Beyond the Horizon
By Pradeep Kumar
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do. …” – goes the adage means “it is advisable to follow the conventions of the area in which you are residing or visiting”. And Keralite daughter Jishma S Nair is a shining example.
She landed in this Himalayan state with her parents – father T Sundaran Nair and mother Rema Nair – in 2004 while studying class-II. Her father an ayurvedic doctor had opened a clinic at Namsai. Her parents went back to Kerala, but she continued to study here.
She completed her schooling from Sand Valley and Zenith Child School, studied political science in RGU affiliated Venerable Uktara Bethany College to secure second position in the state with first class (72 per cent marks) before joining Namsai-based Arunachal University Studies (AUS) to pursue MA (political science).
Her extra ordinary personality and brilliancy could impress anybody. But she and trader Ratna Manchey of Namsai got caught in love-web to be united for life in 2017 as she was destined to be part of Arunachal Pradesh society. This again justifies my conviction ‘relations are made in heaven’. Or else it is difficult to have any link between two hearts – one from Kerala and the other in Arunachal, located 2,721-km away.
Interestingly, she had secured second position in Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Running Trophy debate competition as a member of AUS. She had drawn attention of editor of this daily as the competition was part of National Press Day celebration and conducted at Banquet Hall on 17.11.18.
Though I interviewed first three toppers and encouraged them to write on given subjects, but she only responded and remained in touch. She soon proved her extra ordinary creative mind and writing skill through her articles – Status of newspapers in Arunachal Pradesh (24.11.18), Women empowerment key to Arunachal development (10.01.19) and Arunachal Pradesh or ‘Nilalaya’ – a nature’s wonder! (03.03.19) to become a young communist and is working on another article.
Though I nourished her like an adopted daughter, but she only disclosed about her marriage to me on Tuesday. This young lady loves dancing inherited from mother, a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, and an expert cook with specialization in biryani. Despite being married she proved her dedication to education as she topped in post graduation (political science) examination by securing 75 per cent marks. She would be conferred gold medal during convocation ceremony of the university.
When contacted, she was busy taking classes in Zenith Child School. Responding to question, she said with confidence that she desires to be a lecturer to contribute to growth of education in this land-locked state as spread of education alone would accelerate socio-economic development of this state where education is yet to take deep roots.
Arunachal is lucky to have multifaceted and qualified buari (daughter-in-law) like her as her contribution to this tribal society is a foregone conclusion!