Hem Barua (Assamese: হেম বৰুৱা; also known as Sonaram Chand or Hemchandra Baruah) was a prominent Assamese poet and politician from Assam.

Early Life

Born on the 22 April 1915, at Tezpur, Hem Barua obtained his M.A. degree from Calcutta University in 1938 and joined the J.B. College, Jorhat, in 1941 as lecturer in Assamese and English. He left it next year during the Quit India Movement and was imprisoned in 1943. On his release, he joined the B. Barua College, Guwahati, and later became its Principal.

Literary Career

Hem Barua was the author of several books. He became the President of the Assam Sahitya Sabha in its annual session held at Dhubri in 1972 and was regarded as one of the pioneers of modern literary movement in Assam.

Political Career

Hem Barua left the Congress in 1948 and became a member of the Socialist party. Later he was elected to the National Executive of the Praja Socialist Party. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Gauhati in 1957 and 1962 and from Mangaldoi in 1967. He was the member of the Lok Sabha till December 1970.

Hem Barua's Works:

Adhunik Sahitya (1948)
Sagar Dekhicha? (1954)
Balichanda (1959)
San Mihali (1958)
Cupid Aru Psyche (1959)
Ranga Karabir Phul (1959)
Kannaki (1960)
Ei Git (1961)
Idle Hours (1962)
Assamese Literature (1962)
Sahitya Aru Sahitya (1962)
Achuphul (1964)
Man Mayuri (1965)
Bahagate Pati Jaon Biya (1969)
Smritir Papari (1970)
Dak Pokhili(Assamese)
Mekong Noi Dekhilu(Assamese)

Poet of the day

Enid Derham was an Australian poet and academic.


Derham was born in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, the eldest daughter of Thomas Plumley Derham, solicitor, and his wife Ellen Hyde, née Hodgson, of Melbourne. Derham was educated at Hessle College, Camberwell, then at Presbyterian Ladies' College and the University of Melbourne....

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It might be lonelier
Without the Loneliness—
I'm so accustomed to my Fate—
Perhaps the Other—Peace—

Would interrupt the Dark—
And crowd the little Room—
Too scant—by Cubits—to contain
The Sacrament—of Him—

I am not used to Hope—
It might intrude upon—