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The Return of Khokababu
by Rabindranath Tagore      (Author ALERT)

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ProductID: 27194 - Paperback - 384 Pages (Year: 2009)
Harper Perennial ~ ISBN: 9788172237882

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A teenage boy wanders from village to village until a little girl ties down his free spirit, a wife writes a letter for the first time to her husband of fifteen years, telling him why she must leave him, and an old man attempts to reconcile his rich heritage with his impoverished life…

This fascinating collection from one of India’s greatest writers explores the myriad shades of life in nineteenth century Bengal. It transports the reader to a world where patriarchy and strict social norms still ruled, and women struggled to find a place for themselves. But as these stories show, it was also a world in transition, from the rural to the urban, from stagnant traditions to the joys of individual freedom.

These new translations by Sipra Bhattacharya retain the spirit and flavour of the original tales even as they recreate the timeless world of Tagore.

 Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Bathing Ghat’s Tale
3. The Highway’s Tale
4. The Return of Khokababu
5. The Skeleton
6. One Night
7. The Living and the Dead
8. Kabuliwala
9. An Old, Old Story
10. The Nuisance
11. Didi
12. Giribala and Gopinath
13. Grandfather
14. Hungry Stones
15. The Wanderer
16. The Detective
17. Manihara
18. The Girl Next Door
19. The Broken Nest
20. Pride Destroyed
21. The Haldar Family
22. A Wife’s Letter
23. House Number One
24. Matchmaking
25. Balai
26. The Scandal

27. P.S. An Interview with Rabindranath Tagore


 About the Author

Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Laureate, is the most eminent modern Indian writer to have appeared on the whole literary scene. He put India on the literary map of the world when his Gitanjali was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1913.

A poets poet, he is a maker of not only modern Indian literature but also the modern Indian mind and civilization. Myriad-minded, he was a poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, essayist, painter and composer of songs. Gandhi called him the 'Great Sentinel'.

His world-wide acclaim as a social, political, religious and aesthetic thinker, innovator in education and a champion of the 'One World' idea makes him a living presence.


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