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Registrations open for IIT Alcheringa events

The annual cultural festival of IIT Guwahati, Alcheringa, in its 23rd incarnation has been scheduled in the fine winter season of January and February, from 31st January to 3rd February. This edition of Alcheringa is showing a promising start to grow more and more. Along with the entertainment and events, Alcheringa takes pride in showcasing it’s social responsibility by launching a range of campaigns from “Udaan” for underprivileged people to “North-East Unveiled” with the aim of spreading the culture, tradition and Beauty of North-east countrywide.

Besides the awesome Pronites line up which have seen the likes of Sonu Nigam, Mohit Chauhan, Mika, Vishal-Shekhar at this cultural festival, it conducts a plethora of events which consists of dance, drama, fashion, sports, literary, fine arts and some fine music events. The events have seen participation from colleges across all over India. The quality of teams and judges makes the event a national level competition for the participants. The events withhold prize money worth 28 lakhs to be won by the participants.

Alcheringa has started taking registrations for the various events from mid-October. As the slots of every events are fixed, so register your college or team as early as possible at www.alcheringa.in/registrations to grab a chance to showcase your talent at a national level stage and also to get submerged in the euphoria of 4 days of Alcheringa.

For any details regarding registrations, Contact : Priyanshu Kumar Sinha (+91-8486771512) Kunal Gaurav (+91-9101787914)

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R Day prep gathers momentum

25 Jan 2017 - 11:12am | AT News

Amid a massive security arrangement and rebel boycott call, Assam is all set to join the Republic Day on Thursday to mark beginning of the largest democracy on the planet.

The flag hosting grounds across the state are being heavilly guarded by army, police and para military forces in view of the rebel diktat against the red letter day.

The vehicles on the roads are being minutely checked to prevent the rush of explosive materials apart from an intensified combing operation against ULFA-I and NSCN-I who recently killed three Assam Rifles jawans at an ambush near Jagun in Tinsukia district.

The premier north eastern city of Guwahati has turned into a war zone with security forces patrolling on the streets with sniffer dogs scanning the suspicious objects.

The entry and exit points in the city are being closely monitored to prevent the movement of rebel elements.

The security forces are concentrating on the Veterinary Playground in Khanapara where governor B Purohit is unfurling the tricolour before taking salute of the army, police, para military forces and NCC.

Ministers and MLAs have already left for their district and sub divisional head quarters to hoist the flag.

Heavy security forces are being deployed in the vital roads, bridges, railway tracks, oil and gas installations fearing rebel attempts during the celebrations.

The north eastern rebels have given a boycott call of the day alleging decade long suppression, oppression and colonial rule by the power that be in New Delhi.

Newsletter greets book lovers at Guwahati Granthamela

4 Jan 2017 - 2:28pm | AT News

Daily newsletters, published by the organizers of 30th Guwahati Book Fair at Chandmari AEI field, started greeting the visitors since the second day of its inauguration on 30 December 2016. Organized by Publication Board Assam the annual book festival attracts thousands of visitors from  different parts of the country. Book lovers throng at various stalls, erected by the established publishers from various south Asian nations, turning the  venue into one of the happening places in far eastern part of the glorious country.


For the first time, the organizers have facilitated wifi connection at the venue for the benefit of the visitors. Moreover an ATM has also been stalled for smooth monetary transactions in the 12-day book carnival. Regular discussion and evening cultural programs have been organized for the entertainment of the bookworms.


Titled as Granthamela, the daily newsletter contains regular news related to the festival as well as commentaries & personal feelings  of serious appreciators of books, advance program schedules with other relevant information. Edited by the publication board secretary Pramod Kalita, the newsletters are being distributed among the visitors who arrive at the location to rediscover the books at the days of internet.

Unsung Heroes Amongst Us

16 Jun 2019 - 3:48pm | Taw Nana

My sisters and I are like friends. Some days ago, I was waiting for my sister, outside a shop nearby the roadside (she was late as usual). It was noon. Felt like the Sun god was overly generous with it’s heat and sat right above my head. It was getting hotter–I was sweating– becoming impatient and angrier. During that moment, a man and a little girl holding hands, walking on the roadside without an umbrella caught my attention. I thought they were walking towards me. I forgot I was standing outside a shop beside a big box, which had plenty of beautiful umbrellas at display.

People would have found my behaviour uncanny if they had noticed me observing them that closely and smiling subconsciously. From their interaction, I found the man was the father of the little girl. They were too cute. By this, I don’t mean their physical appearances only. The father had sun-tanned skin color, tall, lean, wore simple, loose-fitting T-shirt, and jeans. It looked worn out. He exuded as a person who’s skilled in hard labour. On the other hand, the daughter (somewhere around aged 5- 6 years) wore a frock—not an expensive one but beautiful.

That little girl didn’t seem to notice anything or anyone around her. At that moment, it seemed her world revolved around her father and the umbrellas. I can’t say how poor or rich he was, but he definitely was able to afford an umbrella for her daughter in the scorching heat. She was overly excited with so many options of colourful Disney characters printed umbrellas. She seemed indecisive. Neither was she able to choose one nor was her father. With each umbrella, she’ll ask him for confirmation, “Abo (father), is this beautiful”? “What about this one”? “ Is this good”? “This is beautiful, right”? Funnily, for every question, he patiently replied, “Uum (yes) this is good”, “this is beautiful”. They were adorable. He caught me smiling and we exchange a knowing smile of how children can be sometimes. This went on for few minutes. He went inside to pay for the umbrella. Outside, the girl was still talking, mostly to her father (whom she thought will be able to hear her out, somehow).

I am not sure if it was her first ever umbrella. But, her excitement for it was infectious. I saw them walking away—he holding her hand and she holding the umbrella beside her– still marvelling at the images.

This encounter was just for few minutes. It, however, is imprinted in my memory. It reminds me, how often we overlook heroes in our daily life and search for it in movies, news, award functions etc. Some heroes are just mothers and fathers. Some heroes doesn’t receive validation or a certificate from the society. Some heroes are wrinkled and old and living amongst us.

Sometimes, these heroes are seen in the kitchen chopping vegetables—snoring at the living room wearing a torn vest and shorts—sometimes, they have emotional breakdown—they cry—they are angry—frustrated—some are out casted—declared failure by society— some are physically and emotionally weak–some are seen marketing household stuffs—some at the construction site—at the offices – in the agriculture field—on the roadside with their little ones etc.

They don’t always have to be supremely strong or rich. I have seen the helplessness of certain parents for not being able to provide the basic needs for their children. I have seen a shop owner, who has been mending his tiny shop for years now, so to provide a better future for his children. I have seen some selling off their only property to be able to educate their children (as they were not educated themselves). I have sensed sheer fear in some as their children were getting distracted in life. Some heroes live in constant fear and they are just human.

Yes, there are many days when we argue/ fight. In my case, there are few things my father and I don’t agree with each other. Some days, it takes just few hours to reconcile and other times it’s stretched to days. But, during all this time I have never stopped loving my father. I approach him with “sorry” and he with lots of eatables (his way of apologising, I guess).

And that little girl and her father may not even understand the heroship of a father or a mother. But, I am certain no Disney or Marvel characters will come to her rescue when she is in pain and afraid. It’ll be her parents who would stand by her side, protect her, embrace her, nurture her, make her strong enough to be able to stand for herself in life. I see heroes every day.

 

Picture: From a Oscar-Winning animated short film, ‘ Father and Daughter’.