The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

diaries kept by Ursula Graham Bower on visits to Manipur and North Cachar between 1937 and 1940

caption: to Haflong
medium: diaries
date: 27.3.1940
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: (54) March 27th. Haflong.
text: Marched about one and a half miles on path and then about 3/4 along railway track and over bridges where you looked down about 50 feet between the sleepers, on which one had to step. Thapa coolies jibbed at -/4/- each and 1/-/- baksheesh for 2 miles and there was an argybargy. Gentleman came and asked me to dress his wife's sore hand. I suggested it would be nice for him to trot her up two stations to hospital, but no, "he would wait and see if it got better". Luikai and Hainingba had a fresh row, conducted in sotto voce, as I was sitting on the office's only chair near them. I turned round and asked what was the matter, but: "Oh! it's just an argument with the babu over the change!"