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  1. Life rolls on, as it always did

    July 26, 2012 by Sunit Nandi

    So finally the boards result and results of various competitive exams were out. I got opportunities to study in three places, namely, NIT Silchar, Assam Engineering College in Guwahati and Institute of Engineering and Management in Kolkata.

    For a while dad was confused about what to do as I did not have my permanent resident certificate for Assam state. Then rounds for WBJEE got stuck. That meant I was forced to leave for NITS.

    On the final few days before Assam CEE counselling, dad managed to get my PRC. So getting admission in AEC was a moonwalk cakewalk. 😀

    Then choices remained were NITS and IEM. Mom was really fixed on her decision to put me in an NIT. So IEM was dumped and we all went to Silchar.

    On reaching NIT Silchar, we had a long discussion and debate on whether to join or not. Finally, it did come to light that if I stayed there, I wouldn’t be able to study for the upcoming JEEs. Add to that, 3 students in each hostel room and travel facilities to Silchar are extremely limited. Getting airline seats is a lottery. And road and rail transport can be erratic because of landslides.

    Putting all those into consideration, I decided to abandon Silchar. I’m back in Guwahati. Classes in AEC will be starting on 4 November. Also, I’m continuing my IIT JEE coaching at Concept Educations, Maligaon, Guwahati.

    So its like that.

    Apart from that, me and a couple of my friends are working on the Techno FAQ blog. It will soon be released at . We are working on the theme and Facebook integration and hope to be fully functional soon along with the page and the group. The great news is that the Facebook group is reaching 4000 members soon, and time for celebration is not far away. You can speed it up by joining here.

    So far so good.

    Will write again soon after some major events. 😛

  2. Durga Puja 2011

    October 9, 2011 by Sunit Nandi

    Hello guys, I am writing after quite some time. You might be thinking where I had disappeared. Well, our UNI.CC domain name provider just vanished into thin air, leaving our site unreachable. So I had signed up with and got a new domain for our site. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our site will be available from now on at and my blog at

    So, I am coming back to the main topic, that is Durga Puja at Guwahati.

    Saptami: This day we went to see the Puja pandals on the highway, Ganeshguri, Dispur and Khanapara. A crowd had collected making it even more fun. Also we did shopping at NE trade Expo (Maniram Dewan) and Pantaloons

    Ashtami: On this day, we went to see pandals at Kahilipara, AT Road, Panbazar, Paltan Bazar, Manipuri basti and Latashil.

    Navami: We concentrated on the Adabari, Pandu port and Maligaon area.

    Dashami: Stayed at home. Tired. 😛

    So it was a wonderful puja this year, with lots of pandals visited. And so I had great fun with mom and dad.

    I uploaded the photos to the Photo Albums. Click this link to see it. If you are seeing this post on Facebook, just check my profile.


    Also I had uploaded the Teachers’ Day celebrations at school long back. But this site was down then. So I am posting it now.

    So far so good. Will write again soon! Have a great time!

  3. Blasts "rock" Guwahati after Diwali

    November 2, 2008 by Sunit Nandi

    Diwali is finally over and everything was well when a set of blasts ripped through Assam, especially Guwahati. The 2008 Assam bombings occurred on October 30, 2008, before noon in markets in Guwahati city and the surrounding area of western Assam. Reports indicated as many as eighteen bombs went off, causing at least 81 deaths and 470 injuries. This was the worst blast till date in Guwahati. This is what my friend Namrata had to say:

    Friends, the act of brutality that we have witnessed is unprecedented in Assam. We all are shocked, disgusted, horrified and totally hopeless with the government structure on which our lives are dependent upon. People we know are dead – if not so this time, next time it can be and it maybe one of us. Anyone looking at the pictures of the dead is bound to have spasms in their heart. Friends, I know we all want to do something to make things better, to ensure that nothing like this is ever repeated again. To do that we need proper planning but there’s something we all can do today to show our love and care for the dead Axomiyas. There might have been Assamese speaking people, local Muslims, Marwaris, Biharis etc. among the victims but all of them are Axomiyas – this feeling of integrity is particularly essential in times like this. Let us all light a saki, diya whatever you may call it in front of our houses. It’s the least we can do to show that WE ALL CARE. Something is better than nothing my friends, please keep that in mind. We can follow it up with other events but for that we all need proper planning.

    I would love to have your feedback and your comments on the events in our state. This is a small community so please forward the message to all those whom you know. I have expressed my views on the proceedings in Assam through the following lines, read it if you are interested:

    “THE SOUL OF ASSAM is frozen due to the blasts. Friends, we being the students of a good school can do something to make things better. Seriously, we can make a difference and to do something we’ll have to get together: truly, unity is strength. Our people are hopeless: our government is hopeless, our police system is hopeless, and the entire government structure is flawed. Two instances I would like to give to highlight the insincerity on the part of our government:
    1. The first Ganeshguri blast took place at 11:15 and was followed by the second an hour later. One hour gap: so much could have been done, but not by our policemen! Our policemen didn’t even have the common sense that the first blast may be followed by another and so the place should be cleared. What can we expect in a state where the majority of government jobs are obtained by bribing our fat MPs, MLAs and other govt. officials who in the first place came to power by bribing others??
    2. Tarun Gogoi: WHAT A HOPELESS FIGURE TO LEAD US! Man, we’ve got to blame ourselves for electing him. Did you notice the indifference and proud attitude he had while commenting on the blasts saying that ‘yes, blasts do take place occasionally and we have the influx under control.” My foot, old man! Tarun knows that by handing out wine bottles and blankets to Bangladeshis the day before elections he can make it to the top. What more can we expect from a Congess man (this is not the same pre – independence Congess my friends)?

    It’s a pity how people lost their lives. My relatives’ silk house was destroyed in front of the police station in Pan Bazar (that’s ironical, isn’t it? But the terrorists can plant bombs wherever they want, when ever they want (courts and police stations are no problem), we have hopeless officials to assist them!) and one person I know lost his life. Another person working there is battling for his life in GMC but chances of his survival are slim. I’ve heard that a girl who studies in our school has lost her mother. It was just fate that it wasn’t my or your mother. But the next time it can be yours. We have all the more reason to go out there and do something. Two things MUST be done:
    1. First, our International border with Bangladesh should be sealed (in NE TV it was shown how stretches above 100 km were lying open with no fencing). Through these gaps, arms and ammunitions are being smuggled. I wonder how the govt. has done nothing about it? That’s probably because they’ve done nothing about anything apart from painting the road when Sonia or Manmohan arrives.
    2. The security should be enhanced. In places like Ganeshguri where 19 blasts have taken place in the last 6yrs, parking vehicles shouldn’t be allowed after specific periods and vehicles should be checked regularly (I say regularly because we are living in Assam and not in Himachal Pradesh or Switzerland).

    All of this is well known. But has anything been ever done? We have hopeless, greedy, pocket filling assholes sitting on the most responsible seats of our state. These people don’t know what reality is, my friends. I got this line in Amar Axom editorial, “Lankat gola ravana hoboi lagibo” or somewhat like that. Even good people become bad after getting fat bundles of money.

    What more can I say? DO SOMETHING, RISE…I actually don’t find fault in people who turned to vandalism. They were those people who heard bombs exploding around them, saw people being burnt alive around them. They lost all fear of life and started protesting. What can you expect from people who’s anger upon the government, police, late arrival of ambulances and fire brigades had reached such a boiling point? Those were people who knew nothing will be done as nothing has been done all these years to stop terrorism. They knew something drastic had to be done. My heart, like yours, pains to see the skulls and limbs of people who should never have died. These were people bound to live meaningful and peaceful lives. For their sake, for our sake cause we never know if our heads or worse if our near one’s bodies will be lying charred and unidentifiable when the next string of blasts occur. If nothing is done they’ll sure occur as they’ve always occurred.”

    This is what I had to say:

    It is very sad to see the conditions of the people who and dead and those who are still writhing in pain in the Assam blasts. Does that remind us of something?
    Yes, every time a blast has taken place, there is a confusion, a commotion and the govt just reassures the people that they will take action. But everything goes in vain. Little blasts have become such an “integrated” part of our life that they are passed off and forgotten, often without the criminals being arrested. It could possibly be the reason why the terrorists find it a very good place to try out their various experiments. Probably this is why, the most serious blast in the history of Assam took place. As usual, the bombs went of one after another, nobody in the govt was there to care. God knows what might happen in the future?
    Also there is a great problem of illegal immigrants coming into India. The come in through every little gap or broken fencing in the border. The govt has taken least care to seal the border from the very beginning. Thousands of people stream into India every second, every minute, every day, every year. There is no one to put a check on them. They illegally settle here, get their ration cards and become Indian citizens. But in their heart, they really support the country they came from and do such horrendous acts. If they are citizens of India now, should they not be charged with treason?
    A latest news report shows that the Border Security Forces are trying to defend the border from illegal migrants. Also, they are blocking cattle smuggling, which is a tough job. The BSF is complaining that they are spending most of their energy on stopping smuggling that they cannot block anything else. They feel that cattle smuggling should be legalised and that would solve their problems. Ok, then also legalise unchecked migration and make the border porous. Thou have no work to be done. Get lost! Let everyone stream in and out.
    Now everything lies in our own hands how to solve these problems. Probably we should stage a big revolution. What do you all have to say?
    What do you say?
    Please don’t stay mum. Give a comment!

  4. Visit to Guwahati City

    March 25, 2007 by Sunit Nandi

    Today, I got up at 6 am and realized I had to go for a city tour arranged my father so that my grandma could see some sites of the city. We hired a chaffeur to drive our car and went first to the Kamakhya Temple. We were shocked to know that today was Saptami Puja and people had crowded around the temple to have a Darshan inside the temple. My father, seeing so much people, went to the counter and bought a premium ticket of Rs. 101 to enter the temple directly with having to go through the crowd. But to our disappointment, we found that a couple of other people doing the same thing, and in minutes, the premium direct ticket line also filled up with the "devotees". So we all had to queue up in a line and reached the interior of the temple. While we were in the queue, a pigeon accompanied us. I picked up the pigeon but instead of it getting frightened, it perched itself on my hand with ease. When our turn came, I let it fly and entered the temple compound. We had our Darshan and got out. It all took five hours!
    Later we had our lunch at Paradise.
    After that we went to Satsong Vihar and Balaji Temple to relax ourselves. After that we returned home at 7 pm.