‘The Morning Years’ released in Kma

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 10/4/2020 1:02:31 PM IST

Marking the first death anniversary of late Nini Vinguriau Lungalang, a programme was held at Northfield Khikha, Kohima on October 4, where late Nini’s book, “The Morning Years” was also released by former chief minister of Nagaland, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu. 

A press release by the organisers informed that, during the release of the book, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu remarked that Nini was one of the first Naga to master English literature, of which she was so well versed. Dr. Shürhozelie expressed that poetry was a literature that “involves our mind through experiences and also through emotions, and it’s not easy for a person like me from a poor background to understand, and yet without poetry, literature would be incomplete.” He commended the family for organising the memorial programme service for Nini’s achievements and her life. 

Renowned social activist, Niketu Iralu delivered a moving eulogy for Nini while referring to the service as an act to memorialize, remember and give thanks for her life. “She was such a person, whose mind, heart and soul were all at work; they were fully engaged all the time”, he said. 

Iralu also talked about how Nini responded to crisis, her honesty and her intellectual qualities. 

Comparing Nini’s character to the poem by William Wordsworth, “To the Skylark” in the lines that read, “Type of the wise who soar, but never roam; True to the kindred points of Heaven and Home!,” Iralu also expressed gratitude to all those who were continuing that kind of  legacy for the people.

Vishü Rita Krocha in her publisher’s note recalled how the journey of the book started and described Nini as a brilliant, towering poet, who was class apart and one of the finest writers that Nagaland has ever produced. 

She also expressed that the making of the book has been an emotional journey especially for her daughter, Tamara and appreciated her courage and the role she has played in the publication of the book. 

Highlights of the memorial service included welcome, prayer and life sketch by pastor Dirang Lungalang, special song by Noune Kuotsu, homily and benediction by pastor Shan Kikon. 

Pheluopfelie Kesiezie was the leader for the book release and Mhasineinuo Sekhose and Nosano Kikhi were the pianists, wherein a musical tribute was also played in her memory.

The Morning Years first came to print in the year 1994 and is being republished by PenThrill Publication House and will be available at CROSSWORD Kohima, The Common Room Kohima, Gutouch Kohima, Made in Nagaland, Kohima, The Green Caravan App, Fusion Store Dimapur, OM Books Dimapur and online on ilandlo and amazon. 

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