BORDOICHILA

Bordoichila rushes

To greet her mother,

Enthusiasm turns wild

And some heavy shower.

 

Proceed of destruction

All throughout the way,

Lightning, thunderstorm,

Trees tremendously sway.

 

Her advent conveys

Onset of spring season

And Assamese worldwide

Enjoy their Bihu celebration.

 

[Published in ‘Bordoichila’ on 14 April 2012. ‘Bordoichila’ is the annual bilingual (Assamese & English) e-magazine, published on the Rongali Bihu day from USA]

Short note: ‘Bordoichila’ refers to a thunderstorm that hits Assam and the neighbouring states (North-East India) during the spring season every year. As the powerful wind lashes, trees get uprooted causing severe damage to houses, light posts etc. According to a common belief, ‘Bordoichila’ is the name of a bride, who longs to meet her mother and with her long hair unfastened, she dashes towards her home for an annual sojourn.

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