great favour shown by the authorities to our poor mother Language, the Assamese.
Proprietor of the Rajabheta Tea-Estate,
This poetical book ‘Jnyan-Malini’ written by Munshi Mofizuddin Ahmed Hazorika, a youth belonging to a very respectable Mahomedan family of Assam, is a novelty in Assamese literature—a novelty the charms of which challenge our sincere admiration. Each lesson of this book is a poetry of heart-felt pathos —powerful from its sublimity and effecting from its tenderness. There is not a word or image in ‘Jnyan-Malini’ to disturb the placid tenor of sacred melancholy that pervades it, nor an idea or conception to break our dream of soft communion with some thing holy and far removed from earth.
There are no poems in Assamese that I know of, which are so thoroughly chaste and sweet, so rich in charms of poetry, and, therefore, none so well calculated to divert the taste of the play-going public and to effect its improvement in the way of high morality. I have no hesitation in declaring that it will revolutionize the existing style of poem- writing in Assamese by giving it a healthy tone and moral vigour which it so much wants.
It is reasonally expected that the Director of Public Instruction, Assam, will be so good as to introduce this capital book in the higher classes of the English and Vernacular Schools in Assam.।
(Sa) JADURAM BORUA.
(Honorary Magistrate; son of the late
well-known Moniram Dewan of Assam).