The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: by train up to Simalaguri
medium: diaries
location: Simalaguri
date: 5.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 5/7/1936 At 7.15 our train left for Simaluguri. We had a half coupe first class and for the journey from Dimapur to Simaluguri I paid Rs.15. We had barely got in when it started to pour. The train goes through jungle for a long time then one sees rice fields in which people were working with oxen and water buffalo in front of their ploughs. The buffalo often wade up to their bellies in the mud. At the numerous stations, tea plantation coolies got in and out. A colourful mixture of races; people from South India, Santals from Bihar, Mundas and people from the west who all live here with their families, apparently comfortable and cheerful.