Grandma Steps Into Her 100th Year Today!

       My Aita (Maternal Grandma) Saraswati Kakoti(née Rajkhowa) is celebrating her 100th Birthday today….

Grandmom

Aita is an awesome, intelligent, courageous and a beautiful woman of 99! She was born in the year 1914(the year of the First World War) in Dibrugarh town(Assam, India). She is the great grandchild of  Maniram Dewan, who was one of the first people to establish tea gardens in Assam. Aita passed her high school in 1931 from Dibrugarh Girls’ High School which was then affiliated to Calcutta University, with first division marks. She then went on to pursue her higher studies in Dhaka(then it was part of India). However, she could not complete her studies due to some difficult family circumstances. As she could not complete her education, she went to Dhubri and worked as a teacher for the Assamese subject in Dhubri Girls’ High School. Infact, she was the very first teacher to teach “Assamese” ever in Dhubri (majority of people in Dhubri are Bengali).  In 1938, she married Advocate Indranath Kakoti and moved to Tezpur where Koka(Grandpa) was working, to start her conjugal life. But after few years, they came to Sivasagar(grandpa’s hometown) and got settled in the Phukan Nagar area.

She was the secretary of Mahila Samiti (Women’s Forum) and was an active member who encouraged self-employment of village women. Maa said that they used to have “Taat Xaal“(handlooms) at their home in Sivasagar where women used to come and weave till dawn, and their neighbours used to wake up with the sound of the loom. She also used to go to a village nearby to teach in a school where people were mostly illiterate and her students ranged from the little kids to the old. In 1950, when the two natural disasters- first earthquake(magnitude of 8.7) immediately followed by flood, had hit Assam, she was among the people who helped the needy in the affected areas of Assam(this massive disaster in Assam took away many lives and properties) and also her group of women supplied knitted clothes to the Indian “jawaans” during the Indo-China War. These deeds indeed make me feel proud of her so much!!

Along with all these, she raised up her five children(along with Grandpa of course), to become great Chemist(Son), Lecturer(Daughter), Doctor(Daughter), Engineer(Son) and Teacher(Daughter)(these are written in descending order of their ages). And today, she has 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren!! (I am the second child of her second Daughter)

Undoubtedly, she was a very hardworking woman, and used to knit many pretty clothes, stitch many embroidered table clothes, et cetera and also used to prepare mouth-watering pickles… her Jolphai(Olive) and Aamor(Mango) aachar(pickle) were my favorites (I can say, these are the qualities which my mom and her siblings have inherited from her).

Aita craves for sweets even now especially rosogolla and “Uphsos” (this is a sweet which is prepared only in Sivasagar- I am sure all the Sivasagarians can relate to this) and also “Bilahir Ambol” (Tomato-jaggery chutney).

I still remember my childhood days with her. As I was a tall and a lean kid, she always used to say, “Besikoi bhat kha!“(“Eat more rice!”) and “Raj-haar daal sidhaa kori khuj kaadh!” (“Straighten up the spine and walk!”). Actually she was afraid that my spine would bend like those bamboo trees which were there in plenty in her backyard.

She is the one who also taught me many English rhymes and Mathematics, played “BrainVita” and also used to reward us with cash prize whenever we used to secure any of the first 3 ranks in our final exams in school.

Today, she is on her way to put one more step forward to hit Century!

All I can say that,

                     She is a woman of dignity who has been there, done that and seen it all….

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AITA!!! 🙂

…..her journey still continues

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Heritage of the Ahom Kingdom

The Ahom Kingdom (Assamese: আহোম ৰাজ্য) (1228–1826, also called Kingdom of Assam) was a kingdom in the Brahmaputra valley in Assam, India that maintained its sovereignty for nearly 600 years and successfully resisted Mughal expansion in North-East India. The kingdom’s capital was Sivasagar, formerly known as Rangpur.

Karenghar

This is the picture of the Raja’s(or King) Palace called KARENGHAR in Gorgaon.

RangharRANGHAR is a double-storied, oval shaped amphitheater with a roof which is shaped like an inverted boat. It was constructed by Swargadeo Pramatta Singha. It is said to be amongst the largest of amphitheaters.

RangharThe steps of the Amphitheater.

Talatal ghar

Talatal Ghar is a palace, initially built as an army base. This has two secret tunnels, three floors underground, used as exit routes during wars. The upper four stories are known as Kareng Ghar. In total, it is a seven-floored building.

CannonThe Ancient Cannons used by the army are kept in front of the Palace.

Shiva Dol

Dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Shiva, one of the most sacred temple. This is at a height of 104 feet (32 m). It is thronged by all the devotees during the festival of Shivratri. It was built in 1734 by Kunwori Ambika. It is 104 feet (32 m) tall and encircles over an area of 195 feet (59 m).

museum

This is the Tai Ahom Museum on the bank of the Sivasagar tank(Borpukhuri). It stores artifacts of the rulers, including swords, clothes, manuscripts, goblets and platters.

WELCOME TO THE TOWN!!!

Credit for the script: Wikipedia

Photos: Taken by Me

The Best Place on the Planet

       My Sweet Home is the bestest place on this planet to live in. Everytime I visit, my Mom n my Dad(who are always there to welcome me), my elder sis'(if she happens to be there),and each n every household  piece makes me the most happiest person on the planet leaving behind all the worries. And they all seem to echo “HAKUNA MATATA”
       So,here I want to share few pictures of “In And Around The House” that I live in.Here we go with the first pic… The Entrance

The Living room (and we call it the Drawing Room, I wonder why!)…

And Mom tries her best to take care of these…(not to forget, Dad does help her in the Terrace Garden)

Yes, even I had a Gijoe too like most of the kids. Also had few Barbies which I had spoiled very terribly…

   

 Oh yeah..!! We too owned a Padmini (FiAT) which led us to many destinations…
All we have are the memories and this(pic below)..