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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.

http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=51378

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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