A jit Kumar Barua, a top ranking retired official of the United Bank of India, who expired on May 28 last at a city nursing home was the third son of Late Atul Ch Barua and Late Manashi Barua of Gauripur. Atul Ch Barua, my jetha was a government servant posted at Tura in Garo Hills district of undivided Assam. Jetha stayed there till his retirement. Ajit , whose nickname was ‘Gora’, had his schooling at Tura. After passing the Matriculation examination, Gora went to Shillong to study at St Anthony’s College in science stream. After that he obtained the Bachelor degree in Agricultural Science from the Assam Agricultural College, Jorhat. He joined the State Agriculture Deptt as an Extension Officer and served the deptt for a brief stint. He then joined the United Bank of India from where he retired as the Regional Manager after serving in various capacities.
A confirmed bachelor, he finally settled at Chandan Nagar (originally Kheraikuchi) near Ghoramara, previously a tribal dominated area of Guwahati. He was very popular among the inhabitants of the locality as he was actively associated with its developments and socio-cultural activities.
With jollity and everlasting smiling face Gora had a pleasant personality which attracted each and everyone coming in contact with him. A humane by nature, he was ever ready to extend his helping hand to anybody whosoever was in need.
Gora was a disciplined, economic and meticulous person. He believed in plain living and high thinking.
His body became fragile due to various ailments, for the past few years which included cardiac problem for which he had to undergo bypass surgery, glaucoma and kidney problem for which he was under regular dialysis. But all this could not upset his indomitable spirit to take any challenge in life, nor could it wipe out his everlasting smile.
As I now look back , sweet memories of childhood days come in flashes to my mind’s eye to make me nostalgic and emotional. I see Gora among all my brothers, sisters and cousins dancing with Rabindranath’s song along with Gora and Nepali songs with vigour and exuberance. Adieu Gora, my dear brother. May your departed soul rest in eternal peace!
– Trinesh Barua