Literature

Some Unique Stories of Tagore and Why You Should Read Them

The Stories are Still Known in the World as His Greatest Achievements

Rabindranath Tagore’s name is taken after proverbial short story writers like “Maupassant” or “Chekhov” as the world’s best short story writers. This Nobel-winning writer created history in the world of short stories for the needs of little magazines. Out of a hundred short stories written by him, several of them are very innovative in terms of style and content. Let us know about some such stories.

Kabuliwala: An Afghan’s Story of Parental Affection

Published in 1892, the main character of this story is Rahmat, a dry fruit seller from Afghanistan, who became friends with a girl, like his daughter, named Minnie in Calcutta. At some point, Rahmat has to go to jail for murder, but Rahmat can’t forget Mini, just like he can’t forget his own little daughter in his own country. In this story, Rahmat’s affection is associated with the complexities of city life. The story has been made into movies in both Bengali and Hindi languages.

The Postmaster: A Gripping Tale of Postmaster and Ratan’s AgelessRelationship

When the postmaster comes to the village to do his job at the village post office, Ratan, the village girl, takes charge of his housework. A pure friendship develops between the two of them. Ratan wants to stay close to the postmaster for the rest of his life. Then comes the twist, the postmaster’s transfer letter arrives. This story, published in 1891, also features nature as a distinct character.

Hungry Stone (KhudhitoPashan): A Thriller, Mixed with a Bit of Realism and Supernaturality

This story is the experience of a man sitting in a train waiting room, which he shared as a story. The main character of the story is a collector who is required to live in a Mughal-era palace for his job. This haunted mansion has ghosts from some prehistoric characters by whom the man is consumed little by little every day. This is one of Tagore’s best stories, and it has a wonderful blend of reality.

Bolai: The Boy Who Had a Soul Connection with Nature

RabindraNath’s philosophy about nature is revealed through the story. The relationship between a motherless boy, “Bolai”, and nature develops from a young age. He understood the language of plants. When his uncle mows the grass in the garden, he feels bad. Once their close relationship developed with a “Shimul” tree. But the relationship is hindered by greedy and feelingless human behaviour. This story talks about the relationship between nature and man that people want to ignore mostly.

Debapriya Chakraborty

Author is an aspiring creative writer, food-buff and bookworm. Loves to travel, bunks in lesser known bnbs and loves her chai more than anything else. She adds her two cents to every idea and has been a scriber for more than a decade now!
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