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Last Days in Assam

Peculiar things happened with me as I made preparations for leaving Sibsagar on my transfer back to Mumbai.

A few days prior to my planned departure, the weather became very hot and humid as it becomes there during summer days. But on the day of my journey to airport at Dibrugarh, it began to rain and rained so much that it became a deluge. Without any respite, the rain was falling in solid sheets. Visibility became very poor. My flight was canceled on the scheduled day despite the fact that our luggage was boarded and boarding passes were issued. Such a thing never happened to me in my three years sojourn in Assam. My flight never got canceled and I made it to airport even on the days of ULFA bandh. It seemed that there were some scores remaining unsettled, as if I owed something to others and others to me, as if someone was waiting for me to see me and fulfill the unfulfilled desires. My colleagues advised me to stay put at some hotel for next day journey but I returned back. Luckily, one of my colleagues brought back the key of the house which I had surrendered that very day. I changed my flight altogether for next day.

Next day flight again arrived one hour late and I began to have doubts again. At last it took off for Guwahati on its way to Kolkata. On my adjacent seats-I was on window seat-were sitting two very pretty young girls who incidentally happened to belong to same place I was coming from and their parents worked in same company as I. They were going to Chennai, but worried about missing their connecting flight from Kolkata to Chennai due to delay in this flight. It turned out that they were having non-refundable tickets of different airlines. If everything went on time from Kolkata not only would they miss the flight but also lose the money. I tried to help them and luckily at Kolkata when they were waiting for luggage, inquiry at help counter of the airlines revealed that the flight as usual was delayed for an hour.

But I made to Kolkata with no hurry as my connecting flight to Mumbai was late in the evening with enough time remaining. Flight to Mumbai also was delayed and reached at midnight. My real nightmare started when I hired a taxi from outside. There is a great racket going on at Mumbai airport. Some taxi driver and accompanying person will board the taxi with you and take a just outside the airport where number of taxis are waiting. He will charge money from you as they pretend it be prepaid taxi and will ask you to shift to some waiting taxi and will give the driver very vague instructions about the destination and give him some share. After traveling about half the distance, the driver will ask for the spot where the passenger will drop but he will give the name of place nearby. As you will protest that I have to go to where I have to, he will say that the fellow who transferred you in my cab told me to drop you elsewhere and for going further he will again demand some more money. Really, Mumbai is going to dogs, it will go bust. It is the city whose cycle of decline has really well started. It has become a old vamp. Name any kind of maladies-physical as well as mental- you will find them in Mumbai.


Best of luck for this dying city. My lungs choked on pollution as I sucked so many pollutants in two hours as I have done in Assam in 3 years.

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Assam & Sikhs

Sikh gurus made visits to Assam during their peregrinations all over India for preaching the lesson of brotherhood, love and amity and peace. Ninth Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur, visited Assam during 1668 February and stayed in Dhubri town.

Recently, his three hundred thirty first martyrdom day was celebrated here on twenty sixth of November 2006. He was tortured and killed by Aurangzeb, the Mughal king of India as he refused to embrace the Muslim religion.

Sikhs came from far off places like Canada, UK, Bhutan, Nepal and other parts of Assam like Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tinsukhia, Digboi and Guwahati; the district of Dhubri looked like a mini Punjab on these days.

Muslims attacked Assam in 1669 in order to extend their control beyond Guwahati. This means that Guru was also here at that time. The command of the Mughal Army was in the hands of Raja Ram Singh who was a very pious person.

In this fight, Ahoms led by the legendary Ahom General Lachit Borphukan fought valiantly with the Mughals and defeated them thoroughly. It was decided that the Mughals would not cross Brahmaputra( Luit) and the river will mark the boundary between the two. Guru, it is recorded played a vital role in bringing peace among the waring parties.