This book is very old and Tagore’s hand writing along with an old stamp is absolute bonus ,feeling so lucky to borrow from the local library.
I must say this book is deep work of consciousness.The writer’s acceptance of his inner and outer world with full grace,glorified situations on positive note every single time,with his all time favourite companionship of nature.So far I have read only around 40 pages but I can feel an intense stillness which made its path through acceptance and deep realisation of life.Before the actual chapters begin,there is an essay on personality of Tagore gives insight how he found his bonding with nature in its fullest expression.These lines showcases,how he witnessed silently
“Sometimes I would pass many months alone without speaking ,till the voice grew thin & weak due to lack of use”.
The essay summarises influencing factors and how Tagore’s consciousness progressed towards using literature for country’s well-being resulted in opening a school in the lap of nature named as “Shantiniketan”.This video gives a good presentation of the place’s art work with Bengali language in the background.
This line touched me“I know that I must pass through death.God Knows it is the death-pang that is tearing open my heart”.Tagore had given death a liberating and an eternal truth face,clearly reflects how much he was in pain when surrounded by death of family members.As an artist,he took death as clay and moulded completely into a different shape.
I completely feel that I would be hunting lots of words to do full justice with the book review in the next post.
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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
What I can say,I never knew that one day I would be able to sketch Krishna,my drawing was very average in school time and then after school never tried it.
Feel blessed upon mercy of Krishna.
Take care of me in loving manner then you have more control over me.
This wonderful quote, I realised today when I was talking to my son that immediately strike me its relation to mind. I simply said to my son “ask me nicely then you have more control over me”.
So take care of your mind in loving manner to deal with you in full harmony.
Eyes are wet,so desires are as well.
Love is asking me to forget everything because you are more precious than your high and low levellings.
Please speak through my eyes what’s the truth become my essence to live or to give up absolute.
Nothing last long except love so not to forget which is no-one your soul itself.
I have no idea why I am so addicted to think more and more about you.
Free from past, present and future thoughts, love is now the only demand.
Can’t claim equivalent to gopis who forgot dry eyes as Krishna was the only hope of life. Oh Vrindavan, I see myself far behind promising that I belong to you,so forgive me for all the inaction towards you, cover me in your dust to serve allowing me to shower you with flowers of my tears.
Please check further about these organisation doing great work to preserve heritage of Vrindavan(the highest spiritual place).
Care for Cows
Oh vrindavan as Holi is coming, you are getting ready in service of Krishna .The fragrance of joy can be easily felt and more than that flourishing wish in the eyes of every gopi to colour Krishna.Going through the streets, the mouth watering smell of sweets is drawing attention of cowherd boys and no doubt knowing that this is all for Krishna is letting them feel lucky.
Oh vrindavan this is what you take pride in that every individual here is living to serve Krishna that’s why there is no place for any sort of unhappiness or dissatisfaction.Although you are blessed with nature’s beauty and to remark this special moment lord indra(king of heaven) is showering growth of new flowers with majestic fragrance.All the cows are producing more milk than usual days as they can sense the overwhelming joy is on its way. The flow of river Yamuna is sounding exactly like ghunghroo( feet ornament) dancing in rhythm feels like it is in realm of pure devotional service.
Seeing all this unmatchable joy ,oh vrindavan you are seeing Radha rani is saying to Krishna secretly,oh Krishna, I am in love with shayam rang only, all other colours of joy seems to be immaterial to me.Oh Krishna on this occasion, I want to colour your lotus feet with my emotions so,please give permission to my tears if they tend to come out to touch your lotus feet.