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This, that & Sankardev

Book title: Pratyäshär Pratilipi

Author: Mayur Bora

Publisher: Aank-Baank

Page: 143

Price: 120

The craftily designed cover of Mayur Bora’s Pratyäshär Pratilipi draws immediate attention, giving the impression of being a very sensitive, romantic novel, while it is actually a collection of articles — as gripping as some of the best short stories.

Bora, a banker, had proved his literary mettle way back in 1984 as a school student by clinching the first prize in the spot essay writing competition in the First Guwahati Book Fair and has been enlightening readers with his trademark narrative style. He is also a glowing example for all our guardians and students that, if one chooses a subject of study of one’s interest, can play a strong all-round role in society.

His role in Nabard provided him the opportunity to travel to many places in the world, apart from various corners of our colourful country, the experiences being reflected in his writings, which reveal immense maturity and brevity because of his wide exposure.

This third compilation of already published articles has been arranged into three sections: Some Personal Experiences, Some Experiences from My Society and The World a Little Farther Away.

All articles have been written on a positive note and share some very beneficial experiences with the readers.

In the very first, he shares a dream of three Assamese youths settled in three separate continents, who, along with the author and a successful entrepreneur here – all classmates, vow to do something fruitful for their home state, Assam.

In the second, he punches all those on the nose who despise their own mother tongue and love conversations in alien languages even if the other person is well versed in Assamese.

He also tells us about Bimal Phukan, who, after working all over the world as an electrical engineer, returned to Assam and involved himself in literary activities and took up the most necessary and laudable task of writing an exhaustive book on Sankardev in English, which has even been able to touch the young hearts with its modern outlook.

In another piece, he draws a parallel between our “hooligan” politicians and those in countries that we tend to follow when it comes to dress codes, birthdays and New Year celebrations, among other things, wherever it suits us.

In three other articles, he dissects the mindset of various segments of people, including those of China.

He analyses the problems plaguing the xatras because of our mistaken interpretation of the teachings of the great saint Sankardev and the role it had played in unifying society and also charts some options before us for a truly dignified and progressive society.

Some issues of his alma mater Hansraj College and Delhi University involving rogue politicians are also highlighted.

An article is dedicated to Nobel laureate and German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist and sculptor Gunter Grass’s poem What Must be Said that literally shook the world. Another discusses the necessity to study history in proper light to stop the juggernaut of religious fanaticism.

The subtleties of the write-ups touch the heart and definitely boost one’s knowledge. An excellent buy indeed.


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