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Soso Tham

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Page Range

pp. 35-42

Print Length

7 pages

7. U Lyoh–The Cloud

  • Soso Tham (author)
This is the point to which the preceding sections have been journeying. Here we come upon an utterly bleak apocalyptic scene which Soso Tham fears will replace the green fecundity and harmony of his homeland if Khasis betray the Laws and Truths with which they came into this world. Soso Tham’s dramatic description of opportunist worshippers of Mammon is as accurate today as it was then. Imagery from the natural world and Khasi myth powerfully portray the dysfunctional hell to which we are going to descend as a people powerless to resist the temptation of worldly wealth. The poet had good reason to be fearful. Evident today are plundered forests, rivers poisoned by the unscientific extraction of coal, exhaustive sand and limestone mining, hills bulldozed out of shape creating highways to ‘development’ and wealth for a few – the list continues to grow.


Soso Tham