• Reflection

    What does Christmas mean to you?

    What does Christmas mean to you? This is a pet question Christians want to ask during Christmas. It is a way of trying to separate and appreciate the true meaning of Christmas from the commercialized festivity which is associated with the season. And it is a very important question no doubt. We all have our own responses to the question. But let me give you an honest reply. I have not dwelt sufficiently on the response to that question. Why because I am not in the frame of mind. It is a very busy time of the year. Why am I busy? I am busy because of Christmas. So, although…

  • Reflection

    So, it is in amazon.in

    Only recently I came to know that my book Cross Section is in amazon.in It has been in ilandlo.com for a while now. Do check the price difference in the two websites. Some of the articles/chapters in the book are either getting outdated or the writer is getting updated. So, check this website for updated versions. Ever grateful to friend Dr. Lipokmar Dzuvichu, Assistant Professor, North East India Studies Programme, JNU, New Delhi for these kind words on the book cover : “Cross Section is an honest and frank portrayal of the contemporary Naga life-world. In this fascinating collection of essays, Sao Tunyi draws our attention to the many unpleasant…

  • Reflection

    A happy post

    If the bad roads and corruption in Nagaland are making you feel low, here are 10 points to make you happy: Corruption is not gone; it is far from gone. But in the last few years, we are seeing that it is becoming more difficult to practice corruption. People are no more asleep (when some people could plunder without fear). It will take time but we are on the road and the worst is behind us. So, be happy for that. Nagaland is naturally beautiful. If we take our eyes off the road and look up the mountains, it is a beautiful place we belong to. We are placed on…

  • Reflection

    Who is responsible? Who will turn it around?

    How did it happen that we have become opposites of how we used to be? …Can we turn it around again for the generations to come? It is told time and again that Nagas were simple, honest and trustworthy. So, in public speeches and writings, appeals are made to revisit that past and cultivate or uphold that past collective character of our forefathers. That past is also often spoken in the context of the present situation where the stark contrast is projected: That we have become opposites of what we used to be. ‘There is no honesty or integrity and we have become corrupt from top to bottom’, people say…

  • Creative Nonfiction

    Lost forever

    Lost in social media – forever A small boy went missing in a certain colony in a certain town. Soon word spread with a photo of the boy in social media. It was circulated in heaven-knows-how-many groups in WhatsApp. Those who knew the boy took the responsibility on themselves to spread the information to as many groups as possible. Words of concern started pouring in as the parents desperately searched for the boy. The next morning, the boy returned home on his own. He had gone to play computer games in a new internet café. He lost track of time and had spent the entire night playing. But word had…

  • Reflection

    Foot-Away-From-The-Mouth Syndrome

    In the ‘foot-away-from-the-mouth syndrome’, the mouth is somewhere and the foot is somewhere else. You can find the mouth somewhere, but the foot is somewhere far away; God knows where. A cabinet minister in Nagaland is a self-professed ‘foot-in-the-mouth syndrome’ patient. He said and I only quote, “I am aware of my ‘foot-in-the-mouth’ syndrome which has already created so many enemies in my life unnecessarily”. His own party had to apologize on his behalf and express regret for his statement while the opposition party stated that the moment he opened his mouth, ‘his foot will be in his mouth’. After his own party split, members of the splinter party who…