Two books, ‘Crafting The Word’, which is a collection of writings by women writers from Manipur and ‘The Many That I Am’, a similar work from Nagaland were launched in Imphal today during a function held at Imphal Peace Museum, Nambol.
‘Crafting The Word’ is a collection of short stories, poems, essays and art illustrations contributed by 26 women writers and one women illustrator from Manipur. The book is edited by Thingnam Anjulika Samom.
Interacting with the media on the sidelines of the book launch, Anjulika said that the book reflected how the women writers view from their lens the status and position of women in their own society.
She further opined the work is significant as it is being published by an internationally renowned publishing house, Zubaan Publishers for the first time. “The problem faced by writers of the State is the lack of good publisher. Writers here have to do the work of publishing and promotion themselves in addition to their writing,” she added.
A collection of writings by 21 women writers and illustrations by nine women illustrators from Nagaland, ‘The Many That I Am’ has been edited by Anungla Zoe Longkumer.
Anungla speaking to the Imphal Free Press said even though the genre was kept open, the main focus was on belonging, identity, or self among others.
While informing that the contributors belong to different age groups ranging from people in their 20s to even 70s, Anungla maintained she thoroughly enjoyed editing the book in knowing that women attempted at addressing the issues faced by women everywhere.
She also disclosed that the title of the book ‘The Many That I Am’ is taken from a song, which she wrote long back.
Meanwhile, speaking at the launch function, noted critic, professor, N Tombi stated that it is not even 200 years women in this part of the world have started to write. “Earlier, the male used to dominate the literary scenario. However, many women have come up. This is a positive sign,” he said and exhorted the women to contribute more in the field of writing and create history.
Director, Zubaan Publishers, Urvashi Butalia said that many such projects for the northeast states are in the pipeline and informed that the immediate next project would be for the women writers of Arunachal Pradesh.
President, Leimarol Khorjeikol (LEIKOL), Ksh Subadani, senior programme officer, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan, Yui Nakamura San, writer and former chairperson, Manipur State Commission for Women, Ch Jamini, professor, Manipuri department, MU, Nahakpam Aruna, principal DM College of Arts, professor, Ch Sheelaramani, head, department of English and Cultural Studies, MU, Irom Gambhir and president, Manipur Tourism Forum, Khuraijam Krishnan were also present as dignitaries.
Contributors of the book and translators were also feted during the occasion.