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Title: Gambhir Singh Nongaba

Author: Moirangthem Chandra Singh Edition:

Gambhir Singh Nongaba’ which literally means ‘Gambhir Singh’s death’ provides a thorough glimpse at the rich culture and tradition of the Manipuri society during the bygone era of Gambhir Singh.

The text was originally compiled by Dayaram Lourembam and Nabashyam Ningthoujam Pandit to glorify Gambhir Singh in particular and the Royal family of Manipur in general. The book contains verses delivered by Gambhir Singh to Prince Narasingha just before his death. And it reflects the attempt of the king to bestow divinity to the king through the introduction of Hindu tradition The book provides valuable backgrounder on the development of the Hinduism during the early 19th century under the patronage of the royal family of Manipur. We can also picture the amalgamation of Hinduism with the indigenous religion of Meetei-Marup and the transformation of the Meitei community into a unique blend of Hinduism.

Actually the book was written in the original indigenous Meiteilon script; Moirangthem Chandrasingh rewrote the book in the Bengali script and the book was first published in July 1967.


Title: Poireiton Khunthok

Author: Moirangthem Chandra Singh Edition:

Poireiton is popularly associated with the ‘sacred fire’ at Andro near Imphal; he is regarded as the one who introduced the use of fire to the people of Manipur for the first time. The sacred fire of Andro which has not been extinguished till today is a gift from Poireiton to the people of Manipur .

‘Poireiton Khunthok’ is not a mythological tale but a historical event that took place during the beginning of the 1st century AD. Poireiton mentioned in this book was the king of the Khuman Clan who was also the founder of the Khuman clan of Manipur. Poireiton is believed to have been migrated from the mainland of the Indian sub-continent to Manipur on the insistence of a local chief of the community who were later on known as the Khuman clan.

Poireiton’s arrival to Manipur is regarded as a major turning point of the civilisation in Manipur. He is regarded as the person who transformed the society of Manipur into a well organised agrarian community with well established governance from a bunch of nomadic hunters.

All the events in Poireiton Khunthok bear a huge significance in the history of Manipur. It was during the era of Poireiton when Nongda Lairen Pakhangba ascended as the king of the Ningthouja clan who is now regarded as the first king of Manipur.


Title: Dr Kamalgi Khomjinba Lairik

Author: Compiled by: Poknapham Publications House Edition:

This book is a tribute to the famous Dr. Lamabam Kamal Singh Dr. Lamabam Kamal is synonymous with Manipuri literature; he is an epitome of creativity and elegance when it comes to writing prose & poetry not only in Manipuri literature but the world of literature. First thing that comes to the mind when mentioned about Dr Kamal is the classic melodrama ‘Madhavi’.

Born to a scholar’s family in 7 March, 1899 at Langthabal (Imphal); Dr. Kamal was a gifted writer and started writing at an early age. In his short existence of 36 years, he wrote in every genre of literary works which became classics of Manipuri literature. His has contributed a lot to Manipuri literature as one of the mainstream literary societies.

This book contains a collection of Dr. Kamal’s greatest works;

Lei-pareng - an anthology of 18 of the author’s best poems in Manipuri language including; ‘Meitei Chanu’, ‘Khonga- melei’ and ‘Chandranadi’

Madhavi - the most popular novel in Manipuri literature – a romantic melodrama of unfortunate lovers

Brajendragi - A story about the ‘essence of love’,

Luhongba written in 1933. Dr. Kamal gives us a wonderful glimpse of the purest emotion of human – LOVE.

Devajani - A play written by Dr. Kamal based on Devjani, the pampered child of Shukra Guru in the Mahabharata. Unfortunately, the writer died before writing a complete manuscript for publication. The play is compiled from bits and pieces of writings by Dr. Kamal for staging a drama.

Achoiba Seireng

Khara - this part of the book consists of some poems of Dr. Lamabam Kamal that were lost in the face of time for a while but revived from a deep slumber.


Title:Taamna (Far-away)

Author:Shri Haobam Tomba Singh Edition:

A play from Shri Haobam Tomba Singh, Tamna meaning ‘far-away’ is based on the folklore of


Title: Numitna Tarang Tarang Thorakpada

Author: Chandarakala Thaodam Edition:

Numitna tarang-tarang thorakpada aptly meaning ‘the rising of the sun,’ is a collection of 23 Manipuri short stories. Numitna tarang tarang thorakpada is an honest effort from the author to bring out some appalling practices of the contemporary Manipuri society for discussion. Belonging to a new genre of Manipuri literature, the story of this book is filled with intrigues. Regarded as a modernist writer, Chandrakala Thaodem blends his writing with modern west and that of the Indian contemporary writing styles.

Story lay out of this book is meticulously done with underlying messages to reform our society. In this book, the writer makes an effort to paint a picture of life with a depiction of its peculiar nature as an unmoving mystery.


Title:Aaingi Mityendagi

Author: Dr.Chongtham Narendra Singh

In today’s civilised society, the outlook of the people has evolved considerably. As a result of the changing outlook of the people, lots of new events are taking place in our society. And to cope up with the fast evolving society of today we need to understand law and its value.

‘Aingi Mityengdagi’ which literally means ‘in the eyes of law’ is a guide book on basic teachings of the LAW compiled by Advocate Chongtham Narendra Singh in Manipuri language. The main objective of this book is to spread legal awareness to the people of the state and to encourage the use of law (both customary as well as constitutional) for a safe and secure Manipuri society.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Advocate Chongtham Narendra Singh was born in 14 February, 1953. He completed his LLB (Bachelor of Law) from LMS Law College – Imphal in 1977 and LL.M (Master of Law) from Poona University in 1980. The Guwahati University conferred him with a Ph.D. for his thesis known as ‘Consumers’ access to justice in Manipur’ in 2004. Currently he is practicing law as an independent advocate at the Guwahati High Court and also as a lecturer in LMS Law College, Imphal.

The author has also written another book on law called ‘Inheritance laws of the tribal of Manipur’

Published by : Sh. Gopal Sharma on behalf of Poknapham Publications, Imphal.


Title: Shakespear gi Julius Caesar

Author: I.R.Babu Singh(Manipuri Translation)

Based on a historical event that took place in the Roman Empire during the reign of Julius Caesar (from 44 BC to 42 AD), Julius Caesar is a play written by the famous writer William Shakespeare who also wrote some of the world famous tragedy like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth.

Like the other play of Shakespeare, Julius Caesar is also a tragedy; here the story revolves around the lead – Brutus and party. Shrouded in dark politics inside the Roman Empire, the play tells the story of Brutus in the aftermath of the assassination of Julius Caesar.

I. R. Babu’s ‘Shakespeargi Julius Caesar’ is the Manipuri translation of the famous English play written by Shakespeare around 1601 AD. ‘Shakespeargi Julius Caesar’ is a delight for those who found the original from Shakespeare hard to understand because of the complex nature of the language used in the original. On the other hand the Manipuri version from Babu is simple yet a complete translation in Manipuri.

The book provides a realistic storyline and a better understanding of the underlying philosophy of the story.

First edition: 1981 Second edition: 1998 Published by Poknapham Publication House, Imphal Price: Rs 45.00/-


Title:Kanana Haijillibano (2ND PART)

Author: A compilation from POKNAPHAM

POKNAPHAM DAILY launches the humour column – Kanana Haijillibano (KH) literally meaning ‘Who lied’ in 1983 for the first time.

Favourite amongst the readers of the Poknapham since its introduction - Kanana Haijillibano is intended to bring a ‘smile or the first laughter of a day’ to hundreds of faces in Manipur but with an agenda. So far Kanana Haijillibano is able to fulfill its objective to a great extent.

The features of the column are based on current events, ideas or issues that have a major impact on our society however - blended with lots of humour. However humorous it may be, the column is very controversial in nature due to its content (mostly political and sociological satire). There were a lot of instances where a section of people or individuals were offended by the (KH) column. Even to the extent of filing defamation suit against the Poknapham Daily for printing offensive contents.

This book is the 2nd edition of KANANA HAIJILLIBANO (the book) which is the compilation of some of the best (KH) columns published during 1984 in the Poknapham Daily.


Title: Numitti Asum Thengjillakli

Author: Yumlembam Ibomcha

Winner of the Sahitya Academy Award, Numitti Asum Thengjillakli is a compilation of nine short fictional stories from Yumlembam Ibomcha. Numitti Asum Thengjillakli is a transformed face of contemporary Manipuri literature. We can find the influence of globalisation even in the field of creative writing through this book. By introducing fiction writing and the subsequent good review of the book, the author has succeeded in broadening the horizon of Manipuri literature.

All the stories in the book are experimental from the author. All the events of this book occurred in an imaginative time; but each of these stories presents some of the social and political issues of contemporary Manipuri society. It is the sheer creativity of the writer to address tabooed topics like sexuality and other vulgar facts of human society into a melodramatic form of writing and without any vulgarity. According to Angelie Mulatani (the Book Review) - “Y. Ibomcha used a futuristic and post modernistic style of narration. His stories are concerned with the loss of individuality and ‘genuine’ elements in a world spiralling out of control”.

Some readers may find this critically acclaimed book a little difficult to get the message behind each story because of the extremely abstract nature of narration. But the message or the central theme of the compilation is to discuss some very disturbing and hypocritical aspects of our society in particular and humanity in general ‘before it is too late’.


Title: Nungshibee Greece

Author: Saratchandra Thiyam Edition: 2002

One God there is, among gods and men the greatest, Neither in body like to mortals, nor in mind. With the whole of him, he sees, with the whole of him him Thinks, with the whole of him he tears. …… Xenophanes

NUNGSHIBI GREECE is not just a travelogue of Greece but a superbly creative description of the mystic land - Greece.

During his visit to the ancient country to attend the World Peace Conference at Athens, he was so impressed by the ancient nation of Greece. The intriguing and benevolent nature of this exotic country is well documented in this travelogue which was awarded as the ‘Best book of the year’ in 2002.

Icon of peace – Irom Sharmila Chanu comments, “Reading this book makes me think a lot. Why did Sadako die? What was her fault…? - By intermittently comparing Manipur with Greece, it is made clear to see the variation between a man in comparision with another; and the difference of one place with another. Making one eager to read thoroughly without missing anything is the speciality of this book. However, it is not just the intriguing nature of Greece that make this book so very interesting but also the devotion of the author towards his birth place Manipur”.

The English translation of Nungshibi Greece was published in April 2005. The English version is aptly named as O LOVELY GREECE which is also the literal meaning of the Manipuri title, and the translation from Manipuri was made by Chingkheinganba Thangjam.

Comments from some of the well known personalities;

“Saratchandra Thiyam’s heart captivating and witty style of writing has made one to love – not only Greece but the world, even more” – Dr Elangbam Dinamani