Lakshmi Nandan Bora

Born to Phuleswari and Phuleswar Bora of Kujidah village of Nagaon district, Lakshmi Nandan Bora has come a long way to establish himself in the world of literature in Assam. The youngest of five children, he lost his parents within one year when he was seventeen. Since then his elder brother Kamal Chandra Bora, 22 years older than him, took care of all his needs and inspired Dr. Bora to become what he wanted to.

Elected as the President for the 62nd session of Axom Xahitya Xabha, Dr. Bora is mainly a novelist and short-story writer and he has about 60 books to his credit. In addition, he has written a few dramas and some books on environment and agriculture and for neo literates. After passing his metriculation from Nagaon High School with star marks (highest mark in Sanskrit) in 1948, he did his BSc (Physics) from Cotton College, MSc (Physics) from Presidency College, Calcutta and PhD in Meteorology from Andhra University. First PhD in Meteorology in North-east India, Dr. Bora retired as the Prof. and Head of Physics and Meteorology from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. He has been to Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany twice as visiting Professor. He was also the founder editor of Rongpur, a weekly published from Guwahati. He resigned in 1995 after developing ideological differences with the owner who is incidentally the prime accused in the infamous LoC scandal in Assam. Also the other organizations he is actively involved are Assam Science Society and Assam Pollution Control Board. Dr Bora was arrested in 1981 under NSA for participating in the Assam agitation.

Dr Bora started his writing career with a short-story Bhaona published in Ramdhenu in 1954. Though he stayed only 12 years in village, one can see in most of his writings his attachment to the rural life. He made his mark in Assam's literary scene with his famous novel Gonga Chilonir Pakhi which has already been translated to 11 Indian languages. His novel Patal Bhairavi fetched him the prestigious Sahitya Academy award in 1988. One can see the inside of the crime world in a number of his writings, the birth of Patal Bhairavi being one of the examples. A keen observer of events and people, Dr Bora always tries to analyze the human values. He has always been impressed and inspired by the lives of the two great Assamese saints Sankardev and Madhavdev. As the result of his hard work dedication in studying the lives of these great persons, Dr Bora has been able to come up with two novels - Jaa Keri Naahike Upaam and Xehi Gunanidhi, and both the novels have received acceptance from the readers. His concern for the Assamese nation and its existance can be seen in some of his writings in the early 80's, especially in the inspiring novel Akou Xaraighat.

Married to Madhuri in 1961, Dr Bora has three children Seuji, Tridib and Swaroop - all married. He has one grand-daughter Prerana from Seuji. Dr Bora is now settled in the Ganeshguri area of Guwahati and he can be reached over phone at 565690.