I was born and brought up in a small village in Manipur. During my childhood, my favourite pastime was to listen to stories narrated by elders. When I was about 14 years of age, I was always reading whatever book available. Well, I had very few books to read. There were very few people in my village who went to a school/college properly. So, most of the time I would read the few available Manipuri stories- novels, short stories or poems- again and again. Somehow, I enjoyed it very much. Sometimes, I used to read the Manipuri translations of short stories for English course book. I would read the very short stories found in old Grammar books too.
It was when I came to Imphal in 2006 that I started reading Manipur novels and short stories super excitedly. It was craziness in some way. I had very little money during that time. Out of the monthly allowance money that my mother sent, I would always save money to buy books. The result: throughout that two years period, I wore only one second hand jeans, a torn slipper and two t-shirts apart from my school uniform. Well, this side of me will be told another time.
All that I wanted to say is that Manipuri literature is beautiful like all other great literary culture. I would like you to explore it. I will be sharing bits of what I have read so far.
I will share e-books of some Manipuri novels and short stories whenever possible. These are merely reproduced here for the benefit of general readers who would like to read Manipuri literature.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!