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Mahim Bora passes away

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GUWAHATI, Aug 5 - The creator of Kathanibari Ghat, Rati Phula Phul, Akhon Nadir Mrityu, Moi Pippali Aru Puja and a host of other books, who transcended the familiar with his in-depth presentation of the reality, is no more.

One of the outstanding authors of the Ramdhenu Age and a former president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Mahim Bora breathed his last this morning at a private hospital here.

His last rites were performed with full state honours at his hometown Nagaon.

A man who won the hearts of his readers with his simplicity and lucidity of language, Bora was one of the most acclaimed Assamese short story writers and his demise has cast a pall of gloom in the literary circle.

Born in the year 1924, Bora won several awards, including the Sahitya Akademi in 2001 for his Edhani Mahir Hanhi. He was also honoured with the Padma Shri in 2011 for his contribution in the field of literature and education.

He served his stint as a teacher of Nowgong College at Nagaon and was the head of the department of Assamese. Before that, he taught in Kaliabor High School, Kunworitol High School, Kamrup Academy and was also involved in the editing of a children magazine titled Rang Ghar and vernacular periodical Natun Asomiya.

Bora was a shy man and it was quite some time before he could gain prominence. His recognition came late, but when it came, it made everyone acknowledge that this author is different with certain traits, both in his writings and persona epitomising the essence of humanity.

�He bore two sterling qualities in his person � simplicity and charm, and these two qualities are prominently reflected in his writings too. With his charm and simplicity he reveals a world that is apparently familiar, but bears within it an appalling depth of reality. It is in this depth that we see the real Mahim Bora who can unfold layers of meaning in a single piece of art,� said educationist and critic GP Sarma condoling the demise of the stalwart. �In his death we have lost not only a writer of rare qualities but also a gem of a man.�

Condolences poured forth from across the State as soon as the news of the demise of the writer broke out. The Government of Assam has expressed profound grief at the demise of the litterateur. Cross section of the citizens, including luminaries from the literary and cultural space, and various organizations paid floral tribute to the mortal remains of the writer.

�Assamese literature has been enriched by his contributions. I always love the smell of the earth that is so pervading in his writings. His death is a big loss for the State,� said writer Atulananda Goswami.

Readers remembered the poignant contributions of Bora that not only celebrated humanity but were also a catalyst to a society that gave importance to values and relationships.

�I knew him as a man who was very modest and upheld the human values till the last. He was a guardian to us, always encouraging us with his experience and knowledge,� said writer Anuradha Sarma Pujari.

Bora, who was the president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha in its Doomdooma session in 1989, could carve out a distinct identity by creating a sensitive world that was redolent with compassion and understanding of human relationships even in conflicts. �Assamese life and society is reflected in his writings in all its glory and simplicity,� said Pujari.

Writer Rita Choudhury expressing her grief said that she would always be indebted to the poet, short story writer and novelist for his support towards the younger generation of writers. �He was one of the trendsetters in the genre of short story writing. However, I will always remember him for motivating the junior writers which is a very rare quality.�

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Mahim Bora passes away

GUWAHATI, Aug 5 - The creator of Kathanibari Ghat, Rati Phula Phul, Akhon Nadir Mrityu, Moi Pippali Aru Puja and a host of other books, who transcended the familiar with his in-depth presentation of the reality, is no more.

One of the outstanding authors of the Ramdhenu Age and a former president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Mahim Bora breathed his last this morning at a private hospital here.

His last rites were performed with full state honours at his hometown Nagaon.

A man who won the hearts of his readers with his simplicity and lucidity of language, Bora was one of the most acclaimed Assamese short story writers and his demise has cast a pall of gloom in the literary circle.

Born in the year 1924, Bora won several awards, including the Sahitya Akademi in 2001 for his Edhani Mahir Hanhi. He was also honoured with the Padma Shri in 2011 for his contribution in the field of literature and education.

He served his stint as a teacher of Nowgong College at Nagaon and was the head of the department of Assamese. Before that, he taught in Kaliabor High School, Kunworitol High School, Kamrup Academy and was also involved in the editing of a children magazine titled Rang Ghar and vernacular periodical Natun Asomiya.

Bora was a shy man and it was quite some time before he could gain prominence. His recognition came late, but when it came, it made everyone acknowledge that this author is different with certain traits, both in his writings and persona epitomising the essence of humanity.

�He bore two sterling qualities in his person � simplicity and charm, and these two qualities are prominently reflected in his writings too. With his charm and simplicity he reveals a world that is apparently familiar, but bears within it an appalling depth of reality. It is in this depth that we see the real Mahim Bora who can unfold layers of meaning in a single piece of art,� said educationist and critic GP Sarma condoling the demise of the stalwart. �In his death we have lost not only a writer of rare qualities but also a gem of a man.�

Condolences poured forth from across the State as soon as the news of the demise of the writer broke out. The Government of Assam has expressed profound grief at the demise of the litterateur. Cross section of the citizens, including luminaries from the literary and cultural space, and various organizations paid floral tribute to the mortal remains of the writer.

�Assamese literature has been enriched by his contributions. I always love the smell of the earth that is so pervading in his writings. His death is a big loss for the State,� said writer Atulananda Goswami.

Readers remembered the poignant contributions of Bora that not only celebrated humanity but were also a catalyst to a society that gave importance to values and relationships.

�I knew him as a man who was very modest and upheld the human values till the last. He was a guardian to us, always encouraging us with his experience and knowledge,� said writer Anuradha Sarma Pujari.

Bora, who was the president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha in its Doomdooma session in 1989, could carve out a distinct identity by creating a sensitive world that was redolent with compassion and understanding of human relationships even in conflicts. �Assamese life and society is reflected in his writings in all its glory and simplicity,� said Pujari.

Writer Rita Choudhury expressing her grief said that she would always be indebted to the poet, short story writer and novelist for his support towards the younger generation of writers. �He was one of the trendsetters in the genre of short story writing. However, I will always remember him for motivating the junior writers which is a very rare quality.�

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