Glimpses of Bengal: Select Letters 1885-1895 book

Glimpses of Bengal: Select Letters 1885-1895

Paper Type: Book print paper | Size: 178 mm x 128 mm
Black and white; 148 pages; Paperback
ISBN-10: 9386906287 | ISBN-13: 978-93-86906-28-1


Glimpses of Bengal is a delightful and must-read collection of letters written in the 1890s, by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, as he travelled across Bengal to manage his family’s far-flung agricultural estates. Travelling in his houseboat, up and down the Padma River and its many tributaries, Tagore vividly captures the breathtaking imagery of the Bengali countryside and the reticent grace of the day-to-day village life. Sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, the settings in these letters formed the backdrop of many of his poems and plays (e.g. The Post Office). For a reader uninitiated in Tagore this is a starter book. .The letters, many of which were addressed to his niece Indira Devi, make for a lighthearted and captivating reading. Tagore is sure to charm you with his wondrous story-telling and powerful imagination. And as is the case with many of Tagore’s books, the intellectual crescendo builds towards the end leaving you feeling utterly exhilarated.  

Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, sobriquet Gurudev, 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.He is sometimes referred to as “The Bard of Bengal”.