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NINU: A Saga of the Valorous Wanchos Paperback – August 3, 2020

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NINU: A Saga of the Valorous Wanchos
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NINU: A Saga of the Valorous Wanchos by Mady Menon is a historical and military fiction story about a real tribe (the Wanchos) in North East India, told by a fictional character. Peter Atamkhung Shawang is a student studying at Trinity College in London, but he plans to return to India to work on his thesis. Peter's family is part of a tribe of headhunters who live in the village of Ninu. He shares the region's history with fellow classmates and tells the story of his father's childhood and career. Will the young man be able to hold on to his tribe's traditions while living in an increasingly modern world?
Mady Menon has added a touch of authenticity to the story by including real historical events. The map at the beginning of the book helped me to better picture the region. You learn a lot about the history of North East India, from the constant struggles to maintain the Ahom kingdom for 600 years, to the native tribes living under British rule, to India becoming an independent republic and the many improvements made to the infrastructure in the area. I had little previous knowledge of the native people of this country, and it was interesting to read about the tribal structure and daily life in the villages. The author provided good descriptions of the setting, especially the village layout, the Naga Army headquarters, and Shawang's mission school.
The historical information that was conveyed in the first part of the book, where Peter was relaying the history of the region reads a little like a professor giving a lecture. This slowed the pace of the story but it is all worth it in the end. There were portions where some of the historical details were repeated from previous chapters. The pace picks up when Peter was retelling his father's life experiences and an overview of historical events was given while Shawang was visiting significant sites during his class trips and while working as a Circle Officer. I found the vocabulary definitions at the end of the book very helpful to clarify Indian terms used in the story. Ninu is an insightful and beautiful read that I highly recommend to readers looking to be immersed in an exotic and intriguing culture.
Pages: 272 | ASIN: B08GQYZ8BY

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Dedicated To
The Erstwhile Headhunters, The Wanchos
The Wanchos are a proud Naga tribe residing in the Southern most Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh. The district nestles in the environs of the Patkai Mountains in one of the most difficult mountainous terrains of India. It was kept isolated completely till India achieved its Independence, but it shot to prominence and modernity in a very short time. This they did without succumbing to pressures to join the Naga Insurgency. This is their story. To tell this story the author has turned to fictitious inhabitants of a large and important village of Ninu.
All characters are fictitious and bear no resemblance to any person, alive or dead. Historical figures in the book are used to add realism. No attempt has been made to denigrate anybody.

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  • Publisher : Notion Press (August 3, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 350 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1649199317
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1649199317
  • Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5 x 0.88 x 8 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great work by a Soldier Scholar
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true glimpse of segments of India's North East through fiction :
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proud to belong India and to lean our rich heritage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proud to belong India and to lean our rich heritage.
Reviewed in India on September 25, 2020
A well written and beautifully narrated historical book Ninu has not only given detailed historical information about the North East of Indian states but also vividly opened the forbidden windows of many tribal cultures & their closely guarded day to day events forming as traditions . As I have served in Tirap Sect for more than two years there fore, for me it was like recalling a beautiful journey of my life spent amongst natives living in consonance with the nature till today. This will also be a great help for young students to know about the rich heritage of Assam and seven sisters states of this region. Enjoyed reading it, incase few pictures have been added it would be great interest .
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5.0 out of 5 stars History Treasure of the North East India revealed thru an ultra novel
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