A Bengali origin reformer, philosopher,poet, educationist, patriot and artist Rabindra Nath Tagore rose to the peak of fame from his work ‘Gitanjali’. In 1913, he became the first ever Indian to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. His poems and stories have drawn much appreciation for their patriotic, culturally enriching, and revolutionary ideas.
His composition of ‘Jana Gana Mana’ which became the National Anthem of India is another testimonial to his patriotism. His song of ‘Amaar Sonar Bangla’ held wide sentimental value amongst people during the time of partition. His poem ‘Where the Mind is Without fear’ which won a lot of hearts became a mirror of his dreams for his Motherland.
His contribution to India Literature is priceless and eternal. And here we have collected some of his best works which every Indian must read.
This book is a collection of poems devoted to God, moral lessons, dealing with sorrow and loneliness. It is a master poetry embedded with deep meanings. As the name suggests, the book is ‘offering of Songs’ This work made him the first ever Indian to win a Nobel Prize.
a) This book is a testimonial to Rabindra Nath Tagore’s profound love for God.
This book comprises of collection of poems that have been translated by Rabindra Nath Tagore himself. This mesmerising piece of work makes readers to fall into the depth of poetry and marvel at his form of poems.
Highlights:- From emotions to God, from nature to people this book carries collection of poems that deal with several themes and intrigues the readers especially poetry lovers.
Chokher Bali means ‘Sand in the Eye’. It revolves around a Widow named Binodini and her repressed sexual desires which gets kindled when she sees the blooming love between Mahendra and his wife Ashalata. Befriending Ashalata, she plans to entice her husband to satisfy her enflaming passions.
Highlights:- a) This book is one of the masterpieces of Tagore, where he impeccably shows that everyone has his or her own weaknesses.
b) Since it is a translation, it may lack the touch and feel of the original language.
c) It has been adapted in an Aishwarya Rai starrer movie in 2003 and Stories by Rabindranath Tagore series.
This book is the collection of twelve short-stories by Tagore. Embedded with hidden moralsleft for readers to decipher and understand, this compilation of stories revolves around several themes and topics from city to village, from love to loss and what not.
Included Stories ‘The Hungry Stones’, ‘The Victory’, ‘Once there was a King’, ‘The home coming’, ‘My Lord, The Baby’, ‘The kingdom of Cards’, ‘The Devotee’, ‘Vision’, ‘The Babus of Nayanjore’, ‘The Cabuliwalah’, ‘The Postmaster’, ‘The Post Office’.
Highlights: – The stories have a poignant note and embed a good sense of society.
With a complex storyline, this novel was added to another of Tagore’s masterpieces. It revolves around two Hindu Bengali friends and two Brahmbho Bengali sisters. This book reflects politics, religion and society of 19th century Bengal. It centres around the evils of the society, the tussle between orthodoxy and liberal ideas, the inflexible customs in our society.
a) This book has a modern outlook and embeds notions of patriotism, marriage, traditions et cetera in it. Although written over a 100 years ago, readers may still be able to relate it with present times.