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April 1, 2016

6 Tagore’s Must-Read Short Stories

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The first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, Rabindranath Tagore is not an unknown figure to anyone who has even the mildest interest in English literature. Though best known for ‘Geetanjali’, he has also penned down quite a few novels, poems and short stories. Here is
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The first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, Rabindranath Tagore is not an unknown figure to anyone who has even the mildest interest in English literature. Though best known for ‘Geetanjali’, he has also penned down quite a few novels, poems and short stories. Here is a list of 7 short stories by Rabindranath Tagore that are a must read.

#1 Kabuliwallah (The Fruitseller from Kabul)
Set in the early 20th century in Calcutta, the story explores the bond shared by a little girl called Mini and a Kabuliwallah (a generic term used for traders who used to come to India every year from Kabul for trade). Love and affection are the central themes of this simple yet heartwarming story.

#2 The Home Coming
‘The Home Coming’ is a tale of a 14 year old mischievous child who was sent away to his uncle’s house for studying as he was becoming a great nuisance for his mother. The story questions the treatment meted out on children and the impact it has on the tender minds of the children.

#3 The Postmaster
Revolving around the themes of longing, separation and companionship, this heart-warming story tells the tale of the bond formed between a postmaster who is transferred from Calcutta to a remote village and Ratan, an orphan girl residing in the village.

#4 The Kingdom of Cards
The story is about a society where nothing happens according to the desires of the heart, rather everything is governed by severe over-discipline. What happens when outsiders arrive and challenge there conventions.

#5 The Victory
Based on the themes of love, loss, destiny and perceptions, ‘The Victory’ strongly gives out the message that one should never give up as one doesn’t know what lies in store. Told through the tale of a court poet Shekhar and his love for Princess Akita, the story brings out the importance of perceptions.

#6 The Hungry Stones
A story with a supernatural setting, the story makes it very difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy. The setting of the story is in a medieval palace, where the second narrator goes to live for a few days and his experiences in that ‘haunted’ house.

Reading any of Tagore’s work is a very enlightening and enriching experience. One must read his stories at least once.

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