A TRIBUTE ΤΟ SAURAV CHALIHA
The passing of the esteemed writer Saurav Chaliha has left a profound void in the world of Assamese literature. Fondly remembered as a unique and different writer, Chaliha’s writing style brought a breath of fresh air to the literary landscape. One of his early stories from the 1960s, “Ashanta Electron,” remarkably resonates with the frustrations felt by today’s educated youth in an increasingly materialistic society.
Chaliha’s repertoire of works was diverse and distinct, with each story standing apart from the others. Whether it was “Ratir Rail,” “Jyamiti,” “Ehat Daba,” or “Duporia,” his stories held their own individuality. Even in some of his articles, one could observe the dominance of the writer Chaliha over the analyst Chaliha. His articles often read like stories, reflecting his unique ability to blend creativity with insightful observations. Within his cynicism, one could still find an underlying optimism that set Chaliha apart.
The article “Nishpradip” is an example of Chaliha’s cynicism, which coincidentally coincided with the day of Assam bandh when he passed away. Saurav Chaliha, despite writing in Assamese, showcased a mind profoundly influenced by European ideas and concepts, evident in the scientific theories he seamlessly integrated into his brilliant stories.
Chaliha maintained an enigmatic presence, preferring to stay away from the limelight. He refused interviews and avoided any form of publicity, a rarity in contemporary times. Despite his passing at the age of 80, his writings never betrayed his age. Readers consistently encountered a youthful yet cynical Chaliha, who mesmerized them with his captivating writing style.
Chaliha’s magnum opus, “Ashanta Electron,” holds a special place in the hearts of his fans. It portrays the frustrations and challenges faced by the educated youth in a society that increasingly prioritizes materialism. The emotions and themes depicted in the story remain highly relevant even in today’s context.
Chaliha’s ability to infuse his stories with scientific concepts and unique perspectives made him a literary maverick. His works left an indelible impact on readers, transcending the boundaries of age and time. Despite his lack of formal study in literary theories, his writing style fascinated and captivated his audience, winning him the hearts of many.
As fans and admirers bid farewell to the remarkable writer, they hope that he finds eternal peace. Chaliha’s creations, particularly “Ashanta Electron,” will continue to inspire generations of readers, reminding them of his unparalleled talent and contribution to Assamese literature.
Saurav Chaliha’s passing marks the end of an era in Assamese literature. His distinct writing style, diverse stories, and unique ability to blend cynicism with optimism left an indelible mark on the literary landscape. His iconic work, “Ashanta Electron,” remains as relevant today as it was when first written. Chaliha’s reluctance for public attention only adds to his mystique, making him a celebrated yet enigmatic figure in the hearts of his readers. As fans pay their respects, they find solace in the belief that his literary legacy will continue to thrive, and the creator of “Ashanta Electron” will forever rest in peace.