Reading Tagore

​I wonder, awestruck, what it must be like to read Tagore on the banks of a river. That expanse of water, shimmering in the sun and the gentle breeze, bringing in a sense of calm. I wonder, what it must be to read, to muse, to dream away. To know that I have a few complete days to soak it all in-the sun, the peace and the magic of the word. No clocks, no routine, just the dreamworld. 

It is huge chunks of time like these that really free up the mind; when the thoughts can wander carefree and the memories tip toe in, unbidden. Every little thought and feeling seems intense, painted in myriad colours. 

These moments, frozen in time, are the ones that help me find myself. Every movement is deliberate, born out of choice. The book is a weight in the hands, the rustle of the pages like music to the ears. I notice the ink stains and the hastily scribbled notes in the margins, a bookworm’s version of a link in the text. 

What would it be like to read him, rolling the words about in my mind, wondering what those words would be in Bangla, longing to hear them being said aloud. Would the words find an echo in the lapping of the water? Would the weeds sway to the unheard tune of the flute? Would the dying rays of the sun illuminate the water? Skirting the waves and painting them a reddish orange? Would the sunset bring peace and closure along with the whispers of the next morning’s promise? 

Where time seems to stand still, is where the mind finds itself. 

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      1. I actually enjoy his short stories rather than his poetry and novels..Kabuliwalah is an all time favourite..you can actually catch his stories live on a channel called epic..which is repeat telecasted now every night at 11…it’s wonderful to see old Bengal..

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      2. Yes Neethu, his short stories are wonderful. I loved the movie version of the Kabuliwallah. And the music…
        A friend of mine is an absolute fan of Epic channel. She has been telling me to watch it for long. After your recommendation, I guess I have to follow it.

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  1. When I read posts like these, I feel elated and daunted in equal measure. Elated because of the sheer beauty of the thought and the words, and daunted because I subconsciously compare the level of the language to my own and think, “I have a huuuuggeee way to go to be capable of even penning a paragraph like that.”

    Great post. Are you actually reading Tagore? Which book?

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    1. I am glad you feel elated but don’t feel daunted ever because when I read you, I am totally floored by how articulate you are, your fantastic analytical skills, your merging of the scientific with the contemplative and the spiritual… So, we all have a different writing style ☺
      I have this ‘Collected Works’ of Tagore. Plenty of poetry, many snippets, stories, plays. I read him whenever I need some beauty in my life. ☺

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      1. That’s generous of you, honestly! Thanks a lot for the reassuring words and the appreciation. Doesn’t hurt having that once in a while, does it? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I’ve never read Tagore I guess, outside of the school books. Someday I should though. As of now, I find peace in crime novels, weird as that may sound. πŸ˜†

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  2. Your love for language! I’ve always longed to read the original version in the language it was written.. But wanting it to hear.. Beautiful thought..

    The thought is very precious and worth some reward and here it is.. https://youtu.be/crGkdaPtBDg

    Don’t forget to let me know of your reaction on seeing the video.. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Priceless!! ☺☺
      That was very thoughtful of you and made such a lovely reward! Thanks so much for finding it for me and making my day… No, week ☺
      Through you, I am listening to so many new languages and getting such precious glimpses into cultures other than my own!

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      1. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
        I know you would love it.. So it was worth the search.. πŸ™‚
        There are many more such treasures out there.. Do try to check out the others too.. πŸ™‚
        Happy to be at your service ma’am.. πŸ˜‰
        It is a pleasure to share with someone who appreciates it so beautifully.. πŸ™‚

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