Xhiroda Neog
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Xhiroda Neog

Late Xhiroda Neog was the ex- chairman of Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samitee, Guwahati Branch and had remained an adviser till her death. She was a person with an unquenehable thirst for knowledge and study was a mission of her life. The fag end of her life, till insight of weak and eye sight, she did not refrain from reading various books. She had lamented. “How can I do without reading?” She could find her happiness in books.

The earlier days of this remarkable lady were also rich with extraordinary values, a notable life with glory. She was born on 3rd February, 1916 in Moran of Upper Assam. Her father , Late Mitharam Bora was a police officer in British times and her mother was late Premolota Bora. Xhiroda Neog’s life was shaped in a peaceful and happy environment, under the careful observation of her model parents. Xhiroda was in class two at Doomdooma Primary School in 1925, when her father was transferred to Dibrugarh and she had to be admitted to the Dibrugarh Girl’s School. Xhiroda was given to do a sum and she could do it and then the teacher commented, “You are actually eligible for class III!” This, she was promoted to class III without any examination. She won primary scholarship too. In the year 1993, Xhiroda came out first among all girls ‘of Assam in her Board Examination from Dibrugarh  Girls’ School and won the Hemoprava Gold Medal. In the same year, She begged the ‘Auniaata” Gold medal by becoming topping first  in an essay competition titled ‘Tirotar Votadhikar’ (Voting rights for women). Xhiroda cleared her B.A. Exam from Cotton Collage in 1937. In that same year, her story Balibhat was published in Cottonian and was highly acclaimed by readers. Amidst her literary work, that old issues of Cottonian is occupying a proud place.

She was married to a ACS Officer, Bolooram Neog, who hailed from Bihpuria in Lakhimpur District.  From then Xhiroda travelled to many places in Assam such as Goalpara, Dhuburi, Nogaon, Guwahati etc. and could not contribute much to literature. Nevertheless she was able to write few magazines while she was working as school teacher in various schools. She wrote various pieces during that period, but it’s sad that they have not published as book. In this context we can give example of the poem Narir Proti. She composed down during a women year. In this poem she called women folks to rise to their truth potential and archive what is rightfully belong to them.

There are many more poems which remained as manuscript, Sri Sri Sankardeva, Purani Smriti (Old Memories) Moderful, Swadhinto Divas (Independence Day), Puberun, Narir rup, Bihu, Apurna (Incomplete) to name a few, these manuscripts prove her depth of knowledge. She wrote few articles like Sainik Silpi Bishnu Rabha, Sisur Charitra Gathanat Narir Bhumika, Old Story Basuraj & Girika.

She started writing two Humour Writings but could not complete, they are ‘Artha Bihu Sangbad’ and ‘Bowari’. A part from these she has translated few Russian story, ‘Stories of King Arthur’,’Symbelin’ (Translated from Charles and Marry Lamb).

Sarapatar Smriti is her autographical work in which her juvenile life has been depicted very beautifully and interesting. The style of narration of the book is very lucid and the language is very assertive and expressive. Few lines of the book are as follows:

“Today when I look back I feel surprised that if I was that teenager girl who lived with colorful dreams. It was autumn and the sky was filled with bright red flowers and I joined Cotton Collage for higher education. In those days there were no hostels for girls. American Baptist Missionaries opened a new girl’s hostel by the bank of   river Brahmaputra and I put my application for a seat…”

Xhiroda received full support and encouragement from her father and elder brother to continue her study. It was exemplary to keep a girl in collage hostel in those days. There were very few people who could do that in a male dominated society. However, Xhiroda Neog was able to mould her life in such a way by dent of her own perseverance. She received a merit scholarship, but it was not easy for girl to receive it at that time.

I was impressed reading Sarapatar Smriti. All her manuscripts should be published. Her thirst for knowledge was endless. There were no end of her reading. She recited too. It gave her immense pleasure when she recited poems of Rabindranath Tagore, Nabakanta Baruah, Deva Kanta Baruah and Nolinibala Devi. She also liked to read Tolsoy, Turgenev, Thomas Hardy, Hemingway, Shelley, Keats, Wordsworth and Arthar Hadley. In her last days she spent her time with ‘City of Joy’ by Dominique Lapierre. ‘A Suitable Boy ‘ By Vikram Seth and ‘The Brothers Karmazov’ by Dostoyevasky. She was amazed by these books and advise her daughters in laws to read those books. 

Xhiroda Neog was an ideal mother and a good housewife. She raised her three sons and five daughters with proper education and values and she was able to bring a peaceful and  cordial atmosphere in the joint family with her son’s , daughter—in –laws and daughters . She dedicated her life till the end for social work and was dear to neighbors. She was associated with various women organizations.

After enjoying an eventful and socially active life she expired on 27th October, 1995 and traveled to her heavenly abode. This well dressed in traditional Assamese attire, soft spoken and an ideal lady is no longer with us. But the lady contributed immensely to Assamese literature inspite of her such a busy life. It will be good if Sadou Asom Lekhika Samaroh Samitee should take initiative to published her writings as books..

 

 
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