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The Home and the World

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Tagore is an artist of rare lyrical powers, who understands the human soul. Tagore's poems and stories are devotions, mystical, sublimated ecstasy. They are the thoughts of a seer, the perfect union of beauty and truth. Contents: Bimala's Story; Nikhil's Story; Sandip's Story.
Paperback, 340 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1916)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Home and the World, Rabindranath Tagore
عنوان: خانه و جهان؛ نویسنده: رابیندرانات تاگور؛ مترجم: زهری خانلری (کیا)؛ تهران، توسن، 1367، در 226 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان هندی قرن 20 م
چاپ دوم، 1386، شابک: 9643153150؛
داستان نخستین بار در سال 1915 منتشر شد، در سرزمین بنگاله رخ میدهد. داستان از زبان سه راوی روایت میشود که در برابر يكديگر قرار میگیرند و باهم بگومگو میکنند. ساتیا جیت رای کارگردان مشهور هندی فیلمی از این داستان ساخته است، با سال شمار زندگی و آثار رابیندرانات تاگور - شاعر و نویسنده
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Lori
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 1916 novel by Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Written in Bengali and translated into English in 1919 by the author’s nephew. I think of poetry as almost impossible to translate well, but the beauty in his language does come across. I'm glad that read Tagore.

On one level, the story is a love triangle. It’s a shame that Bimala didn’t have a friend to talk her out of having anything to do with Sandip. She had that guy sized up before she e
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Sidharth Vardhan

"I am willing to serve my country, but my worship I reserve for Right which is far greater than my country. To worship my country as a god is to bring a curse upon it.”

"To tyrannize for the country is to tyrannize over the country”


How much can present day ultra-nationalists learn from him!

The infatuation of a married woman for her husband's friend aside, this book tries to bring out the pros and cons of then prevailing tools used by freedom fighters. Were those tools, emotionally attractive
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2010)
Sir Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. He was the first non-European and so far, the only Indian to be awarded this most prestigious award any literary artist can dream of.

Bimala (means without mal or blemish in Hindu) is married to Nikhil or Nikhilesh (Lord of the Universe). Theirs is an arranged marriage that was planned even when Bimala was still a little girl. Bimala is neither good-looking, i.e., she comes from lower status and darker complexion, nor rich. Nikh
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Luís C.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple story in appearance that could call many comments and digressions. Three main characters confront each other:

1 a Maharaja imbued with traditional wisdom but open to the world,
2 a woman whom he loves and to whom he offers freedom so that she can learn to know herself and to discover the world,
3 and a political leader, embodying the rise, cynicism and extremism of the present times.

The woman, rich in the freedom offered by the one, will fall in love with the other, who embodies in her eye
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ميقات الراجحي
عندما قرأت العمل هذا كنت أرجّح شاعرية طاغور أكثر على روائيته والسبب لكثرة ماعرفته من نتاج شخصي له وماعرف كشاعر لكن هذا العمل يبرهن على حتى نجاحه الروائي وككاتب مسرحي كذلك. الرواية ليست بالمعجزة ولا العظيمة فهي تقليديتها. لكنها مشبعة بالحكمة والفلسفة كمعظم رويات الهند والصين هذا فوق فلسفة طاغور الساحرة وهو يصور المجتمع الهندي برؤية شاعرية حتى من خلال الحوار لسرده عن العادات والتقاليد في المجتمع الهندي. وتماسكها رهيب من قبل طاغور الشاعر. كان طاغور يصب كل نتاجه عن الإنسان والوطن والمثاليات والمبادئ ...more
Elena
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Tagore's work as a Westerner, I am always reminded of the importance of caution. That is, I must be careful to not be too attached to the certainties I usually attach to my criteria for evaluation. When the author invites me to paint a picture, under his guidance, out of the materials of my mind, and I feel a certain resistance to even get started before recoiling, judging such a picture to be quite categorically in “bad form,” I must be cautious, and willing to question myself. Caution ...more
Bettie☯
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0857wv3

Description: A vivid, powerful and compelling story of love, power and political awakening. Tanika Gupta updates Rabindranath Tagore's classic novel to a contemporary British Muslim context.

Nusrat arrives in the UK from Pakistan to marry Nabeel, a wealthy, progressive and educated businessman. Fearful of the wider society, Nusrat locks herself away in the house reading newspaper articles that only serve to heighten her concerns. Nabeel encourages Nusrat to
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Ahmed
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


أول تجربة لي مع أديب الهند الأبرز و أعظم قاماته على الاطلاق , وكانت تجربة مفيدة للغاية .

رواية تقليدية عن المجتمع الهندي , برع فيها الكاتب في توصيف مشاعر شخصياته , وتقديم العادات والتقاليد المجتمعية في صيغة ممتعة وشاملة في نفس الوقت , تنوع بين العمق النفسي و ظاهر الإنسان ليقدم لك كافة التفاصيل المفيدة لخدمة روايته .

رواية متمكنة احترافية , فيها ترابط بين تسلسل الأحداث و تطورات الشخصية , و نهايتها تقليدية للغاية مما أثر على الشكل العام للرواية (ولكن يمكن أن نغفر ذلك لزمن الكتابة نفسه 1961) .
الرواية
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S.Ach
If "Timelessness" defines whether a book is a classic or not, then "Ghare Baire" or "The Home and The World" is in true sense a great Classic.

Before this book, 'Chokher Bali' was the only other novel that I had read of Tagore, and can't say I was too impressed with it. But, this book was just revelation to me what a radical thinker Tagore was.

It has been 100 years since the book was written, during the days of 'Swadesi Movement', Indian uprising against the British, transition of the tradition
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Zahra Taher
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: الأدب
يجب ألا أفقد إيماني. سأنتظر. إن المعبر من العالم الضيق إلى العالم الأوسع مليءٌ بالعواصف. وعندما تألف هذه الحرية سأعلم أين مكاني، فإذا وجدت أني لا ألائم نظام العالم الخارجي فلن أتعارك مع قدري؟ بل سأستأذن في الرحيل صامتاً.. أستخدم القوة؟ ولكن من أجل ماذا؟ هل يمكن للقوة أن تغلب الحقيقة؟
Mohit Parikh
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Home and the World is a literary masterpiece by Rabindranath Tagore. Set as a love triangle in the backdrop of Swadesi movement in the then Bengal, it is essentially an exploration of the noosphere surrounding the revolution, encapsulating Tagore's personal critique on the movement's ideology.

All the three central characters of the novel are distressed, while treading their paths for greatness. Bimala is a young wife who seeks greatness (which every "woman is entitled to") through utmost dev
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Elizabeth
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Marilyn Felling
an amazing view of swadeshi in the early 1900s India. The three sotries being told seem to reflect the higher consciousness (Nikihl), the concious (Bimala) and the lower conciousness (Sandip). True Bimala loses her way to sensationalism, terror and nationalism but at some point you must pay the piper to your higher self and reflect at some point, Bimala of course does. I loved that Tagore tells the story from three points of view and is able to captuer the voice of Bimala so clearly. This should ...more
Jumana Taha
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
أول رواية أتوقف فيها عن القراءة لأحضن الكتاب، كأني أمتص من الكلمات معانٍ مدفونة ومألوفة -على حد سواء- في جنبات قلبي.

رواية عميقة.
أؤمن أن في كل منّا نيكهل وسنديب وبيمالا المتأرجحة بينهما، استحضرت كثيراً النظرية البنيوية لفرويد،ولكن هذه المرة ممزوجة بالفلسفة الهندية الروحانيّة، فكرت كثيراً في دور الدين/السياسة/الدين المسيس كفاصل بين الشخصيتين.
واستمتعتُ، كثيراً استمتعتٌ بوصف الرواية الساحر.
Tyler
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious Fans of Literature
Recommended to Tyler by: Author's Reputation
Shelves: superb
My best exposure to non-Western literature comes courtesy of Egypt's authors. In comparison to them I was rather disappointed by Midnight's Children, about India. But when I read this short novel by Tagore I encountered a Bengali author capable of matching Naguib Mahfouz, although writing about completely different subjects.

If this sounds too esoteric to readers in search of good writing who haven't yet ventured into non-Western literature, it's my way of saying simply to read this book. You'll
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Alireza Sahafzadeh
خانه و. جهان اثر نویسنده شهیر هندی دربر دارنده ی روایتی از دوران پر جوش و خروش سرزمین بنگال است که با داستانی اشقانه همراه شدهدر فضای داستانی کمتر به توصیف و محیط پرداخته شده و بیشتر داستان بر مکالمات و تک گویی ها استوار است داستان سه راوی دارد که شخصیت های اصلی ماجرا را تشکیل میدهند؛ خواننده از خلال تک گویی ها پی به برخی خصوصیات افراد میبرد اما شخصیت ها بطور کاملپرداخت نشدند. در مجموع باید گفت کتابیست که پند های اخلاقی و مباحثات سیاسی اجتماعی زیادی دارد که در قالب کلماتی ادبی بیان شده اند.
Zunaed Karim Sifat
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bengali, novel
এর আগে "শেষের কবিতা" পড়ে মুগধ হয়েছিলাম। সেই মুগধতা আকাশ পরিমাণ বাড়ল "ঘরে বাইরে" পড়ার পর। রবীনদরনাথ রবীনদরনাথই। বাংলা আর বাঙালির রবীনদরনাথ ভিনন গতি নেই। কেন নেই, সেটা এই উপনযাসটা পড়ার পরে আরেকবার অনুভব করলাম।

"ঘরে বাইরে" রবীনদরনাথের রাজনৈতিক উপনযাস হিসেবেই পরিচিত। মূলত সবদেশি আনদোলনের পরেকষাপটেই লেখা উপনযাসটা। গলপের মূল চরিতর তিনজন- বিমলা, নিখিলেশ আর সনদবীপ। বইয়ের সবটুকু অংশই তিনজনের কারো না কারো জবানিতে পরকাশ পেয়েছে। তিনজনের আতমকথায় তাদের জীবনবোধ আর রাজনৈতিক বোধ পরকাশ পেয়েছে পরবলভাবে। আমার মনে হ
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Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
রবিঠাকুর কেন রবিঠাকুর তার আরেকটি নিদরশন এই গরনথটি (কোনটি নয় সেটা একটা পরশন!)। কখনো বিমলা, কখনো নিখিলেশ বা কখনো সনদীপের আতমকথা নিয়ে এই উপনযাসটি এগিয়ে চলেছে। পড়তে মনে হয় আমি ওদের অনেক কাছের বনধু তাই মানুষগুলো আমার কাছে ঘটে যাওয়া ঘটনা, ঘটনাকে ঘিরে ভাবনা, মানুষকে ঘিরে ভাবনা এ সবকিছু বলে যাচছে। কোনো কপটতা আমার এবং চরিতরগুলোর মাঝে নেই। আমি যেভাবে আমার বনধুদের চিনতার জায়গাটা সপরশ করতে পারি, ঠিক সেভাবে চরিতরগুলোর চিনতার সপরশও বাসতব। আমি ওদের বুঝতে পারি। বুঝতে পারি পারসপরিক সমপরক এবং দবনদবকে। নিজের সাথে ...more
Laura
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
A vivid, powerful and compelling story of love, power and political awakening.

Tanika Gupta updates Rabindranath Tagore's classic novel to a contemporary British Muslim context.

Nusrat arrives in the UK from Pakistan to marry Nabeel, a wealthy, progressive and educated businessman. Fearful of the wider society, Nusrat locks herself away in the house reading newspaper articles that only serve to heighten her concerns. Nabeel encourages Nusrat to broaden her horizons an
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Nathan
"What if I am unworthy? The true value of love is this, that it can ever bless the unworthy with its own prodigality. For the worthy, there are many rewards on Gods earth, but God has specially reserved love for the unworthy. "- Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World, 41


This is a love story, but by no means a conventional one. It begins nine years after the marriage of our star-crossed lovers, Bimala and Nikhil. Bimala has become totally complacent to be just a housewife. She views herself
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MacK
Aug 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-lit
Tagore is markedly different from most contemporary Indian authors. While they offer a window for the Western world to observe the changing nature of a modernizing India, Tagore forces the reader to sit through a detailed lesson of the philosophical, and sociological life of an average Indian.

Part of that is, naturally, the context in which he was writing. He is not part of modernizing India, but the nobel laureate who was Indian before the country was independent. He agitated against the coloni
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Ahmed Al-Emadi
غنية بالأفكار عن الوطن والمواطنة، عن الحب، عن الوعي والحياة ، عن الزواج وأشكال أخرى من العلاقات الإنسانية. مثرية أيضاً لمن أراد أن يعرف شيئاً عن تاريخ الهند و فلسفاتها القديمة.
اصطحبتها معي في أول زيارة للهند وشاهدت صورة تجمع غاندي بطاغور في مدخل منزل المهاتما بمومباي عندما كنت في بداية الرواية فسرحت في أحداثها.
رواية ثرية تعرفت من خلالها على فيلسوف عظيم يليق بعظمة بلاده وتاريخها.
Cleo
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars ......... .5 Star Deduction for an irritating ending and a wee bit of excess with the characters.
Kala
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am positively nervous about writing this book review and that just shows how much I loved the book.

I have read some extremely interesting books this year which evoked a lot of feelings, from paranoia to wanting to write an immediate dinner invitation. But this one, all I could feel was a deep veneration brought about by true joy. But only 30 pages in, I knew it would be one of my most memorable reads of the last years. I could not stop talking about it to my friends - whether they care about b
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Hend Aboul Gada
رواية معقدة شوية بس فيها فكرة فلسفية جميلة
مليانة باشارات فلسفية ورمزية صعب تتفهم كلها او من اول مرة
بس اكيد دى مش مشكلة الرواية :D
اتعاطفت مع بيمالا شوية على الرغم من افعالها
لانى حسيت انه كان غصب عنها واحدة شايفة نفسها عادية بل اقل
فجأة تلاقى حد رافعها لمصاف الالهة كان لازم دة يزلزل حياتها كلها

نيكهيليش بقى تركيبة غريبة وصعب فهمه احيانا تحس فى افعاله ضعف بشع
وفى اللحظة دى تتعاطف مع بيمالا فى رأيها وتعذرها لكن لما تيجى تفكر بموضوعية
تحس اد ايه الراجل يبعث على الاحترام وانه شايف انه حتى لو مارس حقه فى
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Joanna
This book resonated deeply. Though published 100 years ago, and as commentary on revolution in Bengal, the book speaks to freedom and government in a way that felt extremely relevant today. Here, characters debate whether the ends justify the means. Is it okay to lie or cheat if it's for the good of the country? For the country's people? Just who are the people who should benefit from the country anyway?

The writing style is highly philosophical. The characters engage in long descriptions of thei
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أحمد نفادي
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: مكتبتي
حسنا انها أول رواية لي مع طاغور
رواية غنية جداااا بالمعاني علي الرغم من بساطتها
تستطيع تناولها من جوانب عدة وكل جانب يسلمك للاخر
فتستطيع من خلالها معرفة الحياة الاجتماعية الهندية وتقديس الزوجة لزوجها و صراعهم مع الاحتلال
وتستطيع فيها أن تجد مقولات وأفكار تغنيك عن الكثير
لكن أكثر ما هو مميز فيها هو صراعها الانساني
الشخصيات الثلاث شخصية واحدة
كنا قد درسنا ف الثانوية العام نظرية فرويد والأنا والهو والأنا الأعلي ولكننا لم نكن مستوعبين أو بمعني آخر كلام نظري نعرفه للامتحان
لكن ها هنا وجدته ماثلا بكل حذافي
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Kyriakos Sorokkou
This book was part of my last year's international reading marathon. It is the first novel from India I've read, first written in Bengali by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
Unfortunately I'm reviewing this book a year later so I don't remember any details from the book, but for sure it's set in colonial India and it deals with tradition against modernity, religion against nationalism, the role of women, Indian history and many more. It reminded me a little bit of Cyprus when it was a British
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Marinho Lopes
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livro muito bom! O tema central é a “swadeshi”, o movimento nacionalista indiano (bengalês) contra a presença e influência do ocidente, ilustrado por duas personagens opostas, que simultaneamente representam a colisão paradoxal entre uma visão idealista racional e uma realista “emocional”. Além da profundidade de algumas reflexões, destaco também a evolução das personagens ao longo do enredo, cujas crenças acabam por se metamorfosear em função das consequências dos seus actos e sentimentos. O ún ...more
Radwa
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عجبتني ، ولو أن الترجمة كانت محتاجة مراجعة
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تأملات الأبطال كانت ممتعة لحد كبير
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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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