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January 2009

Egypt – through my eyes

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.

Observations by a non-adult regarding the unimaginativeness of adults

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. I am of the regular everyday teenager species, with all the hopes and all the aspirations… and some dreams.

Well that should be introduction enough for this particular… essay, for want of a more enlightening and apt word, for I feel, any more would certainly pakao many of you up.

Students to talk live with Mike aboard ISS

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.

Bhogali Bihu Celebrations in Saudi Arabia


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.

Magh Bihu celebrated in the Northeast USA

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

Magh Bihu Celebrated in Mumbai

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.