Bidisha, the student I adored

NURUL ISLAM LASKHAR

I met Bidisha for the first time in 2013 when she had enrolled herself for the diploma course in Mass Communication & Journalism at BCMJ, Cotton College, Guwahati. She lived in Uzan Bazar in the city and her parents were Aswini and Ranjeeta Bezbaruah, whom I had met at her wedding reception in Guwahati last year. She completed her schooling at the Nichols School in 2007. She went on to pursue majors in English Literature from Cotton College before doing the diploma in Mass Communication. Bidisha also held a degree in journalism which she completed from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in New Delhi.

But this 26-year-old bright youngster came in the news for a very tragic reason just about two weeks ago. On July 17, at 8.30 pm, she was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her recently rented apartment in Sushant Lok Phase-I B-Block, Sector 43, Gurugram, not far from Delhi. It cast a pall of gloom over countless admirers and well wishers she had amassed in her short span of life.

Bidisha giving her byte to the TV reporter on the sidelines of a function at the College.
Bidisha giving her byte to the TV reporter on the sidelines of a function at the College.

I taught her public relations at Cotton College for she had opted for public relations for her specialisation for the diploma course. She was a bright student and I knew that she had a bright future. As soon as she had done her diploma course at Cotton College, she was keen to do another course at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. She applied for admission and they asked her to report for a group discussion and interview.

She was also asked to prepare a write-up on some specific issues relating to public relations in consultation with any person who is engaged in the field of PR. This write-up was to be handed over to IIMC before the start of the interview. Bidisha contacted me for help, we did hold a few sessions of discussion, the write-up got ready, within a few days I got the news that she had got her admission in IIMC. She deserved it and I felt happy for her.

We kept in touch with one another and we also became Facebook friends. I kept a watch over her progress in career path. In May 2014, she joined the Publicis Groupe at Gurgaon as an intern. Then she did another stint as an intern at JWT Gurgaon. In September 2014, she reverted back to Publicis Groupe as a Management Trainee and in September 2015 she was elevated to the post of an Account Executive in the same company. She was rising fast in the Company and was made a Senior Account Executive in November 2016.

Sometime in early April last year, she called me to inform that she was getting married and requested me to attend the reception that would be held in Guwahati by the end of the month. My wife and I attended the reception but little did we know that this would be the last of our meeting with her.

Often I would see her name in the social media and take pride in her achievements in the fields of singing, acting, and other cultural performances. But the news of her untimely death left me shattered; what a bright girl and what an end.

Last week, I was talking to another student of mine, Mahamaya Ghosh, who is pursuing her Masters in Mass Communication at Tezpur University. She shared, “Bidisha was my senior at Nichols School and a very close friend of my brother. As a child, I had several memories with her which I would cherish for the rest of my life. She had great leadership qualities as I still remember her upholding the flag and commanding the Green House during our school days. She was a true artiste and a lady with a golden heart. She not only excelled in the field of Bihu dance but was also an exceptional classical dancer, singer and an anchor as well.”

Bidisha, you are gone, but your memories will always live with us. Rest in peace.