Full Name: Potsangbam Linthoingambi Chanu
Neighbourhood: Uripok Sorbon Thingel, Imphal
Last month, we had the opportunity to catch up with the Supergirl behind the book ‘The Tales Of Kanglei Throne‘ that has been quite the talk-of-the-town recently, Linthoi Chanu from Uripok, Imphal, and talk about her book and all the hurdles she had in making it possible. Read on.
Born on 15th August 1995, I grew up at Uripok Sorbon Thingel, Imphal. I completed my Master’s Degree in English Literature from Pondicherry University. Our family is perhaps a versatile one in a sense that my mother is a Balshree awardee and also a state awardee in her art of Potloi making and my youngest sister is an international award-winning classical dancer. I have four sisters and am the second child. I never met my real paternal grandparents but my relatives told me that my grandfather was a writer too! He established an institute called ‘Jagoi Marup’, a club for performing artists of the early 70s and wrote many pamphlets on cultural themes of Manipur but they said none of his works were formally published. I wished I met him.
Honestly, I have been writing since I could remember! (I still have old manuscripts to prove this). But I guess a lot comes from my foster grandpa (not a real one) who used to feed my young brain with all sorts of weird stories.
FROM WRITING AS A PASSION TO ACTUALLY PUBLISHING A BOOK
Yes, to write down thoughts and imagination is a pure passion but publishing is altogether a different universe. As a newbie author, my publishing journey completely shook me, but am glad I got the courage to break it down and let my thoughts into prints. I shall give a lot of my credit to my editor Pabung R.K. Nimai for supporting me about my decision on publication. If not for him, my work would have never got printed.
DEFINING A PRODUCTIVE DAY
The funny thing about my writing is that I can’t schedule a part of my daily routine to focus on writing. Sometimes, I sit in front of my laptop, staring at the blank screen for hours! And on other faithful days, my brain just burst out with several thoughts at a time and I had to drop everything whatever I was doing and run for my laptop or notepad. This can be called a productive day in writing. Wish it comes often.
ABOUT ‘THE TALES OF KANGLEI THRONE’
My book ‘The Tales of Kanglei Throne’ is based on the ancient manuscripts of Manipur (Puya) and other popular folktales in our community. I started working on the research for my personal knowledge and other academic projects, but somewhere in the journey, several ideas began to weave up into a comforting imagination and I began to write it all down with a charted plotline and character sketch.
The book contains four sections under the title: –
- Khamnung, the underworld
- The serpent king
- The colossal bird
- The exiled prince
Each section is based on one or two of the puyas transliterated mostly by Chanam Hemchandra with their archaic titles. However, I have framed for all the four to be interconnected as a line of succession of the heroes on the throne of Kanglei.
PERSONAL FAVOURITE CHAPTER IN THE BOOK
My personal favourite is the third chapter, the colossal bird and it is also the only section that had never been retouched since the first draft. I loved the fight scene between the Kakyel and the two princes.
THE BIGGEST APPRECIATION SO FAR SINCE ITS RELEASE
It took time and me with less of most of the things to have a public influence made my book difficult to wave its presence but with patience and optimistic hope, I waited and do receive a lot of appreciation and support from my readers and other influencing individuals. To name one among these individuals, our Honorable Speaker himself recommended the book for the Legislative library after reading one of my articles and the synopsis of the book.
ABOUT THE PRESENT READING-HABITS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
We need more writers to create more readers. The reading habits in our society are indeed expanding and I hope to see a conscious community of intellectual citizens in the future who value the power of literature and art to mankind as a whole.
Presently, am reading Supernatural by Graham Hancock. Been reading this for a year now, I would recommend this to anyone who’s curious about human existence.
MESSAGE TO A BUDDING WRITER
I know publishing is a whole new daring step but never give up and you will be there before you know it. Trust your creativity.
AN IDEAL DAY LOOKS LIKE
A good day for me is having deep intellectual talks with my close friends and family or having a nice home cooked meal with good music.
WHERE DO WE FIND THE BOOK?
Currently, the book is available in or will be available in one of the following bookstores: –
Books And Coffee, Singjamei Thokchom Leikai
Horizon, Lamphel Supermarket, Shop no. 11.
Ukiyo Bookstore, Thouda Babok Leikai, opp. Sangai Express. (Hope it open soon!)