ISBN 9788171677252,Tagore by Fireside

Tagore by Fireside


Maitraye Devi


Rupa Publications



Rupa Publications

Publication Year 2002

ISBN 9788171677252

ISBN-10 8171677258


Number of Pages 264 Pages
Language (English)

Indian Writing

Tagore By Fireside was written by Maitraye Devi, who enjoyed a long exchange of letters with Tagore. She translated it from her own Bengali work, Mongpute Rabindranath (1943). In it, she provides an account of Tagore's sojourn at Mungpu, a village in Darjeeling district. In the words of Majorie Sykes, it is an "intimate word-picture of a great 'man at home' among his friends". Tagore was the houseguest at Maitraye Devi on four occations at Mungpu. She religiously recorded word for word the conversations the poet had with herself and others. In this book we see Rabindranath 'intensely alive in high spirited fun'. The personal especially the humorous side of the poet is brought in such a way that one can 'hear the very inflection of his voice and see the mischievious twinkle in his eyes'.
Maitraye Devi was associated with Tagore from childhood. Her early works were poems like 'Udita', 'Chitta Chhaya' and 'Hironmoy Pakhi'. Her books on Tagore are Mongpute Rabindranath, Kabi Sarbabhouma and Rabindranath: Grihe O Bishwe. Maitraye Devi and her father S.N.Dasgupta received a number of letters from Tagore at different stages of their lives. Swarger Kachhakachhi contains some of those letters, edited and annotated by her. Her Achena Chin and Chine O Japane are fine specimens of her understanding of the people of China and Japan. She was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Prize in 1976 for her autobiographical and controversial novel Na Hanyate.

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