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Books and writers from Nagaland



Nagaland is a small state in the North Eastern part of India with English as its State’s official language but diverse local dialects. Some writers from the State have attained accolade and recognition in the field of literature in English both at National and International level.

In this post, we shall see Books and Authors of Nagaland and also books written on the Nagas by others.

List of books from Naga Writers

Books by Easterine Kire

Easterine Kire is a poet, novelist, and writer of children’s books from Nagaland. She has a Ph.D in English literature from the University of Pune. In 2011 she was awarded the Governor’s medal for excellence in Naga literature. Her poetry and books have been translated to German, Croatian, Uzbek, Norwegian and Nepali.

  • Kelhoukevira” – first book of poetry published by Easterine Kire in 1982, at the age of 22.
  • The Windhover Collection” (2001) – short stories and poems
  • A Naga Village Remembered(2003) – First Novel by Easterine Kire and first novel by a Naga writer in English.
  • “A Terrible Matriarchy” (2007)
  • “Mari” (2010)
  • Bitter Wormwood(2011) – shortlisted for the Hindu Prize 2013
  • “Life on Hold” (2011)
  • When the River Sleeps(2014) – winner of the The Hindu Literary Prize 2015
  • Son of the Thundercloud(2016) – awarded Bal Sahitya Puraskar by Sahitya Akademy in 2018
  • “Don’t Run, My Love” (2017)
  • “Walking the Roadless Road: Exploring the Tribes of Nagaland” (2019)
  • “A Respectable Woman” (2019)

Awards and recognition:

  • In 2011, Easterine Kire was awarded the Governor’s Medal for excellence in Naga literature.
  • She was awarded the “Free Voice Award” by Catalan PEN Barcelona in 2013.
  • Winner of The Hindu Literary Prize in 2015.
  • Awarded Bal Sahitya Puraskar by Sahitya Akademy in 2018.

Books by Monalisa Changkija

Monalisa Changkija ( Tiamerenla Monalisa Changkija) is a journalist and poet from Nagaland. She is the founding editor and publisher of the English newspaper Nagaland Page. She was a member of the Working Group on Women’s Empowerment in the Indian National Planning Commission.



  • Poetry: “Weapons of Words on Pages of Pain” (1993)
  • Poetry: “Monsoon Mourning” (2013)
  • “Cogitating for a Better Deal” (2014)
  • Middles (2018)

Books by Temsula Ao

Dr. Temsula Ao is a poet, short story writer and ethnographer. She is a retired Professor of English in North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).

  • Poetry: “Songs that Tell” (1988)
  • Poetry: “Songs that Try to Say” (1992)
  • Poetry: “Songs of Many Moods” (1995)
  • The Ao Naga Oral Tradition (1999)
  • Poetry: “Songs from Here and There” (2003)
  •  “These Hills Called Home: Stories from the War Zone” (2005)
  • Poetry: “Songs From The Other Life” (2007)
  • Laburnum for my Head” (2009) – Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013
  • On Being a Naga” (2014)
  • “Once Upon a Life” (2014)
  • “Aosenla′s Story” (2018)

Awards and recognition:

  • Padma Shri Award for Literature and Education in 2007
  • Governor’s Gold Medal, 2009
  • Awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award (India’s National Academy of Literature) for her short story collection, “Laburnum for My Head” in 2013.
  • Kusumagjaj National Literature Award 2015 (for poetry)

Books by S.C.Jamir

  • Naga People’s Convention and 16 Point Agreement
  • 50 Years and Beyond
  • A Naga’s Quest For Fulfillment (2016)
  • Agony of Nagaland (NA)

Dr.S.C.Jamir is –

  • First Lok Sabha MP from Nagaland: S C Jamir
  • Former Chief Minister of Nagaland (five-times), Governor of Maharashtra, Governor of Gujarat, Governor of Goa and Governor of Odisha.

Books by Vishü Rita Krocha

Vishü Rita Krocha is a journalist by profession and the founder of “PenThrill Publication House“, Kohima.

  • “Shoposho” (A Naga folktale Children’s Book)
  • “A Bucket of Rain” (Poetry)
  • “Yearnings”
  • “Echoes of Spring (Rita and Agnes Krocha) (Poetry)
  • “Four Shades” (co-author)
  • “Raconteurs from the Hills” (co-author)
  • “The Chakhesangs- A Window to Phek District” (co-author)

Books by Fr.Abraham Lotha

  • “History of Naga Anthropology (1832 – 1947)” (2007)
  • “The Raging Mithun, Challenges of Naga Nationalism” (2013)
  • “Retelling Naga Narratives: More Than Thrice-Told Tales” (2014) – Richard Carbo, John Coakley & Abraham Lotha
  • “The Hornbill Spirit, Nagas Living Their Nationalism” (2016)

Books by Charles Chasie

  • The Unique Socio-Political Background of Nagaland
  • “The Naga Imbroglio: A Personal Perspective” (1999)
  • “The Road to Kohima: The Naga Experience in the 2nd World War” (2017)
  • “The Naga Memorandum to the Simon Commission, 1929” (2017)
  • “The State Strikes Back: India and the Naga Insurgency” (2009)

Other books and authors of Nagaland

Book Title Author (s)Year of Publication
History of Christianity in NagalandA. Bendangyabang Ao  (1998)
The Traditional Tribal World View and ModemityA. Wati Longchar  (1995)
Traditional Tribal Religions in N-E IndiaA. Wati Longchar  (2000)
No More Guns! People Struggle for JusticeA. Wati Longchar  (2000)
The Fate of the Naga People: An Appeal to the WorldA.Z.Phizo  (1960)
A Study of Revival Movement in NagalandAkumla Longkumer  (1981)
A Brief Historical Account of NagalandAlemchiba Ao  (1970)
The arts and crafts of NagalandAlemchiba Ao  (1968)
Souls and BambooAolemba
Nagas Struggle against British Rule under Janonang and Rani GaidiliuAsoso Yonou  (1973)
Mainstreaming WomenBanuo Z. Jamir
Glimpses of Naga HistoryBendangangshi  (1993)
The Religion of Ao NagasBendangangshi, I.T.Lipok Aier  (1997)
Confessing Christ in the Naga Context: Towards a Liberating EcclesiologyBendangjungchi  (2011)
The Prisoner from NagalandDalle Namo  (1987)
Nagas: Problems and PoliticsDr Ashiko Daili Mao
Nagaland: A Spatial AnalysisDr Imnauondang  (1990)
Rural Development in NagalandDr. A. Lanunungsang  (1993)
From Phizo to MuivahDr. A. Lanunungsang  (2002)
Some Aspects of Naga EconomyDr. Anthony Patton  (1980)
Let the freedom ringDr. Atai Shimray
The Angami Naga and the British (1832 – 1947)Dr. L. Atola Changkiri  (1999)
Women in Naga SocietyDr. Lucy Zehol  (1998)
Nagamese: the Lingua Franca in NagalandDr. N Khashito Aye  (2007)
British Policy and Administration in NagalandDr. Piketo Sema  (1991)
Nagaland – A Study of Social GeographyDr. T. Lanusosang  (1989)
Studies on Theology and Naga CultureDr. Takatemjen
Songs of Many MoodsDr. Temsula Ao  (1995)
Future NagalandDr. Wati Aier  (1988)
Loneliness is an Orange (Poetry)Emisenla Jamir  (2018)
Delhi Chalo: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Last Camp in NagalandEr. Vikho Swuro  (2005)
Beliefs and Practices of NagasHitoca H Sumi  (2019)
Emergence of Nagaland: Socio-economic and Political Transformation and the FutureHokishe Sema  (1986)
Communication and Naga CultureImsutoshi Jamir  (2007)
Lovely MotherImtijungla Longchar  (2007)
Head-hunters Culture: Historic Culture of NagasJoseph S. Thong  (2012)
Glimpses of Naga Legacy and CultureJoseph S. Thong, Phanenmo Kath  (2011)
Nagaland and India – The Blood and The TearsKaka D. Iralu  (2003)
How Then Shall We LiveKaka D. Iralu  (2009)
The Naga SagaKaka D. Iralu  (2009)
Forgiveness and PoliticsKethoser Aniu Kevichusa  (2017)
Things That Can Go Wrong On Your WeddingKezhakielie Whiso  (2018)
Encountering Life Antics of a Government ServantKhekiye K. Sema  (2015)
Political History of Rengma NagasKhillo G Rengma  (2007)
The Last Light of Glory Days, Stories From NagalandKire Avinuo  (2021)
Education and the NagasKiremwati  (1995)
Politics and Militancy in NagalandKuhoi K Zhimomi  (2004)
Ao Naga Social and Customary LawL. Imti Aier
NagalandL.L.Yaden  (1970)
Fact and Growth of Naga NationalismL.Wati  (1993)
Salad Life: Stories from the HillsLanu Wallinger  (2019)
I, Ben Wati, My Training YearsLemtila Alinger  (2012)
Socio-cultural life of NagasM. Horam  (1977)
The Naga PolityM. Horam  (1975)
The Historical Memoranda of the Nagas and their NeighboursMar Atsongchanger
Unforgetable Memories from NagalandMar Atsongchanger  (1994)
Phizo and the Naga ProblemMhiesizokhozinyu  (2014)
Something I need to knowMhonchumo S. Lotha  (2011)
Praying with UnderstandingMoasenla Aier
A Treatise on Customary and Fundamental Laws of the Nagas in NagalandMoatoshi Ao  (2019)
The Ancestor of AyemiN Khashito Aye  (2000)
Ao Naga Cultural HeritageN. Talitemjen Jamir  (1997)
My Mother’s DaughterNeikehienuo Mepfhu-o  (2019)
Ordinary Nagas With Exceptional Stories: Have patience, God isn’t finished yetNeon Phom  (2017)
A girl swallowed by a tree: Lotha Naga Tales RetoldNzanmongi Jasmine Patton  (2017)
The Fallen WingsNzanthung K. Yanthan
Longri AoO.M. Mao
A Search for Naga IdentityP. Moasosang  (1967)
The NagasP. Shilu Ao  (1963)
Ancient Ao Naga Religion and CulturePanger Imchen  (1993)
Nagas Right to Self Determination : An Anthropological Historical PerspectiveR Vashum  (2005)
Perils and Pitfalls in Public ServiceR.L.Jamir, IAS
Mayangnokcha- The PathfinderR.P. Sharma, Ngangshikokba
Origin and culture of NagasR.R. Shimray  (1985)
Naga Music, Naga IdentityRev Dr Neiliezhu Usou  (2007)
My Country and My PeopleRev. V.K.Nuh
Nagaland and India-The Nagaland Church and Polities:Rev. V.K.Nuh  (1986)
The Naga ChronicleRev. V.K.Nuh  (2002)
A theological reflection on Naga societyRev. V.K.Nuh  (1996)
The Genesis of the Naga political movementRingkahao Horam  (1998)
Way HomeRuukuonuo Liegise  (2018)
A Narrative Of A Third Cultured KidS. Yusenti Jamir  (2019)
Agony of NagalandS.C. Jamir
Naga – A people struggling for self determinationShimreichon Luithui  (2001)
Suki’s SpacecraftSochumlo Suki Ezung  (2019)
Beyond the Banyan treeT Kikon  (2019)
The Genesis of All Naga Students FederationT. Aliba Imti
Reminicenece: Impur to Naga National CouncilT. Aliba Imti  (1988)
Christianity versus Ao NagaTajenyuba Ao
A history of Anglo Naga AffairsTajenyuba Ao  (1958)
British Occupation of Naga CountryTajenyuba Ao  (1993)
Women And Politics In Nagaland: Challenges And ImperativesToshimenla Jamir  (2012)
Naga Social Life Through the AgesTsuknung Penzu
Five Great Tragic Tales from Naga FolkloreTsuknung Penzu
Ancient Naga Head Hunter Lives and TalesTsuknung Penzu  (2009)
The Periphery  strikes back – Challenges to Nation State in Assam & NagalandU.P.Ayonmisho
Tribal VoiceV Ansheley Sumi  (2008)
A History of Nagas and NagalandVisier Meyasetsu Sanyü  (2008)
A Naga Odyssey: My Long Way HomeVisier Meyasetsu Sanyü, Richard Broome  (2018)
The Aos of NagalandWangshimenla Jamir
Growth of Education in NagalandYajen Aier  (1997)
Love Lust and LoyaltyYuimi Vashum  (2018)
In Words (Poetry)Roland Kikon(2021)

Books on Nagas / Nagaland by others:

  • “The Ao Naga Grammer” (1911) by Mary M. Clark
  • “The Angami Nagas” (1921) John Henry Hutton
  • “The Sema Nagas” (1921) by John Henry Hutton
  • “The Lhota Nagas” (1922) by James P. Mills, John H. Hutton, J.H. Hullen
  • “The Ao Nagas” (1926) by James P. Mills
  • “The Rengma Nagas” (1937) by James P. Mills
  • “Naked Nagas” (1939) by  Christoph von Furer Haimendorf
  • “Tekhi’s Hunting”(1941) by Winifred Holmes
  • “Naga Path” (1950) by Ursula Graham Bower
  • “The Naga Queen: Ursula Graham Bower and her Jungle Warriors (1939-45)” by Vicky Thomas
  • “Nagaland The Night of the Guerrillas” (1978) by Nirmal Nibedon
  • “The Naga Identity” (2005) by BB Kumar
  • “The Angami Nagas” (2006) by Renu Suri
  • “Road of Bones – The Siege of Kohima 1944” (2010) by Fergal Keane (Winner of the British Army Military Book of the Year 2011)
  • “Nagaland: A Journey to India’s Forgotten Frontier” (2011) by Jonathan Glancey
  • “ABC of Naga Culture and Civilization” (2011) by Nandita Haksar
  • “Out of isolation – exploring a forgotten world” (2011) by Frans Welman
  • “Forbidden Land – Quest for Nagalim”(2011) by Frans Welman
  • “The Naga Story: First Armed Struggle in India” (2012) by H.C. Chandola
  • “Nagas in the 21st Century” (2017) Edited by Jelle J P Wouters and Michael Heneise
  • “In the Shadows of Naga Insurgency: Tribes, State and Violence in Northeast India” (2018) by Jelle J.P. Wouters
  • “Kuknalim, Naga Armed Resistance: Testimonies of Leaders, Pastors, Healers and Soldiers” (2019) by Nandita Haksar (Author), Sebastian M. Hongray (Author)

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