Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

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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