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Thanlontimes

Thanlontimes

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Thanlon times
IN
 
THE
 
MIDST
 
of the blue rolling hills, gurgling andsparkling streams and rivers, and forests rich in floraand fauna, and the stately clouds sailing above, acrossthe sky, Thankwi lies at the centre of South-WestManipur, surrounded by villages on all directions.There spread in the
North,
Suangpekmun, Galkapkot,Gamhui, Milongmun, Dailon, Khoken, Leijangphai, Tallian,Bungjang, Savaipaih, Suangsang, Pangen, Phaijang and manyother villages along Nungba Road; in the
South
and
South-East,
Joutung, Bukpi, Zoupi, Dialkhai, Mualpheng, Sumtuk,Palkhuang, Mualnuam, Thuangtam, Songtal, Tonglon,Vokbual, Sialbu, Lungthul, Kangkap, Suangdph,Lungchin,Hanship, Khajang, Aibulawri, Khuanggin, Phaitong, Sinjawl,etc. and the country-side stretching into Mizoram and the ChinHills of Burma; in the
West,
Pherzawl, Loibual, Tinsuong,Khuangj ang, Damdiai, Taithu, Tualbung and the numerousvillages of the Hmar area, including Senvon, Lungthulen andParbung in the Tipaimukh subdivision with the Tipaimukh
 
road running through its breadth and in the
East
along and inthe vicinity of the TipaimukhAt volleyball, if Vumhao, otherwise known as
 Ngamkholun pa.
 Ngamkholun
being his
eldest son, so Ngarnkholun's father,
'pa'-father 
- was serving from one side, before he served he wouldwarn, "Watch out,
Thanglian-pa,
I am
 sending 
the Japanesevolley" Thanglian is the eldest daughter of Compounder Duma. Then when it was the turn of Compounder Duma toserve, he would warn, "Watch out,
 Ngamkholun-pa,
lam sendingthe British volley," and then he would serve the ball to theother side.All the teachers participated in the games. Paokhovung,
Thangpu-pa,
was the seniormdst in age and my father and allother teachers respectfully
addressed him
"Pa Vung"
- that is,'Uncle Vung'.
tie
was very regular and he would warn theother side "Ready..." and then he would serve the ball.? Hecould place the ball wherever he wanted in the oppositecourt. Thangkholam -
 Luanzaching-pa,
was no less regular.
h
Thongzalian -
 Domgaihmang-pa,
would never miss the game.Another teacher who was very keen at volleyball wasKhupzakham,
 Hauzachiin-pa -
a soft-spoken teacher whoendeared himself with the students. My father was called
Tha'mang-pa.
While other|eachers turned up for games in shorts,Gouchinkhup -
 Kamja-pa,
would always turn up in his lungifiwhich was rolled up to his knees. Occasionally, K.Hanghal,
Tanpu-pa
- the then Circle Officer, would walk down in hiskhaki shorts from his bungalow and joined the games. Soisong
 
-
 Deihtinkhawl-pa,
Tangselthang -
 Jawlnu-pa,
Aichin
- Goulian-pa
- they all played. Compounder Henzamang and youngeteachers like Genlian, Kaizalam, Thangkhochin, Lianchinkhup- later on Lianchinkliup became Headmaster of the school -would step in when the older teachers
quk 
the
ground.
 Neng
zachin, Nengchindou,
Ginkhomang,
Helkhogin,
Douzapau -they were all young people of the village, verykeen vol
ley-ball
 players. Others who
did
not play the gamewould watch the match and cheer up the players, includingyoung mothers even as they were carrying and breast-feedingtheir child.There was literally no male member in the village whodid not like football. When the student in the hostel, in chargeof games, blew the whistle across the village, everyonerushed to the football ground. Here again die crowd thatgathered on the slope above the ground, and cheered up the players, included the young and the old.Men folk and womenfolk, as they were returning from thefields after the day's work, would stop and wait on the road-side with head-loads of wood and basket-fulls of vegetablesand watch the game. When some player dribbled the ballrapidly towards the goal, my father would call out, "Goal shootgoal shoot!" That call still
rings
 
in my ears. My maternal uncleThongkhogin and his playmates Lianchinkhup,Thangkhokharn and Hellam were the star players of Thanlon.In the prime of their youth, they used to literally dominate the play-ground

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