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A poetry book ‘Before we know’ released in Kohima

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Feb 17, 2024 8:30 pm
Before we know
Avilhou Chüsi displaying his poetry book during the launch event at Jubilee Hall of the Ministers’ Hill Baptist Church in Kohima on Saturday. (EM Images)

KOHIMA — A collection of 65 poems titled ‘Before we know’ written by a class 12 student, Avilhou Chüsi, was released at Jubilee Hall of Ministers’ Hill Baptist Church in Kohima on Saturday.

The self-published book was divided into three categories namely ‘Seasons’ featuring 10 poems, ‘Emotions’ comprising 25 poems and ‘People’ containing 30 poems.

Chüsi explained that the book is a compilation of poetry exploring themes such as seasons, emotions and people, emphasising that the poems offer not only his own perspective but also delved into the viewpoints of various characters and individuals.

He aims to convey emotions authentically, not only as a means of personal expression but also to connect with others who might share similar feelings, thereby alleviating the sense of solitude often associated with such emotions.

Chüsi, a student of Ministers’ Hill Baptist Higher Secondary School (MHBHSS) in Kohima expressed his belief in the power of words, noting their ability to convey and communicate in a uniquely beautiful manner. He has likened emotions to a spell encapsulated within words, suggesting that those sentiments remain eternally embedded within them much like the enduring enchantment of magic.

“Our emotions in that very way will never be forgotten if we express them through words, through poetry, through music, through art, through whatever you may do to preserve it. I believe it will last for all of eternity,” Chüsi said.

He described the book as a collection of open emotions and expressions that reflect his feelings up to the present moment in his life.

“These words are a confession, an honest revelation and a disclosure of me as a very incomplete person who is still trying,” he added.

He explained that the book is filled with his “honest and true thoughts and feelings,” serving as a testament to his growth, transformation and resilience even during what he perceived as the most challenging times of his life. He further expressed his desire to continue writing and shared a poem he wrote for his aunt, titled ‘Hey Sunflower,’ which he wrote from the perspective of his uncle.

Priced at INR 200, the book is now available at Ministers’ Hill Baptist Church.

The poetry book was launched by Dr. Kedise Pucho, chairman of MHBHSS managing board, and congratulated the young author for his achievement, noting that Chüsi’s book release marked a historic moment for their school.

Acknowledging the student’s ability to transform memories and experiences into poetry, he expressed hope that the poems would fulfill its purpose and inspire readers and students.

He further wished Chüsi to continue on a path of success, bringing joy not only to his parents and community but also to the broader Naga society.

Pastors Khrienuo Khana and Vimegokho Chüsi invoked God’s blessings, while Jongshijiba Ozukum chaired the event.

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Feb 17, 2024 8:30:32 pm
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