Death is inevitable and we are used to get back to our day-to-day normal routine work immediately after the performances of the last rites of someone near and dear we lost. Only the bereaved family members fail to forget the memories of the person they miss forever. The demise of a respected septuagerian pious lady Amrita Kalita is such a demise that everybody who came into her close touch can never forget.
She was born in the year 1937 in a rural family in the sleepy village of Baihata Chariali in Kamrup district and due to the prevailing social custom and tradition of that time, her parents arranged for her marriage at a very tender age with Chakra Dhar Kalita-a teacher of repute in Maharipara LP School near Goreswar in Kamrup district (now in Baska district of BTAD). Everyone in the locality felt the motherly care, love and affection of Amrita Kalita. No one had felt any sense of pride, ego or complex in this loving village housewife who always preferred to lead a very simple life style with her involvement in social works. She preferred to involve more deeply in religious activities. She visited the places of religious importance like Sri Jaganth Temple in Puri and Kalighat in Kolkata. In 1992 this pious lady received the deep shock and pain of the demise of her husband. But she, with strong feeling of determition and responsibility, stayed calm to hide the pain and sorrow and took the responsibility to lead the family. As a worthy mother she was successful in shaping and moulding all her seven children, including two daughters, as highly qualified persons in the society. Significantly, all her daughters-in-law enjoyed her motherly care, love and guidance. However, few years back due to old age problems, she got herself shifted to Beltola in Guwahati along with her sons.
Today she is no more. She left for the heavenly abode on the early hours of July 16 at her residence at Beltola leaving behind her sons Gada Dhar Kalita (BDO in Karimganj district), Kumud Chandra Kalita (the Director of Social Welfare department), Hem Chandra Kalita (Associate Professor in Dudhnoi College), yan Kalita (Associate Professor in Goreswar College), daughter Bhabani Kalita, son Sanjay Kalita (businessman) and youngest daughter Gitima Kalita (HoD in Philosophy department in Sopur College) and their wives, husbands, 14 grand children and a number of admirers and relatives. Her popularity again was witnessed as on receiving information of her demise, a large number of admirers, besides the family members and the relatives, visited her home to pay their love and respect and attended her funeral at bagraha Crematorium in Guwahati.
On this auspicious day of Adya Shraddha today, I pray before the Almighty to grant eterl peace to the departed soul and offer my deepest respect to respected and beloved ‘Mother’ whose motherly care, love and affection shall always remain as a source of inspiration.
Bhargab Kumar Das