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Glimpses of Bengal

Rabindranath Tagore

Book Overview: 

The book is a selection of letters written by Tagore, in various places in Bengal, India.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .laying with the boys for want of other companions, but she clearly viewed with disfavour these loud and strenuous games. At last she stepped up to the mast and, without a word, deliberately sat on it.

So rare a game to come to so abrupt a stop! Some of the players seemed to resign themselves to giving it up as a bad job; and retiring a little way off, they sulkily glared at the girl in her impassive gravity. One made as if he would push her off, but even this did not disturb the careless ease of her pose. The eldest lad came up to her and pointed to other equally suitable places for taking a rest; at which she energetically shook her head, and putting her hands in her lap, steadied herself down still more firmly on her seat. Then at last they had recourse to physical argument and were completely successful.

Once again joyful shouts rent the skies, and the mast rolled along so gloriously that even the girl had to cast aside her p. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Beautifully crafted observations of eternal truths and insight through observing the rhythms of life in 19th century rural Bengal.

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 Literatu

A lovely read

Through these letters written over a decade, an eloquent Tagore observes nature with its minute details making him ponder over deeper meanings of life and universe. Reflections on random thoughts and incidents shed light on the philosophical side of the bard, then an aimless wanderer in his late twe

جميل جميل جميل، أشبع جوعي للشعر!


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 great

"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

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