Ovungthung Jungio (left) with Kohima Science College principal Lily Sema, who was the special guest during the book launch at Hotel Japfu in Kohima on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: Kalopsia, a collection of 91 poems written by civil engineering student Ovungthung Jungio, was released by Lily Sema, principal of Kohima Science College, at a small ceremony held at Hotel Japfu in Kohima on Thursday evening.

The book has been published by PenThrill, a home-based publication house from Kohima.

Sema expressed how proud she was of Jungio, who is an alumnus of the college, and said that the book is a “frank story that uses modern jargon and irregular sentence structures to depict life as full of disturbances bringing to his writings the disconnection between life as it should be and life as it is”.

Jungio, who developed his interest in writing ever since he was in Class VII, said: “I was a reader all my life. Every page of a book seems like an invitation.”

“I envisioned a book idea after the initial grieving of a friend who passed away in an unfortunate incident,” Jungio said while recollecting the memories of a dear friend.

The book, priced at Rs 300, is a collection of 91 poems and 10 prose and is the 22nd publication of PenThrill Publication House

Published by PenThrill, a home-based publication house, Kalopsia is Jungio’s first book. The book release ceremony began with a prayer by Renthungo Jungio and was followed by a commentary on the book by Gopal Chetri Basnet, vice-principal of Oriental College.

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Basnet explained the meaning of ‘Kalopsia’, which is derived from two Greek words — ‘Kallos’ meaning beauty, and ‘opsis’ meaning sight. “It can also mean a beautiful sight. The author used rhetorical poems and prose to provide commentary on issues in a society. In totality, the author wants to explain about the prevailing environment in the societal setup. It is a universal expression applicable to all the strata of the society,” he added.

“The cover of the book paints the mood of the book — it’s chaotic. There is a hint of pessimism but it still is an art to behold and study,” Basnet added.

Ovungthung Jungio revealed that the book was recollection of memories of his dear friend  who passed away in an ‘unfortunate accident’

Vishü Rita Krocha, publisher of PenThrill Publication House, said: “O Jungio has brilliantly captured his experiences and observations in life, most of which are undoubtedly set here in Nagaland and his life in the city. Many times, we fail to appreciate the most ordinary and the everyday common things that actually mean the most in the end. This is where I think poets come in and string words together and make you see the world with a different perspective.”

While Kalopsia is the 22nd book released by PenThrill, Krocha said: “I would say this book is one of the finest collections of poetry we have published, and I want to congratulate O Jungio on the book.”

Jungio is a graduate in civil engineering from National Institute of Engineering, Mysore and is currently pursuing his M Tech in civil engineering at IIT Guwahati.

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