Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih writes poems, drama and short fiction in Khasi (the language of his tribe) and English. His latest works in English are The Yearning of Seeds, Time’s Barter: Haiku and Senryu and Around the Hearth: Khasi Legends. His awards include the first Veer Shankar Shah-Raghunath Shah National Award for literature (Madhya Pradesh, 2008) and the first North-East Poetry Award (Tripura, 2004).

The Face of Evil

Someone painted the face of evil with the exposed brain (or what looks like the exposed brain) of a Predator, thinly camouflaged with hair, dyed blond, swept back and patted down like the pompadour roof of a tongkonan, where Torajas …

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Waiting for the Militants

‘And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians? They were, those people, a kind of solution’. — Cavafy Why have we stopped? Have we arrived at the village? Is this the border? There is a large assembly of …

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Blasphemous Lines for Mother | Ki Kyntien Bym Ïaroh Na ka Bynta I Mei

Translated from the Khasi to the English by the writer R. K. Narayan is dead. Tonight he sits pensive in his bamboo chair talking of a “very rare soul”. Suddenly I’m seized by a desire to vivisect my own “very …

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