A special collection of English translations of novels, poetry,
essays and short stories written by Rabindranath Tagore and his
biographies is on sale online as part of the Penguin Tagore
Bookshelf presented by Penguin-Books India as part of his 150th
birth anniversary commemoration.
According to a spokesperson for the publishing house, the Tagore
Bookshelf aims to rekindle interest about the Nobel laureate's
literary works among Gen-Next readers and English-speaking
Tagore's works include nearly 60 collections of verse, nearly a
hundred short stories, several novels, plays, dance dramas, essays
on religion, society and literature and over 2,500 songs -
including the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.
Tagore re-invented the novel with the "Farewell Song", which has
been translated by Radha Chakravarty. The writer has also
translated "Gora", one of Tagore's most ambitious novels about
India's nationalist awakening. The two books are the highlights of
Penguin's Tagore Bookshelf, a statement issued by the publisher
Other Tagore titles in the collection include "A Grain of Sand:
Choker Bali" translated by Sreejeeta Guha, "Home and the World ('Ghare
Baire')" and "Classic Rabindranath Tagore", a complete and
unabridged collection of Tagore's most popular novels in
An English version of "Gitanjali" and a volume of "Selected Poems"
featuring some of the best poems by Tagore translated by William
Radice are among the collectors' items on the shelf.
An anthology, "The Jewel That is Best: Collected Brief Poems" is
available in three volumes, "Particles", "Jottings" and "Sparks"
while another translated compendium of poems "I Won't Let You Go:
Selected Poems" by Ketaki Kushari Dyson captures the essence of
The selection of short stories comprises "The Postmaster: Selected
Stories" and "Kabuliwallah" translated by Radice and "He" ('Shey'),
which Tagore wrote to satisfy the demands for stories by his
nine-year-old granddaughter. The story has been translated by
The miscellaneous section on the bookshelf includes "Nationalism",
based on lectures by Tagore during the First World War with an
introduction by Ramachandra Guha, Rabindranath Tagore (Words of
Freedom), a selection from Tagore's speeches and writings on the
nation, "The Nectar of Life: Quotations from Prose Writing" and
"My Life in My Words", a compilation of selected essays by Tagore.
Two biographies brings out the mind of the poet and his household
to the readers. "Rabindranath Tagore: The Singer and His Song" by
Reba Som is a journey into the poet's life through his music and
"Women of Tagore Household" by Chitra Deb documents the Tagore
women, who pioneered fashion and modern living in Bengal in the
19th and the 20th centuries.
Penguin India is also partnering with the British Council to
promote Tagore works from May 9. The promotion, includes a display
of the complete Penguin Tagore Bookshelf across all British
Council Libraries in nine cities, an exclusive contest with gift
hampers and a series of exciting events at local libraries through
the year. The books can be purchased from penguinbooksindia.com/tagore.