The Legends of Pensam

The Legends of Pensam We are not here without a purpose the shaman explained Our purpose is to fulfil our destiny All life is light and shadow Like any other place on earth the territory of the Adis in the mountains of A

  • Title: The Legends of Pensam
  • Author: Mamang Dai
  • ISBN: 9780143062110
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We are not here without a purpose, the shaman explained Our purpose is to fulfil our destiny All life is light and shadow Like any other place on earth, the territory of the Adis in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh is Pensam the in between place Anything can happen here, and everything can be lived, and the narrow boat that we call life sails along somehow in cWe are not here without a purpose, the shaman explained Our purpose is to fulfil our destiny All life is light and shadow Like any other place on earth, the territory of the Adis in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh is Pensam the in between place Anything can happen here, and everything can be lived, and the narrow boat that we call life sails along somehow in calm or stormy weather A mysterious boy who fell from the sky is accepted as a son of the village and grows up to become a respected elder A young woman wounded in love is healed by a marriage of which she expected little A mother battles fate and the law for a son she has not seen since she lost him as an infant A remote hamlet gets a road, but the new world that comes with it threatens upheaval And as villages become small towns and towns approximate cities, the brave and patient few guard the old ways, negotiating change with memory and remembrance An intricate web of stories, images and the history of a tribe, The Legends of Pensam is a lyrical and moving tribute to the human spirit With a poet s sense for incident and language, Mamang Dai paints a memorable portrait of a land that is at once particular and universal.

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    1. I avoided reading this book for a long time. Partly because I thought it was a book of short stories and partly because I do not like reading Indian authors. It’s not that I haven’t tried, I have, but they have been a major disappointment most of the time. That doesn’t mean they are bad, obviously not, it just means that their writing is not to my taste. But recently I have read a couple of books which were really good.Legends of Pensam is one of them. It is actually a book of short storie [...]

    2. From the name of the book, I assumed (very wrongly) that The Legends of Pensam would be a collection of short stories set in a place called Pensam. To my pleasant surprise, Mamang Dai’s book turned to be a magical tapestry of short story like anecdotes and incidents strung together by common characters weaving tales of the unknown, of shamans, remote bountiful nature cut off from the outside world, community ties and how they cope with deaths and murders and violence and love.There are stories [...]

    3. my first book by mamang dai.having travelling to arunachal pradesh a lot during this year, i somehow could relate to the tales in the book.well written

    4. A very interesting book about Arunachal- a place I saw a tiny glimpse of & would love to go back. This book, still reading, has captured the very heart of the people who love living their own way of life at their own pace & within their own space, that is gradually being invaded and with their beliefs that we urbanites would term superstition for want of not getting deeper into the heart of the ways things are perceived.Its short stories, with unwoven threads, is like a journey through t [...]

    5. Partly fable , partly memoir, partly a narration of an oral history - this unusual book is about Arunachal Pradesh, but also tells the story of a tribe. Arunachal is an oral culture, they do not have a written history or written tradition, which means few people even in India know much about this place or its people - Mamang Dai attempts to bridge this gap . I found the story of Pinyar the widow particularly haunting.

    6. the author has done a brilliant job of recording the stories of the yesteryears. the oral story telling has been inked and the stories will remain forever!plus, her way of looking into everyday life and the poetic presentation allows her to represent not just her characters in the book but the living characters from the hills

    7. The book is a compelling read fantastically presented by Mamang Dai. It is a kind of documenatary record of stories passed over generations through oral tradition and with a presentation that is in-between a fictional novel and a short story collection. A must read book.

    8. Lyrical evocation of the rhythms of a society in transition in the veritable back of beyond Brings a welcome focus to the lives of a forgotten people

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