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January 2009

the-sphinx-and-me-dec-2008Hello friends! I am Abhimanyu. As my father works in Jubail, Saudi Arabia; we live here. This winter break, I was very lucky to be able to visit Egypt. On a pleasant December evening, our plane touched down at Cairo, the Jewel of the Orient, the City of Thousand Minarets and the Melting Pot of Ancient and Modern Civilization.

majorlahkarandwifeHe has to be the happiest citizen in Guwahati. Nonagenarian Major (retired) Satyabrata Lahkar, born on November 25 1919, keeping away doctors for years and adroitly editing, publishing an Assamese monthly for half a century, is probably the senior-most editor in the world.

Hi. My name is Priyanka Das, daughter of a doctor and an engineer, closer to 17 than 18 years old, and with a brother whose support and agreeability depends largely on cookie bribes.

sanjibbhuyanFirst Annual NYU Global South Asia Conference will be held on February 14, 2009 (conference home page: http://sites.google.com/site/nyuglobalsouthasiaconference/Home).

Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (www.friendsofasam. org) successfully organized a Space Talk at Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya in Guwahati on 7th January. The students of AJV spoke with astronaut Michael Finke, a son-in-law of Assam, through video conferencing. Mr. Fincke is now stationed at the International Space Station (ISS), 350 miles above the earth’s surface. It is worthwhile to mention that prior to this event, FASS very successfully coordinated such talks at Dibrugarh University and St. Anthony’s College in Shillong, which were also first time in India at University and College levels.

aUruka was celebrated by the people of Assam as well as well-wishers of Assam, currently residing in the Millenium city of Gurgaon and Delhi on 10th January 2009. The event took place in an open space, near HUDA Community Hall in Sector-46, Gurgaon.

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Not to be left behind the folks back home in Assam, Bhogali Bihu was celebrated in a big and fun-filled manner in Saudi Arabia. To match with the local week-end holiday, Magh Bihu here was celebrated on 15th January 2009.

Around fifteen Assamese families, residing in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, gathered at Jubail for the festival.

punemaghbihu2After bidding goodbye to the previous year on 31st December, people waited with warm hearts for the first festival of the year as the climate became colder.

njmaghbihu1On Saturday, January 24, 2009, the Assamese community in Northeastern United States gathered at the Kingston Presbyterian Church on Route 27 in Kingston, New Jersey to celebrate Magh Bihu.  The day started with a traditional Assamese jaal-pan consisting of a variety of pithas, laroo, and sira-doi.  At around 5 PM, the children of the community participated in games, e.g., hot potato and spoon-race follow

audience1Assam Association, Mumbai thanks all attendees for successful celebration of Magh Bihu 2009 at Assam Bhawan, Vashi on 24th January,2009.

The Cultural Program was inaugurated and lighting of bonti was performed by Rupanjali Baruah (Ex-President of AAM), Dr. Beethi Saikia (eminent doctor) and by Bhuban Saikia (eminent educationist).

Gonesh Bandana was performed by Mrs. Sushmeeta Rajkonwar.

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