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March 2008

Venue: St. Andrews Church Hall, Southgate, London N14
Date: Sunday 4th May 2008
Time: 2 PM - 9:30 PM

2-3.45 PM: Registration
3:45-4 PM: Welcome by President
4-4.45 PM: Cultural Program
4:45-5 PM: Vote of thanks
5-7.30 PM: General Bihu Dance and socialising
7:30-9 PM: Bihu Bhoj

For further inormation, please contact either of:
Jayanta Borkakoty, Correspondence Secretary at: 01992 445347


075_garvin_brown_with_jayanta_b.jpg It was sometime in July 2006 when I received an email from Garvin Brown of Queensland, Australia. Seventy-eight years old Garvin introduced himself, mostly talking about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life. He mentioned that he would be undertaking a walk from Coast of Queensland to Sydney covering a distance of around 950 kms to raise awareness about the teachings of Gandhi. Garvin also mentioned about his desire for a charity walk in Assam.

We, a group of five relatives, were to make an informal call at the residence of Shri Lokam Tumung, the headman of Kharang Kong, a Tangsa village while we were on a visit to Margherita, Ledo and other places in Assam. Actually, our host was ready for us after he got our phone call that we were on our way. We also met two other chiefs there, namely, Shri Yanim Mochang and Shri Kamsat Loongvi. There was one more person who also looked like a chief with the usual headgear, a colorful lungi and other bits of tribal haute couture, although he looked a little different from the rest.

We all know what it is like to visit Assam after you have lived a significant part of your life abroad. The earlier years after leaving homeland the priority goes to ascertaining a secure financial future for the family. Things have changed now but in the 1970s and earlier years one was allowed around £ 3 pound sterling per person and it meant that between my wife and I we came with £7 between us, 3 suitcases and a 9 month old baby. The upshot of this is that visiting homeland frequently was a impossibility.

Saraswati Puja, the annual worship of the Goddess of knowledge, music, speech and writing, was celebrated with great enthusiasm for the first time in Mumbai’s satellite city of Navi Mumbai. It was organized by Kingkhap Asomiya Mahila Samiti, the women’s wing of the Kharghar Asomiya Samaj, on Vasant Panchami Day, the 11th February 2008.

Death, death, and only death! This is the only synonym one can think for drugs. Smaller than bullets, lighter than grenades, but they can kill a whole man, a whole human, slowly, very slowly, causing a very deadly and painful death.

Everybody knows, the substances behind the five letters “drugs” are dangerous, but still addiction is increasing day by day. But, why? What is the reason behind it?


Preeti and  Ankur Baisof California were blessed with a baby girl Ayesha on Friday, March 21, 2008.

I have nothing new to say to those who heard this before, but sometimes repetition reinforces sad truths and calls for change of pace. Some may accuse me of tarring all with the same brush but in social anthropology one has to generalize. Exceptions do not break the rule.

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