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Don't Run, My Love

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  22 reviews

Atuonuo lives with her widowed mother Visuenuo in Kija, an ancient village of the Angamis. Their lives are hard—regulated by the seasons and by the ceaseless annual labours of hoeing and digging, planting and harvesting. But it is also a life of peace, lived in a well-knit community of wise elders and caring—though sometimes overbearing—neighbours and relatives. This peace

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Published November 10th 2017 by Speaking Tiger Books
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Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easterine Kire was first recommended to me by when I asked a friend about books on north east literature.I looked her up and realised that she has a very impressive biography and all her books are about the reality and experience of living in Nagaland.She has won "The Hindu Literary Prize ",twice and also the Governors medal for excellence in Naga literature in 2011.Even more impressive ,was the fact that her books have been translated into German,Croatian ,Uzbek and Nepali .
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Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"That was the custom amongst her people: young men proposed to girl after girl and married the one who said yes. So a girl had the right to refuse if she didn't like a suitor."

In an ancient village of the Angamis, Kija, lived Atuonuo with her widowed mother, Visenuo. It was the time of harvest when Kevi came in their lives. Thus began a magical journey of the tale of love, betrayal, norms and culture. Easterine Kire's swooping prose amalgamates supernatural with real. It is a parable of cons
Pankaj Giri
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I met Easterine Kire ma'am when I attended an event at Rachna Books where she talked about her books while being interviewed by a popular local journalist, Tashi Choppel Sir.

I came to know that she is the author of the novel 'When the River Sleeps' for which she was awarded the Hindu Literary Prize in 2015. However, I decided to buy a shorter novel of hers first to sample her writing.

From the first few pages itself, I was hooked. The story is captivating, and the prose is so simple and lucid tha
Chitra Ahanthem
Don't Run, My Love reads like a fable and weaves a charming spell for readers. The story is told by way of focussing on the mother daughter duo of Visenuo and Atuonuo in Kija, a village of Angamis (a Naga tribe) and their hard life made of planting, harvesting, collecting firewood, all depending on the vagaries of nature.  The story is quintessentially in the realm of good triumphing over evil in the end but Kire embellishes the story with the socio cultural flavour of Naga lives, practices and ...more
Vidhya Thakkar
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The cover of the book is too interesting. I loved the story. It's a short read with lots of surprises, mysteries and much more. The pace of the story is also good. The characters that the author has made are very strong. The description of the apple tree, giant etc is what I loved. The author has set the plot beautifully. Each and every part of the story is connecting. The language used is simple and easy which added charm to the story. The reader can easily connect with the story and visualize ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a little gem of a book this turned out to be! This rural folk tale from North East India reads similar to a Gothic fairy tale where the mother daughter protagonist duo are living in a patriarch village full of codes of conduct about how to live traditionally in peace in a community apprehensive of malicious spirits and animals roaming their forested neighborhood. They were living a hard but full life when a young man comes in their life. He is very handsome, very self assured and very polit ...more
Hansda Shekhar
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easterine Kire's novel, "Don't Run, My Love", is a parable of our times and stresses on the concept of consent.
Here is my review published in Scroll:
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Story that deals with mother and a daughter. How the duo faced their problems.
Krutika Puranik
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating - 3.5 stars.
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I first read Easterine's work at the beginning of the year. A Respectable Woman was a beautiful book in which I was introduced to Northeastern culture. Albeit I stumbled across this book when I least expected it, I was glad I did. There's a certain amount of ease in her words that makes one steam through the book in just a couple of hours. Though this wasn't as good as the other book, it still charmed me nevertheless.
Don't Run, My L
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
My grandfather hammered in me that each story that I devour has multiple truths in it. Neil Gaiman further added to this lesson over the years. Easterine Kire writes about a world that is strangely very familiar to my sister and me. Through folktales, folk legends and folklores a community imparts it's life lesson to its young ones like our dadu did with his stories.

Though I am bereft of a community identity, I have had the luxury of reading and hearing folktales. Reading Don't Run, My Love was
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 🌟

The story is of a woman Visenuo and her young daughter Atuonuo who live peacefully in a village of Nagaland. They are part of a close knit farming community and the story presents us their life during the harvesting season.
One fateful day they meet Kevi, a charming handsome young hunter who lends them a helping hand in carrying sacks of grain. The stranger comes across as polite and likeable and goes on to further help them by offering a share of his hunts. Days pass by and finally
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Coincidentally, I read this at the same time as binge watching the American high school series Glee, so youthful fancy is on my mind. The pitfalls of youth, the attraction of gloss and glamour obfuscating the real dangers. Little did we know the dangers our youthful fancies would hold. But I suppose better to have explored those spaces - lust, love, luster - and to have felt the pain of disillusionment and betrayal than to only imagine what all of that is. That's what I take away from this beaut ...more
Laveena Behl
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tales that incorporate magical elements and human life in forests, where nature and man reside in harmony, the entire ecosystem finds its roots in the belief of the existence of the supernatural realm and powerful forces that come to rescue when everything else fails, provide you serenity like the one you feel after reading folktales from your childhood. This is a book with the mesmerizing prose and non-flashy language imbued with the essence of potent lessons expressed through poetic sentences.
Nikhil Iyer
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The last few chapters of the book, seem to be my favourite. People reading it for the first time have a read about the book online or reviews only after you reach a point in the story, otherwise it will disrupt your pace and environment while reading. The writer expresses situations beautifully,so as that I see and remember the major scenes from the book. A must read for everybody!
Arushi Bhaskar
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the way this was written- it was very hard for me to put the book down, because chapters ended on such a wildly ambiguous note. Lovely introduction to literature from the North-East for me, I am very excited to begin this journey proper now. Would highly recommend to those looking for a quick, but beautiful read.
Ezra Rynjah
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise of the book didn't hold the narrative together. The violence that drove the action of the protagonists, Atuonuo and Vizenuo, was condemnable but weakly established. What I did like about the book, however, was the author's context-building using Angami Naga culture and mythos. ...more
Sreemoyee Sarkar
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting and intriguing magical concept. Teenagers especially girls should read these kinds of books to realise the reality instead of reading chicklits and lovey dubbey sugar-coated unrealistic romantic stuffs.
Sudhansu Mohanty
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice easy going and short novel.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
nice book for a short read. It is pretty predictable and I would loved for it to go in a different direction. But other that that, pretty good!
Bijit Sinha
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to be updated this weekend.
Pooja Kaushal
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just when I thought that stories are getting very predictable I stumbled upon 'Don't Run, My Love'. It is a short and quick read but an interesting one. It starts off as a simple story but takes an unusual twist. Yes, it is a 'Goodread'. ...more
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Easterine Kire (Iralu) is a poet, writer, and novelist from Nagaland. She is one of the finest story tellers from the region and has written several books in English including three collections of poetry and short stories. Her first novel, A Naga Village Remembered, was the first-ever Naga novel to be published.

Easterine has translated 200 oral poems from her native language, Tenyidie, into Englis

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