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This morning I read another wonderful and very moving story of total isolation and loneliness by Tagore, "Subha". Tagore to was born in Kolkata, Indian into a family whose wealth and life style can now only be seen in movies.
His father owned an estate so huge that at one point in his life Tagore traveled through it on a luxurious barge and was met on the river bank by tenants paying token rents to him.
Tagore was raised mostly by servants as his mother died young and his father was very busy administrating the vast estates he owned. Tagore was educated in classical Indian literature and at age eight began to write poetry and ended up reshaping the Bengali Language. Later in his life he founded a school and devoted himself entirely to his writing and teachings.
This was in a period when western writers were fascinated by Indian thinkers and Yeats wrote the preface for one of his first translations in English. He wrote largely in Bengali. His body of work is a great literary treasure.
Subha is born into a financially comfortable family. She is the youngest of three daughters. Her mother feels a sense of shame she never overcomes when the family realizes that Subha will never be able to speak or hear.
In the culture of the time congenital impairments of children were seen as sign of a moral defect or depravity in the mother. Her mother tries to love her but she can barely force the emotion.
Her father loves and accepts her. In due time her older two sisters are married to proper men and given a proper dowry. Fiinding a husband for Subha is not so simple. Future mother in laws fear she will give birth to children with the same impairments she has.
Subha has learned to cope as best she can within the context of her family by communicating with gestures understood only within the family. Her only friends are the two family cows.
One day Subha meets a fisherman. It happens that the man is somehow viewed as simple. His only interest in life is casting his fishing net. His family has long ago accepted that he will never amount to anything.
The man appreciates her silence as talking might frighten the fish. She comes to enjoy seeing him cast his net.
She begins to feel romantic about him. With her large eyes wide open, she scanned their faces as though she wished to learn something.
One afternoon in the midst of all this, as Pratap was fishing, he laughed: Mind you don't forget me altogether! As a stricken doe looks in the hunter's face, asking in silent agony: That day she sat no longer beneath her tree.
Banikantha, having finished his nap, was smoking in his bedroom when Subha dropped at his feet and burst out weeping as she gazed towards him.
Banikantha tried to comfort her and his own cheek grew wet with tears. It was settled that on the morrow they should go to Calcutta. Subha went to the cowshed to bid farewell to the comrades of her childhood. She fed them from her hand; she clasped their necks; she looked into their faces, and tears fell fast from the eyes which spoke for her.Short Story: "Subha" by Rabindranath Tagore.
STUDY. PLAY. Read the excerpt below from the story "Subha" by Rabindranath Tagore and answer the question that follows. The bridegroom came with a friend to inspect the bride.
Her parents were dizzy with anxiety and fear when they saw the god arrive to select the beast for his sacrifice. Sep 20, · So Today In Literary Vlog, I Am Narrating The Short Story - "Subha", Which Is Written By The World Famous Author Rabindranath Tagore!
A troubled beginning The ex-president of Iraq had a troubled childhood. Saddam Hussein was born on April 28, , in the village of Al-Awja, near Tikrit, a town just . Below is a chronological list of works by Rabindranath Tagore between and Tagore wrote most of his short stories, novels, drama, poems and songs in Bengali; later he translated some of them into English.
. Vivekananda O Samakalin Bharatvarsha, Vol. I, II and III (Biography and cultural history). Roj Subha ko Suraj Aakar, Sabko sada jagata hai Shyam hoi laali phailakar apne ghar ko jatta hai Dinbhar khud ko jala-jalakar Yeh prakash phailata hai.