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The youths of Northeast and their unbridled ambitions by Gary Marbaniang
TNT | COLUMNS | May 12, 2019:
By Gary Marbaniang
(This article is also a tribute to Shillong-based author, researcher and social activist, (L) Phrangsngi Pyrtuh)
Did Phrangsngi Pyrtuh leave behind a legacy?
As far as I'm concerned, a resounding yes is the answer. He was our very own Paul Krugman. He was my first and foremost inspiration to wield the pen. I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard the news of his sudden demise at such a young age a few months ago. I have been waiting eagerly for quite some time for his next article to be published in the most read English newspaper in our state but it never happened. I guessed he was so immersed in his P.H.D work that he didn't have time to contribute his precious work to this newspaper. Little did I know that he had left for his heavenly abode. May his soul rest in Peace!
What made him stood out from the crowd was the fact that he was not your typical nerd. He seems like such a cool person who can hold conversations on any kind of topic of interest. I remember seeing him in Meghalaya House, Guwahati a few years ago around the dinner table at the House canteen and the young people, who were part of his company, seem to be absolutely captivated by him.
This generation is in dire need of brilliant scholars like him to inspire them to make something of their life and to get them on the right track .I could have walked up to him that day and say — Hello and tell him that he is my first and foremost inspiration but being the introvert that I am, I never did. In my eyes, he was a celebrity writer but the peculiar nature of our community is that we treat our celebrities shabbily or it could also be the shy or indifferent attitude which often prevents us from embracing their celebrity status.