[Assam] Posoowa ; Assam 2007, Harvard PhD info, Biker gangs
jaipurschool at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 1 10:15:22 EDT 2007
It was excellent to meet Jugal-da finally at Assam2007 convention in Washington DC (we meet again today) - the foremost IT innovator having set up the electronic mailing list for Assam in 1980s where most people had never heard of internet or any such thing.
We discussed ways to promote IT business in Assam - he has the technical expertize and vast experience and I am working for a consultant which mainly hires IT professionals ( www.sonlightinternational.com ) to work globally. If info could be generated more about the business side of IT - then perhaps more Assamese could become tech entrepreneurs.
It was an educational experience to meet MIT grad Dulari-ji and her Harvard doctoral student husband Keith (originally of Rhode Island) http://www.posoowa.org/2007/06/27/dulari-tahbildar-graduated-from-mit/
who gave me insight into what research project I could take up - and was quite aware of the research interests about new , incoming and established faculty at Harvard.
All the while wonderful cultural programs were going on mceed by Rick and Nick .
After 2-3 hours , just before the "Yaa Ali" singer Zubeen Garg was about to present a group of Biker Gangs rushed in and forced us to leave - one hour before our scheduled departure (but we will be back in today - bikers have gone now) . I had already seen their speed demons parked outside but thought they were for some other venue.
It seems Hotel Ramada chain made an unforgivable blunder and boked the same room and signed the contract also - with both Assamese and Biker groups. It was later rumored that they had pulled the gun on the manager before forcing their way into our program . The hotel management merrily set up tables of beer and hard drinks for them while women dressed in saris and small children were being pushed around by non-white Biker gangs and their huge girlfriends in shorts.
I helped a lady in distress - an entrepreneur who had set up a stall for ethnic clothes (the only commercial stall) - and got the hotel management to take up her case and shift her stuff - I was afraid the bikers would just rob her stuff - justthey way they robbed us of our room. Though you really cannot blame the bikers - bikers in India would have done the same - the hotel is to be blamed.
Today they have gone and life will return to the normal self - though I personally liked the clashwith the bikers - who actually were very subdued - they never manhanlded or badmouthed anyone -- just pushed their way around :-) Just like a movie -- its not the same without a villain .
Today we have the Chief Minister visiting.
PS: Met many AssamNet members also - for the first time. Ofcourse Partha-da and Satyen-da I have known for sometime now
J Kalita <jugalkalita at yahoo.com> wrote: Dear esteemed readers,
Volume 34, No 9, June 2007 issue of Posoowa, the monthly non-resident Assamese magazine has been published. It's available for your reading pleasure at http://www.assam.org/newsletter/june2007.pdf . Please also visit http://www.posoowa.org to read this and previous issues of Posoowa.
Jugal Kalita, Babul Gogoi, Ganesh Bora, Kaushik Phukan, Sanchayita Sarma, Satyam Bhuyan and Umesh Sharma
assam mailing list
assam at assamnet.org
Ed.M. - International Education Policy
Harvard Graduate School of Education,
Class of 2005
http://www.uknow.gse.harvard.edu/index.html (Edu info)
http://hbswk.hbs.edu/ (Management Info)
www.gse.harvard.edu/iep (where the above 2 are used )
Yahoo! Mail is the world's favourite email. Don't settle for less, sign up for your freeaccount today.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the assam