Writing can be liberating – and empowering. It enables the writer to immortalize feelings and thoughts to go back to on a later day . . . to either reminisce about them or to ruminate over them while looking for answers – or whatever. Writing is also a brave act, where the writer bares his or her deepest thoughts to the world. For our guest today, writing has been all of the above – and more. For Wedekhro Naro from Nagaland, writing has always been a tool he had used to help himself and others around him. And with the release of his book “True Love Keeps Moving”, he was able to achieve a lifelong goal he had – a dream he had nurtured even when he couldn’t write a sentence in English. “A writer at heart and a waiter by profession” – in his own words, Wedekhro wants to tell the world to never give up on our dreams. “If you have a dream, don’t ever give up. It took me twelve years to …

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A Passionate Writer, Yuimi Vashum From Manipur Talks About Empowering Victims of Sexual Violence In Her Debut Book, “Love, Lust And Loyalty”

They say when you want to bring about changes, it starts with uncomfortable conversations. We have a very passionate writer with us today, Yuimi Vashum from Ukhrul, Manipur whose work picks up emotions, feelings and humanity to create powerful poems. In her latest book, “Love, Lust and Loyalty”, she talks about the horrific experiences she went through as a child and through this book, she hopes to speak for the kids who are going through the same in silence. The book is a collection of poems where she talks about sexual violence, relationships and womanhood. We chat with Yuimi to know more about her and her debut poetry collection. Yuimi Vashum, a survivor of a child sexual abuse is here to convey the message to all the victims of sexual violence not to be shameful and fearful about raising their voice through her book, “Love. Lust. And Loyalty”. Hello Yuimi! Good to have you here, please introduce a little about yourself. Hi! My name is Yuimi Vashum, 28 and I’m from Ukhrul, Manipur. I am a …

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“The Small Village I Called Home Has Shaped The Way I See The World” – Jim Wungramyao Kasom from Manipur Talks About His Debut Book “Homecoming and Other Stories”

Story telling is a cornerstone of human existence; it’s what enables people to communicate and connect with one another. Today, we are happy to have with us a warm-hearted  storyteller, photographer and author Jim W Kasom, from Manipur. He talks to us about his debut book, “Homecoming and Other Stories” – a collection of short stories that will actually move your heart and fill the soul. “I left my hometown at an early age, but I still write about that place and the people” – Manipuri author and photographer, Jim Wungramyao Kasom talks about the inspiration for his debut book. Read on to learn more about him, his childhood and family that are the roots of his love for storytelling. Hello Jim! Introduce yourself to our readers. Hello R&L my name is Jim Wungramyao Kasom. I’m a photographer and a writer. I was born and raised in Ukhrul, Manipur. But currently, I’m living in Delhi. Tell us about your book, “Homecoming and Other Stories”. My book is a collection of 19 short stories published by Bibliophile South Asia and Promila …