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Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) wrote Shesher Kabita as a rejoinder to his detractors, who had proclaimed the demise of Tagore's literary talent and the advent of a new era in Bengali literature. This exquisitely lyrical, yet sharply satirical novel narrates the complications that ensue when Amit, a dashing young poet of the anti-Tagore coterie in Kolkata, travels to Shill Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) wrote Shesher Kabita as a rejoinder to his detractors, who had proclaimed the demise of Tagore's literary talent and the advent of a new era in Bengali literature. This exquisitely lyrical, yet sharply satirical novel narrates the complications that ensue when Amit, a dashing young poet of the anti-Tagore coterie in Kolkata, travels to Shillong, where he falls in love with Labanya, an intelligent and beautiful young woman with a passion for literature, especially the poety of Tagore.


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Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) wrote Shesher Kabita as a rejoinder to his detractors, who had proclaimed the demise of Tagore's literary talent and the advent of a new era in Bengali literature. This exquisitely lyrical, yet sharply satirical novel narrates the complications that ensue when Amit, a dashing young poet of the anti-Tagore coterie in Kolkata, travels to Shill Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) wrote Shesher Kabita as a rejoinder to his detractors, who had proclaimed the demise of Tagore's literary talent and the advent of a new era in Bengali literature. This exquisitely lyrical, yet sharply satirical novel narrates the complications that ensue when Amit, a dashing young poet of the anti-Tagore coterie in Kolkata, travels to Shillong, where he falls in love with Labanya, an intelligent and beautiful young woman with a passion for literature, especially the poety of Tagore.

30 review for Shesher Kabita (Bhasa Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Niradhip

    Tagore’s ‘The Last Poem’ is a real treat to read. He wrote this novel at the later stage of his life but the rhythm is as usual and which is always reflected from his writings. It’s a love story between Amit and Lavanya. The plot had been sketched in the beautiful hill station of Shillong. The protagonists met because of a small motor accident and soon they found an intense chemistry between them. They discovered philosophy through their poetry. ‘The last Poem’ is a very modern story. The way he Tagore’s ‘The Last Poem’ is a real treat to read. He wrote this novel at the later stage of his life but the rhythm is as usual and which is always reflected from his writings. It’s a love story between Amit and Lavanya. The plot had been sketched in the beautiful hill station of Shillong. The protagonists met because of a small motor accident and soon they found an intense chemistry between them. They discovered philosophy through their poetry. ‘The last Poem’ is a very modern story. The way he (kobiguru) described the emotions, feelings and love in the story is absolutely incredible. Sometime I do wonder how someone can sketch the protagonists so closely to life without being part of them. But then I also realize that is what ‘Kobi-guru RN Tagore’ is all about. The imagination touches the highest level through his creation. His realization for the world and universe is beyond our imagination. The story ends but it’s really not, still feel the characters running around back of mind. Amazing realization indeed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ansarul Karim Jamee

    When first time I read Shesher Kobita probably 15 to 16 years back, it seemed to me that it was nothing more but an average rated book. However, I didn't know why I felt interested to read it again. Then I started again to read and I read it 4 times at a stretch. The more I read the book, the more I felt that there was something more in the depth. Still, today whenever I get a chance I open the book at any page and read and get the same feeling again and again. When first time I read Shesher Kobita probably 15 to 16 years back, it seemed to me that it was nothing more but an average rated book. However, I didn't know why I felt interested to read it again. Then I started again to read and I read it 4 times at a stretch. The more I read the book, the more I felt that there was something more in the depth. Still, today whenever I get a chance I open the book at any page and read and get the same feeling again and again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Purba Chakraborty

    An amazing and exceptional book is the one that you feel to re read once again from the 1st page after you have completed it. It is a very rare feeling which occurs to any reader after reading a book and Tagore's "The Last Poem" is one such gem. It is a saga, an epic love story. Tagore has brilliantly weaved poetry with prose and made every page of the book beautiful. The novel is deep, witty and extremely romantic. It is the type of book that will linger in the minds of the readers for long. Th An amazing and exceptional book is the one that you feel to re read once again from the 1st page after you have completed it. It is a very rare feeling which occurs to any reader after reading a book and Tagore's "The Last Poem" is one such gem. It is a saga, an epic love story. Tagore has brilliantly weaved poetry with prose and made every page of the book beautiful. The novel is deep, witty and extremely romantic. It is the type of book that will linger in the minds of the readers for long. The character of Amit is wonderfully etched out as we turn the pages of the book. His character of an eccentric, moody, poetic romantic soul metamorphoses to a matured, responsible, calm minded person. Similarly, the character of Lavanya which begins with a reserved, studious, strong hearted girl soon changes into a fragile, soft hearted romantic woman who craves for love. Amit and Lavanya complimented each other beautifully in the book as their camaraderie and moments helped each other to overcome the weaknesses they had.The two souls met each other in Shillong, fell in love, helped each other rediscover their inner self and then parted with a smile to settle down with different individuals. When Yati asked Amit whom he actually loves, I loved the metaphor used by Amit: "What binds me to Ketaki is love, but this love is like water in a vessel.I'll draw it and use it everyday. My love for Lavanya is like a lake, which can't be brought home in a vessel. My mind will swim in it." The last poem is definitely the most poignant poem out of all the verses used in the book. It was thought provoking, touching and heart wrenching at the same time. The lines that touched me the most are: "Grieve not on my account, Wide is the world with many tasks. My cup is not discarded Shall fill again- Let this sustain me forever. I may yet be blessed If there be one eager heart Waiting for my footsteps. I long to give myself to him Who can see the compassion of love The actual me, a blend of good and ill Who can light up the dark night With flowers plucked in moonlight." The translator Dilip Basu has done a great work and the illustrations of Dinkar Kowshik added beauty to the book. I know I will surely read this book time and again as this is surely not a one time read. Lastly, I take a bow to convey my respect to Rabindranath Tagore, the genius.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gorab Jain

    Wanted to read the Hindi translation, but couldn't get it anywhere and had to settle for English. Enjoyed the transcreations from this blog which did an excellent job. Rich prose, having a filmy love story, albeit unconventional with a different level of emotions and understanding. Wish I could comprehend the poetry parts in Bengali, as translations strip them off their magical wordplay. Some noteworthy quotes.... On culture and education: "The crude stone from whence the glittering diamond is cu Wanted to read the Hindi translation, but couldn't get it anywhere and had to settle for English. Enjoyed the transcreations from this blog which did an excellent job. Rich prose, having a filmy love story, albeit unconventional with a different level of emotions and understanding. Wish I could comprehend the poetry parts in Bengali, as translations strip them off their magical wordplay. Some noteworthy quotes.... On culture and education: "The crude stone from whence the glittering diamond is cut is education. The luminous light that sparkles forth is culture. The stone lends weight, the light gives illumination." Against feminism: "The party with the shackles fetter the bird in chains. The ones without manacles, bind through opium, in other words through deceit and delusion. The shackler ties you down but does not beguile. The opium vendor places you under control and also misleads. The female case is filled with opium, nature being the evil supplier." On punctuality: "It befits the ones who have loads of time on their hands to be punctual. God’s hourglass contains eternity, hence the sun rises and sets right on time. Our tenure is limited, it is extravagant for us to waste time by being punctual."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arman R. Khan

    Okay, I finally read Shesher Kobita. It took me a long time to pick up the book for I was daunted by the difficulty of the language. And that's exactly why it took me over a month to complete reading this fantastic book. Now, what a book! It's more than just a love story. The dialogues between the lovers were culturally and ideologically rich alongside being romantic (which, by the way, may seem a little corny at this point in time). Some of the concepts discussed are way ahead of its time. The Okay, I finally read Shesher Kobita. It took me a long time to pick up the book for I was daunted by the difficulty of the language. And that's exactly why it took me over a month to complete reading this fantastic book. Now, what a book! It's more than just a love story. The dialogues between the lovers were culturally and ideologically rich alongside being romantic (which, by the way, may seem a little corny at this point in time). Some of the concepts discussed are way ahead of its time. The depth of the words made me reread certain portions at times, marveling at the sheer genius of Rabindranath. One complain I have is that the similes and metaphors used sometimes felt forced or unnecessary. Of course it enriched the reader experience for me, leaving me gawking at the pages speechlessly, but at times it seemed that the usage of similes and metaphors was excess in quantity. All that being said, I loved reading Shesher Kobita. I guess it's time for me to pick up Nouka Dubi.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sudipta

    'Shesher Kobita' translated as the 'The last poem' is an unique amalgamation of poetry with prose. A quietly thought provoking love story, through which Tagore brings forth his philosophy on what defines love, its bindings and ultimately what it takes to find true liberation in that all encompassing emotion of the heart. The exchanges between Amit and Lavanya, through poetry, is magical, though I am sure to have missed out on what was lost in translation. At times like this, I feel truly sorry f 'Shesher Kobita' translated as the 'The last poem' is an unique amalgamation of poetry with prose. A quietly thought provoking love story, through which Tagore brings forth his philosophy on what defines love, its bindings and ultimately what it takes to find true liberation in that all encompassing emotion of the heart. The exchanges between Amit and Lavanya, through poetry, is magical, though I am sure to have missed out on what was lost in translation. At times like this, I feel truly sorry for being unable to read Bengali. Rabi Thakur, even in his various English translations, holds a unique voice like no other. Having delved into the depth of his language, any author I have read immediately after him seems too light, too frivolous. A must read where I have turned pages wanting to revisit his language, find hidden meaning in his deep prose.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Md.Naibur Rahman Uupol

    Reading this book for the second time reminds me of revisiting "Srikanto" of Sharat Babu at different ages. Amit-Labonno, or dearly called Mita- Bonna, characterised our dwindling priorities and preference over one another. This phlegmatic book will indulge you to judge their decision and how their characters evolves over time to be settled with their choice, their believes to be suited. An epic depiction of Mr. Tagore's excavation of our secret side of minds that eventually transpires its delus Reading this book for the second time reminds me of revisiting "Srikanto" of Sharat Babu at different ages. Amit-Labonno, or dearly called Mita- Bonna, characterised our dwindling priorities and preference over one another. This phlegmatic book will indulge you to judge their decision and how their characters evolves over time to be settled with their choice, their believes to be suited. An epic depiction of Mr. Tagore's excavation of our secret side of minds that eventually transpires its delusions to duality. After reading this book, just like old times you will ask the same question - how did this guy, Mr.Tagore, feel all of us back in 19th century? Probably, he is a time-traveller, a mind reader !

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shabbeer Hassan

    This has remained one of my favourite novels written by any Indian author ever since I read it during my school days. Themes of love, trust, passion, lust, self-deprecation, epiphany and most importantly, the realization of what companionship truly means, run amok in this book. As the book draws to an end, one reflects on all these and finally understands the true meaning of The Last Poem. Written at a ripe old age of 67, Kobiguru aka Teacher of all poets as he was affectionately called, shows a This has remained one of my favourite novels written by any Indian author ever since I read it during my school days. Themes of love, trust, passion, lust, self-deprecation, epiphany and most importantly, the realization of what companionship truly means, run amok in this book. As the book draws to an end, one reflects on all these and finally understands the true meaning of The Last Poem. Written at a ripe old age of 67, Kobiguru aka Teacher of all poets as he was affectionately called, shows a masterly command of the trysts of human relationships, which only he could express so elegantly. My Rating - 5/5

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megha Chakraborty

    An outstanding read, I am so glad that I came across this book and what a read. I am out of words!!!! This novel, written by Tagore during the last few years of his life, is the story of Amit, a lawyer in Calcutta, and Labonya, a librarian and teacher in Shillong. They meet while he is on vacation, and fall in love. What adds beauty and sizzle to this story is Tagore's use of his skill with words to sparkle the conversations between these two lovers. At the end of the story, these lovers break o An outstanding read, I am so glad that I came across this book and what a read. I am out of words!!!! This novel, written by Tagore during the last few years of his life, is the story of Amit, a lawyer in Calcutta, and Labonya, a librarian and teacher in Shillong. They meet while he is on vacation, and fall in love. What adds beauty and sizzle to this story is Tagore's use of his skill with words to sparkle the conversations between these two lovers. At the end of the story, these lovers break off their engagement and go their separate way. What is ageless about this mundane turn of events is the mystery surrounding their breakup and the last poem by Labonyo where she puts down in words the pain of losing Amit and her enduring love for him. A true masterpiece! Its a must must must read!!!! Highly recommended. Happy Reading!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Neha

    Book: The Last Poem Author: Rabindranath Tagore translated by Dilip Basu Rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Poetry is 'life's commentary in verse'. This book stands testimonial to these words. Life and love are best explained in poetry. Mathew Arnold has called poetry the "criticism of life". I feel poetry is appreciation of life, even sadness, ugly and tragedies in poetry become beautiful. Rabindranath Tagore is known for his various feats as an artist and philosopher - but it was poetry that reflected in all his Book: The Last Poem Author: Rabindranath Tagore translated by Dilip Basu Rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Poetry is 'life's commentary in verse'. This book stands testimonial to these words. Life and love are best explained in poetry. Mathew Arnold has called poetry the "criticism of life". I feel poetry is appreciation of life, even sadness, ugly and tragedies in poetry become beautiful. Rabindranath Tagore is known for his various feats as an artist and philosopher - but it was poetry that reflected in all his fields of creativity and thinking. He has given us many gems of poetry along with national anthem which defibes our soul! His works have been critiqued and appreciated for so many decades that it's impossible to challenge his wisdom. He might have been a favourite with the west to get so much recognition for his works, but his brilliance and diversity is unquestionable. Like all writers who draw from their personal life we find Tagore's life in his novels, poems and art. Other than the characters, stories his thoughts are quiet evident and glaring. He infact critiques his own work through the words of his own protagonist. The poetic war ensues and as a reader only you know he is only competing with himself wether as Tagore or Nivaran Chakravarti. The book also touches upon Tagore's political ideology where he presents his opinions on those times Democracy, Home Rule and British Raj through brilliant analogies. "When Vishnu cut Sati's lifeless body with his discus, a hundred or more sacred spots sprung up wherever her dismembered limbs had fallen. Democracy today is like the scattered aristocracy. Petty aristocrats have popped up all over the world: we have political aristocrats, literary aristocrats and social aristocrats." The protagonist Amit Ray, is a clever fellow who uses his intelligence and knowledge beautifully to present arguments probably the way Rabindrabath Tagore did too, winning over his admirers and opponents both. Like Amit's sister comments aptly, "You really don't have your own opinions. You always say what sounds clever at that particular moment." Yati quotes Amit in one of the discussions - "The inclination to do what one shouldn't is a great human virtue." and the most profound of all, the words to live by "Happiness should be simple." The frivolity and complexity of Amit meets its match in seriousness and simplicity of Lavanya. Even the matriarch Yogamaya enhances the verses and word playing with her wisdom. This book is for anyone who enjoys a good conversation, as they say in Hindi, tark-vitark! The book is primarily about love. A well read and traveled man with his big words and ideals falls in love like an ordinary and how that love transforms him and brings him to the reality which had no space is his previous idealistic world. What is love, one wonders. Quoting from the book - "Love that freely floats in the sky is our soul; love that informs our daily life illumines our homes. I want both of them. There is a day when I can spread my wings and reach the heavens;then, I find my little home, where I lie in my little neat with my wings folded. But I still have my heaven." This story is a love story, fulfilled or unfulfilled is not important, ending is not important, what's important is the poetry of romance. Anything I say would be considers judgemental, but some books are like that. They are not about stories or characters or plot - they are about words, stringed together like poetry. As a reader you take away that experience and it stays with you forget. This book will be special even more so being a gift from a friend. Thanks Hope!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amit

    Sadly, even with an updated translation, the poetry --so essential to the novel's plot--remains stilted and awkward in English. The premise of the book, and it's relation to Tagore's own literary status in Bengal at the time, make this a treasure of world literature and definitely marks him as an experimentalist and high modernist of the first order. Sadly, even with an updated translation, the poetry --so essential to the novel's plot--remains stilted and awkward in English. The premise of the book, and it's relation to Tagore's own literary status in Bengal at the time, make this a treasure of world literature and definitely marks him as an experimentalist and high modernist of the first order.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shounak

    A beautiful lyrical narrative from Tagore ,the eminent writer...the characters Amit and Labanya remains eternally etched in our hearts... A must read , a book to be read and re-read ... to be forever treasured!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sampurna Ray

    A poetic, thought-provoking and way-ahead-of-its-time story! The story set in Shillong painted a pretty picture, promising self-discovery, healing and the warmth of love. It's difficult to root for the central characters though, one of whom seems convinced that she cannot have a conventional happy ending, and the other doesn't seem convinced about anything. (view spoiler)[The central characters couldn't even see through their promising fantasy of forever till the end. (hide spoiler)] Some would A poetic, thought-provoking and way-ahead-of-its-time story! The story set in Shillong painted a pretty picture, promising self-discovery, healing and the warmth of love. It's difficult to root for the central characters though, one of whom seems convinced that she cannot have a conventional happy ending, and the other doesn't seem convinced about anything. (view spoiler)[The central characters couldn't even see through their promising fantasy of forever till the end. (hide spoiler)] Some would say it is an epic love story. I might have completely missed the point, but this novel was excellent writing about exasperating characters.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vrinda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A beginning, which was only a means to a completely different beginning. The author gave us such a beginning to a journey, which somehow turned out to be a part of a journey that had already begun in the far recesses of time. He gave us a love which was only a means to attain another love; yet the seed of this another love had had already been sown somewhere back in time. Somehow, only a love could make our protagonists see the presence of another love. It isn't very uncommon to see a person fall A beginning, which was only a means to a completely different beginning. The author gave us such a beginning to a journey, which somehow turned out to be a part of a journey that had already begun in the far recesses of time. He gave us a love which was only a means to attain another love; yet the seed of this another love had had already been sown somewhere back in time. Somehow, only a love could make our protagonists see the presence of another love. It isn't very uncommon to see a person fall for someone, but the realization hits them only when they are with someone else. So, if we see such a thing happen to Amit and Labanya individually, it doesn't surprise much. But to have both of them realize the same thing, nevertheless in different ways and at different times, is mildly surprising. A reason is the way both of them are so different from each other - in personality, in the way they've been raised, in their experiences, and in their general philosophy of love and life. If one were to take this book as a validation of Amit and Labanya's love, then having guessed a part of the end after knowing how Labanya still thought of Sobhanlal, would be a bit saddening. One would even think of the end being more dismal, as it would be easy to assume that Amit would be heartbroken. Who would have thought that Amit too had something in his past that would almost rescue him from being completely lost in lovelessness in the end. All the importance that our author gave to the power of words, it was the feelings which were long suppressed and ever unexpressed that decided the end for their story. I am yet to read another book which made me imagine a stage, where the actors at play are beautiful analogies and elegant poetry. And yet Rabindranath Tagore was sure to assert in his own unique way, that however beautiful the words, they are abstract and can not suffice for practicality. So the love in theory, and the love in reality - these are two different concepts; both might be equally needed and even achieved in an ideal case - maybe Labanya and Amit's case would have turned out to be an ideal one. But the author also left no doubt in clarifying, that if ever one of the two kinds of Love had to win, the love of reality would have an upper hand. That I think, is where lies the true catch of the story. My rating to this book is a 3.5/5.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sidharth Vardhan

    All that I gave you was really your gift to me; For all that you received, you hold me in debt Rabindranath Tagore is the most beloved of Indian poets. There is a reason to why he read in modern Europe. His poetry and philosophy are not imprisoned by time or space. Farewell Song is a novel but it is as much poetical as a novel gets.There are verses spread like decorations all over the short book. you don't dare pick the book, if you can't stomach some poetry but if you problem was you don't underst All that I gave you was really your gift to me; For all that you received, you hold me in debt Rabindranath Tagore is the most beloved of Indian poets. There is a reason to why he read in modern Europe. His poetry and philosophy are not imprisoned by time or space. Farewell Song is a novel but it is as much poetical as a novel gets.There are verses spread like decorations all over the short book. you don't dare pick the book, if you can't stomach some poetry but if you problem was you don't understand poems; here is the perfect place to start. The book highlights several of social issues as well debates on issues faced by Bengali literature. Like me, you don't need to study these issues to understand and enjoy what is being said. There is not much of story in it but the beauty is in the way it is told - fast, short and humorous. The genius of Tagore though lies in his verses - how easily they express the idea while still keeping language so simple. There seems to be a poetry even among the verses. The only downside would be that at times, it may seems to be a bit obscure (at times, you may want to throw the book in anger saying 'Who talks like that?') - but again it is due to our lack of understanding, rather than due to any fault of poet.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mahmuda Shongskrity

    The book is about a platonic love of a matured couple. The protagonist Amit, a confident, self-occupied, unyielding being who loves to attack people around him by his witty talks, but doesn't consider them capable of getting him, finally finds his worth a million listener, a girl named Labanya. Labanya, on the other hand, had always devoted herself to the study and was never interested to rise her eyes from the books until she met Amit through a car accident which bound them together. The Shillo The book is about a platonic love of a matured couple. The protagonist Amit, a confident, self-occupied, unyielding being who loves to attack people around him by his witty talks, but doesn't consider them capable of getting him, finally finds his worth a million listener, a girl named Labanya. Labanya, on the other hand, had always devoted herself to the study and was never interested to rise her eyes from the books until she met Amit through a car accident which bound them together. The Shillong hill becomes their dream place where they talk about philosophy, future but mostly about poems. The book turns into an extraordinary novella when the same final logics of Amit are also applied to Labanya at the very end which was pretty rare at that period. Respect their bold thoughts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Indira

    I was fifteen. Love was around the corner. In fact, everywhere around me. Just then, I discovered that love exists within me and the object of love is nearly immaterial for the intensity of feelings. Nibaran is Amit but Amit can't be Nibaran. One is about understanding life and the other about experiencing it. Lavanya and Ketaki are but two forms of devotion. One that possesses and the other that reveres. And I remain to this day torn between love that inspires life and life that makes it seem w I was fifteen. Love was around the corner. In fact, everywhere around me. Just then, I discovered that love exists within me and the object of love is nearly immaterial for the intensity of feelings. Nibaran is Amit but Amit can't be Nibaran. One is about understanding life and the other about experiencing it. Lavanya and Ketaki are but two forms of devotion. One that possesses and the other that reveres. And I remain to this day torn between love that inspires life and life that makes it seem worthless.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    'It has repeatedly occurred to me, when I've read about love in literature, that love becomes a tragedy when human beings, even while recognizing each other's need for independence, have refused to be content with this realisation. They have tried to remould, recreate each other in the way they desire, they have forcibly wanted to graft their own desires to someone else.' 'It has repeatedly occurred to me, when I've read about love in literature, that love becomes a tragedy when human beings, even while recognizing each other's need for independence, have refused to be content with this realisation. They have tried to remould, recreate each other in the way they desire, they have forcibly wanted to graft their own desires to someone else.'

  19. 5 out of 5

    GurPreet Kaur

    This book was picked up because of its name – ‘shesher kobita’. I’m a huge of Rabindranath Tagore. This book portrays a great amalgamation of prose and poetry. The love that blossoms between Amit and Lavanya amidst the hills of Shillong and exchange of poetry between them is exceptional. With this, I’ve another book of Thakur Da added to my shelf.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chandra

    one of the best books i have ever read...ofcourse i have read it twice at a same time becoz i have read its every line twice... my eyes went to the first eord of every line n automaticaly my eyes read the lines twice . Gurudev has written the large dimension of love in ink which a few people can get experienced...but those few people never can write down it in words..

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shadman

    Probably the best romantic novel I have ever read ... the way Tagore defined the depth of love through the sweet love story of Amit & Labonno is Incredible .. there are so many lines that touched my heart .. really a nice Novel by R.Tagore

  22. 5 out of 5

    Priyanka Mitra

    Rabindranath was 63 years old when he wrote this beautiful novel,it brings a new philosophy of Love when the novel described the pletonic love between Amit & Labonya

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sabita

    Rather audacious and far ahead of its time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Faria

    I probably would have enjoyed this work a lot more if I had a better grasp of the Bangla language. I think I might read it again sometime in the future.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vasav Dave

    It is the most beautiful book I've ever read. I am bound to do unjust If I dare review it. It is the most beautiful book I've ever read. I am bound to do unjust If I dare review it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anirban Nanda

    1. Stylistically I loved how Tagore played with time in this novel. The main line of the story is linear but the chapters from different perspectives overlap, precede. Time is also a major theme of the novel. 2. The obsession with mimicking western culture in the urban Indian society in that time is discussed internally rather than criticised from a distance. The country cat and the pet dog are used as metaphors, noted. 3. By using himself as a character in the novel, Tagore tries to talk to the 1. Stylistically I loved how Tagore played with time in this novel. The main line of the story is linear but the chapters from different perspectives overlap, precede. Time is also a major theme of the novel. 2. The obsession with mimicking western culture in the urban Indian society in that time is discussed internally rather than criticised from a distance. The country cat and the pet dog are used as metaphors, noted. 3. By using himself as a character in the novel, Tagore tries to talk to the reader directly. Not only that, he used his style of poetry as a differentiator between the lovers. This is a good example of self-criticism with humour. The overall tone of the novel is humorous and philosophical, something that comes with maturity. 4. Compared to other novels by Tagore, this is more contemporary. By the time Tagore wrote this novel, he had travelled the world multiple times, giving the novel a sense of modernity. 5. Love is abstract and should not be treated with mortal possession and ideas. Love is more than that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Archan Ray

    Well I'm coming to this after Wuthering Heights. Naturally the contrast in the proposition of "what is love?" is amazing! The novel is very unlike Tagore I have ever read. It is worth multiple reads. But I think the protagonist missed a tricked in his wooing and Labanya is too modest for her own good. I guess this is why sometimes it feels real, somewhere people feel the connection. Anyway, read for yourself (also only read the Bengali version, the charm can't be recreated). As for me I'll keep Well I'm coming to this after Wuthering Heights. Naturally the contrast in the proposition of "what is love?" is amazing! The novel is very unlike Tagore I have ever read. It is worth multiple reads. But I think the protagonist missed a tricked in his wooing and Labanya is too modest for her own good. I guess this is why sometimes it feels real, somewhere people feel the connection. Anyway, read for yourself (also only read the Bengali version, the charm can't be recreated). As for me I'll keep reading it until I learn the phrases.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Madhubrata

    Read this in the original Bangla, only entering this for tracking purpose. What a wonderfully bittersweet story about the different kinds of love, the ones that can be domesticated and the ones that cannot. I also so appreciate Tagore's gentle humour, and the ease at which he can poke fun at himself. Read this in the original Bangla, only entering this for tracking purpose. What a wonderfully bittersweet story about the different kinds of love, the ones that can be domesticated and the ones that cannot. I also so appreciate Tagore's gentle humour, and the ease at which he can poke fun at himself.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mushda Ali

    Okay. This was a tad bit weird. I honestly don't know how to feel about this. It felt a bit sexist at points or maybe that's just me. It would probably take me a while to wrap my head around what was being tried to meant here. The character perspectives and personalities felt a tad bit overdrawn and stretched out,beaconing them into beings who are sacrificial for the mode of survival. Honestly, I didn't get it. Okay. This was a tad bit weird. I honestly don't know how to feel about this. It felt a bit sexist at points or maybe that's just me. It would probably take me a while to wrap my head around what was being tried to meant here. The character perspectives and personalities felt a tad bit overdrawn and stretched out,beaconing them into beings who are sacrificial for the mode of survival. Honestly, I didn't get it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kru

    Powerful love story. Loved Amit, but my heart goes out to Labanya. Couldn't resist completing it at this hour. I loved the ending, it was fitting. Powerful love story. Loved Amit, but my heart goes out to Labanya. Couldn't resist completing it at this hour. I loved the ending, it was fitting.

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