Tribute to Sadananda Talukdar
Man is mortal. Yet it is difficult to pacify the mind when someone passed away.
Man is mortal. Yet it is difficult to pacify the mind when someone passed away. I was dumbfounded when I received the news of the demise of my 'Dharma deuta' Sadananda Talukdar on November 5.
Amidst the grief, some unforgettable memories frequently strike my mind as how I have been associated with this family for more than three decades. I still remember my first visit to their home. My wife Purnima and I spent some delightful moments with them who received us heartily. We were amazed to perceive their hospitality. At the first sight, they won our hearts. In fact, if you're looking for a true culinary seduction-Barpeta is the place you want to be – from mouth-watering dishes in lunch dinner, apart from traditional 'doi-chirra-pithajalpan' which is a gourmet glory. The people of Barpeta have always been proud of their food lineage. The simplicity of Sadananda Talukdar coupled with the love and affection of a caring mother 'Latika-ma' knotted us for years together. Only because of this, we visit their house frequently. During Government holidays the mind seeks a fabulous place far away from workplace Dispur to relish. Today when I looking back, I really feel sad, as if, an era of happiness is perhaps ended. My 'dharma ma' already passed away on April 30, 2011. And now we lost the other idol of love and affection.
Talukdar was the first graduate of his birth place Borghopa. He started his career as a teacher and retired as DI of Schools. He was associated with many social works like the establishment of the school, cremation ground at Chawalkhowa river bank etc. On this day of Adya Shraddha, I pay my homage to the departed soul and pray for eternal peace.
Phanindra Kumar Saikia
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