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Boyhood Days

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  381 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Best known internationally for his revolutionary poetry, Rabindranath Tagore is also well known for the school and university he founded in the Bengal countryside. Seen through the amused eyes of a precocious young boy growing up in turn-of-the-century Calcutta, this memoir describes the joint family he grew up in, the city he played in, and the school he was sent to again ...more
Paperback, 86 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Hesperus Press (first published 1928)
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Nona Buzhgulashvili
წიგნი რო არაფერში გამოგადგება, ეგ შემთხვევაა :|||
Alfie Shuvro
কবিগুরু তার ছোটবেলার ঘটনা গুলো তুলে ধরেছেন। বরণনাতে সে সময়কার কলকাতা শহর এর বরণনা একেছেন । আরো একেছেন আইসকরিম এর বরণনা, কাদমববীর দেবীর সাথে তার কিভাবে পরিচয়। মাষটারমশায়ের হাত থেকে বাচার ছলাকলা, আর তার ছোট গানের আবিরভাব এর মনোজঞ বরণনা। আর পালকিতে নিয়ে তার কলপিত ঘটনাসমূহের চিতর। ...more
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indonesian, org-india
Tepat seperti judulnya, Tagore menumpahkan kesan-kesan masa kecil yang tertanam erat di benak dalam halaman-halaman buku ini. Tanpa alur cerita, tanpa dialog, tanpa protagonis dan antagonis. Hanya kesan dan ingatan. Khayalan-khayalan masa bocahnya yang telah melambung tinggi, pelajaran dan guru-gurunya, kehidupan bersama keluarganya, juga kenangan-kenangan saat ia pertama kali belajar menuliskan karya-karyanya. Kita telah mengenal seorang Rabindranath Tagore, tetapi ternyata masih ada Tagore-Tag ...more
Tagore's reminiscence of his early childhood days really comes to picture in this book. He has savored various instances of his boyhood like schooling, life with his family, his imaginative play and many more during his reminiscence. As he himself describes, the way of the world has entirely changed from those times, in his real time the people not even had the time to take a restful nap. Though the world had changed a lot for him when he takes a look back from his age of eighties, the world tod ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This reminiscence by Tagore of his boyhood days when Calcutta was an emerging metropolis and capital of British India takes us to a Calcutta whose streets used to be lit up by gas-lamps, where horse-carriages took the elite around, which housed dreams of better lives for those on the outskirts. Both is Bengali and in English, Tagore's writing characteristically shows a depth of nostalgia and fondness for what is gone. In this world of Calcutta, Tagore places his lonely childhood which ironically ...more
Keso Shengelia
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"კარგად მახსოვს, ჩვენი აივნის სამხრეთით როგორ დავთესე ვაშლის თესლი და შემდეგ ყოველ დღე ვრწყავდი. იმის წარმოდგენა, რომ თესლიდან ხე უნდა გაზრდილიყო, მაკვირვებდა და მთრთოლარე მოლოდინით მავსებდა. ვაშლის ხეები ახლაც ისევე იზრდებიან, როგორც მაშინ, მაგრამ ჩემს გაოცებას ვეღარ იწვევენ და ეს თესლის ბრალი კი არ არის, სული შეიცვალა დამკვირვებლისა." <3 <3
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The autobiographic account of childhood of one of the most celebrated poets of our times. The poetic instinct and lyrical flow is evident in the entire reading. A short book to read and preserve.
Utsob Roy
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bestreads
বিশুদধ দুষটুমির কাহিনী। বৈচিতরযবিনাশী লেখাপড়ার পরতি দুরদানত বিদরোহের গলপ। অসমভবরকমের পরিয় বই। ...more
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Easy and quick read. This book deals with Rabindranath Tagore's life till 17th year before going to England for studies.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
نه این که کتاب بدی باشه. ترجمه نزدیک به قابل قبول و زیرنویس های مفید و نکتههایی از هند و فرهنگ همیشه جذاب و ور از ریزه کاری ش.
اما خب با این وجود به دلم ننشست و سخت خواندمش.
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To Read this
Pallavi Deshpande
This book is an autobiographical writing by Tagore. His childhood in Kolkatta. I am a big fan of Bengali literature so I was expecting a lot more from this book since this is my first proper reading of Tagore. I think it is the translation from Bengali to English. Perhaps the translator was unable to do justice to his writing. But I was bowled over the introduction written by Amartya Sen about Tagore and childhood in general. The importance of freedom and exposure to music and the intellectual c ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like it.. selangkah mengenal lebih dekat Rabindranath Tagore.. ceritanya lompat-lompat dan bagian khayali-nya tampak seperti bagian dari kisah masa kecilnya. Selain mengenal lebih dekat pribadi masa kecil Tagore, juga mendapat sedikit ilmu budaya India pada masanya, serta cara pengungkapan kisah Tagore yang memang kebetulan belum saya tangkap dengan baik, karena saya baru membaca satu bukunya saja, yaitu Tukang Kebun.

Cara pengungkapannya unik, saya rekam satu bagian saja sbb.

....., pikiranku b
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing how he speaks
How the Venerable, sees
and How the Venerable loves
to describe what an how he sees and feels.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing how he speaks
How the Venerable, sees
and How the Venerable loves
to describe what an how he sees and feels.

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Devina Dutta
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An informative and enjoyable read about one of the greatest poets of India. Loved reading about the various bengali traditions and and happenings in the 1800s. The various late evening plays, the naughty pranks and the many strollings under the mango trees in the garden, all provided an overall fun reading. A few parts could have been edited to avoid making this account dull at time but nevertheless, worth reading.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 'My Boyhood Days', the legendary author and poet Rabindranath Tagore narrates
the journey of his adolescent age.
This was Tagore's second memoir, after 'Jeevansmriti'. He describes in the book how was his life during his adolescence, how was his family, how was the environment, how they were financially and things like that.
Recommended to all fans and followers of Rabindranath Tagore and anyone who will like to experience the life events of a legendary person.
Casual reader
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully crafted. This book tells about Rabindranath Tagore's childhood in his own words. From every page it becomes highlighted again and again, how magnificent poet he is. Its mostly how he narrates different delicate details about his life that brings up the moments right on front of your eyes.

Translation by P L Deshpande makes it a great experience to read as well.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
When poetry is in your blood since childhood , no doubt you get noble for that afterwards! These are basically memoirs of childhood and teenage days of Tagore. They let us travel to city of joy during late 19the century. Beautiful is very shallow word for anything created by Gurudev!
Paul Taylor
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A gentle, even whimsical recollection of his early days in Kolkata written in old age. What is lost is lost in fact is gained in the burnishing of his linguistic skill and the ever golden days of youth.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book.

It gives idea about the life which laid foundation for the Rabindranath Tagore. How he was during childhood and also about those days lifestyle.
Jonathan Barry
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: asia
The translation is a tough read, because it's still awash with Bengali words. It's tough to get a sense of what he's talking about without constantly looking things up.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old Bengal Times - Streets- People -Fun-Buildings-Trees !
A Childhood ...
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Aniket Mahajani
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice book, highlighting few wonderful moments in the life of gurudev
Akshay Kundu
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epitome of eloquence, this book reflects the aesthetic sensibilities of Rabindranath Tagore in the most delightful manner.
Satya Kalyanpur
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short autobiographical anecdote. Paints you a colourful picture of his young days. It's a good, quick read!
Niranjani Deshpande
गुरूदेवांची सिदधहसत लेखणी आणि पुलंचा तितकाच सहजसुंदर भावानुवाद... हे जे काही रसायन जमलंय ते इतकं निरागस, निकोप, अन तलम आहे! आवरजून वाचाच. तुमचया भावविशवाचया समृदधीत भर पडेल! ...more
Vijaya Kumari
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Sreedev R
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book took me for a ride through the adolescence of Rabindranath Tagore and it gives us a picture and vibes of Calcutta in 18th century. The lifestyle of the people, the culture, the buildings, the way children played, everything is clearly explained in such a way that we can clearly relate to it. As it goes forward the book slowly build up to explain how Tagore's passion for art nurtured and broadened. Its a pure pleasure to read through the words of Tagore and the examples he used to make ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boyhood Days was written as a memoir from India's greatest living writer for students at a school, now university, that Tagore established. Though both its translator and the professor who wrote its introduction insist that translating the book as "Boyhood Days" is incorrect and that in Bengali the correct reading and intention would be "Childhood Days" as Tagore wrote for both genders and the words he uses are nongendered they still insist on titling the book "Boyhood Days", which is odd.

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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."

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