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Guwahati: Srutimala Duara, Professor, Noteworthy Author Is No More

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Guwahati: Srutimala Duara, an Assamese academic, writer, and actor, died on Monday in Guwahati. She breathed her last on Monday at 11:15 a.m. (February 27).

Duara was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

An Extraordinary Woman – Srutimala Duara’s book ‘My Journey through Cancer’ is an anecdote of perceiving life through the lens of living it to the fullest despite every downfall. It is about being optimistic about the journey even if the courage to do so seems to fade at times.
Srutimala’s ‘My Journey Through Cancer’, published recently, is not merely her catharsis, it is cathartic for the readers as well. This book is self-analytical as the writer assesses and reassesses herself in the light of different and, sometimes, even contradictory approaches to the disease as well as to life


The book, published by WissenMonk Publishing, was launched on November 20, 2022, at the India Club Guwahati by the Northeast Writers’ Forum. Srutimala Duara is an iconic woman who has shaped and directed the literary landscape of the state and region through her diverse contributions.

Srutimala Duara discussed how she began writing on the day she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She stated that she wanted to share her experiences with a larger audience of readers because she believed it would help people who take life for granted, believing that cancer happens to others and not to them.

Srutimala Duara is a bilingual writer and academician:

Her English-language works include three novels; four collections of short stories titled “The Sunset Hour and Other Stories” (1998), “Waiting for the Last Breath” (1999), “The Jhoolan Evening” (2000), and “The Missing Link”; six books of poems titled “Shells of Expressions”, “Petals”, “By the Brahmaputra and Other Poems”; “Along my Route”; “When it Rains” “Assam: Myriad Perspectives” was edited by her. “My Cancer Journey” is another.

Her Assamese books include six children’s story books, three children’s novels, a collection of short stories, and a novel.

She was an Associate Professor of English at Handique Girls’ College in Guwahati.

In April 2015, she received the “Naari Shakti Award”; in January 2019, she received the “Woman of the Year 2016” award from the International Human Rights Council (Assam Chapter); and in January 2019, she received the “Women Achievers’ Award in Literature” from D. S. Creation. Asian Literary Society will award the Indian Women Achievers Award in Literature in 2021.



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