When I was in school , I was called a bookworm. I was so much into books. I could not realize when & how I lost that habit!! Still some of those characters rather friends from the pages of those childhood reads are there in my mind , very much alive. In some corner of my mind they still exist and whenever I get a chance I still pick up a childrens’ magazine just to check if I can find those friends.
Of all these characters my all time favourite was Damn Peha ( Dem Peha) Edited by none other than Late Bhabendranath Saikia , Xofura, the childrens magazine where Dem peha appeared was really a storehouse of knowledge and entertainment. Who has read Xofura can never forget the very famous Dem peha with his world famous moustache and durbeen ( binocular) . And of course his ever efficient assistant Jong bahadur. I remember waiting for their interesting adventures every month . Achin Momaideu , the creator of Dem Peha and a host of other interesting characters like Bhulu with his friends and PingCriFoo ( rem the ball which can be used to play Table Tennis , Cricket and football ) . Urulipoonga the fox.
Another favourite magazine with a host of favourite characters was Mouchak. Gonggong and his friends were like my own friends. I still remember a very interesting long story which was once published in Mouchak “Mani Bani aru Ekhan Phooloni”. I so desperately wanted to have a garden of my own after reading that. But we already had one small flower garden in front of our rented house in Golaghat those days. I learnt to look at it from a different perspective suddenly.
Even though he was not a character from any magazine , I liked him so much. He is Xoonti. Created by Bandita Phukan , Xoonti and his best friend Aziz and their stories always enthralled my young mind. I still read sometimes those small books like Xoontir dinbur , Xihante Khelisil etc. & trust me when I say I long to be a 4th standard student again.
But then days once lost cannot be brought back!! What a plight.