While my reading habit has remained quite erratic because of my job’s schedule, I am still able to sneak some time to read and finish some good books (although I am so far from the 24 books in 2019 I set for myself in Goodreads! Ugh!)
In any way, the husband has been of help in supplying me with good reads like Sesher Kobita by Rabindranath Tagore.
Sesher Kobita or Shesher Kabita is a novel by the brilliant writer from Bengali, Tagore. It was a novel written in 1928 and has since been translated into English.
While I do not particularly agree with the ideas of Amit (the main man) and Labanya (the main woman) when it comes to love, relationships, and marriage, there is no doubt that this book is a written with such classic grace and eloquence — perhaps a Tagore trademark.
So to show you some glimpse of what this timeless read has to offer, here are some lines I love from Sesher Kobita:
Even the test of a poem is through an ordeal by fire, but it has to be the fire of the soul.
- The most remarkable things in this world happen so silently they remain invisible.
Movement itself keeps us young, at every step there is newness, and no time to get old.
- “সহজকে সহজ রাখতে হলে শক্ত হতে হয়। ছন্দকে সহজ করতে চাও তো যতিকে ঠিক জায়গায় কষে আঁটতে হবে। লোভ বেশি, তাই জীবনের কাব্যে কোথাও যতি দিতে মন সরে না, ছন্দ ভেঙে গিয়ে জীবনটা হয় গীতহীন বন্ধন।” | Google Translate: To keep it simple is to be tough. If you want to ease the rhythm, you need to tighten it in the right place. Greed is high, so don’t worry about paying anywhere in the poem of life, life breaks rhythm by breaking rhyme.
Age creeps up when we sit still.
How about you? What have you been reading lately? 🙂
Have you read Tagore? What do you think about his novels and poetry?