Book Review of Two Sisters by Rabindranath Tagore
“Women are of two types; that is what I’ve heard from some scholars.
One is of the Mother category, the other is of a lover. If a comparison with the seasons can be drawn, the mother is like the rainy season. She gives water, provides fruits, diffuses the Heat, sends you cold showers from the high skies, removes dryness, fulfills your want.
And the beloved is like spring. Deep is her mystery, sweet is her charm, her fickleness creates ripples in your blood. The ripples reach that treasure-trove of your mind where a secret string in the golden Veena silently waits for resonance, the resonance that vibrates in your entire body and mind with the message of the infinite.”
With these alluring lines, the tale of Two Sisters begins.
Originally Titled: দুই বোন
Page Count: 76 pages
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Publication Date: December 17th, 2018
Setting the pace for what is to come. Lyrical proses adorn the 76 pages book ‘Two Sisters’, written by the Nobel Prize Winner Rabindranath Tagore and translated by Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee.
The story is based on an eternal conflict a married man faces, that a wife cannot be only a mother figure, but she also has to be a woman who is a seductress and takes every step with him.
Rabindranath Tagore’s narrative is very lyrical and enticing. By the time I was done reading the book, I was overwhelmed and in full of awe of this man ‘Rabindranath Tagore’.
The narrative of the book has a hint of sarcasm and cynicism. Vividly alive, we are thrown into the early 1900s. Rabindranath subtly highlighted the nuances of human nature. Character development is gradual and in pace. Subtle to the senses. I highly recommend this translation to anyone who is thinking to read Tagore or to someone who is looking for the good translations.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
About the Author
Born: Calcutta, India
Died: August 7th, 1941
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 “because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.”
Tagore modernized Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic structures. His novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics political and personal. Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, and his verse, short stories, and novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism, naturalism, and unnatural contemplation. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla.
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