Category: Culture

July 25, 2021 /

Ki don bun ki jinghikai ba ngi lah ban їoh na ka Ryntieh bad ki Khnam. U Paulo Coelho u nongthoh kot ba donnam u ῆiew ia kita ki jinghikai ba ki dei ka lynti jong ka Ryntieh bad u Khnam ha ka kot jong u, The Archer. Ka Ryntieh bad ki Khnam ki dei ruh ka bynta jong ka kolshor bad dei-riti jong ka jaidbynriew Hynῆiewtrep. Ha ka Lynnong ba 14 jong ka kot, Pynїeng La ka Rasong, I Bah R.T Rymbai I pynpaw shynna ia ka dor bad ka bynta jong ka Ryntieh bad ki Khnam ha ka jingim jong ki khun Hynῆiewtrep.

July 18, 2021 /

Ki don ki jingpynksan nia ba kam don jingmut ban їakren shaphang ka jinglaitluid bad jingpynkup bor ia ki kynthei ha ka Jaidbynriew bad ka Jylla kaba shim jait na ka kmie. Ki pynksan jur halor ka nongrim ba ki kynthei ki dei ki nongїohpateng, ki nongkhmih bad nongpynїaid ia ka spah-ka nongtymmen jong ka kur bad ka їing. Dei halor kane ba ki kynnoh katba mon ia ki kynthei bad tang pher wiak ki tei pop ha ki kynthei. Naduh ka poikha-poiman haduh ka pait їing pait sem ki pynkit ha ki kynthei.

June 30, 2021 /

Growing up on the outskirts of Bombay, there were four types of rice that we ate at home: two for daily meals—from the Public Distribution System (PDS) ration shops and later, the local kirana (grocery) shop; Basmati Rice for special occasions or for pulav; and the red boiled rice from Goa. Most often, I did not know their name. We ate what we could afford… Sometimes, we stretched a little too much for the long-grained Basmati on birthdays and feast days. There were ten such days in a year.

June 28, 2021 /

Colonial sovereignty travelled into the frontier hills of the north east frontier through law. Frontier law or its absence and frontier space or its elusiveness tell us a different story about the history of Khasi, Jaintiah, and Garo hills of north east India. This story is one of unfinished borders, and malleability of landscapes. What does belonging and land based identity show us when we begin to uncover the processes through which modern boundaries were established during the colonial period? Is the history of law the history of boundary making? What lies underneath landscapes and in between divided spaces that we encounter today as normalized in law ? And very broadly what does place based identity mean in view of spatial processes of law? This historically based essay will explore these questions and invites readers to critically rethink identities and boundaries.

June 9, 2021 /

It all started off with a supposed published writer (hooray!) Going off on a rant about how anyone can sing and make money while writers suffer in silence and abject poverty because they are unappreciated. Fortunately for me, I have very little published to boast as a writer so I’m good with being a rambler. That needled me though, since I have a problem with halo forging angels of light who use people as footstools to get a better view of greener pastures they cannot reach but can cry foul about. But I controlled myself.

Dear Dolly,
I am so glad I reached out to you after hearing your UCLA talk, and for your honest and generous response that unspooled into such a heartfelt conversation…

Dearest Mabel,
I like the idea of reflecting together via letters. For some reason I feel the format is perfect; sort of a very deep political and feminist conversation in a letter-writing genre.

June 2, 2021 /

Katba ka pyrthei baroh shityllup ka dang ialeh ban wad ki lad ki lynti ha ka ban pynduh pyndam ia ka jingshitom khlam Covid-19 bala wan lyngshop bad shim ia ki mynsien briew khlem sangeh naduh ba kala sdang haduh mynta. Ki stad saian jong ka pyrthei ki trei borbah bad miet bad sngi ban shem ne ioh ia ka dawai ban pynkhiah na kane ka khlem hynrei tad haduh mynta kaba shem ne ioh dei tang ka dawai tika (Vaccine) ban iada na ka jingpang ne ban pynduna ia ki jingshitom lada bit ia ka khlam.

May 23, 2021 /

Nalor ka jingsar ka khlam covid19, ka jingїakynad bad jingїaumsnam hapdeng ka Ri Israel bad ki nongshong shnong ka Ri Palestine ka la nang pynsuhjer ia ka pyrthei. Kane ka jingїakynad ka la pynkha ia ka jingїatai nia haduh kine ki Lum Khasi. Ha ki rynsan ka social media la sakhi ia ki dur ryngkat ki jingthoh “I stand With Israel”, katba kiwei pat ki kynthoh jur ba ka Ri Israel ka leh donbor palat pud bad leh ki kam runar kiba shyrkhei da kaba ka ther bomb dusmon ia ki Nongbah bad ki Shnong kiba don ha Palestine bad da ki spah ngut ki briew, khamtam ki khyllung kiba lui lui ki la їap.

May 16, 2021 /

Ha ka wat kaba ar, ka khlam Covid19 ka la pynngiew bad pynher syrngiew shisha. Ka mynsiem ka pang ban їohi ba ki briew ki їam paitdohnud bad mareh na kawei ka hospital sha kawei pat ban wad jingїarap na ka bynta kiba ieid bathoiῆ jong ki bad ban їohi ia ki met їap kiba ap pali ban їoh ia ka jinglehniam ba khatduh. La palat shi snem la їakhun pyrshah ia ka khlam covid19 bad ka khlam ka la pynpaw pen ryngkew ia ki jingduna kiba bun, khamtam eh ha ka liang ka sumar pang bad ka jingkoit jingkhiah (Health care) ha ka Ri bad Jylla. Ňiuma, hapoh ka Jylla ki Dorbar Shnong, wat la hapdeng shibun ki jingduna bad jingbym don ei ei na ka liang jong ki, pynban ki la long ka borbah kaba la kyrshan ia ka Sorkar Jylla bad lymda dei na ka jingshimkhia bad jingtrei shitom jong ki, ka Jylla bad ka Nongbah ki lah khyllem naduh mynno.

May 9, 2021 /

Kawei na ki khubor bad jinghikai kaba khraw kaba u Jisu Khrist u la ai sha ka pyrthei ka long kane ba “u la wan sha ka pyrthei ban shakri, ym ban їoh ia ka jingshakri”. U Karl Barth, u theologian uba khraw, u la ai nam ia u Jisu kum “u briew na ka bynta kiwei” lane u briew uba im na ka bynta kiwei pat.

May 5, 2021 /

Ka jingpang ka long kaba shyrkhei, sngew kumban pluh ka shadem. Ngim dei ban kheiñ sting ia une u virus. Nga thoh ia kane ka artikl ryngkat ka oxygen mask ha khmut, artylli ki drip ha kti bad ka jingdap shadem (la shah mai ha i nurse ruh). Ngam lah ban thoh stet, kumta nga hap pynlut baroh shi sngi ban type ha ka mobile phone ia kane ka jingkyrpad ia ka jaitbynriew baieit jong nga: To da sumar, to iada ialade na une U COVID 19.

April 20, 2021 /

While I was still in school, the Oil India Limited conducted a survey in Rahmoria, following which they started digging out crude oil from Rahmoria. Just after a few years, it was shut down after protests by the people of Rahmaria. The people of Rahmoria were seeking for a permanent solution for river erosion. The state came digging for oil, but the decades-long problem of the area was not under its purview. Rather, as many local agitations would show, such ventures of resource extractions bring new risks and hazards. Callousness towards the local people and ecology is, indeed, inherent in the very model of extracting the resources. Sometimes the risks turn into disasters of unmanageable proportion. In the last decade, the fire in the Dikol oil field was one such disaster. The inferno that happened in Baghjan area – an ecologically very sensitive area, situated next to Dibru Saikhowa National Park – was even bigger than the inferno in Dikom oil field. I went to Baghjan the very next day of the incident, and several times thereafter. The village was reduced to ashes. The first thought that came into my mind was that the after-effects would linger on, as the state would shrug off its responsibility.

April 18, 2021 /

Ka jingshah sahnarphna bad ka jingmihpat u Jisu Khrist ki dei ki jingjia History kiba kordor ha ka pyrthei bad U Frank Macchia u kam kynti ba ka Jingmihpat u Jisu Khrist ka pynmynta ia ka jingkyrmen kaba mynhynnin. U Markos (16:12-13) bad u Lukas (24:13-35) ki їathuhkhana shaphang ka jingpynpaw jong u Jisu Khrist їalade hadien ba u la mihpat ha ki arngut ki synran, uwei na ki uba kyrteng u Kleopas, ha ka lynti sha ka shnong Emmaus.

April 18, 2021 /

The first record of any European having crossed the Khasi Hills from one valley to the other is that of the journey made in 1824 by David Scott, the Agent to the Governor-General on the North East Frontier with headquarters at Sylhet. In 1826 the Syiem of Nongkhlaw was persuaded by David Scott to allow the construction of a road across the Khasi Hills. In 1833 Cherrapunji was established as the headquarters of the hills districts. For the next twenty years all effort was concentrated on establishing communication between Cherra and Sylhet.

April 11, 2021 /

Ha ka sngi ba u Jisu u rung khatduh sha Jerusalem, ka Nongbah ka la khynwin bad ki paidbah babun, khamtam eh ki Jiw, ki la mutdur bad ngeit ba ka їa jong u Messaia ka la poi shisha bad une u nongpyllait im un jop thiaw ia ki nongshun da ka waitlam bad ka thma.

April 4, 2021 /

Ka jingrwai bad jingshad Jerusalema ka mih na ka khyndew jong ka Ri South Africa, ka dei ka jingrwai bad jingduwai jong u/ka nongrwai ba u Blei un ialam ia u/ka sha ka nongbah jong ka jingsuk. Katkum ka kotkhubor Vanguard, ka jingrwai Jerusalema ka ai mynsiem bad ai jingkyrmen khamtam eh ia ki nong Palestine ne ki Arab jong ka Palestine bad ha ka video kaba la ring ha ka kyntoit shnong kaba kyrteng ka Babal Majlies kaba don ha East Jerusalem, ki samla ki їashad ha ka sur jong kane jingrwai ryngkat ka rukom shad tynrai jong ki. Kaei kaba shon bad ktah eh ia ki nong Palestine ne Arab jong ka Palestine ka dei ki kyntien bad ka jingmut kiba don ha kane ka jingrwai. Ka jingrwai ka dei ka jingduwai ba u Blei un ai pat ia ka Nongbah jong ka jingsuk. Ha kajuh ka por ka dei ruh ka jingduwai ban ioh ka jingїada, ka jingїalam lynti bad ka jingkmen.

April 3, 2021 /

The documentary flows at walking speed. The grandness comes across in the sound of water and the people will take a viewer more than a few minutes to get accustomed to. Luckily, the music, the voices of the people and the cinematography help. Overall, this documentary is an example of a new kind of love (or devotion) that a new generation of people feels towards their planet. Let’s hope that the world listens.

April 2, 2021 /

Ngin plie ia ka khubor Good Friday ha kane ka por da ki kyntien na ka Gospel U Їoannis 11:49-50, “…u Kaїaphas uba la long u rangbah lyngdoh ha kata ka snem, u la ong. “A katno phi long kiba bieit! Hato phim sngewthuh ba ka kham bha ia phi ban shah ba uwei u briew un їap na ka bynta ka jaitbynriew,  ban ia kaba ka jaitbynriew baroh kawei kan jot noh?”- Kane kam dei ka jingkren rhem mynsiem ieit jaitbynriew jong u Kaїaphas ne ba u їaroh ia u Jisu ba u long u riewshlur uba їap na ka bynta kiwei pat. Hynrei kane ka shat phalang ia ka seng pyrkhat kaba la pun hapoh u Kaїaphas bad ha ki dkhot jong ka Dorbar Sanhedrin kiba thrang dik dik ba u Jisu un їap noh bad ban pynkut noh ia ka jingim bad ki kam kiba khraw jong u.

March 28, 2021 /

#Writing #Fiction #AnuradhaKumar
“I was born in Odisha, a time when it was still called Orissa. My first novel, fifteen years ago, was set there. Since then, I have written two other novels set in that state in India’s east; one in a town whose name I disguised, while my most recent novel is set in a place I have known only through the black and white photos of my father’s albums.”

March 21, 2021 /

Ka arphew saw tarik u Lber ka dei ka sngi kaba kyrpang kaba la tip kum ka International Day for the Right to Truthbad ka dei ruh ka lyngkhuh sngi їap jong u Bishop Oscar Romero. Kumta ngan pynkut ia kane ka puson da ki kyntien jong u Bishop Romero kiba ong-

“Їa U Blei ngi lah ban shem ha ki jaka bad ki khep ba don ka jingsynshar bad jingbishar hok bad ngi lah ruh ban їashem ia U ha ka lynti ka jingshisha”

March 14, 2021 /

Ka aїom Lent ka dei ka por kaba ngi puson jylliew shaphang ka jingshah pynїap U Trai Jisu na ka daw ba u їeng pyrshah ia ka jingrunar jong ka pyrthei. Hoid, ka pyrthei-mariang kaba u Blei u la thaw ka long kaba bha, hynrei ka dap ruh da ki jingrunar bad ki pop kiba shyrkhei- kum ka tuh ka thiem bad ka bamsap, ka thok ka shukor, ka pynїap bad shohnoh briew. Ki briew ki khwan myntoi bad khamtam eh kiba don ha ka bor ne kyrdan (ym baroh), kim salia wat ban pynjot ne shim ia ka mynsiem briew tang ban biang la ka met. Ki khunbynriew ki їabeh sa tang ia ka spah ka thapbalieh bad ha ka jingїabeh spah ngi pynjot pathar ia ka mariang, ngi knieh jubor ia ka khyndew na ki trai ri bad ki nongrep, ngi pynkylla duk bad pynkylla phetwir ia ki million ngut ki para briew. Ngi thombor, ngi byrngem, ngi kyrdem ia kiba tlot bad ba lui lui.  Nalor kine sa kiwei pat ki kam runar kiba jyllei, ka batbor, ka jinglehtohmet bad jingsloit ia ka longrynїeng ki kynthei bad ia ki khynnah, shynrang bad kynthei. Kine ki jia ha kane ka Jylla, ka Ri bad kylleng ka pyrthei.

March 7, 2021 /

Katkum ka Baibl ki khun Israel ki ju kam ba ki dei ka Jaitbynriew kaba la jied kyrpang bad kumta ki mutdur bad kwah ban pynneh ia ka jingkhuid jong ka snam bad ki la pyrshang ban ym pynjaboh ne pynjngut ia ka da kaba khanglad ia ka jingshong kha khleh. Ym tang katta, ka la don ruh ka khep ba ki pyrshang da ka bor ban pynkhuid ia ka snam da kaba kyntait ne pynїap ia ki bym dei ki Jiw ne ki shiteng Jiw.

March 3, 2021 /

Kyrham was a professor of sociology at my alma mater, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU). The department was his second home. He had joined it as a young student in the 1980s, learning the mysteries, myths and methods of the discipline from an array of energetic scholars like Virginius Xaxa, M.N. Karna, A.C. Sinha, Nikhilesh Kumar and others. For him, the department epitomised cosmopolitanism and the free exchange of ideas among equals. He was enthusiastic about every pedagogic aspect that it undertook, first while it was located in the Nongthymmai campus and then when it moved to Umshing Mawkynroh where NEHU is currently located. The department reciprocated this affection and respect, awarding him with a PhD in 1990 and then inducting him as a member of the faculty soon after.

February 28, 2021 /

Ka kyntien “politic” hangne kam thew ia ki “party” їaleh elekshon ne kam mut tang ka jingїaleh elekshon, wat la kane ka long kaba kongsan ha ka synshar paidbah. Kam mut ruh ka jingїaleh “politic” ban їakhem umkhi ne kyllan umphniang ia ki pung kti jongno re lymne ka “politic” jyllud khohwah. Hynrei ka thong ka long ban ngam ha ka thwei jong ka spah snem ba nyngkong bad ban їathir-їatai bad sei madan ia ki nongrim ba ka Balang ne ka Kynhun Bathymmai ka їeng ha katei ka juk. Katba ka kyntien “economic” ka thew ia ka їoh ka kot bad ka kamai kajih.

February 14, 2021 /

Ka sngi lehkmen valentine ka snem 2021 ka hap ha ka Sngi U Blei. Ha kawei ka liang, ka long kaba sngewtynnat bad sngewdon jingmut namar ba ka Baibl ka hikai ba U Blei u long ka jingieit bad ka jingieit ka dei ka jinglong tynrai jong U. Ka jinghikai shongtynrai jong ki Balang Khristan ruh ka snoh rdin ha ki artylli ki hukum kiba khraw- ban ieit ia u Blei bad ban ieit ia u para marjan bad ki parabriew. Kawei ka hukum kam lah ban їeng khlem kawei pat bad kawei kam don jingmut khlem kawei pat.

February 9, 2021 /

Whenever someone talks about
the ‘national unity’ of the entire country
my heart wishes to
deflate their balloons of vanity
and tell them—
the meaning of Bharat
is not related to some Dushyanta*;
rather it lies in the fields
where food grows
and so do robbers.