I think it is a great news for the Assamese literary world.
But I don't see any news paper report.
Poor Assamese media.
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From: Ram Sarangapani
To: Rajiv Baruah
Cc: assam at assamnet.org
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:18 AM
Subject: Re: [Assam] A Bowstring Winter - By Dhruba Hazarika
Thanks for sharing that with us. Over the years, I have seen a number of articles and interviews by Dhurba.
I knew him (and his brother) from our university days. Even in those days, Dhurba was very outgoing and a great pleasure to to around with.
On 8/22/06, Rajiv Baruah <rajiv.baruah at usa.net> wrote:
I heard of "A Bowstring Winter" during my holiday in Shillong last week. I mm told captures the Shillong of the 70's very accurately - I have not had the chance to read it as yet.
Dhruba and his sibling were our heroes in those days, especially his brother who was a black belt in Karate - a sixth dan I was told by another kid from their neighbourhood - so that was huge. I am told he is still as fit as ever, which I guess he has to be being the commandant of the India Reserve Batallion in Dibrugarh.
A book review is attached.
A Bowstring Winter
Penguin. Pages 343. Rs 295.
D hruba Hazarika's realistic novel is set against the lush-green hills and the mist-laden mountains of Shillong. The pristine silence of the valley suspended in time and space stands in direct contract with violence and bloodshed in the work. The story deals with one winter, the book itself being divided under the headings November, December and January.
John Dkhan, a teacher of political science at St Edmund's College, enters into a dangerous friendship with James Kharlukhi and his gang. These gangsters had connections with the bookies and made money out of manipulating the number of arrows. These occasions never went unscathed without incidents of violence and killing.
Loneliness is inherent in each of the characters. Without family and friends, John Dkhan craves nostalgically for a world that now existed only in his mind. James Kharlukhi, an orphan and a philanderer, makes dirty money and spends his entire life playing with dangers. Dor Kharkonger, who finds poetry in the bow, fails to relate to a similar situation in his marriage.
Friendship is what knitted James and his companions together: "It was the code of friendship, like a bowstring: tight, like an arrow: straight." The blind faith and loyalty to James lands all of them into trouble. John Dkhan walked tightrope between friendship and love, guilt and justification. He now finds himself a stealthy lover, a hypocrite friend and a coward with no guts to face the truth. Was it James' personality that swamped his or was it Jemmifer, the woman he fell for?
The mysterious hands of destiny work their way unexpected on human beings. One can try to be what one can be and if one is pulled away from it by other things, then that is the way it was meant to be. John Dkhan had the least premonition when he first met James that instead of holding pen and paper, he would pick up a knife.
There is an unending yearning for love. John was looking for love, but instead enters a circle of violence over which he had no control. Life at the Kaizang was a feast all the way until love came in, but finally when it comes, it feasted on all of them. Almost all the characters are swayed by a ruling passion. James Kharlukhi has a passion for danger, Charles has it for hatred, Dor Kharkonger for friendship and John's for his woman. Passion leads all of them into serious consequences. The book is on the whole an amalgam of human instincts and emotions. The context of the work makes the use of swear words necessary. The narrative is racy and the use of vernacular makes it even more charming to read.
A new novel for Shillong lovers - A Bowstring Winter by Dhruba Hazarika
A Bowstring Winter by Dhruba Hazarika. A novel set in Shillong
by: Dev Kumar Vasudevan on May 18 2006 11:16AM in Books comments rss:
Memories of Shillong: Hills, clouds, rain, mist, cold, plums, pineapples, oranges, good music, guitars, good clothes, faded jeans, pretty girls, the Khasis, Garos, Jaintias, Assamese, Bengalis, Army, Assam Rifles, Geological Survey of India, Laitumukhrah, Nongrim Hills, Nongthymmai, Spread Eagle Falls, Laitkor peak, Happy Valley, Burra Bazar, Police Bazar, State Central Library, Rock concerts in Laban, Dhankheti, St. Edmund's College, Brother Pinto and his Alsatian.....
For Shillong lovers and Shillong watchers (and for book lovers too). A new novel set in Shillong. Just came to know about it from the Penguin India website.
A Bowstring Winter by Dhruba Hazarika.
Dhruba (b. 1956, Shillong) is a product of St. Edmund's College Shillong and of Guwahati University. He has won the Katha award for creative writing in English in 1996.
Looking forward to getting a copy of this book. Will send a recommendation to my online bookshop.
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