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The Home and The World by Rabindranath Tagore
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Jun 07, 12

bookshelves: classics
Read in June, 2012 — I own a copy

Love, influence, power, emancipation.
This is the tale of three lives, each burdened by its own predicament; each struggling for its own destruction, for that will be their rebirth. This is the story of Bimala, Nikhil, and Sandip, against the backdrop of the Swadeshi Movement of the Indian Freedom Struggle in the first decade of the 20th century.

The ultimate aim is the freedom of the motherland, but that is easily said than done. In between comes the friction between these characters. They all have differences, but still, have immense affection for each other. Nikhil and Bimala are a couple with some strain in their relationship. Nikhil and Sandip are childhood friends who have got exact opposite point of views. Bimala and Sandip have found newly blossomed respect for each other, the idea of which borders on love. And thus, Rabindranath Tagore brings us one of his best story in which relationships are tested on the basis of values and virtues.

Here, the sagacity of the wise is brought under scrutiny for verifying its obedience to the national cause. The idea of truth, as it is revered in truth shall prevail, is analysed, debated, and followed by confirming it with individual probity.

This is a philosophical work nestled up with the various human idiosyncrasies. It requires a calm reading at various stages of life.

The only drawback is the abrupt end; it's like the book is missing pages when you get to the middle of the climax. The "end" is, perhaps, the "beginning" of your (the reader's) thinking and introspection, as to how you would behave if you were in place of one of these characters.

I'm still reeling under its effect.
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