I was born to a very independent and liberal Assamese family. Actually most of the Assamese families are independent and liberal, at least I have seen only them.
I was born to a joined family, father, mother, younger brother, grand parents, 2 uncles and 1 uncle’s wife and 2 children and 1 aunty and the cows, goats, chickens, ducks and the doves.
Back then my life was amazing, at least I realise it now. I was pampered like anything by my mother, although father was very strick and most of the time unmanageable. Like most of the fathers he always wanted that me and my brother must be seen on our study table only. Our study times were early in the morning till we headed to school and in the evening till we headed to the bed. And interestingly he was found next to us in both the slots, most of the time with a stick to use if we fall asleep on the study table.
I was a mediocre student. But I was brilliant in arts, subjects like English, Assamese, Social Study and sometimes Maths too without the geometry part. I was a big zero in science erespect of physics, chemistry and biology. I knew it from very early stage that I was not a science student and my father was also sure from my marks. I have record of writing a single line in science in a class test and scored 1 out of 20. Actually I scored half mark but my teacher was so kind that she convert that half to 1 while writing the final figure. That time for class tests parents signatures were not required on the copy. So I was very relaxed and hiding the sheet was not tough either. I never believed in destroying anything back then. I hide it inside some old books of mine which were kept on the slab just above my study table. 1 week passed. Father asked about the test result as he got to know about it from a neighbor class met of mine. I lied, obviously.
After few weeks he found the copy accidentally.
After my 10th class I decided to continue my next 2 years at my school only. Those 2 years were the best days of life. I selected arts stream and life was relaxed back then with those subjects I love.
Day of farewell at School year 2002… Last bye from friends…
For my graduation I decided for bachelor degree in arts from Jorhat, a very cultured place from Assam, although father wanted me to pursue law. But I was not interested in law and he never forced me for it.
Graduation from Jorhat meant need to find a hostel. I was super excited. I was about to be free from all the rules and regulations, terms and conditions of my father.
After being spent 12 years in a mixed gender school, I was in a mental trauma to see only girls in my new college. 3 years inside the college was obviously very boring and irritating; although the boredom was well sold off by the fun and adventures I had post college hours.
3 years vanished in front of my eyes just like that. In our final year, our Geography Dept was taken for an departmental tour to New Delhi and Jaipur. That was my first trip without parents to a distance like that far.
When our whole Dept landed at new Delhi railway station, it was a chilled February morning. It was totally a different world for me. I stressed my eyes wide open to see as far and as much as I could see.
Our booking was done at International Youth Hostel in the main embassy area of New Delhi. We stayed there for almost one week and visited each and every known monument. And finally we went for shopping at world famous Sarojani Nagar market. This market is very confusing, although none of the girls were confused as all of them were gone crazy by seeing various type of dresses and got busy in bargaining.
Less crowded India Gate in year 2005 …
Jaipur was also in our tour schedule so in between we visited Jaipur for 3 days.
Finally I was graduated with geography honours. I was happy. And decided for my further studies in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Guwahati.
Guwahati, the capital of Assam and the biggest commercial city of not only Assam but also of the whole North East India. I was super duper excited.
Although I was excited about Guwahati but in reality Guwahati treated me very very rough. I crossed many ups and downs both personally and professionally; but mainly personally. I was heart broken. And so to find my peace of heart and mind I strengthen my relatioship with God and that was the best and only thing happened then. I stated to hate that place and was just looking for any chance to flew from there.
And I got a chance. Higher studies at the national capital, New Delhi. So I became the first person from my family to cross the state boarder for higher studies. Being a mediocre student in school it was a little out of the syllabus kind question.
But as destiny had already decided, I landed in New Delhi on 19 March, 2007.