Rabindranath Tagore was born Calcutta, West Bengal on 1861 to Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, a well known Hindu reformer and Shrimati Sharada Devi. Tagore was home schooled. He was taught in Bengali, with English lessons in the afternoon. Rabindranath Tagore went to St Xavier's Jesuit school, but found the conventional system of education stifling. He began writing poetry by the age of eight.
His father wanted him to become a barrister and he was sent to England. In 1879, Tagore enrolled at University College, at London. However, his father forced him to return to India in 1880. Tagore's family chose his bride, an almost illiterate girl of ten named Bhabatarini (renamed Mrinalini), whom he married in 1883.
His earliest poetic collections Manasi (l890), Chitra (1895) and Sonar Tari (1895) used colloquial Bengali instead of the usual archaic literary form. In 1901 he founded the famous Shantiniketan near Calcutta. This was designed to provide a traditional ashram and Western education. He began with 5 pupils and 5 teachers (three of whom were Christian). His ideals were simplicity of living and the cultivation of beauty.
In 1912, Tagore visited Britain again and his own English translation of Gitanjali was published under Yeats' auspices. A lecture tour of Britain and the USA followed. In 1913, he was awarded the famous Nobel Prize and used the prize money to improve his school at Shantiniketan.
Tagore passed away in 1941.
Books by Rabindranath Tagore
The Tagore Omnibus: Volume 1 by Rabindranath Tagore This collector's edition of Rabindranath Tagore's novels in English translation brings together the writer's best-known novels in two omnibus volumes. The first volume features three novels-Chokher Bali, Ghare Baire and Yogayog and two novellas: Chaturanga and Malancha.
Chokher Bali (A Grain of Sand) is a classic exposition of an extramarital affair that takes place within the confines of a joint family. Asha, the simple, demure wife of the rich, flamboyant Mahendra, befriends Binodini, a vivacious young widow who comes to live with them; but both Mahendra and Binodini betray Asha's trust and elope, leaving the marriage in ruins.
Set against the backdrop of the Partition of Bengal by the British in 1905, Ghare Baire (Home and the World) is also the tale of a triangular relationship: between the liberal-minded zamindar Nikhilesh, his educated and sensitive wife Bimala, and Sandip, Nikhilesh's friend, a charismatic revolutionary who Bimala becomes attracted to.
Chaturanga (Quartet) traces the philosophical and emotional developments between Sachish, a brilliant young atheist who turns ascetic after the untimely death of his mentor, his friend Sribilash, and Damini, a young widow sheltered by the guru Lilananda, who Sachish and Sribilash become devotees of.
Set in the historical context of the decline of the landed aristocracy in Bengal and the emergence of the entrepreneur class, Yogayog (Nexus) is the tale of Kumudini, the daughter of a cultured family that has fallen on bad times, who is torn between her loyalties to Madhusudan, her crass and self-serving husband, and Bipradas, her artistic and compassionate brother, as she struggles desperately to find an identity for herself.
Finally, Malancha (The Garden) features the loving but childless couple Aditya and Neerja whose calm domestic world is shattered when Neerja is struck down by illness and suspects Sarala, Aditya's childhood friend, of usurping her place both in Aditya's heart and in their beloved garden.Read More...Hide Pages: 726 Accolades Nobel Prize Winning Author
Tagore Birthday Book: Selected from the English Works of Rabindranath by Rabindranath Tagore This book contains selected English writings of Rabindranath Tagore and was first published in 1928. It was edited by C.F. Andrews, who was a confidante of both Tagore and Gandhi. The book opens with a chapter initiating the reader into the life and writings of Gurudev Tagore. After a page of benediction, it breaks into a season-by-season, month-month and day-by-day recording of beautiful and profound expressions culled from various English works of Tagore. The four seasons, the twelve months of the Western calender and the 365 days of the year are noted in a singular fashion and given a unique poetic hue.Read More...Hide Pages: 225 Accolades Nobel Prize Winning Author
Selected Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore This is a classic collection of stories by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore on Bengal, Hinduism, social issues, caste. with critical introduction by Wailliam Radice. Pages: 322 Accolades Nobel Prize Winning Author
Rabindranath Tagore Collected Stories by Rabindranath Tagore This collection contains some of the gems by Rabindranath Tagore, who undoubtedly put India on the literary map of the world. These stories hold the readers enthrall from the opening sentence itself, bringing the various characters to life in vivid detail.Read More...Hide Pages: 159
Hungry Stones And Other Stories by Rabindranath Tagore Tagore was the first modern Bengali short story writer. He wrote well over a hundred stories. He created stories from his own experience - love, social relationships, the correspondence between man and nature and the supernatural. This collection includes tales of mystery ('The Hungry Stones'), satirical fantasy ('The Kingdom of Cards') and lovable characters like 'The Cabulliwallah'.Read More...Hide Pages: 200
Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore Home and the World (Ghare Baire) is the story set against the backdrop of the partition of Bengal by the British in 1905. It is the story of a young liberal-minded zamindar Nikhilesh, his educated and sensitive wife Bimala and Nikhilesh's friend Sandip, a charismatic and nationalist leader whom Bimala finds herself attracted to. A perceptive explosion of difficulties, surrounding women's emancipation in pre-modern India, and a telling portrayal of the chasms inherent in the nationalist movement, Home and the World has generated endless debate and discussion.Read More...Hide Pages: 216 Accolades Nobel Prize Winning Author
Gora by Rabindranath Tagore Nobel Prize-winning author Rabindranath Tagore's most ambitious work Gora unfolds against the vast, dynamic backdrop of Bengal under British rule, a divided society struggling to envisage an emerging nation. It is an epic saga of India?s nationalist awakening, viewed through the eyes of one young man, an orthodox Hindu who defines himself against the British colonialist culture and finds himself approaching his nationalist identity through the prism of organized religion.
First published in 1907, Gora questions the dogmas and presuppositions inherent in nationalist thought like few books have dared to do. This new, lucid and vibrant translation brings the complete and unabridged text of the classic to a new generation of readers, underlining its contemporary relevance.Read More...Hide Pages: 517 Accolades Nobel Prize Winning Author
Gitanjali-Songs Offering by Rabindranath Tagore A Collection of Prose Translations made by the author from the original Bengali. Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for this book of prose. Tagore's poems are devotions, mystical, sublimated ecstasy. They are the thoughts of a seer, the perfect union of beauty and truth in poetry.Read More...Hide Pages: 120
Farewell Song by Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore reinvented the Bengali novel with Farewell Song, blurring the lines between prose and poetry and creating an effervescent blend of romance and satire. Through Amit and Labanya and a brilliantly etched social milieu, the novel addresses contemporary debates about - good - and - bad - writing, the nature of love and conjugality, and the influence of Western culture on Bengali society. Set against the idyllic backdrop of Shillong and the mannered world of elite Calcutta society, this sparkling novel expresses the complex vision and the mastery of style that characterized Tagore's later works.
Pink Pages (A Girl's Directory to all things Fun) by Sarah Delmege
The Pink Pages, unlike the staid Yellow Pages, is a girl's directory to all things fun. Packed with fun stuff like tips on make up, eating right and advice on the art of making and keeping friends.
Serious stuff like manners, never having enough money or not knowing how to make up with a best friend after a fight are dealt with in a breezy manner that is yet intelligent enough to get essential points across. The bits on Feng Shui make for an interesting read. But perhaps it's the mystery in the section devoted to revealing what dreams mean that will appeal to those who are in love. Besides the three most common dreams of flying, falling or teeth falling out they also talk about the various meanings implied if the dream has an animal or death in it.
Growing Up Bin Laden
Growing Up Bin Laden by Jean Sasson
In their own words, Osama Bin Laden?s first wife Najwa and son Omar share the astonishing story of the man they knew ? or thought they knew. Growing Up Bin Laden tells the story of a young girl who married her gentle and kindly first-cousin, enjoying a happy early marriage with the groom of her choice. But as world events thrust her husband into a frenzy of militant activities, his once pleasing behaviour is altered; and Najwa and her innocent children?s lives become a maze of escaping from one country to another.
Osama?s fourth-born son, Omar ? who wanted nothing but his father?s love, describes his early years, life with his father in Afghanistan and his eventual escape to Saudi Arabia. Together, their powerful story as mother and son give us an extraordinary view of a man hated by so many, yet both loved and feared by his family, including:
Osama?s disapproval of modern conveniences, including electricity and medicine
Osama?s plan to toughen up his sons by taking them into the desert without food or water
Omar?s horror at the murder of a boy his own age by members of a jihadist group living among them in the Sudan
What happened in the bin Laden home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the morning of September 11, 2001; Omar?s surprise phone call from his mother who escaped from Afghanistan only two days before the New York terrorist attack.
My name is Michael Sibley
My name is Michael Sibley by John LeCarre
This novel comprises some of the best work of an extremely gifted and perhaps under-regarded British crime novelist....What gave John Bingham his magic was something we look for in every writer, too often in vain: an absolute command of the internal landscape of his characters, acutely observed by a humane but wonderfully corrosive eye."Michael Sibley and John Prosset shared a history that dated back to their first years at boarding school, and so the news of Prosset's murder came as a great shock to his old friend -- especially because Sibley had been staying only the day before at Prosset's country house, where the body was found.When the police arrive to question him in connection with the murder, Sibley finds himself lying about his recent visit, and thus begins to reveal the true nature of a longstanding but volatile friendship, fraught with mutual deception and distrust. As he tells his version of the truth to the police -- and to the reader -- Sibley makes the first of many fateful mistakes and finds himself not only under suspicion, but a primary suspect in the investigation.Seen through the eyes of Sibley himself, My Name Is Michael Sibley is a mesmerizing account of murder, as the narrator purposefully attempts to elude the police and prove his innocence to the reader in the same breath.