Peering into a clear sky on a starry night, one can experience and marvel at the unique beauty of the universe around us in the harmonious space of three dimensions. This observed space is filled with familiar heavenly objects - planets, stars, the Milky Way and much more. The mystifying spectacle of the night’s firmament has evoked a myriad of questions in the mind of the Homo sapiens during more than two hundred thousand years of its existence on earth.
I was shocked to get the sad news this morning of my brother Rebati Dutta Choudhury’s (Shilabhadra) death. He was sick off and on for some time. But, who in his or her right mind would think of the death of a very dear one?
The Assamese writer Rebati Dutta Choudhury is no more. The news first registered on me rather casually. Personally, I did not know Dutta Choudhury very well. But the more I thought about him, the more I realized that I admired him a lot. My admiration for him was from a distance. I admired him first as a prolific Assamese short story writer. He wrote a total of about 500 short stories. This compares well with popular short story writers like O. Henry who wrote about 600 short stories.
July 3-July 5, 2008
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