Rabindranath Tagore: Time Traveler, Deep Insight of Today’s World Years Back

By | January 3, 2019

Rabindranath Tagore, an eminent personality and writer was born on May 7 in West Bengal and died on August 7, 1941.

He attended the law school and left it after attending it for only a few months and also he attended the Presidency College for just one day and left.

Rabindranath Tagore - Indian poet

Even then he was the most successful and famous college dropout who pursued writing and went on to write poetry, short stories, plays, dramas and novels for a lifetime.

Rabindranath Tagore’s written works are broadly translated into many languages like English, Bengali, Hindi, Spanish, Dutch, German, and European languages. At the age of 42, he got married to Mrinalini Devi.

He was highly influenced and tutored by his brother Hemendranath in trekking, swimming, gymnastics, judo, and wrestling. Rabindranath Tagore never liked the English language and he started writing poetry when he was just 8 years young.

And at the age of 16, he released his first collection of poems under a pen name Bhanusimha. He was of the belief that teaching does not just comprise of textbooks, it only explains things but never arises the curiosity. He is the Nobel Prize awardee for Gitanjali in the year 1913.

Rabindranath Tagore started an independent study of Shakespeare’s works, Coriolanus, Religio Medici, as well of Antony and Cleopatra. He wrote the national anthems for three different countries.

He is the one who wrote ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the national anthem for India, ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’, the national anthem for Bangladesh and ‘Nama Nama Sri Lanka Mata’, in Bengali, for Sri Lanka.

He started pursuing his passion in painting, drawing and attended many successful exhibitions of his works at the age of 60 and was inspired by the carvings of Haida from British Columbia, Scrimshaw from New Ireland, and Max Pechstein.

The books titled “Gitanjali” and “Kabuliwala” are one of his majorly-known written works which are available to be purchased online from Amazon. You can get the books at a discount using Amazon India Coupons during checkout.

Books by Rabindranath Tagore:

GITANJALI

Gitanjali is the poetry book by Rabindranath Tagore and it’s having a Spiritual theme. It is also recognized as ‘Song Offerings’, Gitanjali was originally written in Bengali language and later it was translated in English. It brought to him the Nobel Prize in Literature as well. The book explores the deep pain and unshaken devotion to God in the form of prose verses in its pages.

Gitanjali - Poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Most of the poems in this book are dedicated to his magnificence. Poems in his book read out about dreams, pain, hope, faith, devotion, and glory. Many poems resonate with the urge to explore the heaven and a dream to continue it.

The poem explains the way to keep moving with the reason and enthusiasm instead of habit and are not bound by the four walls but develops a want to break the limits. The poems are beautifully crafted that needs time to comprehend it deep.

KABULIWALA

The novel “Kabuliwala” is a heart touching and poignant count of an Afghan vendor who tries to earn his living in a faraway place at Calcutta and portrays the emotional connection that is developed by him with the narrator’s five-year-young daughter.

This tale is one of the famous stories written by Rabindranath Tagore.

Kabuliwala (short story)

The story is set in the backdrop of Calcutta state (now Kolkata), the major protagonists of this story are a Kabul based dry-fruit seller man, Kabuliwala and a 5-year-old-girl named Mini.

Mini is the sweet and fluent girl who loves her father who is the narrator of this story. Rehmat comes to sell dry fruits in a locality every day and he is a Kabul based man.

The little girl Mini initially gets afraid of him because of the huge bag that he carries. She thinks him to be a robber first but eventually, he turns out to be her good friend.

While all through this, Kabuliwala gets arrested in the charge of murdering someone and was sentenced to the jail for so many years. After the year’s pass, Kabuliwala comes to meet the little girl Mini who was now in the dress of the bride.

It is the story of that time when affection and relation had greater meaning. You need to read the story to know if Mini will recognize him. And what was the reason that Kabuliwala got arrested and now comes to meet her after so many years?

The narrative has drawn the hatred of Mini, apparel of the Kabuliwala and their friendship flawlessly. A reader will find himself associated with the tale till the last word or page.

The storyteller Rabindranath Tagore has strained on showing the concealed pain of the character Mini (the little girl) and Kabuliwala (the vendor).

You cannot afford to miss reading this heart-wrenching story. Also, the movie ‘Kabuliwala’ directed by Hemin Gupta in the year 1961 based on this novel.

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