Nilima in Assamese translates into Open Skies. Nilima also happens to be my Aita (Grandma). Aita was a humanist philosopher, an educationist, writer and poet. When I think of Aita, I am reminded of someone who had immense curiosity of the world she inhabited, a childlike curiosity, which she treasured, nurtured and held very dear even as she aged. She was also someone with immense courage and an indomitable will to explore unchartered terrain.
Aita named me Abantee, which she adapted from the Italian term Avanti, meaning to go forward! When the first thoughts arrived on taking ahead the idea of connecting the seemingly disparate worlds of law, governance and culture in Assam, I chose to walk with the one who had willed me to go forward. And it's her values that guide us on this journey - an open mind, a curiosity, courage, integrity and an awareness that is Nilima - the vast blue sky.
A Warm Welcome to Studio Nilima