Che in Paona Bazaar

Che in Paona Bazaar: Tales of Exile and Belonging from India's North-east by Kishalay Bhattacharjee from Macmillan India.

North-East India is not an Imagined community,' separated from the politics and policies that govern the rest of the country. It is as real as the violence that has torn the land apart, leaving its people grappling for a semblance of normalcy, if nothing else. The north-east isn't just a hotbed for insurgency and deadly casual encounters, a stopover on every international rock band's schedule, or where used syringes lie waiting in dark alleys. There are other realities as well—of forbidden love, weddings, fascinating cuisines, childhood memories and other `unimportant stories' that never made it to our newspapers and television screens.

In spite of gaining exclusive access to the region, former NDTV Resident Editor (north-east) Kishalay Bhattacharjee has struggled to broadcast stories of these multitudes. Years in the media have taught him that not all revolutions will be televised. Che in Paona Bazaar finds Bhattacharjee deep in the heart of Manipur, demystifying a state that was once just a source of 'news' for him. These tales are the result of a long and unflinching look into Manipur's past and present, a land rich in tradition, culture and violence, and of a people who stage their own daily rebellion by living and thriving against all odds.

In our Northeast Studies section, Rs. 399, in paperback, 248 pages, ISBN: 9789382616047