Kohima: Nagaland-based publishing house, released its latest addition “Weeping Willow” and “A Weretiger Comes to Town and Other Stories”, written by Kezhakielie Whiso, a renowned Naga author.
In a brief and simple ceremony, the two PenThrill books was formally released by Er Talimoa Jamir, DGM (Electronics & Communications) on Thursday evening in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
An avid reader, Jamir, who works with the oil giant ONGC, appreciated the rise of writers among the younger generation of the Nagas. Jamir praised Whiso for capturing the spirit and the ‘golden era’ of the ‘80s and ‘90s of Nagaland in his short stories collection, and hoped that the readers will get a good glimpse of these decades.
Jamir also acknowledged the poem collection which Whiso wrote in memory of his late Grandmother and further hoped that Whiso continue to write many more books in the future and enrich the Naga literature.
“Weeping Willow” is a collection of 62 poems where Whiso talks about death and mourning, particularly that of his Grandmother. The poems in the first two sections are “very personal” circulate the theme of loss and pain of separation. In the third section, the element of hope and comfort is unmistakable. The poet is perhaps ‘back’ in an ordinary, everyday world in the fourth section.
“A Weretiger Comes to Town and Other Stories” is an anthology of 14 short stories. Whiso takes the readers back to Kohima in the ’80s and ’90s, when the place used to be a sleepy town, and contact with the outside world was rare and luxury.
While the title story is set in the ’60s, the rest of the stories are of his personal experience. The stories are placed in the decades that saw both the quiet, relatively peaceful times of the ’80s and the tumultuous ’90s when shootings and killings were at their heights in Nagaland.
Simple and straightforward, his stories gives readers more than a little peep into the ‘quickly forgotten’ decades. Written in a very personal ‘tone’, Whiso’s writing touches and appeals to the human emotions of love, heartbreak, death, hatred, and boyhood innocence.
Born in Kohima, Kezhakielie Whiso holds a Master’s Degree in Geology and a PhD from Nagaland Central University, Kohima. He currently works as a geologist in a national oil company. He is author of two other books, namely, “Hope: Seasons along Life’s Journey” and “Things that can go Wrong on your Wedding”, a lighter look at his wedding day, which were both published by PenThrill Publication House, Kohima.
“A Weretiger comes to Town” is Whiso’s first book of short stories and is being published contemporaneously with “Weeping Willow”, his second book of poems. Whiso enjoys the company of rocks almost as much as that of people. Besides, he loves to read, write, listen to rock music and go for a trek. Along with his wife Blecy and daughter Aravie (Sasa), he currently lives in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
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