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'Boats on Land': Folkloric traditions from the northeast

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

"Boats on Land" is a collection of 15 stories set in and around Shillong, Cherrapunjee and pockets of Assam.

The tales span over the course of a century, beginning in the 1850s and ending in the contemporary, modern world.

They are historical, almost sociological re-imaginings of a region and its people, interweaving folklore, superstition with political and social events both local and international.

The writer from Shillong who is currently studying History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London started writing down these stories about two years ago.

"I wrote these stories with a view to somehow fill the space between the realistic and the folkloric, to re-imagine the places I've grown up in, and to paint a vivid picture of a stunningly poignant and troubled region," Pariat told PTI.

"Boats on Land", published by Random House, is about that have grown out of anecdotes that Pariat heard from family, friends and even strangers. It is a unique way of looking at the northeast and its people against a larger historical canvas

First Published: Thu, October 25 2012. 13:15 IST