The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Attempted journey to Manipur foiled by car breakdown
medium: diaries
person: Gimson/ MrHutton/ J.H.Hutton/ Mrs
location: Imphal Kohima
date: 24.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Sun. 24th
text: Packed for MANIPUR, as we had been invited by Mr. Gimson, the British Resident, to stay a few days with him in IMPHAL. A Ford car of disreputable appearance was packed full of our luggage, bedding etc, & Hutton, Mrs. Hutton & I squeezed in somehow. After spending 1.75 hours trying to get the car to start, with the help of about 10 natives pushing, we gave it up & returned with our belongings to the bungalow. The aged car, which was patched up with sheets of zinc etc. & had one outer cover tied onto the tyre with wire, was dragged away to be tinkered up if possible. Cloud enveloped Kohima all the morning & it rained heavily nearly all day. One gets used to being continually wet & to putting on wet clothes in the morning & getting into wet pyjamas & a moist bed at night. No harm seems to come of it. The whole atmosphere is saturated with moisture during the rains.