The Torchbearer showed us the path….


The Poet Seer’s b’day was on 7th May. Even after a century and five decades later, his rich inheritance lingers and endures. A legacy, an endowment which just not mean brilliant, prismatic literature or expressive soulful hymns that touches your core but then also the avant-garde ideologies and radical sensibilities he preached, imparted and practised.

Excerpts from my tribute to the creative genius on ‘Tagore Special’:
“It’s pouring outside. The pruned foliage under my bedroom window sill seems translucent and beaming with life. Few moments prior , the scorching sun with temperature ticking around 43 degree, ripped it vapid and lifeless. The unanticipated summer rain escorted with it petrichor, the sweet smell of dry, unbaked clay and reminiscence of something intense yet sublime:

“This is my delight,
thus to wait and watch at the wayside
where shadow chases light
and the rain comes in the wake of the summer.

Messengers, with tidings from unknown skies,
greet me and speed along the road.
My heart is glad within,
and the breath of the passing breeze is sweet.

From dawn till dusk I sit here before my door,
and I know that of a sudden
the happy moment will arrive when I shall see.

In the meanwhile I smile and I sing all alone.
In the meanwhile the air is filled with the perfume of promise.”
–              Where Shadow Chases Light, Rabindranath Tagore”                   

To mull over further dig into my write-up at!The-Torchbearer-showed-us-the-path%E2%80%A6/zup09/57329dcf0cf2eac0f520249e


54 thoughts on “The Torchbearer showed us the path….

  1. Gurudev’s elegant prose and magical poetry transcend time and are immortal classics that are profound and meaningful written in simple lucid language. My personal favourite is “where the mind is without fear” is soulful and stirring one’s passion for the motherland.
    This is a glowing tribute to the finest poet of our country, Chaitali.

  2. While I am not much of a poet (or poetry reader), your words and tribute to Rabindranath Tagore certainly makes me wish to learn more about the poetry, work and words. Wonderful.

  3. Reading Rabindranath Tagore work is nothing less than a magical experience. At once we are transported to his world that he created partly from imagination, and partly from his experiences in west bengal. I haven’t read his poem much, but have read and devoured the short stories penned by him, and his work remains one of my all time favourite.

    A beautiful tribute to him Chaitali.

  4. There are no words I have to appreciate Tagore. He was a unique poet and a thinker gifted beyond the boudaries of this realm. I was blown away when I read Gitanjali the first time and it still holds a precious place on my book shelf. Yours is a wonderful tribute to him indeed ! Loved it, thanks for sharing, Cheers ! – Advaita

  5. Hats off to one of the most amazing man to have walked on this planet. Reading his soulful words always brightens up my day. Thanks so much for sharing them.

  6. Lovely. His song “Jodi tor dak sune keu na ase tobe ekla chalo re” is my motto. When I feel a bit dejected and despondent, then I remind myself of this song. His writings will continue to inspire people for ages.

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