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Keep Yourself Working Odd Jobs Until You Attain Your Goal

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Keep Yourself Working Odd Jobs Until You Attain Your GoalWe dedicate this blog to struggling writers and artists who regularly have to work odd jobs to pay their bills. The message is clear: Never ever give up hope. Many famous people had to surmount major obstacles on their path to success. Odd job was just a part of their lives.
"To dream to become a writer while working in a day job to support your family can be pretty hard," said Mr Das, 43, a struggling writer. "And if you belong to a poor family, which live in a small town like Golaghat where opportunities are relatively limited, the whole situation could appeal to you sense of the ridiculous."

After his father died in an accident, Das, the eldest of five siblings, had to quit college and shouldered the burden of his family. Since then, he has been working different odd jobs to support his family as well as to maintain his enthusiasm for writing. He started his writing career in Assamese language in which he …

Rongali Bihu: The Most Popular Spring Festival of Assam

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Rongali Bihu: The Most Popular Spring Festival of AssamChildren enjoying dancing Bihu in Rongali Bihu festival in Majuli, Assam. Image courtesy: Wikipedia. When spring arrives, it makes everything anew—the weather becomes warmer, trees grow new leaves and flowers appear, animals wake up from hibernation, and birds migrate to warmer regions—frankly, in Shakespeare's language we can say: “When proud-pied April, dress’d in all his trim, / Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.”

Spring is celebrated in many cultures with festivals. Some of these festivals are closely associated with sowing of crops. People in Assam celebrate spring festival in mid-April. It is the biggest festival known as Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu which starts on the last day of Assamese calendar year (or, on the 13th or 14th April) and continues till the second week of the new year. Traditionally, in this bihu festival people buy new cloths for themselves and for their families and friends; enjoy food and dif…

Indian-American Homicide Offender: Prosenjit Poddar

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Indian-American Homicide Offender: Prosenjit Poddar Recently, the arrest of an Indian-American teenager, Arnav Uppalapati, 17, who has been accused of killing his biological mother a year ago has shocked the Indian community in America. Town of Carry Police, North Carolina, have been investigating the unsolved murder since 2015. Unfortunately, this is not the first time a murder has been committed by an Indian- American. In 2016, at least two cases of murder-suicide and one case of shooting have been reported. Similarly, one murder case was recorded in 2014 and one in 2012. But worst of them all is probably the 2003 Case Western Reserve University shooting, at which a 62-year-old man Biswanath Halder, who had been holding the SWAT team on a gun battle for seven hours, creating panic among students and faculty members. However, before that year no murder case had been recorded for a long time. The case of Prosenjit Poddar, a Berkeley student, who was convicted of killing Tatiana Tarasof…

Rajmohan's Wife

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Rajmohan's Wife Born in a Brahmin family in 1838 and grew up speaking Bengali, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee had had a big interest in the Sanskrit language as well as in English. A literary genius, Chatterjee started writing verse when he was in high school. He wrote his first novel—Rajmohan's Wife—in English language, when he was 26. By writing the novel, however, Chatterjee could have probably no idea at the time what a significant contribution he was going to make to the world of Anglo-Indian Literature. Today, Rajmohan's Wife is proved the first Indian novel in English. It was published, in 1864, as a serial novel in a weekly periodical, the Indian Field. However, after writing this novel Chatterjee immediately switched to Bengali language and never wrote in English again. The Oxford Companion to English Literature considers Rajmohan's Wife to be "a poor melodramatic thing", although "For 70 years there was no English-language fiction of quality". Th…

Assambirds Changes Its Name

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Assambirds Changes Its NameAssambirds has changed its name to 'Assambirds etcetera'! From now on apart from birds we'll invariably focus on our other interests too. The aim of this blog site was to make a database of all the endangered birds of Assam, which we've failed to make, we confess—and we are sorry for that. Since it was made in 2012, this blog site couldn't able to publish as many posts as it had planned to. Unfortunately, those few posts that had been published some of them were grammatically wrong. Yet for many months this blog hasn't been updated and one might notice how a long gap has appeared between older and newer posts. So, we decided to rename this blog to 'Assambirds etcetera' so that apart from birds we can also focus on our other interests. Stay tuned for our new posts! Subscribe to Our Mailing List to Get Free Updates to Your Inbox

Pink-headed Duck: Is It Still Alive?

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Pink-headed Duck: Is It Still Alive? "The conclusion to be drawn is either that the Pink-headed Duck has indeed become extinct as was feared, or that if perchance there are any lingering survivors they keep strictly confined to the seclusion of some remote and inaccessible areas." —Salim Ali An illustration of Pink-headed Duck by Carl D'Silva from Salim Ali's Book of Indian Birds. Courtesy of Bombay Natural History Society. Pink-headed duck Rhodonessa caryophyllacea was last seen in the wild in 1949. Since then it has never been sighted again in its former habitats which were mainly distributed in India but scarcely in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal. It is thought that the bird has gone extinct due to habitat loss and hunting. However, it has not yet been declared extinct by IUCN or Birdlife International, who consider it critically endangered because some of its former habitats have not been yet completely surveyed. Therefore, ornithologists and birders are urgently r…

Majuli: An Island Too Good To Be True

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Majuli: An Island Too Good To Be True"Land of the river and whispering wind
Sweet rice and plenty of fish,
Where the sun rises to the sound of hundred birds
And the evenings resonate to the music of cymbals and kirtans."—Sanjay Ghose Majuli is not the world's largest river island. However, it is biologically as well as culturally the richest of all river islands in the world. Situated in the midstream of the Brahmaputra river in eastern Assam—with an area slightly larger than Singapore (880 km²)—the island is famous for Neo-Vaishnavite culture which it nourishes since the time of Sankardev (1449-1568), founder of Neo-Vaishnavism movement. In fact, it is the mecca for Neo-Vaishnavism followers and monks (bhakats) who live in monasteries (Satra) and worship the Supreme God of Hindu—Lord Vishnu. Needless to say, Satras play an important role in Neo-Vaishnavism culture. They not only facilitate davotees of God to live in the premises, but to understand the true meaning of God…