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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POST OFFICE by TAGORE, RABINDRANATH (2002) Paperback
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This simple, comedy story written by Rabindranath Tagore is must watch episode of TV series Stories by Rabindranath Tagore.I tried to look for book but can’t find it,even though searched by original name of Shesh Rokkha of story, but I couldn’t stop myself to post my views when I watched the story on TV.
I liked the slow-pace start of the story in which all poetry lovers gathered in chandrakath’s house ,taking dips in poetry and the way chandrakath’s wife turned around looking slightly miffed offering them rice snacks on lunch time despite of that how lovingly he asked her “What is this”?The fun part starts from the name confusion and how the characters play around,doing poetry for their lovers and in between all that the newly wed Binod Kamal observe in what ways they are different.
This preview of 7 minutes will provide wings to imagination about its beauty.
My favourite part is when kamal had a quick turn as soon as she stepped out of room after serving binod tea ,she saw binod pouring tea in plants,too good.At last when all the confusion got resolved,the end challenge was how to pacify parents genuinely asked to clear all this mess.
I must say when this book was written,it still seems to be very relevant nowadays,especially the characters of women. I can’t find the book but posting the link of classic short stories about women that would generate more idea/excitement of Tagore’s treasure chest of stories.
Classic Short Stories About Women – by Rabindranath Tagore: translated from the original Bengali by
One Sunday afternoon,when I was walking through the lane of books,not sure which book to pick up,suddenly, I got stopped by the first glance of the title and cover page of book.The first impression,is that book is quite handy,has quick quotes to read beautifully illustrated with nature pictures on the left page.I carried this book a lot,whenever my husband was driving during hectic schedule of going out in school holidays.
It is a new concept to divide overall quotes on the basis of four seasons of weather,linked to thoughts/feelings accordingly.The story telling pages on how to enjoy life,friendship,helping strangers,you are soul etc contributes in boosting the fact these are the ways to unlock love within us and guardian angels supports us in every possible way.The last story of winter season especially Christmas time made me feel very heavenly imagining snowfall in night time in which character paying great attention to snowflakes to feel message from loved ones.
The book is definitely written with confidence, highlighted for not doubting the first thought comes for helping the strangers. One Saturday afternoon,one of my friend’s 9 year old daughter came for play-date and had a glance on the book,she immediately asked me,if she can read it,she took no time to ask her mummy if she can borrow or order this book. I am posting an interesting interview of the writer.
My personal view is that even though you don’t believe in Angels/God but the book is simply worth in the sense to feel strength that there is always help around you and we just need to be more responsive by simplifying ourselves.
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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.
I felt full worth to read this book and in the affiliate link below,recommend to buy or borrow from the local library.Please hit subscribe or comment,if you like this blog post.
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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