Teen poet Imlijungla Aier’s poetry collection ‘The Play’ released
DIMAPUR — A collection of poems titled “The Play”, written by a 16 year-old Imlijungla Aier under the pseudonym Alina Aier and published by PenThrill, was released by the Chairman of Livingstone Foundation International (LFI), Dr. Andrew Ahoto, on Monday at the auditorium of LFI in Dimapur.
Speaking to the audience about her journey on the occasion, the poet shared that her love for literature began with her mother, who was her first storyteller. She expressed gratitude for her mother’s sacrifices and unwavering faith, acknowledging that these factors brought out the best in her. She also thanked her father and other family members for their support.
Aier also appreciated Ani Yepthomi, Director of the Junior High, Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School, for her role in her journey to become an author, noting that she was also the first person to initiate the project and played a critical role in realising her dream.
According to the poet, the book chronicles her transition from fairy-hunting days to teenage life full of responsibilities and obligations. She said that the book will transport the reader to fondest childhood memories or a period of confusion, and that despite its childish themes and dramatic poems, she hoped that it would be enjoyable for everyone.
She hoped that the book would help the readers realise that it is indeed okay to be the only periwinkle in the rose garden. She also shared that the book is divided into three parts.
Earlier, speaking at the launching programme as the special guest, Ahoto mentioned that the poet has been associated with LFI since nursery and has received guidance from numerous mentors. This support, he said, has played a crucial role in shaping her journey.
According to him, fostering a sympathetic relationship leads to growth at a higher level. He added that in the contemporary context, where marks and grades have become synonymous, LFI has consistently upheld a holistic approach since its establishment.
Ahoto stated that, while not everyone has the ability to write, he encouraged students not to be afraid to showcase their talents, saying that if they cannot be the candle, they should be the mirror that reflects the light, and urged everyone to cultivate the habit of reading.
Vishü Rita Krocha, delivering the publisher note, expressed her excitement as a publisher that they will begin 2024 with two great bodies of work. The other, she mentioned, is “Falling in Love All Over Again” by Rev. Azahto Kiba, which is a reflection on his life journey. She expressed her admiration for the work that people of all ages are producing.
Krocha mentioned that Aier’s poetry deeply engrossed her and described it as a beautiful debut collection for the author, marking their 84th publication.
She added that what impressed her more was how Aier seemed to have effortlessly constructed these beautiful poems in the collection, especially at such a young age. Krocha expressed hope that this is just the beginning of many more to come for Aier.
Priced at INR 250, the book contains 49 poems in total.