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Guwahati diary

The weather’s pretty pleasant here. Especially during the day. It gets cool in the night. If it wasn’t for the tension in the city, it would have been perfect.

Attended the first wedding. How did you meet your wife, I asked my about-to-be-married cousin the day he was getting married.

Cyber love, he replied. Apparently, they met in a chat room. Met under the Chandmari flyover. And that was the end of his bachelorhood. A couple of years later he’s tying the knot.

It’s always nice to hear these stories.

The wedding started at 9.30 p.m. and went on to the wee hours of the morning. By the time everything was done it was about 4 a.m. Most Assamese weddings are held during the period between midnight and dawn.

The different ceremonies are spread over 5 days in this particular wedding. Three actually, but two are inauspicious so those two days are for rest! The juroon (a mostly women’s affair, where the bride gets lots of goodies from the groom’s mother), the actual wedding ceremony with the fire, and then the reception, which is tomorrow.

Hopefully, I will be able to write an Assamese wedding diary one of these days. With lots of pictures. Not today. I have about 2 more minutes before I have to scoot.

Though, cyber cafes have sprung up in many corners in the city now, I still haven’t found one located at a convenient distance from my place.

Am planning to do a quick trip the Kaziranga National Park. The last time I saw it was about two decades ago. It’s time to go in search of a rhino, I reckon!

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14 Comments

  1. Oh so nice blog I hope I would can to visit it again.

    May You Can’t do it fore me cause u can’t read my site

  2. So how was/is the north – east… The most north – east i have gone is Gangtok, and I must say, I loved the place…. i dunno how the land lies beyond that…

  3. Hey, how long are you in Guwahati? BTW, do you get any Assamese movie cassettes or CDs with sub-titles in Hindi or English therE?

  4. i have great memories of your city… does the nandan hotel still exist? it had a lovely restaurant… and those hole-in-the-wall eateries in panbazar? is the brahmaputra still a lovely sight?

  5. Hey Anita,

    man you had the patience to blog while in GHy… sheesh I could not even find a cafe…

    Anyway hope the wedding went fine. I came back as planned and hope to see you soon..

    Take care…

    regards,

    Jil

  6. I am an assamese, live in Guwahati city. From lst 3 yrs i am not there, staying outside. I miss my nice city, its natural beauty i heard that now Guwahti is changing, living style, new generation everythign is diff. now. hope i can visit soon to my born place.

  7. danny says

    Hi Anita,
    Nice to see a assamese blog. Love your cat. I have a white one too.

  8. RITA CHOUDHURY says

    HI ALL,
    I AM A NEW GUEST TO THIS BLOG SITE.I AM AN ASSAMESE STAYING IN HYDERABAD FOR THE PAST 1 YEAR.ITS A NICE PLACE TO LIVE IN BUT NOTHING CAN BE COMPARED TO GHY.AS AN EX-HANDIQUEAN I CANNOT FORGET THR BEAUTIFUL SITE OF DIGHALIPUKHURI.I TERRIBLY MISS MY STATE.HOPE SOME HYDERABADI ASSAMESE(AS I CALL IT)WILL COME TO MY RESCUE TO OVERCOME MY HOMESICKNESS.AAJILOI EMANEI.

  9. anjan says

    hi i am an assamese and proud to be so.iam happy that atleast someone has taken the initiative of starting a blog.i should say “THANK YOU ANITA”

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