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A Tribute to Aparna Sarma

Aparna Sarma

Putoli khuri, our youngest khuri whose official name was Aparna Sarma, passed away all of a sudden on September 1 evening, at Moran, immediately after she had a fall while doing some household work. Eldest of three daughters and four sons of late Mahendra Nath Sarma and Labanya Devi of Chowkidingee, Dibrugarh, Putoli khuri was born in Modarkhat Tea Estate near Dibrugarh in 1942. She was married to Rebakanta (Apurba) Sarma, youngest son of late Biswanath Sarma and Mokshada Devi of Korokatoli (Baligaon) near Jorhat in 1970. A popular lady as she was in the Oil India colony at Duliajan when khura was first posted there, and then at Moran, Aparna Sarma later became the most indispensable lady in the locality in Moran where they settled down after khura’s retirement. Putoli-khuri belonged to that generation of Assamese women who excelled in cooking, weaving, knitting, sewing and singing biya-naam and aai-naam, and was also good at maintaining a wonderful kitchen garden complete with a number of medicinal herbs of which she used to make wonderful curries and chutneys. She also brought up her three children – Momi, Roni and Bhaiti – well, and all of them are now well-settled in life. Having lived together for over 49 years together, khura however has suffered the most on her sudden demise. Today, on her Adya Shraddha, I pray to the Almighty to grant Putoli khuri’s departed soul eternal peace, and strength to khura to face the reality of life.

Samudra Gupta Kashyap

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