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Mandatory Poison and other Shillong Things

Author Name: Bikika Laloo Tariang | Format: Paperback | Genre : Travel | Other Details

Travel guidebooks may be common today (especially thanks to the Internet), but a book that looks beyond the landmarks and the dos and don’ts for tourists/travelers (there is a difference between the two) is fairly rare, and all the more so when written from the author’s personal perspective. The city of Shillong has always fascinated newcomers and seasoned travelers alike and has received its fair share of exposure, owing to the onslaught of print and electronic media, especially the Internet. What else is there to know, right? Yet, here is a book that reveals how inhabitants of a city routinely live, from their conversations, to their food habits, to their idiosyncrasies, right down to how they treat their dead. Tidbits that may or may not be found in other information sources, but surely attention catching in the unique style used by the author, sprinkled with humour and even poetry. In the melee of information sources on Shillong jostling for the readers’ attention, this book offers content that will serve not only the tourists/travelers – it is a cozy read that will warm the cockles of even the non-travelers’ hearts.

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Bikika Laloo Tariang

Bikika Laloo Tariang (1970) is a teacher and writer. She teaches Library and Information Science in the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong and has six books and several scholarly articles published. Having lived in Shillong for the most part, Bikika is fiercely possessive and protective of her beloved hometown (warts and all) and keenly observes developments within it, sometimes even voicing her concerns on various issues (mostly on social media, to her 500 odd followers, being too lazy and cowardly to go more public).   When she’s not happily occupied updating her knowledge (including endlessly scrolling through the Internet, for content on Library and Information Science and education in general); sharing memes and stalking celebrities and vloggers on social media; tending to her plants and gallivanting the globe for leisure and conferences; Bikika also dabbles in photography.



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