NINU: A Saga of the Valorous Wanchos

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Notion Press, Aug 25, 2020 - Fiction - 350 pages

A Saga of the Wanchos of Arunachal Pradesh; A proud tribe of head hunters.
An attack at Ninu in 1875 left many of a British Survey team dead. The British totally isolated the Wanchos until India gained independence. Today these tribals are a proud, modern and vibrant society. This is their story; a historical story never told before. A tale of beautiful Arunachal Pradesh, its evolution as a state; and of ts many tribes. Shawang is the fictitious protagonist. He and his wife, Chanyo, tell you of Wancho life and how they progressed. The people went from primitivity to prosperity; from animism to Christianity. Stories of Bamboo Flowering, Badminton, Assam Rifles, the Naga rebels and of the Stillwell Road to China add interest. These are all woven into this unique story. For better understanding, the story covers Assam’s incredible history in brief. This story is a historical treasure to understand the North East. It is invaluable for teachers, school students and historians. It will interest Army men and administrators, both in Arunachal and all over India. Do wait for the twist at the end to travel back in history.


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Just finished reading the book. Tremendous amount of research has gone into it. Hats off to Mady. There is so much historical facts , previously not dealt with in our text books, that they can even make this into a text book. I dont think you can get all this information any where else. The cover is a delight too. 

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Early History of Assam
The Rise of the Ahoms
Golden Era of Assam
Downfall of the Ahom Kingdom
Family Tree Fictitious
Boarding School Beckons
Middle School Begins
The Middle Years
Final Years at Goalpara
Transition to Adulthood
The Naga Attack on Kunsa
Circle Officer at Nampong

The Early Days

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About the author (2020)

Mady Menon is an infantry officer of the Indian Army. He is an ex NDA and a post-graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He has had extensive experience in Anti-Terrorist, Counterinsurgency and High Altitude operations in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland and Sri Lanka. He has served over 15 years in North East India. Post-retirement in 2009, he lives in Bangalore. His stay of almost three and a half years in Tirap brought him in contact with its wonderful people. He visited them again before he retired. He admires them immensely and hopes that all of India comes to know of them. Maybe this book will open the gates for others to write about the wonderful people of Arunachal Pradesh. This is his first book. Military fiction is rare in India. He plans to write military fiction hereafter.

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