When I sit in the morning outside on the deck of my boat,before the majestic purple of the mountains crowned with the morning light,I know that I am eternal that I am ananda-rupam.
My true form is not that of flesh and blood,but of joy.In the world where we habitually live,the self is so predominant that everything in it is of our own making and we starve because we have to feed upon ourselves. To know the truth is to become true;there is no other way.When we live the life of self,it is not possible for us to realize truth.
“Come out,come away.” This is the urgent cry we have in our soul-the cry in the blood of the chick,living in its shell.
These lines are from the book “Letters to Friend” by Rabindranath Tagore from page no 71 when he was in Srinagar Kashmir(October 1915).I don’t have any words or story to take a dig ,just a prevailing silence and willing to share with the readers.
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I am excited to start reading this book.A comedy fiction by Rabindranath Tagore.
Don’t know what to think or just absolutely rub my mind with black duster and sit as an audience in theatre,ready to ride on comedy vibes.
I am starting this blog with an apology for all the readers because they might find this review not capable to capture the level of vibrancy that this young boy Amal holds.
Despite of illness,the boy was full of enthusiasm/energy talking to different people via room window.His conversations were full of questions & answers so joyfully that actually made other people felt so divine about their work which they considered not much value.The talkative boy whoever he met like curd man,flower-seller,took no time to imagine small small details like how curd yells to sell,how his wife make cow stand in morning must be ful of fun.
I felt the need to watch it as well and this video definitely does full justice to the reading,unfortunately this is not available with English subtitles.
My favourite part of story when he expressed his desire to be like the man whom he met seeking work carrying brass pot and pile of bamboo woods on his head.He clearly was even more excited if he fails to find work because then he can watch that tired man sitting under fig tree,washing his feet in river stream,eating his lunch,it simply implies writer’s message that whatever struggle time of life is there ,it has nothing to do with opportunity you can always create to sing in tune with life.
His ultimate desire to be postman to deliver king’s message of love to houses in different countries,represents the fact, he just wanted to be ambassador of profound life unblocking our limited view towards normal daily small and simple things of life.
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The second part of book review,I can say that it is discovery of inner self in relation to sudden changes of life that relates to mainly charu and bhupati.
I would say if you are more interested in quick pace of story and want to eagerly know what is going to happen in end then I wouldn’t recommend this book,as after dramatic change of situation the remaining story becomes dependent on two characters,unaware of how to fill the void came between them,writer has taken the liberty to elaborate compressed feelings leading to nonacceptance of each other even though they can clearly the see window of their each other eyes which got absolutely cleaned via tears.
I am posting this video of gorgeous Amrita Puri who played the role of charu in the TV series of Stories by Rabindranath Tagore.
In addition to this, Satayajt ray’s black and white movie CharuLata does full justice to the story.The very last scene in which charu holding letter of Amal and broke into tears supported by background music of fast coming train symbolises how the speed of time has shaken-ed the nest,loved it.
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Initially, I was thinking to review this book in only one post,but as I am reading more and more,the way the characters are playing around and story is setting different interesting plot,it is unfair to do that.
First of all,I would start seeing this story from the perspective of the women,who is not into complaining nature for husband Bhupati for being completely immersed in work because Charu’s thirst for literature/studying keeps her upbeat to life and that’s why entry of third character Amal(brother-in-law) in her life who has same interest sows the seeds of relationship.
Somehow,I am not willing give any name to this relationship because the way Tagore has given the blossoming nature to this,free from obtaining any standing in each other’s lives, it is simply based on fascination of ploughing land of poetry. I would describe in my words,as the story progresses the playfulness increases reflects writer’s affinity towards when in relationship people look for one excitement after another based bearing each other’s tantrums, making deals,also how entry of third character Manda(charu’s sister-in law) adds more twist,it all established beautiful links to make a memory book.
In between all of this how secretly a nest was building both in charu’s and bhupati’s heart and how they felt that when it was broken via different life situations.
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After hectic time of moving to new house,finally I have found time to write the second part of book review.So I have completed stories
1.Samaj ka Shikaar 2. Prem ka Mualaya 3. Nayi Roshini 4. Kanchan 5. Kabuliwala
6. Dhan ki bhet 7. Aparitchita 8. Ahgunthan 9. Antim Pyaar 10. Anmol Bhet 11.Anath
Not all stories have happy ending as we all look for but also some stories have just normal turn to end it means character got satisfied through journey ,which left me thinking was that supposed to be the end or may be, I should just understand the essence of whole writing ,the way at that time human understanding/society works and enjoy that.The last page of Dhan ki bhet was full of climax and shocking in the sense how the life came back to the character in respect of what misdeeds he did. Anmol bhet got me emotional in the sense how a father in repentance of losing his master’s son, came to the decision to give his own son to the master and left silently.
While reading Aparchita,the the middle part story has a big turn which empowered the character of daughter’s father at the sensitive moment of marriage,specially in the time when the story was written,followed by vivid imagination of lover using rain season,beautiful night time and lots more to cherish.There are lot of books by the author in English for that,I am posting some links to buy.
Enjoy the story world,it is really amazing to feel part of great writer’s work,also you connect with story but keeping the fact you need to enjoy maintaining a distance with it gives best of both world.
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I am so glad that I have finished some of the stories out of 21,so far I have read 10.No doubt, I am cherishing the book reading habit .Along with reading, brain’s switches on the ability to imagine like set up of the story environment,character,emotions,lots more etc.It took me some time to develop the flow of reading Hindi book after a long time.
The stories I have read.
1. Vida 2. Pinjar 3. Patni ka patr 4. Pashani 5. Khoya hua moti 6. Kavi ka hardaya
7. Kavi ki kavita 8. Yeh savtrantra 9. Seemant 10. Nayi Roshini
In summary definitely, I would say that writer made the most of attributes like full moon light,sunlight,took help of nature to describe romantic scenes which is worth reading it,beautiful work packed with colours of blissfulness.
Some stories has sad endings but still would recommend it because the way story begins and rides through defining the characters ,their journey of love,laughter,emotions gives very rich feeling of life.One story, when I was reading it ended in very unexpected surprisingly manner that was something a big turn for me but ultimately would say very entertaining overall. Just two stories out of 10 disappointed me .I didn’t understand what it was all about absolutely didn’t develop any sense but that is not stopping me at all ,can’t wait to read more.
There are some lines in one story which quite struck me, in Pashani story.In these lines explained how a situation of life divided the character Pashani in two equal parts(psychologically/mentally),just like a sharp tool made by a skilled tool-builder which can cut a person in two such equal parts i.e. hard to realise by a third person but when it is shaken it actually breaks into two parts.
All these stories can be read in English as well.
So in the end I am posting a trailer of TV series program ‘Stories by Rabindranath Tagore’ which I loved it and that kick started all.Enjoy