Tagore said about the novel, I have always regretted the ending’. Chokher Bali explores the forbidden emotions unleashed when a beautiful young widow. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian poet, writer, and Look inside this book. Rabindranath Tagore Chokher Bali by [Ray. First published as a serial, a novel on love, family and sexuality in Bengal society. Chokher Bali is the most realistic book I have ever read. So many things.
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Seema is a book lover and likes to read great fiction work. Reading enriches the soul and mind with the ability to transform the life. He became the first Asian to receive Nobel prize for his devotional poetic collection in Fondly called as ‘Gurudev’, Tagore was an educationist of highest mark.
A humanist, nationalist and internationalist, musician and painter; a poet, novelist, short story writer and playwright – Tagore was all in one. A prolific writer and the harbinger of Bengali Renaissance, Tagore engendered a magnum opus of literary art both in verse and prose form.
The name Rabindranath Tagore needs no introduction as a literary figure. But among Tagore’s works, his novels remained the least-acknowledged for a long time. Internationally known for his poetic brilliance; Tagore’s novels are also an interesting and compelling study.
Movie adaptations of some of his novels has resulted into a renewed attention and making his fiction work popular once again. Film adaptations by some renowned directors like Satyajit Ray and Ritupurno Ghosh has been exemplary. Chokher Bali is a regional word of Bengali language which literally means ‘sand in the eye’ or a constant irritant to the eye. Tagore originally wrote in his regional Language Bengali. Later his works have been translated into English by himself and by other translators also.
Two young friends Binodini and Asha gradually become the irritant of each others eyes. The writer skillfully depicts the story of sorrows and unhappiness, desires and hurt ego resulting into emotional conflict, jealousy, deceit and distrust; creating a havoc in the life of all major characters.
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Portrayal of the protagonist Binodini is done by Tagore in a most accurate and realistic manner. The story is set in late 19th century. Tagore tells a compelling story of entangled relationships and probes deep into the psyche of main character Binodini. It is the story of a young,educated and beautiful woman Binodini, who is soon widowed after her marriage.
At an age when a girl wishes to wear colorful robes and enticing jewelry, she dressed herself in white and stayed with other widows in her village.
Mahendra Mohanis a pampered son of Rajalakshmi and studying to become a doctor. Mahendra is an indecisive, proud, insecure and immature person. She chooses her husbands love over her duties towards her home. She is innocent and her trust on Binodini and her husband makes her a victim and a loser. Binodini, a widowed young woman has come to take care of her aunt Rajalakshmi but soon becomes jealous of Asha’s happiness.
A secure life of love and care, which could have been Binodini’s, if Mohan would not have refused to marry her earlier. Bihari is a childhood friend of Mahendra. He seems to be the only balanced character in this novel. He is loved and respected by everyone. Unfortunately, he also gets entangled in the game of deceit and revenge. Mohan and Asha, the newly wed couple are engrossed in their own world of happiness which is full of mutual love and passion unlike Binodini.
Their dream is gradually shattered by the arrival of Binodini. Asha trusts Binodini to be her friend and very innocently names their friendship as Chokher Bali. Binodini succeeds in attracting Mohan towards herself. He is disillusioned and gets ready to leave her wife Asha for Binodini.
The story of this novel delves deep into many facets of human relationships and how a single wrong decision can make the life disharmonious. Jealousy and deprivation of happiness can result into an emotion strong enough to forget all other ties and relationships. Rituparno Ghosh has subtitled the film A Passion Play transforming the story into the drama of passion. Binodini plays the role of temptress and being unhappy- avenges her jealousy and unfulfilled desires.
Director tried to mold the story of Chokher Bali to attract the contemporary audience by incorporating Rabindra Sangeet Songs written by Rabindranath Tagore into the film. Tagore’s novels are a radical statement of his unconventional and non-denominational viewpoint which were quite ahead of his conservative times of 19th and 20th century India.
Through the story of Binodini, Tagore questions the societal norms.
Rabindranath Tagore Chokher Bali
He condemns all kinds of taboos and unjust customs which deprive widows of their rightful existence; confined to live a mournful colorless life.
Chokher Bali is truly a norm defying novel written by Rabindranath Tagore. His understanding of the feelings and emotions of Indian women and his sympathetic attitude towards them is remarkable. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.
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Noukadubi – The Wreck, 3. Gora – The Fair Faced, 4. Chaturanga5. Ghare Baire – The Home and the World6. Shesher Kobita7. Jogajob and 8. Char Odhyay – Four Chapters. Meaning of Chokher Bali Chokher Bali is a regional word of Bengali language which literally means ‘sand in the eye’ or a constant irritant to the eye.
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