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The Happiest Day of My Life (by Dr. Maung Maung Nyo)

By Dr. Maung Maung Nyo

  • The short story was first published in the Thwe Thauk magazine.
  • It was then published in a collection of short stories.
    The collection was hailed as the best short stories at the time, but it was not awarded the national prize.
  • The national prize for short stories was awarded the next year in 1975!

Short Story


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Brief Bio

  • Awarded scholarship for performing well in the 7th Standard Government Examination.
  • Accepted to attend the Pre-Medical program (initiated by Colonel Min Sein).
  • Top among the Pre-Medical Matriculates in 1955.
    Passed with First Division (with Physics Distinction)
  • Attended I.Sc.(B) class at Rangoon University.
    Exempted from attending I.Sc.(A)
  • Since a Medical Branch was opened in Mandalay, students from Upper Burma were assigned to attend 2nd MB (and higher) classes there.
  • Attended the Final year classes at the Faculty of Medicine, Rangoon University.
  • Graduated along with 25 (or so) students in 1961.
  • Took Army Stipend (to relieve the financial load of his parents) while studying for his medical degree.
  • Upon graduation, joined the army.
  • Stationed at Base Military Hospitals and Field Units (e.g. in Shan State).
  • Pursued further studies in the UK
  • Received a Doctorate from UK in 1969.
  • Retired as Major.
  • Served as Professor of Anatomy at the Institute of Medicine.
  • Did a Masters from US.
  • Later taught at in Malaysia.
    
  • Bilingual author (in Burmese and English)
  • Wrote short stories, poems and technical articles
  • Won National Literary Awards.
  • Won “Lifetime Achievement Award (for Literature)”.
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  • The Panglong Conference took place in February 1947.
  • The signatories include Bogyoke Aung San and representatives of Burmese, Shan, Kachin, Chin …
    
  • “Union Peace Conference” (21st Century Panglong Conference)
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