Litterateur Padmanath Gohain Baruah paddled this English two-wheeler
By Tutumoni Phukan
Lakhimpur, June 10: A vintage 150 year old bicycle in North Lakhimpur, which is still ready to be taken for a ride, is being kept in the house of Dinen Gohain Baruah, a resident of Nakari, Ward no.1, North Lakhimpur town.
The family sources of Dinen Gohain Baruah said that their forefather Ghinaram Gohain Baruah bought this bicycle in 1890 from Kolkata.
The cycle belonged to the Onlookus Company and was made in Birmingham, England.
The serial number of the cycle was 82.
Ghinaram Gohain Baruah, who also resided at Nakari, North Lakhimpur, was a mouzadar of four mouzas and he had four sons – Nilakantha Gohain Baruah, Padmanath Gohain Baruah, Kannath Gohain Baruah and Muktanath Gohain Baruah.
Besides these four sons, the son of Muktanath Gohain Baruah, Upendra Nath Gohain Baruah used to take this cycle for a ride.
Padmanath Gohain Baruah, who was the first president of Asom Sahitya Sabha did the activities of the organisation by riding this cycle.
Similarly, Upendra Nath Gohain Baruah, who was a teacher, used to go to school by riding this cycle. Father Ghinaram gave the charge of keeping the cycle to son Muktanath.
Since then, their grandsons and great-grandsons have been preserving the cycle with utmost care and riding it to keep it in good conditions.
Presently, the bicycle, with which the memories of social worker Ghinaram Gohain Baruah and litterateur Padmanath Gohain Baruah are attached, have been preserved by Bhaskar Gohain Baruah, the son of Dinen Gohain Baruah, who also rides it.
The family stated that seeing the 150 year old bicycle, a heritage of the Gohain Baruah family, they feel a sense of pride and bliss.