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February 15, 2017

6 Short Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

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The first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, Rabindranath Tagore is not an unknown figure to anyone who has even the mildest interest in English literature. Though best known for ‘Geetanjali’, he has also penned down quite a few novels, poems and short stories. Here is a list of 6 short stories by Rabindranath Tagore that are a must read. Everyone must read these short stories by Rabindranath Tagore as they are splendid and also once you read them, you will never forget. These are some of his best works.

#1 Kabuliwallah (The Fruitseller from Kabul)

Set in the early 20th century in Calcutta, the story explores the bond shared by a little girl called Mini and a Kabuliwallah (a generic term used for traders who used to come to India every year from Kabul for trade). Love and affection are the central themes of this simple yet heartwarming story. This is a really very touching story and I bet you each and every one of you will love this story till the end.

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#2 The Home Coming

‘The Home Coming’ is a tale of a 14-year-old mischievous child who was sent away to his uncle’s house for studying as he was becoming a great nuisance for his mother. The story questions the treatment meted out to children and the impact it has on the tender minds of the children. This one is very inspiring and a must read.

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#3 The Postmaster

Revolving around the themes of longing, separation and companionship, this heart-warming story tells the tale of the bond formed between a postmaster who is transferred from Calcutta to a remote village and Ratan, an orphan girl residing in the village. Most of his stories are grounded in Calcutta and because of this we also come to know more of yesteryear Calcutta.

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#4 The Kingdom of Cards

The story is about a society where nothing happens according to the desires of the heart, rather everything is governed by severe over-discipline. What happens when outsiders arrive and challenge their conventions.

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#5 The Victory

Based on the themes of love, loss, destiny and perceptions, ‘The Victory’ strongly gives out the message that one should never give up as one doesn’t know what lies in store. Told through the tale of a court poet Shekhar and his love for Princess Akita, the story brings out the importance of perceptions.

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#6 The Hungry Stones

A story with a supernatural setting, the story makes it very difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy. The setting of the story is in a medieval palace, where the second narrator goes to live for a few days and his experiences in that ‘haunted’ house. This is a great short story you will ever read.

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Reading any of Tagore’s work is a very enlightening and enriching experience. These short stories by Rabindranath Tagore transport you back Calcutta before independence. These are just some of his few best works which should definitely not be missed.

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