Wari – A Collection of Manipuri Short Stories by Linthoi Chanu

This is a perfect book to give you a glimpse into the lives of Manipuri people. Even though my father was in the Army and we relocated many times, we never had the chance to go beyond Siliguri in West Bengal. So, the moment I came to know about this book, I ordered it.

The stories are short and crisp and introduce you to the culture, folklore and life of the people. I liked the way the reader is transported into a different decade altogether with each story. On one hand, the book has age-old-stories about magic, the local deities and deep cultural beliefs, on the other hand it tells stories of young gripped with substance abuse.

Amity in Queue, is yet another contemporary story about the problems faced by the Manipuris due to ‘blockade’. Well, you might ask what is a ‘blockade’? The writer has beautifully explained these aspects after each story so that the reader has a better understanding of the things unique to this state.

The writing is amateurish and seems to have many flaws. I had to reread the sentences to grasp their meaning. The writing can’t keep you engrossed but the stories makeup fo it! It is a quick read!

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