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Tips for teaching good manners

Work on one thing at a time. If you try to teach too many social skills at
once, you will end up teaching none of them well.
Praise your children for their successes. When your kids display proper
manners at home or in public, give them immediate positive feedback.
Be tolerant of your children's lapses, but do not overlook them. Children will make
mistakes. The more patient you are, the more progress they will
ultimately make.

NRA Meeting to be held on January 7th and 8th in 2005

The Probaxi Oxomiya Xonmilan organizing committee held its first
meeting in Guwahati at a city hotel on Friday, the 16th January 2004.
The Xonmilon is an attempt by well-meaning and resourceful
individuals in Assam to officially engage with Assam's strong diaspora
to facilitate rejuvenation Assam's bond with those around the world.
Mr. Jatin Hazarika, the President of the Probaxi Oxomiya Xonmilon
gave an inaugural speech and welcomed the Non-resident Assamese
(NRA) present from the USA and the UK. Mr. Chiranjeet Chaliha, the

Revitalization of local clubs – micro credit, a way out

Raju is a Muslim boy of about 30 years of age, although he looks older
than his age. Everyday the boys in the club noticed that Raju is out in
the street early in the morning and then almost the last person to leave
– with his rickshaw. It is not his rickshaw but the local Mahajan's to
whom he has to pay Rs 20 a day. The rickshaw is very old and rickety
but there is no way out. Then things changed one day. The club
received a loan from a Financial Institution to help people like Raju.

My visit to Oxom

I came back from Assam about two weeks back with a lot of sweet
memories and am still musing on them. Apart from visiting my own
relatives and seeing places, I had in mind to meet activists of some
NGOs who have been doing good work. I fulfilled my objectives.
Below is a short write-up of my brief meeting with them.

NGO Focus

In recent days, there are many NGOs focusing Assam in a big way.
Many of them has started very good project. NGOs can speak to - and
speak for - the poor, the disenfranchised, the minorities and others in
society to make sure that the needs and desires of the people are heard
and responded to by development institutions at the national and
international level. NGOs also serve an important role as "watchdogs"
- pointing out where governments and corporations need to improve
their performances, and serving to enforce the operation of checks and

Magh Bihu Celebrations in New Delhi

Members of the Assam Association, Delhi celebrated Magh Bihu
festival with associated fervour on 18th January, 2004 Sunday at the
Central Secretariat Sports Grounds in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. It
was participated by a huge gathering, despite the biting cold wave and
the concurrent One Day International between India and Australia.
This is one celebration, everyone in Delhi looks forward to.

Bhogali Bihu Celebrations In Dubai, UAE

Axom Xomaj, Dubai (Assam Society, Dubai) celebrated Bhogali Bihu
on Friday, the 30th January, 2004, with a day long program. The
celebrations were held at Safa Park, Dubai, attended by a group of
about 60 from the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. A
number of newcomers to UAE also joined the celebrations, this being
their first interaction with the Assamese Community of UAE. A few
guests from Assam, who happened to be in UAE visiting their relatives
and friends, also enjoyed the program.

Probaaxi Oxomiyaa (NRA) and Magh Bihu

The Assamese community of DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex
area) celebrated Magh Bihu in Dallas on 10 January 2004. Mezi was
lighted at dawn-break, followed by jolpan, chira-doi, pitha and the
partaking of other delicious eats.

This was followed by traditional games like konir-jooj, tug-of-war, and
tekeli bhonga.

The whole community got together and celebrated just like in Assam.

Save Our Manuscripts, Save Our Culture!

Assam has a treasure trove of hand-written manuscripts from the centuries
past spread out all over its geographical territory. Dr. Naren Kalita, a retired
Professor of Ananda Ram Dhekial Phukan College in Nagaon and a regular
consultant to the Sankardev Kalakhetra in Guwahati is the most eminent
scholar in current Assam on a special class of these manuscripts, ones that are
highly illustrated with paintings that pictorially describe the text in these
books. He is in the process of writing a book to be published by the

An Ode to Heritage at Delhi

A fund raising event entitled -An Ode to Heritage was staged on the chilled evening of 12th December, 2003 at Sir Shankar Lal Hall at Modern School, Barakhamba Road. The objective was to raise funds for the cultural complex "Srimanta Sankaradeva Bhawan"- built by Assam Association, Delhi at Qutub Institutional Area in South Delhi. Sponsored by ONGC, the event was co-sponsored by OIL, GAIL and BRPL. A few other organizations like Coca-Cola, Divinity, Café Coffee Day, Red FM, Net Carrots, Hindustan Times and NEEPCO pitched in to be the event partners.

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SOLES for TOTS

During one of our annual visits to Assam, our young son, felt very distraught when he noticed rickshaw wallas and poor children without any footwear.

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