- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: Wisdom Tree; Reprint edition (2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8186685278
- ISBN-13: 978-8186685273
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Home and the World Paperback – 2002
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About the Author
Rabindranath Tagore (7th May 1861-7th August 1941), the writer and a Nobel laureate poet was the ambassador of Indian culture to the rest of the world. He is probably the most prominent figure in the cultural world of Indian subcontinent and the first Asian person to be awarded with the Nobel in 1913. Even though he is mainly known as a poet, his multifaceted talent showered upon different branches of art-novels, short stories, dramas, articles, essays, painting, etc. He was a social reformer, patriot and above all, a great humanitarian and philosopher.
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This novel is told from the perspective of three people - Nikhil, his wife Bimala, and the activist (in the name of national India) Sandip. By hearing the story from each of them we understand their individual constraints and the drives they have, or lack, to realise their ambitions and desires. Rabindranath Tagore has not written this novel from the perspective of an all-seeing observer and this leads us - the readers - to be deeply entrenched in the individual characters' drives, passions, doubts, uncertainities and failures.
For me this is a very personal expose of my own drives, passions, doubts and failures. If only I could have the views of those around me similarly exposed - if I had some indication of their drives, passions, doubts and sense of failure I am sure that I could respond to them with greater confidence. But, of course, Nikhil, Bimala and Sandip do not have knowlege of each other's innermost thoughts (unlike we, the readers) so their struggle - all three of them - is just as difficult for them as mine is for me.
Did I end up liking any of these characters? Did I admire any of them? Was I appalled by any of them? These are questions I will not answer - read the book for yourself and you will develop your own views which may be as different for you as my constraints are as different from yours.
Here is another quote:
'What harm if you did have a wholesome fear of me? Does anybody know anybody else in this world?'