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The Post Office

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One of our most enduring inspirational works, The Post Office returns to North America with this handsomely illustrated new edition, offering hope and healing for us all. Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the greatest writer of modern India, wrote The Post Office in 1911, following a deep personal loss. In beautiful, simple prose, Tagore tells the story of a young boy, c ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MVB E-Books (first published January 1st 1914)
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Shubham Sharma Actually The Boy is so much sick so he was imagining all the things by himself. (except fakir and sudha). And at last he died due to his illness and…moreActually The Boy is so much sick so he was imagining all the things by himself. (except fakir and sudha). And at last he died due to his illness and that why they said that now he gets all he wanted.

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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
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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
Shuhan Rizwan
Aug 02, 2016 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।
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Daniel
Oct 14, 2012 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.
Zarin Haider
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"জানি, আমি খুব জানি। আমি সাত ভাই চমপার খবর জানি। আমার মনে হয়, আমাকে যদি সবাই ছেড়ে দেয়, তা হলে আমি চলে যেতে পারি -- খুব ঘন বনের মধযে যেখানে রাসতা খুঁজে পাওয়া যায় না। সরু ডালের সব- আগায় যেখানে মনুয়া পাখি বসে বসে দোলা খায় সেইখানে আমি চাঁপা হয়ে ফুটতে পারি।-- তুমি আমার পারুলদিদি হবে?" ...more
Ben
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and a number of publications (including the New York Times) made a big hubbub about him being the first musician to win the prestigious literary prize. But then I read an article that called out a resounding "Bullshit!" And the article explained that Dylan was not the first musician to win the Nobel in Literature, and it went on to tell the story of Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali polymath who is sometimes referred to as "The Bard of Bengal," and on ...more
Vineet
Jul 28, 2012 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
Adam
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
Sabbir Karim
Apr 12, 2015 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 "...is 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
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Momina Masood
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, indian-lit
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
Melinda
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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ArZo
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"ডাকঘর"

মাতর ২৩ পৃষঠার, ৩ টি অংকের, ৩৩৯ সংলাপের কবিগুরু রবীনদরনাথ ঠাকুরের ছোট একটি সাংকেতিক নাটক।

কিনতু এই ছোট নাটকটি দবিতীয় বিশবযুদধের সময় ১০৫ বার জারমানিতে বিশেষ করে নাৎসী বাহিনী কবলগরসথ পারি শহরে পরচারিত হয়েছিল।

১৯১১ সালে রচিত নাটকটি ঐ বছরে দেববরত মুখোপাধযায় ইংরেজি ভাষায় অনুবাদ করেন। যার ভূমিকা লিখেছিলেন সবয়ং ইয়েটস।

মাতর কয়েকটি সংলাপের এই নাটকটিতে যে দূর পরবাসে সহসর মৃতযু পথযাতরীর শিশুদের মাঝে বিলিয়ে দিয়েছিল মুকতির সপরশ। যারা জানতো মৃতযু মানে শুধু কালো অনধকারে হারিয়ে যাওয়া, তারা নতুন করে, নতুন
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kaśyap
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dak Ghar. A simple and magical play with mystical undertones.
Tisha
Jul 05, 2016 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
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Vandana
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Shubhra
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Yassmeen Altaif
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مسرحية قصيرة لطاغور ذلك الشاعر الهندي الكبير،
وبدأت هذه المسرحية بمقدمة جميلة عن طاغور من طفولته وحياته بعد إن صار شاعراً ونال الجوائز

المسرحية عن ذلك الطفل المريض الذي يجب عليه ملازمة المنزل، ومن يقابل وهو في المنزل وماهي أحلامه

و إلى النهاية الجميلة العجيبة..
Radhika
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's short, simple and gripping. Loved the simplicity in style, language and characters. Would have liked to read more.
Jerry Jose
poignant and old school
Nadia Hossain
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'সুধা তোমাকে ভোলে নি।'
Utsob Roy
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
গলার কাছে কিছু একটা আটকে গেলো।
Jeff Cavadrio
Tagore es un escritor que todo mundo debe de leer. Su hermosa narrativa llena de formas poéticas, la fluidez y sus historias reflexivas y simbólicas hacen que cada obra suya te llene de dicha e incontables sentimientos.


"El cartero del Rey" es un breve y bello poema, en forma teatral, que nos narra la historia del pequeño Amel, un niño huérfano adoptado por su tío Madhav. El médico de Amel le prohíbe salir de casa para evitar que el sol del otoño y la humedad le hagan daño. El curioso Amel y su
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Greg
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
The play, “The Post Office” follows a sick boy who yearns for a letter from the king. Although a deception, in reality a herald of his arrival does appear, and the king is on his way. This heartbreaking, tender story was a favorite of some of the great literary minds of the twentieth century. It is a short work, and deserving of attention.


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Sourov Kabir
Jun 03, 2016 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
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Rohit
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
shalini gupta
Apr 24, 2016 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.
Ashutosh
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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