The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: letters from Ursula Graham Bower
caption: back to Imphal; sadness at leaving
medium: lettersnotes
date: 21.4.1939
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: April 21st
text: Well, here we are back in Imphal at last, the party disbanded and the long trek over. In a way I'm not sorry; six weeks is a long time to be out; and we were all tired; but oh! I don't want to leave the hills and my Nagas. I would go straight back again if only I could, rain, cold, wind, dirt, smells, hot marches, leaky bashas, bad water and all. It is a comfort to have some clothes - for the last week I have had to mend my one shirt every night in order to have something to put on in the morning! I shall miss my gang of Nagas; they were good fellows and good company. I was alone up there at Jessami for 4 days with them, and over a week without anyone to whom I could speak at all fluently. In the 'magic' trouble they stuck to me although they were scared stiff, when it would have been only too easy to desert - and they really believed their lives were in danger. One or two cases at Jessami really were pretty grim....[end of letter missing]