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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 a list of books from Naga writers 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.
  • “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)
  • 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)
  • “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 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 (co-author) (Poetry)
  • “Four Shades” (co-author)
  • “Raconteurs from the Hills” (co-author)
  • “The Chakhesangs- A Window to Phek District” (co-author)

Books by 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 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)

Others books and writers from Nagaland / by Nagas from neighbouring States

  • “Emergence of Nagaland: Socioeconomic and Political Transformation and the Future” (1986) by Hokishe Sema
  • British Occupation of Naga Country” by Tajenyuba Ao (Publisher: Naga Literature Society, 1993)
  • “Women in Naga Society”(1998) by Dr. Lucy Zehol
  • “The Naga Chronicle” (2002) compiled by V.K.Nuh and edited by Wetshokhrolo Lasuh
  • “Politics and Militancy in Nagaland” (2004) by Kuhoi K Zhimomi
  • “Lovely Mother” (2007) By Imtijungla Longchar
  • “A History of Nagas and Nagaland: Dynamics Of Oral Tradition In Village Formation” (2008) by Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü 
  • “Road of Bones – The Siege of Kohima 1944” (2010) by Fergal Keane (Winner of the British Army Military Book of the Year 2011)
  • “Encountering Life Antics of a Government Servant” (2015) by Khekiye K. Sema
  • “A Naga’s Quest For Fulfillment” (2016) by Dr. S C Jamir
  • “Ordinary Nagas With Exceptional Stories: Have patience, God isn’t finished yet” (2017) by Neon Phom
  • “Forgiveness and Politics” (2017) by Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa
  • “A girl swallowed by a tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold” (2017) by Nzanmongi Jasmine Patton
  • “A Naga Odyssey: My Long Way Home” (2018) by Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü (Author), Richard Broome (Author)
  • “Loneliness is an Orange” (Poetry) (2018) by Emisenla Jamir
  • “A Treatise on Customary and Fundamental Laws of the Nagas in Nagaland” (2019) by Moatoshi Ao
  • “My Mother’s Daughter” (2019) by Neikehienuo Mepfhu-o
  • “Beliefs and Practices of Nagas” (2019) by Hitoca H Sumi
  • “Suki’s Spacecraft” (2019) by Sochumlo Suki Ezung
  • “Salad Life: Stories from the Hills” (2019) by Lanu Wallinger
  • “A Narrative Of A Third Cultured Kid” by S. Yusenti Jamir
  • “Things That Can Go Wrong On Your Wedding” by Kezhakielie Whiso
  • “Love Lust and Loyalty” (2018) By Yuimi Vashum
  • “Way Home” (2018 ) by Ruukuonuo Liegise
  • “Naga – A people struggling for self determination” (2001) by Shimreichon Luithui
  • “Beyond the Banyan tree” by T Kikon

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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