PATACHARKUCHI, Jan 3 � A book written with the help of a transcriber by a 86-year-old woman, Haripriya Devi of Haripur near here, who does not have any formal educational qualifications, was released in a function recently by noted writer Dr Basanta Kumar Bhattacharya in the presence of a large number of book lovers.
Due to her strong desire to learn, Haripriya Devi has read a number of books without any formal education. The function was organised at the courtyard of the octogenarian woman. It was anchored by Premadhar Sarma, popular football commentator and sports journalist. Earlier, floral tributes were paid by family members and guests at the portrait of Dhaneswar Sarma, the writer�s husband.
The book titled Sowaranir Epar Sipar is the first publication of the Dhaneswar Sarma Memorial Trust. Upamanyu Sarma, grandson of the writer, sang a song before the release of the book. The effort of the writer was praised in the function.
Releasing the book, Dr Bhattacharya said that a book release function holds great significance in the society. He said that books have immense power and without books, the development of the society is impossible.
The function concluded with a cultural programme presented by the Iman School of Music. The transcription work for the book was done by Putuli Devi.