Glimpses of Bengal

Selected from the Letters of Sir Rabindranath Tagore

Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 24,561 / 77 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.8
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 2,982 6798

An intimate record of a sensitive young man's response to the world around him.

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p>February 1891.

Just in front of my window, on the other side of the stream, a band of gypsies have ensconced themselves, putting up bamboo frameworks covered over with split-bamboo mats and pieces of cloth. There are only three of these little structures, so low that you cannot stand upright inside. Their life is lived in the open, and they only creep under these shelters at night, to sleep huddled together.

That is always the gypsies' way: no home anywhere, no landlord to pay rent to, wandering about as it pleases them with their children, their pigs, and a dog or two; and on them the police keep a vigilant eye.

I frequently watch the doings of the family nearest me. They are dark but good-looking, with fine, strongly-built bodies, like north-west country folk. Their women are handsome, and have tall, slim, well-knit figures; and with their free and easy movements, and natural independent airs, they look to me like swarthy Englishwomen.

The man has just put the cooking-


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Letters from the thirty-year old author on his journey on house-boat through Bengal. Short philosophical musings and observations of the people and the land. Not as crisp as his short stories, less mature and more pathetic, but hey, how were you when you were thirty?

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