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Nagaland: A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier [Hardcover]

Jonathan Glancey
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21 April 2011

Landlocked, almost inaccessible to foreigners, Nagaland has been fighting a secret, often brutal war for independence for more than half a century. Portrayed either as a land of ruthless guerrillas or exotic natives, Nagaland is in fact a complex and divided region, with an incredible history. The breathtaking Naga hills take us to the offices of Adolf Hitler and Emperor Hirohito, via well-meaning colonialists and anthropologists, and one of the most important battles of the Second World War.

The third generation of his family to be seduced by Nagaland, Jonathan Glancey tries to reconcile his childhood idealism with the reality he finds there, and explores his family ties to the region. Through his ancestral history, extensive travels beyond the tourist zone, and through the voices of the Nagas he meets, he tells the true story of this forgotten land.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Export Ed edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571221483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571221486
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A journey to Nagaland, a beautiful and dangerous corner of North Eastern India, whose impact on world affairs is larger than we know.

About the Author

Jonathan Glancey is a journalist, author and broadcaster. He has written for newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide, and is the Guardian's architecture and design correspondent. His books include Twentieth Century Architecture, Lost Buildings and Spitfire: The Biography. He is proud to have fired and driven an Indian Railways WP class Pacific and to have helped save St Martin's Church, New Delhi.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nagaland 1 Jun 2011
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As a young man I knew an old Indian Army colonel who told me a fascinating yarn about a ghost story while he was travelling in the Naga hills. When I saw this book I knew I had to read it. It is beautifully written by an author with a great knowledge of Naga people and their culture. He covers their history, their great bravery in W.W 11 and their struggle with the encroaching "modern" world. Internecine warfare, the wish to be self-governing and the desire by outsiders to exploit Nagaland's many natural resources make this a sad mix of progress and the changing of a proud people's tribal culture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The distant, sealed-off, blue Naga hills 27 Oct 2012
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
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I struggled hard with this book and found it excellent late night reading as my eyes started to droop after a few paragraphs.

A few times the author refers in passing to travelling to Nagaland via a long trek down from the foothills of the Himalayas, and that is the book I wish this one had been. He hints at having special access but it is never pursued or described.

Instead this is a meandering, repetitive account, interspersed with tales of how Australian Aborigines, locals in Provence and Jordan, treat the author as an intimate, not a run of the mill tourist. There is a strong impression that he longs to be a Wilfred Thesiger, or Gavin Young - but we never really get under the skin of the Nagas, and in fact with their headhunting, internal squabbling ("tearing themselves apart") and eating and using feathers from birds that "would be extinct by the end of the day" I found them unappealing. There was an almost unsuitably gleeful tone to the suggestion that they still practice headhunting today as if it were a trifling peccadillo.

From about page 130 the book does greatly pick up interest, with the onset of the second world war. I am sure it is meticulously and lovingly researched and the book convinced me that the Nagas have been shabbily treated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read before you go. 31 July 2012
By Cy01
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For anybody thinking of making a journey into Nagaland or have a academic interest in the area this book is for you.
Well researched and an easy read with a comprehensive bibliography.
This is not a travelouge but explains what makes Nagaland the place it is today.
Comprehensive and insightful on a relatively little known country
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little heavy, but fascinating nonetheless 9 April 2013
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This book was not quite what I expected. I thought it would be more like a travel work, but it is in fact a thorough history of the Naga area in North Eastern India, an area which few people, even in India, know much about. The area has a troubled history, at least since outsiders have taken an interest in it, and it also has a troubled present.
The book is very well researched, both by the author's personal visits, and his reading of others who have loved or been interested in the area and it's people.
The book probably doesn't make easy reading for many Indians, because of India's attempts to pacify the region, which doesn't want to a part of India, or part of anything else, for that matter.
It is a little dense at times, and can feel a bit heavy, but it is worth persevering. You will learn much about a part of India that is little known. By the end, you do feel as if the future of the area is very uncertain.
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