The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book - 'Naga Path', by Ursula Graham Bower, published John Murray 1950

caption: Chapter seven. Reconnaissance
caption: settling in Laisong; Luikai ill; fear of another Zemi rising forces return to Haflong
medium: books
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
text: A fortnight later we moved in at Laisong on permanent occupation. But the Jessami 'jadu,' or whatever jinx was in (62) operation, had not quite finished yet. No sooner were we in there than the newly-returned Luikai went sick in the lines and was no more use. I went down again with malaria; and I was still in bed when an interpreter arrived from Haflong. There was trouble reported among the Zemi, another rising was possible, and I was to come back at once.
text: When, exhausted and nearly heartbroken, I reached Haflong, Luikai was found to have an attack of venereal disease he must have concealed for weeks. He had to be put in hospital and Chinaorang quarantined; and, with the precious film-stock rotting and all my fine hopes in ruins, I fled at the beginning of June to the western plateau.