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This vintage book contains Rabindranath Tagore's 1912 play, 'The Post Office'. The play revolves around Amal, a child confined to his adopted uncle's house by an incurable disease who, inspired by the construction of a local post office, fantasizes about receiving a letter from the king or being a postman. The play was translated into English by W. B. Yeats, and was perfor ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published May 8th 2006 by Hesperides Press (first published January 1st 1914)
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Shuhan Rizwan
Aug 02, 2016 Shuhan Rizwan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
নাটক পড়ছি গত কদিন।

ডাকঘর দেখেছি আগে, এবার পড়া হলো। ' ছোটট রাজকুমার' এর রবীনদরভাষয বলবো আমি একে। বলাই বাহুলয, এটাই ভালো লেগেছে বেশি।
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
বইটা আমার অনেক পরিয়। জীবনের বেশ কিছু গুরুতবপূরণ পরশনের জনয আমার যে উততর তাতে এই বইটির পরভাব রয়েছে। সব পরশনগুলো একসাথে মনে পড়ে না, যেগুলো মনে পড়ছে সেগুলো লিখি...

কোনটা সুনদর?
চার দেয়ালের নিরাপততা তুচছ কিসের মায়ায়?
মানুষকে কেন ভালবাসি?
মুকতিকে কেন ভালবাসি?
কোথায় গেলে পরাণ জুড়ায়?

সবার মাঝেই বুঝি একেকজন অমল থাকে। সে অমলের চারদিকে সবাই দরজা দেয়। কিনতু সে অমল মুকতিকেই ভালবেসে যায়।

দবিতীয় বা তৃতীয় শরেণীতে থাকতে একদিন আকাশকে চিঠি লিখেছিলাম। চিঠি পোসট করেছিলাম নিজের পড়ার টেবিলের ডরয়ারের ঠিকানাতেই। ইট কাঠের মাঝে
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This play in three acts was written in Bengal in 1911, not long after Tagore lost his son, daughter and wife to disease. In 1940, the evening before Paris fell to the Nazis, Andre Gide's French translation of this play was read over the radio. Two years after, in a Warsaw ghetto, a Polish version was the last play performed in the orphanage of Janusz Korczak who, when asked why he chose the play, said: "eventually one had to learn to accept serenely the angel of death." Within a month, he and hi ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
A very lovely play. It shows you how a child's positive outlook on life can change many things, including the disillusionment of a vendor and the misanthropy of a headman who takes pleasure in nothing but bullying people. Well, that's one thing it can show - I bet almost everybody sees something different in this play. I think this is the first time I read something of so obviously universal appeal, there's really something for everyone in every age group in it - that in itself is quite amazing.
This is a very brief Bengali play in 2 acts, first published in 1912. A young boy is dying, and out the window of his house he can see a new post office that has just opened in the town. The boy talks to anyone who passes his window, and he quickly becomes convinced that the king has sent a letter to him that will arrive soon at the new post office. Essentially a story about living in the moment and transforming the ordeal of suffering through imagination and the art of storytelling, this play e ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Vineet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The abrupt ending of the play, though surprising, is similar to the unwarranted arrival of death. The innocence of children, and how the same innocence is kindlled in grown-ups when in company of children are beautifully portrayed in words. The play picks up pace towards the end, and ironically, only the herald of the anticipated arrives in time to show Amal a glimpse of a gilted dream, before he slides into an eternal slumber and the play is curtained. There is an Amal in all of us - there is a ...more
Sabbir Karim
Apr 12, 2015 Sabbir Karim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ডাকঘর নাটকটি বিশবকবি রবীনদরনাথ ঠাকুরের একটি সাঙকেতিক নাটক।যেখানে যা অপরকাশয তা শেষ পরযনত অপরকাশিত ই ছিল।এখানে পরধান চরিতর অমল।যার মা সেই ছোটবেলাতেই মারা যায়।এবং বাবা মারা যাওয়ার পরে নিঃসনতান দমপতি মাধব দতত তাকে পোষয পুতর হিসেবে পালন করতে থাকে। কিনতু এক অজানা রোগে অমল আকরানত হলে কবিরাজ তাকে ঘরের বাইরে জেতে নিশেধ করে। কিনতু কিশোর মনের দূরনত সতবা তাকে ঘরে বসে থাকার বিপকষে। তবুও তাকে ঘরে থাকতে হবে। সে তখন তার পিসি মসাই মাধব দততের কাছে রাসতার ধারের ঘরে বসে থাকার অনুমতি পায়।সেখানে সে সারা দিন বসে থেকে ...more
Daniel L.
Oct 02, 2013 Daniel L. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-s-journeys
After Death, There's Life

This play by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is one of those pieces of literature that truly deserves to be remembered and admired as it was in London in 1914, when William Butler Yeats remarked that this little play " very perfectly constructe and conveys to the right audience an emotion of gentleness and peace." To Western eyes, at first glance, a play about a dying child may see morbid. The reader and theatregoer quickly realize, however, that Amal, the mo
Momina Masood
Aug 13, 2016 Momina Masood rated it it was amazing
I was about to rate this 4 stars but I couldn't resist. As I was reading, I couldn't help feeling how this play has clear mystical undertones to it. Little Amal could be Tagore himself, the Tagore of Gitanjali, anxious to leave the narrow, claustrophobic confinements of his "room", anxious for spiritual exaltation, anxious for "the King's letter". I can't help associating the King's letter to the postman metaphors of Ashfaq Ahmed in Mann Chalay Ka Sauda, as I can't help seeing this play as somet ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Vandana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kapil, apoorv, sunishtha, vikas, pushpam, anmol
simple, innocent and a beautiful little play by RabindraJi. Amal is a lovely little child, dying or rather living against his looming death. His vivaciousness and love for life is infectious but that is how a kid is supposed to be. his zest for life affects all and how he rejoices in every man passing by his window makes the book a funny read. The book is small but refreshing. A child's innocence teaches you how you should value life in all its hues and at all junctures. Amal has no reason to b ...more
Sourov Kabir
Jun 04, 2016 Sourov Kabir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tagore-and, to-2016
"আমাকে তোমার মতো ঐরকম দই বেচতে শিখিয়ে দিয়ো। ঐরকম বাঁক কাঁধে নিয়ে -- ঐরকম খুব দূরের রাসতা দিয়ে.. আমি ককখনো পণডিত হব না। আমি তোমাদের রাঙা রাসতার ধারে তোমাদের বুড়ো বটের তলায় গোয়ালপাড়া থেকে দই নিয়ে এসে দূরে দূরে গরামে গরামে বেচে বেচে বেড়াব। কী রকম করে তুমি বল, দই, দই, দই -- ভালো দই। আমাকে সুরটা শিখিয়ে দাও।"

"হায় পোড়াকপাল! এ সুরও কি শেখবার সুর!"

"না, না, ও আমার শুনতে খুব ভালো লাগে। আকাশের খুব শেষ থেকে যেমন পাখির ডাক শুনলে মন উদাস হয়ে যায় -- তেমনি ঐ রাসতার মোড় থেকে ঐ গাছের সারির মধযে দিয়ে যখন তোমার ডাক
May 12, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The Post Office is a play about Amal, an eight year old boy who is terminally ill confined indoors by the family physician. His only contact with the outside world is through his window. Amal notices the village post office. He hopes the King sends him a letter. The town headman mocks and plays a practical joke on the ill Amal. Amal dreams of a future free of confinement.

Tagore's The Post Office is a play depicting free spirit, the joy of the open road free of bondage. The Post Office is poign
Jul 05, 2016 Tisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
সেদিন রবি ঠাকুরের আতমজীবনী নিয়ে ঋতুপরণ ঘোষের একটি ডকুমেনটারি দেখলাম। সেখানে ডাকঘরের কথা উললেখ করা হয়েছে। সেই থেকেই 'পড়বো' 'পড়বো' মাথায় ঘুরছে! ডাকঘরের কথা এর আগেও শুনেছি, পড়া আর হয় নি। তাই বলা যায় ঋতুপরণ-ই এই নাটকটি পড়তে উৎসাহিত করেছেন!
আমি রবীনদরনাথের গলপ, উপনযাস, গান নিয়ে বড় হয়েছি। উনি আমাকে মুগধ করেন সবসময়। এবারও করেছেন তাঁর ডাকঘর নাটকটি দিয়ে।
অমলকে কিনতু হিংসে হচছিল আমার। কতত বনধু পাতিয়ে ফেলেছিল ছেলেটা শুধু একটা জানলার সামনে বসে! দইওয়ালা, মোড়ল, পরহরী, মালিনীর মেয়ে সুধা, এমনকি রাজামশায়-সববাই ত
Aamil Syed
This is a nice story about a curious little boy in a state of delirium due to disease and of adults who indulge him. I don't know why people are saying that it is about someone finally accepting death and all that, because for me, the boy never gave up on living and kept making plans for himself right till the end. I found that weird that people think it is about accepting death, when it seems to be the opposite. Or maybe I'm wrong. Hard to guess with metaphorical stories; every interpretation i ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Shubhra rated it it was amazing
This is unlike any book that I have ever read. So simple, yet oceans of meaning deep within. I had to read this book twice over the next morning. This truly shows the genius that Rabindranath Tagore was. The child Amal is true representation of human mind which is always eager to travel far and wide, is dreamy and looking to escape from its current situation in the first available opportunity. Madhav represents the adult mindset which is always playing safe and averse to risk.

It's a must read fo
Feb 27, 2012 Radhika rated it really liked it
It's short, simple and gripping. Loved the simplicity in style, language and characters. Would have liked to read more.
Utsob Roy
Aug 07, 2016 Utsob Roy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
গলার কাছে কিছু একটা আটকে গেলো।
Nadia Hossain
Jan 09, 2016 Nadia Hossain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'সুধা তোমাকে ভোলে নি।'
Rohitt Shinde
Sep 11, 2016 Rohitt Shinde rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful piece of work! A small read which leaves an impression of what a gentle behaviour can get you, and people around you. I could personally relate myself with the boy in the story where Madhav (the parent) would not let Aman (the kid) be out and about by doctor's advise. You can feel the boy's yearning to be out of the house by how he would talk with the passing people by the Window in which he is sitting. If you were ever in a situation like that in your childhood, then it woul ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Samar rated it liked it
An excellent drama. A story from which much can be drawn. It is interesting how every character whether it is the Watchman, Curd-seller, Headman or the Gaffer all represent different levels, beliefs and strata of society. It can be interpreted in the political scenario of the imperial era of subcontinent, the educational flaws in the system along with the departing sense of mysticism and naturalism in favor of materialism, scientific progress and practicality bordering on pessimism. Amal is ever ...more
Sep 23, 2015 Ashutosh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: play-poetry
The play is written beautifully in a very simple language. There can be many interpretation of the play.It may represent the simple story of an ill boy or may be there is more symbolism than what appears to be on the surface. I think Amal represent a mind which wants to wander off to faraway places but is restricted by societal beliefs (By labeling him as ill). Amal has the quest for spiritual freedom and constantly seeking the knowledge of it by interacting with other characters.

There may be o
Manasi Deshpande
Apr 13, 2016 Manasi Deshpande rated it it was amazing
This book is the best example of the most poetic, mysterious, symbolic narrative of a very short tale of a boy, written in the most beautiful language!! I wish I could read the original version in Bengali just to get a dip in an even so much sweeter language, but, English was not less than a masterpiece!!
The mystery sort of takes us through a spiritual awakening, which when finally confronts the biggest truth of life, the Death, it could not be more beautifully explained!!
Big Bow to Gurudev for
shalini gupta
Apr 24, 2016 shalini gupta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world through a child's eyes

Such a sweet and captivating story! Post office symbolises communication, connection , hope and life. The value of life is counted best by those who know their end is near. In this play the protagonist Amal is so you g and vibrant that he steals our heart right away. His conversations with the different sects of people on street indicates that love is the essence of life. Rabindra math Tagore is timeless. The more you read him , the richer you become.
Korie K
Jun 17, 2008 Korie K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Picked this up off the shelf just now. I'm intrigued by what is written on the back, "A beautifully illustrated edition of one of the most spiritually uplifting works of the twentieth century." I could use such a book right now.

Started it at 10.30pm, finished it at 11pm. What a beautiful play. It lived up to the quote on the back of the book.

It was a simple story that was wonderful for the soul.

I look forward to reading the poetry that this author has written.
Ashish Manik
Nov 02, 2013 Ashish Manik rated it really liked it
Short, simple and nostalgic!

Everything is implicitly yet so intricately portrayed by Tagore - Amal's innocence; his yearning to roam around and live in the outside world; his philosophy- childish yet wiser than the grown-ups; Sudha's unspoken love for him; his uncle's worries; and the peculiar characters of the watchman, the dairyman and Gaffer; all with a touch of the bookish Doctor's humour - this pastoral play will surely draw you in.
Nivedita Bansal
Jan 05, 2013 Nivedita Bansal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, short-stories
Its a lovely play where a little boy, who is ill and isn't allowed to go out, converses with random people who happen to pass by his window. A child has a natural state of being happy even in the extreme conditions and those around him also experience the same happiness and energy. We all have a child within us, if only, we keep that child alive, we would be much happier and content.

A short, simple and soothing read.
Abner Zambrano
Jan 19, 2015 Abner Zambrano rated it really liked it
Amal recuerda la inocencia y felicidad de la niñez, donde solo interesa jugar y tener una sonrisa en nuestro rostro. La historia tiene un final triste, Amal se duerme para nunca más volver a abrir sus pequeños ojos llenos de tanta aventura y ganas de vivir y recorrer el mundo, siempre recordando que somos parte de la naturaleza como lo dice y lo recalca en sus obras el autor de esta deliciosa Historia.
Aditya Parashar
Jul 11, 2014 Aditya Parashar rated it it was amazing
Oh boy !! this is our answer to the animal farm. Much more powerful and revealing be it about humanity.

Nice to see a flame in the midst of darkness, though am not sure if that was even the intent but hey reviews are meant to be based on the reader's opinion. Loved the unbiased hope....
Nov 22, 2011 Bhuvanesh rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
I liked this play. But I couldn't interpret most of the symbolism which lingers throughout. So I didn't get much out of the book except for a soft and beautiful story.
May be you can figure it out.
Abhranil Dutta
Jan 18, 2012 Abhranil Dutta rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics

I wish I could have read 'The Post Office' in Bengali ... :(

Its short and simple but yet this book will keep you captivated till the very end ...!!!
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West."

Tagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and ess
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