Author: Rabindranath TagoreTranslator(s)/Editor: Anindita MukhopadyayPublisher: RupaYear: 2014Language: EnglishPages: 214ISBN/UPC (if available): 978129109378
In Sesher Kobita, Rabindranath Tagore knocks away social and familial props just to set a young man and a woman talking to one another. Tagore maps the emotional evolution through a series of scintillating conversations between the two protagonists-Amit Rai and Labanyalata.Sesher Kobita has many layers: it is an unusual love story on the surface, but the deeper one moves into the story, one realizes that Tagore is subtly slipping in other elements as well. Is love important in marriage? Does marriage leave space, physical and mental, for both the partners? And then there is Tagore’s awareness of the Bengali language itself, with which he plays elaborate language games.The startlingly contemporaneous engagement with issues of romantic love and the responsibilities and everydayness of marriage is gripping: there may be nods of agreement, or skeptical headshakes, but to avoid reflection on the questions Tagore raises, is impossible.ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:ANINDITA MUKHOPADHYAY teaches history at the University of Hyderabad. She has translated for research purposes over the last few years. Her Behind the Mask: the Cultural Definition of the Legal Subject in Colonial Bengal 1175-1900 will be published later this year.
INTRODUCTIONAmit’s TaleThe CollisionPrefaceLabanya’s HistoryStriking up AcquaintanceBeyond IntroductionsMatchmakingLabanya’s DebateChange of ResidenceThe Second SadhanaThe Theory of UnionThe Last EveningApprehensionDhumketu or Haley’s CometHindranceFreedomThe Final OdeSELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY