The Home and the World

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MOTHER, today there comes back to mind the vermilion mark at the parting of your hair, the __sari__ which you used to wear, with its wide red border, and those wonderful eyes of yours, full of depth and peace. They came at the start of my life's journey, like the first streak of dawn, giving me golden provision to carry me on my way.
The sky which gives light is blue, and my mother's face was dark, but she had the radiance of holiness, and her ...
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MOTHER, today there comes back to mind the vermilion mark at the parting of your hair, the __sari__ which you used to wear, with its wide red border, and those wonderful eyes of yours, full of depth and peace. They came at the start of my life's journey, like the first streak of dawn, giving me golden provision to carry me on my way.
The sky which gives light is blue, and my mother's face was dark, but she had the radiance of holiness, and her beauty would put to shame all the vanity of the beautiful.
Everyone says that I resemble my mother. In my childhood I used to resent this. It made me angry with my mirror. I thought that it was God's unfairness which was wrapped round my limbs-that my dark features were not my due, but had come to me by some misunderstanding. All that remained for me to ask of my God in reparation was, that I might grow up to be a model of what woman should be, as one reads it in some epic poem.
When the proposal came for my marriage, an astrologer was sent, who consulted my palm and said, "This girl has good signs. She will become an ideal wife."
And all the women who heard it said: "No wonder, for she resembles her mother."
I was married into a Rajah's house. When I was a child, I was quite familiar with the description of the Prince of the fairy story. But my husband's face was not of a kind that one's imagination would place in fairyland. It was dark, even as mine was. The feeling of shrinking, which I had about my own lack of physical beauty, was lifted a little; at the same time a touch of regret was left lingering in my heart
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780554316758
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Rabindranath Tagore (7th May 1861-7th August 1941), the writer and a Nobel laureate poet was the ambassador of Indian culture to the rest of the world. He is probably the most prominent figure in the cultural world of Indian subcontinent and the first Asian person to be awarded with the Nobel in 1913. Even though he is mainly known as a poet, his multifaceted talent showered upon different branches of art-novels, short stories, dramas, articles, essays, painting, etc. He was a social reformer, patriot and above all, a great humanitarian and philosopher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    The Home and the World

    The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore is a book that reveals the complications of the most sacred relationships. There are three central characters, Bimala, her husband Nikhil, and the activist, Bimala's lover, Sandip. The book is written from the perspective of all the three characters which helps the reader understand each of their obligations, morals and their goals. Over all this novel is a good novel. Readers may find the first half uneventful but as the story unfolds itself it gets more interesting.

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