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The Home and the World

Rabindranath Tagore

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The Home and the World is a 1916 novel, set in the estate of the rich Bengali noble Nikhil. He lives happily with his beautiful wife Bimala until the appearance of his friend and radical revolutionist, Sandip.

Sandip, a passionate and active man, is a contradiction to the peace-loving and somewhat passive Nikhil. He easily attracts the innocent and unsuspecting Bimala, creating a love triangle.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Come in."

It was not a request, but again a command! I followed her in, and taking a chair fanned myself with a fan which was on the table. Bee scribbled something with a pencil on a sheet of paper and, summoning a servant, handed it to him saying: "Take this to the Maharaja."

"Forgive me," I resumed. "I was unable to control myself, and hit that man of yours.

"You served him right," said Bee.

"But it was not the poor fellow's fault, after all. He was only obeying his orders."

Here Nikhil came in, and as he did so I left my seat with a rapid movement and went and stood near the window with my back to the room.

"Nanku, the guard, has insulted Sandip Babu," said Bee to Nikhil.

Nikhil seemed to be so genuinely surprised that I had to turn round and stare at him. Even an outrageously good man fails in keeping up . . . Read More

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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...more

Exceptionally remarkable! .brilliant, complex novel where the three characters take turns telling the story from their own point of view, beautiful political and moral parallel to the struggles and conflicts India underwent in the days of upheaval against the British Empire. Tagore is magnificent...more

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 authors nephew. I think of poetry as almost impossible to translate well, but the beauty of his language does come across. I'm gl...more

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 ال...more

"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 i...more

ঘরে বাইরে = Ghôre Baire or Ghare Baire = The Home and the World, Rabindranath Tagore
The Home and the World is a 1916 novel by Rabindranath Tagore. The book illustrates the battle Tagore had with himself, between the ideas of Western culture and revolution against the Western culture. These two id...more

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 الم...more

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 U...more

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