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Remembering Mejokaku

Mejokaku

 

It might sound somewhat strange if someone says he lost his father a second time. But that’s precisely how I felt when news reached me on the chilly evening of February 3 that Mejokaku (my late father’s younger brother) passed away all of a sudden that afternoon at Karimganj. If the cold breeze of Shillong, where I was camping for some work, wasn’t enough to send the chill down my spine, the news of Amiyo Kanta Choudhury’s death literally froze me as it came as a rude shock. I was at a loss how to react to the news, which my elder sister broke to me, and it took me sometime before the sad reality could sink in.

Son of late Bhupati Choudhury, late Amiyo Kanta Choudhury – or Runu Da and Mejda to his countless friends and well-wishers – belonged to the lineage of late Bharat Choudhury, who ran one of the biggest zamindari systems in the then undivided Sylhet district and was his grandfather.

A prominent businessman-industrialist of not only Karimganj but entire Barak Valley, late Amiyo Kanta Choudhury was 81 when he passed away in the afternoon of February 3 and is survived by his wife, two sons, daughter-in-law and a grandson, besides a host of relatives, friends and well-wishers. He was one of the pioneering entrepreneurs of the area and had set up several business units under the banner of Gopinath – Gopinath Timber Products Ltd, Nandan Timbers, Gopinath Udyog Pvt Ltd, etc. He was also one of the leading founding members of Lions Club of Karimganj.

An affable person with a huge heart, Mejokaku was a strong pillar not only in his immediate family but in the entire extended family. He was a go-to person for anyone for anything. Having lost my father pretty early when I was still a student, Mejokaku was like a father figure who stood by me through thick and thin till his end. So, when he passed away, I felt like losing my father again. And as his adya shraddha is being performed today, I can’t help but pray for his moksha. You will be sorely missed Mejokaku.

– Anirban Choudhury

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