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Hemnalini Goswami

Women literature is one of the prominent examples of 20th century women empowerment. Since ancient times, (time immemorial) it is seen that there has been tremendous curiosity (in suitable desire) to write or to explore literature among women and in the 20th century it has reached to the optimum level. By the time, many women writers appeared and they have contributed significantly to the Assamese literature with their precious writings and one of such prominent writers is Srimati Hem Nalini Goswami. She always talks about social reformation and welfare in her various literary writings.

Smt. Goswami was born in 1992 at Thana Road, Tezpur. Her father was late Lakshmi Kanta Misra Bhagawati and mother was late Sumitra Devi. Srimati Goswami got married with Shri Budhindra Nath Goswami of Kumargaon, Tezpur in 1938. After marriage, she was blessed with husband and children in Kumargaon, Tezpur. Thrust with family responsibility like taking care of her children, her husband and other household works, Smti Goswami continued to write literature because she considered writings as an indispensable part of one’s life. As a result, she created such immortal literary works, like – "Hotel Tini Bandi", "Asta Surjya", "Lilyful", "Aparajita", "Bonda", "Bontisikha", "Biparjoy", "Panchadashe", "Jungle", "Jonaki", "Sonsapare", "Samay", "Nirabichina", "Nursing Homar Dinkeita", "Dinning Table", "Abhale", "Sikriti" etc. Among these literary works, some of her published or unpublished books are short stories, novels and children play.

In 1984, on 22nd April, her husband died. In the mean time, her two daughters got married and started living independently with their husbands. Her sons also got married and established in their respective fields. Now, Smti Goswami was free and relaxed, now her only duty was to spend some memorable and delightful time with her grandchildren which she enjoyed very well. At the same time, she never forgot to utilize her value able time for writing. In many of her literary works, her comments regarding these golden days proves her happiness in such duties. She says- "I drew scenery of birds and flowers for my grandchildren in Duliajan". This shows her artistic mind.

In 1968, August Smti Goswami’s novel "Bonti Sikha" was first published. It is divided into nineteen episodes or parts and was published in two editions. The first edition was published by Lawyers Book Stall, Guwahati and second edition was published by Late Budhinra Nath Goswami himself in September 1970. "Bonti Sikha" was based on 1962’s Chinese Aggression and the main protagonists of this novel are Pradip and Sikha, Rupram Janaki, Phatik and Nirmal are some of the significant charcters of this novel. During the first half of the novel, it seemed that the story of Rupam and Jauki and the story of Pradip Sikha’s love story moves on simultaneously with equal emphasis on both the stories, but from the middle of the novel, it seems that Rupram Janaki’s tale almost comes to an end. Finally, the novel ends with a happy note with the union of Pradip and Bonti and thus gives a pleasurable experience to the readers.

Another novel of Smti Goswami in "Jungle Jonali" which was published in June 1988; by Shri gunendra Goswami is another significant and noteworthy novel. In "Jungle Jonaki", the writer tries to draw various factors of women characters of our Assamese society. It consists of twenty stories. "Pauchadashi", another short story collection was published in 1975. Here Smti. Goswami has portrayed pictures of socially responsible women in our society.

In the first story "Gomotha", she writes about the busy and stressful life of a housewife. In another story "O-Samalehog" character Jiban Sharma’s wife’s realization about life has been beautifully described. "Bisakta- Bodh" and "Sapan Sapan Hoi Rol" are other immortal stories written by Smti. Goswami. He another published book is "Biporjay".

Smti Goswami’s unpublished works are more in comparison to her published writings. In 1976 she wrote another novel "Hotel Tibandi". Here she writes about story of a responsible house wife who not only performs household duties, but also efficiently manages her professional life, her hotel business. In 1972-73, she wrote "Asta Surjya", which is not yet published. Here also, she tries to depict a particular fact of a woman. In 1974 Smti Goswami wrote "Liliful", where she expresses friends true to her friend. In 1978 she wrote another novel "Aparajita".

Smti. Goswami not only wrote novel and short stories, she also wrote children plays and entertaining literature for children. Therefore, in 1980 she wrote a drama "Bonda". This drama also remains unpublished till date.

Smti Goswami, though born and brought up in old society, yet she has respect for modern present social atmosphere. She supports some reforms regarding Dowry System in Assam. She believes that women are not luxurious products for man, but they are life long good company of men. She cannot tolerate comparison of women to money and wealth.

Very often Smti Goswami remembers her past. Life’s terrible incident happened in her childhood. One day she went with her nieces to play near the bank of the river Pagladia, where her life was narrowly escaped.

The influence of this event is found in her various writings.

From childhood, Smti Goswami’s imagination about beautiful world, nature, reflects, her artistic mind. In 1962 she wrote about Assamese Women’s life engaged in different wide working fields. Thus, she worships "Asomi Aai", by her published and unpublished literary works.

She is not only a literature but also an artist of drawing, painting and a sculpture.

This artist, litterateur Shrimati Goswami comments regarding her favorite writers; -- "I have read various books; Assamese and Bengali. Now, I cannot remember names of all the writers and translators. But, I can remember the facts, matters and characters of some books. I respect the famous writer Ashapurna Devi for her remarkable writings and I like very much short stories of Bhabendra Nath Saikia".

Smti. Goswami is influenced more by social atmosphere than writer’s name.

With all good wishes, we want more literary creative contributions from Smti. Hemnalini Goswami in future.

 

 
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