Jim Wungramyao Kasom has become the first English fiction writer from Tangkhul community in Manipur.
Kasom’s debut fiction ‘Homecoming: And other stories’was launched on May 12 in New Delhi.
The fiction is a collection of nineteen short stories which features a partial historical tale of the Tangkhul Naga tribes of Northeast India.
The author is a graduate in Zoology who has worked as photographer for various magazines.
Kasom, who hails from Ukhrul district in Manipur is the eldest among six siblings in his family.
The author said, “I grew with three of my grandmothers, my paternal grandma, her sister and my maternal grandma and they had a huge impact on me as I was growing up. I grew up in a small village, where there are just 200 households and everyone knows each other by their names. So it is a very close-knit community where we emphasized storytelling and passing on the stories through oral tradition. And that practice of storytelling has inspired me to write the stories that are in these collections.”, reports TOI.