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Aiyusman,Tulika,my colleague Satish and I went to Dimapur together.I wrote to Madhuchhanda Adhikari .Corporate Communication Head of Numaligarh Refineries for accommodation as advised by Aiyusman and it was done.We reached there at 10 pm night.

My North East memories always haunt me.I remember many ,recollect many sweet events.One of the persons I fondly remember is Aiyusman Dutta ,the feature editor of Sentinel.


It was on a fine morning that my friend Som Kamei (Then Director,Postal Services,now PMG,Dibrugarh)brought two young people to me and introduced them as Aiyusman and Tulika.While Aiyusman was in the newspaper Sentinel,Tulika was a casual staff with Prasar Bharti.

Aiyusman and Tulika remained close to me throughout the period of my stay at Shillong.We used to interact over phone.One day an idea came to my mind that I should translate a poem of mine and send the same to Aiyusman for consideration for  publication in Sentinel.But I had a fear,he ,may not find it up to the mark.I reluctantly sent it to Som Kamei.He sent it to Aiyusman.

Suddenly,one day I found the poem published in the weekly literary supplement of Sentinel.I was thrilled.Later,I translated about 20 of my poems into English and Aiyusman published those in Sentinel.

During my Shillong days Aiyusman was one of my strong inspirations.Many times I did not have proper sleep and I used to write on facebook in the late midnight or may be the wee hours of morning.And then,Aiyusman's   like  comment comes.He used to have the same problem of sleeplessness like me.

Aiyusman,Tulika,my colleague Satish and I went to Dimapur together.I wrote to Madhuchhanda Adhikari .Corporate Communication Head of Numaligarh Refineries for accommodation as advised by Aiyusman and it was done.We reached there at 10 pm night.

While coming back from Dimapur we went to Nagaon to drop Tulika and I saw a dead river there.I wrote a poem 'Eie Nadi Sei Nadi Nuhan( This river is not that river)' based on that experience.

Aiyusman had a dream to hold a Music Festival at Guwahati.He did one long back.His application came for financial assistance.I always wanted to help,but Secretary,NEC thought that probably the Tourism Sector of NEC can assist better.I have missed many things and will miss many things in my life.But that I will miss the dream event organised by Aiyusman and Tulika at Guwahati always pains me.

Aiyusman is no more. Cruel Corona has consumed him.

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