Don't Run, My Love
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...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
| Book Review | Don't Run, My Love.
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.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Easterine has translated 200 oral poems from her native language, Tenyidie, into Englis ...more