The return of Khokababu(Best of Tagore)

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Recently, I read a translated book of Rabindranath Tagore’s collection of short stories, The Return of Khokababu by Sipra Bhattacharya. I was completely enthralled reading the chapters, so much so that for a minute I did not want to abandon it and wanted to finish it uniterrupted. Needless to say, this book is one of my most prized possessions now. Simple language, touching stories & characters are portrayed with great sensitivity. Tagore has taken us through…possibly all shades & emotions of life in this collection of short stories.

Most of the tales have women as protagonists of 19th century from Bengal, very poignant & subtle by nature. Their plight of endurance, everyday struggle, unexpressed desires, woven delicately in the form of the tales; indeed touched my heart. But, I also loved Tagore’s imaginary world, sometimes as “Highway”, sometimes as “The Ghat” .  An excerpt from The Highway’s Tale reads as ” I allow nothing to remain – neither laughter nor tears. I only let myself remain, alone, for ever.” There are several such thought provoking lines in the book, that I have underlined them (Out of habit).

No, I do not have the audacity to review such a literary genius’ body of work. These were some of my thoughts after finishing the book, that I wanted to record.

15 thoughts on “The return of Khokababu(Best of Tagore)

    Tanishka said:
    January 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Me too would love to read this book… :)

      Dew responded:
      January 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      Give it a shot dear … :)

    Chatterbox said:
    January 8, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Wow! sounds pretty interesting :razz:
    Need to get hold of this book someday :)
    Love your header Dew :D :D

      Dew responded:
      January 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      Welcome back CB!! Hope all’s fine at your end!!! Thanks, am glad you liked it.

    ajay said:
    January 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Rabindranath Tagore’s works are all time classics. :)

      Dew responded:
      January 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Yes! They are. Excellent literature work!

    liveonimpulse said:
    January 10, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Wow this seem like a sure shot must read..thanks for the review Dew

      Dew responded:
      January 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      I hope you like it.

    Swaram said:
    January 10, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I so want to read this. Will pick it up soon. Thanks Dew :)

      Dew responded:
      January 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      I wish I could gift it to you :)

        Swaram said:
        January 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

        Aww that’s so sweet of u Dew :)

    Swaram said:
    January 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Dew, came bk to say that I ordered this on Flipkart today :) Can’t wait to lay my hands on it. Thank u so much :) :)

      Dew responded:
      February 19, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Did you like it?

    Pesto Sauce said:
    January 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Tagore was one of the greatest Indian literary figures ever…would love to read this

      Dew responded:
      February 19, 2011 at 8:27 am

      Oh yes!!! He truly was!

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