"Revenge is a dish best served cold." Who would understand this better than the ancestors of the Nyishi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh who lived in a vicious circle of revenge.
A slave falls in love with the favourite wife of his old master. A pair of hornbills courts each other and seeks a nesting place on a tree deep inside the canopies of a tropical forest. A shaman who has been bested in love by a village bumpkin let loses a bloodbath out of spite for his rival in love.
A young man taking advantage of the development process with the coming of the Hariangs (non-tribals) wants to embrace modern life after availing good educational opportunities.
Their lives get intertwined in the version of the story narrated by one of them; where the quotidian and bizarre, natural and supernatural are blended together in this surreal and cautionary tale of love, longing and existential angst under a changed circumstance of the tribe's history.
|Yumlam Tana belongs to the Nyishi tribe of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. He is also a former member of the General Council of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and his poems have appeared in anthologies such as First Proof-4 by Penguin India (2008), Anthology of Poetry from Northeast India by Northeast Hills University (2003) and Border Lands of Asia by Cambria Press, Amherst, New York,2017. Besides, he has to his credit two books of verse ‘The Man and The Tiger’ and ‘The Wind Also Sings’ and two volumes of comics on Nyishi Folk Tales. At present, he lives in Jully village, Itanagar with his wife and three children.|