Vishü Rita Krocha is the author of ‘A Bucket of Rain’, ‘Shoposho’ and co-author of ‘Echoes of Spring‘ along with three other books. In fact, one of her poems, titled, ‘Four Seasons‘ is even included in the school curriculum. A journalist by profession, she worked as a newspaper columnist and correspondent for Eastern Mirror for over 5 years, and has also written for several other newspapers and magazines.
She started PenThrill Publication House on 17th November 2013. ‘PenThrill was born out of love for writing and literature. Nagaland is blessed with rich stories and many promising writers but I found that there was little space for them to fully utilise their potentials.’ Being a small home based publication house, there were many challenges that she had to overcome. ‘When you do things for the love of it, you tend to overlook how much you lack on the practical aspect of it – the finances, the resources, the manpower, you name it! There were times when I hated being the only one running around, loading and unloading books, running from store to store, organising events and the like. I love the idea of books, writing and publishing but that’s just one aspect, we tend to forget that there is so much work going on behind the scenes. Having said that, I am extremely grateful to my family and friends, who have always been there for me – helping me, driving me, and encouraging me towards my goals. I wouldn’t say that the journey has been easy but it has certainly been worth it!’
It also helps that her team consists of hard-working and talented individuals who share the same vision as her. ‘I am so happy that PenThrill has a brilliant designer and an editor, who I can count on.’
PenThrill Publication House has unearthed 15 local authors in the last 3 years and they hope to continue the good work in the coming years. ‘Our latest publication which was recently launched on 10th May is a children’s book called ‘Suki’s Magic Box’. It has been written by a ten-year-old girl, illustrated by another 10-year old girl, and coloured by a 6-year-old girl. As a publisher, a book lover, and a writer myself, this book gives me great hope for the future of literature in Nagaland. I believe there are many more budding writers, just waiting to be discovered and we hope to launch them, fulfilling one writer’s dream at a time.’
So far, PenThrill Publication House has published nine books namely Four Shades (Poetry, 2013), Adventures of Lhüsaku & Other Stories (Short Stories, 2014), Food for Spiritual Growth (Devotional, 2014), Raconteurs from the Hills (Short Stories, 2014), Hope (Poetry, 2015), Shoposho (A Naga Folktale, 2015), People Stories: Volume One (2016), The Quaint Little Village (Short Stories, 2016) and Suki’s Magic Box (Children’s Book, 2017).
Founder Vishü Rita Krocha shares that a lot needs to be done to improve the reading culture in the Northeast. ‘Today, with the internet, social media and everything, young people barely make time to read. But I am always filled with a ray of hope when I see children engrossed in books. I really wish that we can nurture this young generation to grow up loving books, not only because books are knowledge givers but also because reading books can open your mind to a whole new world.’
By Meeta Borah