From thirty-seven years of service throughout Assam, woodland guard Ghanasham Rajbongshi has riveting memories of charging rhinos, fleeing poachers and ferocious guy-consuming tigers. In 2013, he began running a blog approximately his adventures, and is now an author of published books, with greater in the offing.
On a moist October nighttime in 1984, Ghanasham Rajbongshi, on a routine boat patrol with his colleagues Sadananda Konwar and Bipul Rabha in Kaziranga National Park, took on a charging rhino and its calf with a damaged department of a tree.
Newly published at Kaziranga, a service rifle changed into yet to be issued to Rajbongshi, and the branch changed into his simplest weapon. While his colleagues tried to scare the pachyderm with blank fireplace, Rajbongshi, in a determined bid to save themselves, struck the animal with all his might. It laboured. The rhino and its calf fled.
A blow-via-blow account of this incident makes an entire chapter called Hator Lathidal (The Hand’s Stick) in Rajbongshi’s first ebook, written in Assamese. Called Aranya Bhitorsora (2017) (which translates to “Inside the woodland”), the wooded area shield’s e-book is a treasure trove of engrossing anecdotes he skilled in his three-and-half of-decade-lengthy profession across the wilds of Assam.
In 2018, he posted some other book, Aranya Moh (In Awe of the Forest). Both, apart from chronicling his experiences inside the forests, also double up as a prepared reckoner for children to learn about the wealthy flowers and fauna of Assam.
FROM ORANG TO AMCHANG
Though he was born in Kochtola village close to Hajo, Rajbongshi spent his formative years within the outer edge of the Orang National Park (which falls under Assam’s Darrang and Sonitpur districts). As a toddler, he recollects accompanying his carpenter father on many sojourns into the deep, darkish woods. That kindled the character-lover internal him, and in 1982, Rajbongshi joined Orang as a woodland guard. Two years later, in 1984, he became transferred to Kaziranga, in which he spent the next decade of his existence.
Since then, he has worked in Nameri Wildlife Sanctuary, Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary and is presently posted at the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, a blanketed woodland placed at the periphery of Guwahati.
DIARIST TO BLOGGER TO AUTHOR
Ever because he started running in the wooded area, Rajbongshi had an addiction of recording his stories in the hardbound registers his employers had exceeded to him. Later, the diary entries have been preserved in small notebooks he bought at stationery stores.
“But the idea of writing a book never crossed my thoughts,” he says. But then, persuaded with the aid of his daughter, Ankita, the fifty six-12 months-antique started out running a blog.
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The blog, which he promoted via his non-public Facebook account, aroused hobby leading many humans to touch him. Soon local Assamese dailies like Dominik Asom have been asking him to jot down columns.
This ignited Rajbongshi’s literary goals. Friends and readers helped him gather budget and Aranya Bhitorsora was posted in February 2017 through the Asom Book Trust, a main publishing house in the nation. The next 12 months Aranya Moh hit the stands, and more are slated for a 2019 launch: Aranyar Prante Prante (Corners of the Forest) and Aranyachari (Forest Dweller).