Real life stories from Shillong are all set to be anthologized in a series of short stories for a book entitled People Called Shillong.
The initiative is undertaken by The People Place Project, who undertake various campaigns to map out stories from people and decipher a city’s collective narrative. It looks at the place through the lens of a person and pens down the stories they tell.
A reading of some sections of the book will be held at Dylan’s Café in Shillong on January 31, from 5pm to 6pm.
The book, which is a culmination of stories from the quaint hill town, intends to capture the heart and soul of the city, decipher the geography transcending beyond acknowledged clichés and stereotypes.
Many writers from Meghalaya, such as Alethea O’Neal Kynta, Arjun Chaki, Auswyn Winter Japang, Eudora Khonglah, Jagriti Jhunjhunwala, Mayborn Lyngdoh, Prem Sarit Acharya, Nishiggandha Kerure, Priyanka Shimpi, Rajeev Laloo, Shriti Das, Shweta Raj Kanwar, Sriram Natarajan, Suchita Mundhra and Vancouver Shullai offers a varying range of perspective of Shillong.
The book captures an array of stories ranging from old folklore to the modern day hustle and bustle of daily life in the small city.
People Called Shillong is the third installment in the series after narratives from Mumbai and Ahmedabad were published.