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November 24, 2005

A touching story by Tagore

I read about an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and her student in Tony's blog. I am reminded of a short story titled 'The PostMaster' by Rabindranath Tagore, the first Indian Nobel Laureate(for Literature), which is in complete contrast. It is about a city-bred individual who takes up a job as a PostMaster in a remote village in Bengal and an Orphan girl named Ratan. It is a poignant tale narrating the affection between the two. While the girl looks upto the Postmaster as a well-wisher and guardian, the Postmaster tries to see his Mother and his Sister in the girl. I tried to get the URL of the story, but could not manage. I have given the link to a movie review based on the story. The movie is titled 'Two daughters' and has been directed by the eminent director Satyajit Ray.

If somebody gets the link to the story on the web, please share it. The end to the story is indeed very touching. Iam reminded of a piece from H.W.Longfellow's poem 'The Theologian's Tale: Elizabeth'. It compares very much with the story.

"Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence"

Did I feel the same way when I left Delhi(my home for 6 years) for Indore a couple of days back...may be... that's life.


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