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A few days ago, there was an article in "The Shillong Times" that made me think of a folk story. The Khasis love folk tales, and like many other folkloric traditions, these attempt to explain natural phenomenon in order to make sense of the world. We have a story for almost everything how the earth was formed, what causes a solar eclipse, how a peacock got its feathers and even on why the rooster crows at dawn. Yet the one I recalled was about words.
Although versions vary (as most stories do in an oral culture), the one I'm familiar with is called 'Ka Kitab ba lah Jah' or 'The Lost Book'. It tells the tale of a Khasi and a foreigner who are summoned by U Blei or God on a certain day to a mountain -...Read more...
On the wall to my right is a framed picture of Masjid al-Haram. Around it are Islamic prayers, and strung along the length of the restaurant are fairy lights and small plastic flowers. Seated beneath the decor is a Khasi couple tucking into a cauldron of biryani. I'm there to write a piece on "Muslim food in Shillong", and have a wider array of dishes laid out on my table - creamy mutton korma, crumbly sheekh kebabs and a plate of soft rotis. Naturally, the couple finish before me and make their way to the payment desk where they encounter burkha-clad Dimple, the daughter of Kong Sohtun or "Mimi" who owns the establishment.
The man begins to speak in Khasi. Then falters, and resorts to broken Hindi. Dimple calmly replies in Khasi. He shoots his companion...Read more...
More about Janice Pariat
Janice is a freelance writer based in Shillong, Delhi or Kolkata, depending on the weather. Currently, she is studying History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She edits and runs Pyrta, an online literary journal of poetry, prose, photo essays and sketches. Her collection of short stories "Boats on Land" will be published by Random House in October 2012
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