When I was growing up, I heard my sister talking about Bengalis and how artistic and poetical they are. I used to wonder then, how could a particular set of people be artistic and creative. But hey, that was the reality. Bengalis are a creative bunch of guys, all thanks to Rabindranath Tagore. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore single handedly permeated the subconscious of Bengalis and made them artistic to the more.
But, Tagore has done more than just that! He has transformed an entire nation into a creative bunch of people, by becoming the epitome of creativity. Tagore was a poet, novelist, philosopher, musician, singer, painter, revolutionary – you name it and he wore that crown.
Today is Tagore’s birth anniversary and let’s all remember the great man for his contribution towards Indian society and literature as well as against the inhuman British rule.
Tagore wrote against the British rule in various newspapers and magazines of that era and constantly instigated the public to act against the horrendous rule by the British government. It was Tagore who named Gandhiji as Mahatma and it was Gandhiji who named Tagore as Grudev. Both had their difference of opinions but they had immense respect for each other and that’s how things should be, right?
That’s how great men are. They respect each other irrespective of difference of opinions.
Now back to Rabindranath Tagore. Undoubtedly, he’s my literary Guru. All my life, I have feasted on his novels, poems, short stories and writeups and I have always wanted to be like him. He has inspired me in many ways, but mostly through the way he has lived his life with a single minded focus and passion.
His most important work, Gitanjali has inspired me throughout and secondly, his poem where the mind is without fear is one hell of a verse that motivates people like anything.
Simply, there’s no one like Rabindranath Tagore in the literary picture of India.
Happy Birthday Mr. Tagore.