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Glimpses of Bengal

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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger ...more
Hardcover, 162 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Asia Book Corporation of America (first published 1913)
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Pratishtha Chaurasia
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad to have found this second-hand book under some old pile of books in a bookstore. I read him first in Stray Birds and I instantly connected.
I believe many of us witness the world like he had, but none of us can describe it like he did.
He talks of the most impossible things in the greatest possible manner.
There is something in each letter that makes you look outside your window and think if you are going too fast and missing everything you really need to see!
Out of all of them, ther
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Andrea
In a collection of correspondence excerpts that could not have been more aptly named, this was my introduction to the sublime writing of Rabindranath Tagore. (Special mention to the acknowledged but un-named translator [was it Tagore himself?]who has clearly done a magnificent job.) These vignettes of life in present-day Bangladesh, written well over 100 years ago, were timeless, often funny, moody, moving and just quite magical.

The flow of village life is not too rapid, neither is it stagnant.
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Lilisa
An amazing selection of letters written by Rabindranath Tagore during 1885 to 1895 to individuals when he was “under the shelter of obscurity.” The version I read was about 200 pages. Some of the letters made their way back to Tagore and are translated by him. Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 -- the first non-European to do so. This collection of beautifully written letters showcases the lyrical and poetic rhythm of Tagore ‘s writing as he traverses Bengal and waxes eloquently o ...more
Arpita Roy
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"I usually pace the roof-terrace, alone, of an evening. Yesterday afternoon I felt it my duty to show my visitors the beauties of the local scenery, so I strolled out with them, taking Aghore as a guide.
On the verge of the horizon, where the distant fringe of trees was blue, a thin line of dark blue cloud had risen over them and was looking particularly beautiful. I tried to be poetical and said it was like blue collyrium on the fringe of lashes enhancing a beautiful blue eye. Of my companions o
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Bob
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully crafted observations of eternal truths and insight through observing the rhythms of life in 19th century rural Bengal.
Janice Raquela
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely read
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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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“When I come to the country I cease to view man as separate from the rest. As the river runs through many a clime, so does the stream of men babble on, winding through woods and villages and towns. It is not a true contrast that men may come and men may go, but I go on for ever. Humanity, with all its confluent streams, big and small, flows on and on, just as does the river, from its source in birth to its sea in death- two dark mysteries at either end, and between them various play and work and chattering unceasing.” 2 likes
“Nature becomes really and truly intimate in strange and lonely places. I have been actually worrying myself for days at the thought that after the moon is past her full I shall daily miss the moonlight more and more; feeling further and
further exiled when the beauty and peace which awaits my return to the riverside will no longer be there, and I shall have to come back through darkness.”
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