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On Rabindranath Tagore's birth anniversary, a reading list to remember the legend

While it is next to impossible to pick from Gurudev's works, here's a list to get you started.

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Last Updated: May 07, 2019, 03.12 PM IST
Tagore passed away on August 7, 1941.
Polymath, poet, author, painter - Rabindranath Tagore left a deep impact, not just in India but across the globe. The first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, 'Gurudev' as he came to be known was born to Debendranath Tagore, a religious reformer and member of the Brahmo Samaj, and Sarada Devi.

In addition to his several literary works, Tagore also wrote the National Anthems for both India and Bangaladesh. While he released his first poetry collection under the pseudonym Bhanusimha, he later went on to be published by his own name.

On his 158th birth anniversary, here's revisiting some of the legends works:

'Ghare Baire' (1916)

Translated into English as 'The Home and the World' reportedly by Tagore's nephew Surendranath, the book is set during the time of the Swadeshi Movement and revolves around the lives of its three main characters. The story of an educated Bengali aristocrat Nikhilesh Chowdhury, his wife Bimala, and the outsider - his revolutionary friend who comes to stay in their home - Sandip Mukherjee, showed both love and freedom in a completely new light. The novel was adapted into a film in 1984 by Satyajit Ray.

'Gitanjali' (1910)


Translated into English as 'Song Offerings', Tagore's collection of poems won him the Nobel Literature Prize in 1913. The first edition had an introduction William Butler Yeats.

'Shesher Kobita' (1929)


A lyrical novel set in Shillong, Shesher Kabita explores the love story between an Oxford-educated barrister Amit Ray and Labanya, who he meets in a car accident. The story, which Tagore wrote at the age of 68, is told through the exchange of love letters and poems between the two protagonists.

'Chokher Bali' (1903)

Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan and Raima Sen in a scene from the 2003 film.

The novel follows the story of a young widow Binodini and her desires that affect the lives of the self-centred Mahendra and his innocent bride Asha. Tagore explores the human traits of love, friendship, ego and desire in the path-breaking novel.

It was also made into a film by Rituparno Ghosh in 2003, and features Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan as Binodini and Raima Sen as Ashalata.

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