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How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books This collection contains some of the best stories of Tagore who put India on the literary ma How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books This collection contains some of the best stories of Tagore who put India on the literary map of the world. Translated from Bengali to English, these stories depict the human condition in its many forms: innocence and childhood, love and loss, the city and the village, the natural and the supernatural. Prominent among the stories are the famous The Cabuliwallah, which has also been adapted as a movie. The book also gives an insight into the socio-economic conditions prevalent in Colonial Bengal.The language is rich and the narrative compelling. Tagore was one of the greatest poets of the twentieth Century, and that lyrical quality comes through in all of his work. About Rabindra Nath Tagore: Rabindranath Tagore[a] (Listeni/rəˈbindrəˈnɑːt ˈtɑːɡɔr/; Bengali pronunciation: [robind̪ro nat̪ʰ ʈʰakur]), also written Ravīndranātha Thākura (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), sobriquet Gurudev,[c] was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of the modern Indian subcontinent.


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How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books This collection contains some of the best stories of Tagore who put India on the literary ma How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books This collection contains some of the best stories of Tagore who put India on the literary map of the world. Translated from Bengali to English, these stories depict the human condition in its many forms: innocence and childhood, love and loss, the city and the village, the natural and the supernatural. Prominent among the stories are the famous The Cabuliwallah, which has also been adapted as a movie. The book also gives an insight into the socio-economic conditions prevalent in Colonial Bengal.The language is rich and the narrative compelling. Tagore was one of the greatest poets of the twentieth Century, and that lyrical quality comes through in all of his work. About Rabindra Nath Tagore: Rabindranath Tagore[a] (Listeni/rəˈbindrəˈnɑːt ˈtɑːɡɔr/; Bengali pronunciation: [robind̪ro nat̪ʰ ʈʰakur]), also written Ravīndranātha Thākura (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941), sobriquet Gurudev,[c] was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse", he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of the modern Indian subcontinent.

30 review for Stories from Tagore: By Rabindranath Tagore - Illustrated (Comes with a Free Audiobook)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Out of the total of 10 stories in this book, the first few ones were very simple and charmingly bittersweet, so I settled myself in for some wholesome reading. I soon discovered that Tagore had a pattern of killing off his main characters after showing us their suffering and then abruptly ending the story. This method worked for the first few stories, but after the sixth story, I anticipated and conjured up the various ways the protagonist was going to die. Thankfully, the last story ended posit Out of the total of 10 stories in this book, the first few ones were very simple and charmingly bittersweet, so I settled myself in for some wholesome reading. I soon discovered that Tagore had a pattern of killing off his main characters after showing us their suffering and then abruptly ending the story. This method worked for the first few stories, but after the sixth story, I anticipated and conjured up the various ways the protagonist was going to die. Thankfully, the last story ended positively, so overall, the book didn't leave such an unpleasant taste in my mouth. I would say, out of the 10 stories, I enjoyed roughly half of them and would read them multiple times without losing my appreciation for their charm and simplicity. I got some pretty nice quotes too out of them, so all in all, a good bargain.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Arundev

    I have the ebook(Kindle) version of this book and it is free to download from kindle store(it is in public domain). This book have collection short stories . All the stories have the sad ending except one -The Babus of Nayanjore. The list of stories in this book are : 1)The cabuliwallah 2)The home-coming 3)Once there was a king 4)The return of the child 5)Master mashai 6)Subha 7)The postmaster 8)The castaway 9)The son of Rashmani 10)The babus of Nayanjore The stories are really memorable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nitesh Kanthaliya

    My rating would be around 3.5 I liked the theme of the stories and description but could not indulge myself with author's writing style. Read "The Cabuliawallah" after a long time and was mesmerized with the memories of school days. "Master Mashai" was very emotional and showed the dedication of a person as a teacher, mentor, friend and portrayed a strong character built on integrity. The babus of Nayanjore was a perfect ending of the book. It was hilarious in its own simple way. All the stories My rating would be around 3.5 I liked the theme of the stories and description but could not indulge myself with author's writing style. Read "The Cabuliawallah" after a long time and was mesmerized with the memories of school days. "Master Mashai" was very emotional and showed the dedication of a person as a teacher, mentor, friend and portrayed a strong character built on integrity. The babus of Nayanjore was a perfect ending of the book. It was hilarious in its own simple way. All the stories were singular and it takes hardly 15 mins to read any.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Varun Nayak

    Perhaps, all of us, irrespective of the state / syllabus we studied in, have at some point or other read one or the other story penned by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. I fell in love with the genius from Bengal when I first read Kabuliwalla in Standard eight. This book is a collection of a few short stories of Tagore; I found the first few (post Kabuliwalla) a little boring. However, starting with the fourth story (The Child's Return), the book became more and more interesting with eac Perhaps, all of us, irrespective of the state / syllabus we studied in, have at some point or other read one or the other story penned by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. I fell in love with the genius from Bengal when I first read Kabuliwalla in Standard eight. This book is a collection of a few short stories of Tagore; I found the first few (post Kabuliwalla) a little boring. However, starting with the fourth story (The Child's Return), the book became more and more interesting with each passing story. The Postmaster though is my favorite in the lot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Reshal Suryawanshi

    Small, Simple Stories with Deep Meaning and Strong Characters. Give a try you will Enjoy them all!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deepu Shibu

    Tagore always captivates you with his poetry and prose. In this collection of short stories he has once again weaved his magic. The stories are dark and do not have a happy ending. But it showcases life in its raw essence. A book like this is sometimes required to kick you out of the fairy land one lives in and see life as it is and its realities. The writing is crisp and simple and Tagore has played with the emotions very well. The book starts with the famous Cabuliwala and is followed by anothe Tagore always captivates you with his poetry and prose. In this collection of short stories he has once again weaved his magic. The stories are dark and do not have a happy ending. But it showcases life in its raw essence. A book like this is sometimes required to kick you out of the fairy land one lives in and see life as it is and its realities. The writing is crisp and simple and Tagore has played with the emotions very well. The book starts with the famous Cabuliwala and is followed by another 9 beautiful stories. I read this in kindle format as it was available as a free download. Its definitely worth a read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vaibhav Rai

    All the stories were simple and had strong characters. Although most of them had sad endings they were all inspiring. They had deep meanings. I liked the themes of the stories. I think everybody should read it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rituraj

    Even though I have faded memories of reading some of the stories earlier, I realised the true beauty of Tagore this time. As you age, the same tales strike different chords in you. You feel the emotions more strongly. In the same stories, you start relating to a different character this time, which was merely a side character earlier. While most of the stories end on a sad note, the concluding lines often soothe your heart than the stories pain it. A pouring rain, a cup of coffee and the stories Even though I have faded memories of reading some of the stories earlier, I realised the true beauty of Tagore this time. As you age, the same tales strike different chords in you. You feel the emotions more strongly. In the same stories, you start relating to a different character this time, which was merely a side character earlier. While most of the stories end on a sad note, the concluding lines often soothe your heart than the stories pain it. A pouring rain, a cup of coffee and the stories of Tagore, can't think of a better afternoon in the setting of Kolkata. The collection is highly recommended if you're looking for short yet deep stories.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tony Sheldon

    Beautiful, simple and entertaining stories. No great words but strong characters, no winning tale but a deep story, no big life lesson but a meaning so profound and true that you can't ignore. A must read for anyone.Even more is his ability to take the story forward without breaking the flow and yet not revealing a lot than necessary and then bam!, the story ends with the most eye opening and emotional paragraph a person could ever come up with.And then you shake yourself and bring to your reali Beautiful, simple and entertaining stories. No great words but strong characters, no winning tale but a deep story, no big life lesson but a meaning so profound and true that you can't ignore. A must read for anyone.Even more is his ability to take the story forward without breaking the flow and yet not revealing a lot than necessary and then bam!, the story ends with the most eye opening and emotional paragraph a person could ever come up with.And then you shake yourself and bring to your realization that it was just a story though what he said was a lot greater than a normal person's understanding and his circle of observance. Great work indeed!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Avinash Gupta

    Originally written in Bengali, the trademark of his style is narratives reflecting the emotions, underlying the social and economic structure of that era. Each story shows that how we restrict our true emotion due to our mindsets, religion, social beliefs and moral obligations. Full Review: http://wp.me/p18IHE-hN Originally written in Bengali, the trademark of his style is narratives reflecting the emotions, underlying the social and economic structure of that era. Each story shows that how we restrict our true emotion due to our mindsets, religion, social beliefs and moral obligations. Full Review: http://wp.me/p18IHE-hN

  11. 4 out of 5

    Saranga

    10 poignant stories from Tagore with innocent yet strong characters and fatalistic ends. Fate and forces beyond control waylay their plans, hopes and sometimes happiness.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tanushri Indoria

    Bonds- they don't develop only because of blood. And most of the times they don't exist when it comes to lineage even if we minutely observe it with a magnifying glass. Confidants, critics, people whom we confide in, people whose backs we have and vice versa are mostly out of the box of kinship. No same blood runs in their bodies and ours. And yet, we are ready to die for them. Such bonds are created with utmost sense of love that doesn't flow with conditions, care which isn't obsession, authorit Bonds- they don't develop only because of blood. And most of the times they don't exist when it comes to lineage even if we minutely observe it with a magnifying glass. Confidants, critics, people whom we confide in, people whose backs we have and vice versa are mostly out of the box of kinship. No same blood runs in their bodies and ours. And yet, we are ready to die for them. Such bonds are created with utmost sense of love that doesn't flow with conditions, care which isn't obsession, authority that isn't captivating. It's a selfless flow with no maintenance of scores and no prioritising of wants over needs. This tiny collection of "Stories From Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore is a collection of such stories. That in one way or the other focuses on bonds out of families. And a heart-wrenching common hidden message behind all these stories that people lurk outside for such bonds because they crave for it in their own house. When the blood fails to provide, that's when you run and find solace outside. Even though you might be with them physically all the time, but the threads which once kept you intact with them don't exist anymore. People who have seen your mere existence and fell in love with it without any apprehensions bound to do things for you which you never could have thought, that you deserve! Go on, read it and warm your heart! These stories will tell you that good humans still exist.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aishwarya

    The short stories written by Rabindranath Tagore highlight the foibles of human nature and depict how helpless a person becomes under the burden of emotional attachments. The metaphorical descriptions in some of the passages have been beautifully composed. While the themes are sublime, most of the tales build up high anticipation in the reader with their engrossing beginnings, but get concluded abruptly. So I did not enjoy half of the stories in this book as much as I thought I would. My favouri The short stories written by Rabindranath Tagore highlight the foibles of human nature and depict how helpless a person becomes under the burden of emotional attachments. The metaphorical descriptions in some of the passages have been beautifully composed. While the themes are sublime, most of the tales build up high anticipation in the reader with their engrossing beginnings, but get concluded abruptly. So I did not enjoy half of the stories in this book as much as I thought I would. My favourites are The Cabuliwallah, The Home-Coming, The Postmaster, The Son of Rashmani, and The Babus of Nayanjore. All of the ten stories are set in Bengal, Tagore's native state, so there is a kind of homely warmth rendered by the narratives. Overall, I have mixed feelings about this book because at times, in the process of relaying the message, the plot has been lost. But the tales that I liked have kept both the plot intact and delivered the message successfully. Since most are translated versions, I can't help but wonder if the stories would seem more enticing in the original Bengali. After this, I am now curious to explore the Nobel prize winner's poetic works.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Surabhi Yadav

    A great storyteller is the one who knows how to observe emotions, their different manifestations and know how to communicate them in words to make you feel the same. Tagore's short stories do a great job of circling around one particular emotion in the lives of his characters who live an ordinary life, mostly in rural Bengal. The stories are very simple and mostly straightforward. For me, the anchor of attention was not as much as the plot as the actions and the reactions of the characters. Out A great storyteller is the one who knows how to observe emotions, their different manifestations and know how to communicate them in words to make you feel the same. Tagore's short stories do a great job of circling around one particular emotion in the lives of his characters who live an ordinary life, mostly in rural Bengal. The stories are very simple and mostly straightforward. For me, the anchor of attention was not as much as the plot as the actions and the reactions of the characters. Out of 12 stories I read, death seemed to be a prominent ending in at least 8. Most stories have a sad ending, which is usually build up by Tagore's perspective on meaning and diving within to help a character grapple with his/her emotional self. I recently got to know about Netflix's series on Tagore's work - it is a beautiful series to complement your experience of living and experiencing Tagore's world of stories.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deepthi Narasimhaiah

    Out of the 10 short stories, nine of them have sad endings. Difficult to say which is the best one, but I would go for Cabuliwallah, Subha, The Postmaster, Master Mashai and The Son of Rashmani. The story of Subha reveals how parents were desperate to get their daughters married off. This holds good today also in Indian society were parents still feel daughters are a burden. The postmaster is another story with an ending much tearful than Subha. Master Mashai is a sorrowful story of how an ex-st Out of the 10 short stories, nine of them have sad endings. Difficult to say which is the best one, but I would go for Cabuliwallah, Subha, The Postmaster, Master Mashai and The Son of Rashmani. The story of Subha reveals how parents were desperate to get their daughters married off. This holds good today also in Indian society were parents still feel daughters are a burden. The postmaster is another story with an ending much tearful than Subha. Master Mashai is a sorrowful story of how an ex-student betrays his master, resulting in the ruining of his master’s life. The Son of Rashmani is interesting and conveys the importance of education and responsibility in life. The only story with a happy ending is the Babus of Nayajore but is a boring one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anupama Sarkar

    Read a short story The Riddle Solved.. plot was interesting and narrative engrossing.. though found it quite similar to another short story I have read eons ago 😊 I would recommend you to read both The Riddle Solved by Tagore and The Accursed House by Gabriou, in quick succession, as both of them are almost similar in setting and plot, and yet vastly different from each other, may say, different shades of same color.

  17. 4 out of 5

    An amateur reader

    I feel this book can be a good start for people who are getting accustomed to reading books. Good : Every story ends with the meaning of certain words used in the story and also specifies where it originated from. Bad : Almost all the stories in this book have a sad ending which is a little disturbing for me because I prefer happy endings but this is merely a personal preference not everyone would find it to be a bad thing. Overall, it is a pleasant read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arzoo Khan

    HeartWarming!! He knows how to give emotions the most lyrical form, everystory expresses some sort of emotions like friendship, kindness, compassion, grief, consciousness etc. Each and every emotion is just so beautifully put into words. A totally enthralling, captivating emotional rollercoaster. Got me into tears than the last story(The Babus Of Nayanjore) feels like cool breeze in the scratching heat. Can't recommend it enough!! Favorite Writer. Legend for a reason!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suhasini Srihari

    I loved reading all the stories, and some stories were so relevant to today's deteriorating relationships. Tagore's writings and his ideas give a lot of insights to the reader, and the language is not difficult or flamboyant, but the sentences carry complex meanings. It was a blissful read, I must say.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Abinav

    The stories by Tagore each and everyone feeds the soul. One or two of the stories have been part of the school curriculum but this anthology of short stories moved me a lot. Especially the story of rashamani and Bhavani was very touching. A master class and a must-read. How to build a character in such a small space is astonishing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Snehal

    I would rate this book 3.5 I read the kindle version of this book. I had the impression that Rabindranath Tagore's books usually consist of stories about troubled women in the pre independence era because of a series I had watched. But this book had some stories about kids and common people altogether which should be read only when you're in a mood to understand the deep meaning behind every story. Among the ten short stories, my favorites were The home-coming, Master Mashai, Subha, The postmast I would rate this book 3.5 I read the kindle version of this book. I had the impression that Rabindranath Tagore's books usually consist of stories about troubled women in the pre independence era because of a series I had watched. But this book had some stories about kids and common people altogether which should be read only when you're in a mood to understand the deep meaning behind every story. Among the ten short stories, my favorites were The home-coming, Master Mashai, Subha, The postmaster and The son of Rashmani. Though most of these stories don't have a happy ending, I would say the book is more realistic rather than just sad. The stories are simple yet beautiful showing the troubles people went through in the early 20th century. They don't give you life lessons but surely have a profound meaning to them when given enough attention to the details.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gowtham

    This is my first encounter with the soul of Mr.Tagore and it was all i expected from the respectable hindered and thinking soul. The Underlying meanings of the stories go deep inside the heart and minds of a reader. The one to savor the one to ponder and the one to remember.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Parinay

    The classics we have heard over the ages, the first hand experience of reading the excellence of Robinindra in inexpressible !

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aparna TS

    Reading this book once again gave a nostalgia. Exceptional capture of details by Tagore.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shashank Sah

    Classic stories from nobel laureate

  26. 5 out of 5

    T.

    Extremely readable translation of short stories featuring memorable characters in various aspects of Indian life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Veena Vijayan

    Reading this book made me the appreciate the fact that Rabindranath Tagore is such an amazing writer. I liked the way how he showed the different kinds of people and their lives.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Divya

    A Must read if you want to soak in the old world charm. Simple stories about complex emotions written in the most poetic way. Some of them really touched my heart tenderly!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Divya U

    I didn't enjoy all the stories as much as I would have liked to. The stories were not at all captivating and I kept losing interest.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kilian Metcalf

    I had heard this writer's name but was unfamiliar with his work. When he was mentioned in an interview on Krista Tippett's podcast On Being, I decided to see what as available for Kindle. To my delight, I found several offerings. I decided to start with this collection of short stories, and found them completely delightful. While I don't understand all the cultural and historical references, at heart they are stories of people who love, suffer, learn and grow. The most striking characteristic of I had heard this writer's name but was unfamiliar with his work. When he was mentioned in an interview on Krista Tippett's podcast On Being, I decided to see what as available for Kindle. To my delight, I found several offerings. I decided to start with this collection of short stories, and found them completely delightful. While I don't understand all the cultural and historical references, at heart they are stories of people who love, suffer, learn and grow. The most striking characteristic of this writer is his tenderness toward his characters. High status, low status, educated or ignorant, he loves them all, and this joy in the variety that is humanity shines through his writing.

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