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Broken Nest ➻ [Download] ➸ Broken Nest By Rabindranath Tagore ➺ – Thomashillier.co.uk This selection of Rabindranath Tagore's stories exemplifies his remarkable ability to enter the complexities of human relationships Within seemingly simple plots Tagore portrays with extraordinary com This selection of Rabindranath Tagore's stories exemplifies his remarkable ability to enter the complexities of human relationships Within seemingly simple plots Tagore portrays with extraordinary compassion and lyricism the predicament of women in traditional Bengali contexts moving from the loneliness of an intelligent beautiful woman neglected by her husband in the Nobel Laureate's acclaimed novella Broken Nest to the powerlessness of a young girl whose prized possession is taken away in Notebook from the casual abandonment of an orphan in Postmaster to a girl robbed of her childhood in The Ghat's Tale Powerful brilliant and astute the novella and three short stories included in this collection translated here by acclaimed fiction writer Sharmistha Mohanty who has brought into English the music of Tagore's narratives are Tagore's finest prose works.

  • Paperback
  • 96 pages
  • Broken Nest
  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • English
  • 19 September 2016
  • 9780826201041

About the Author: Rabindranath Tagore

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in because of his profoundly sensitive fresh and beautiful verse by which with consummate skill he has made his poetic thought expressed in his own English words a part of the literature of the WestTagore modernised Bengali art by spurning rigid classical forms and resisting linguistic strictures His novels stories songs dance dramas and ess.



10 thoughts on “Broken Nest

  1. Purba Chakraborty Purba Chakraborty says:

    I completed reading Broken Nest this morning and I am tongue tied A tornado of emotions seem to have enveloped me The tender and delicate manner in which Tagore had painted the innermost feelings of a woman in this novella is break taking The novel begins with Charu abandoned by her busy husband Bhupati Bhupati's cousin Amal teaches her and they both share a great camaraderie Their friendship intensifies when Charu discovers that Amal has a flair for writing With Charu's encouragement Amal becomes a famous writer and Amal's writings in turn inspire Charu to pen down her thoughts Both of them enjoys literature with each other The difference is that Amal wants to write for the entire world and Charu wants to write for only Amal The beautiful bond breaks when Amal moves to England after his marriage leaving Charu lonely The sensitive side of a woman is beautifully portrayed in the novella The longing and the depth of a woman's love is painted magically with the hue of Tagore's words The philosophical metaphors used in suitable places are extremely thought provoking The sudden change in Amal's behaviour the monologues of Charu and the feelings of Bhupati when he discovers that his wife desires another man is flawlessly written The helplessness of Charu almost moved me to tears Amal is in good health yet he does not write Charu wants to ask Amal this uestion and receive and answer face to face but there is an ocean in between and no way to cross it Cruel separation helpless separation beyond all uestions beyond all redress separation The agony which a person feels when she is abandoned suddenly without any explanation is marvellously expressed in the novella I could feel every word and every sentence used in this book Those who haven't read this novella has surely missed out a precious gem in the mine of literature

  2. James Nicolay James Nicolay says:

    The psychological realism of Rabindranath Tagore’s novella “Broken Nest” is beautifully explored through the unspoken dialogue being suppressed and the cultural background that the three main characters are all captives of Through Charu Bhupati and Amal Tagore paints an emotional domestic drama where the characters are aware of their own personal feelings how they suffer because of their feelings of love or emotional attachment but unfortunately paired with ignorance of how to deal with such issues given the existing institutional relationships among them and their cultural upbringing and social s And despire all of these tensions and conflicts ironically Tagore manages to feature modern versions of Rama Sita and Lakshmana where even though the ideal man and the ideal woman are married and where brotherly love exists the snares of the complexity of human emotions disturb and uestions the stereotypes and their relevance in the modern worldBhupati is the ideal Indian man; he is faithful to his wife he leads his family and extended family members well he works hard in his newspaper company and he never is the cause of misery among the other main characters in the story He is probably too perfect we admire his responsible upholding of his dharma as a brother a husband and the breadwinner of the family but this sense of security becomes his Achilles heel as he unwittingly denies any suspicion about the budding emotional relationship between his wife and his brother The reader pities Bhupati in the event that Charu unknowingly and indirectly reveals her affection for Amal by sending him a telegram and Bhupati receiving a strange reply which he did not expect The readers could feel his anger as he burns his notebook of literary compositions written for his wife but we through dramatic irony also could feel a sense of annoyance at his unbelievable ignorance and naivety for not being able to recognize the signsCharu even with all her defects is the ideal Indian woman; for the most part of the novella technically speaking she remains faithful to her husband as her love for Amal was never consummated and she follows her husband like a shadow But unlike a shadow Charu is a modern female character We see this as well in Sita in her very very subtly suppression of feelings for Lakshmana in the epic Ramayana but we see the magnitude of this suppression in Charu’s characterization her actions and her words She does not all express in any way how she feels for Amal but her love for her brother in law is unmistakably ever present We cannot blame her her husband has been busy with the business and being a child wife her age makes her closer to Amal whom she is able to make a real connection with Their exchange of literary works for both characters unknowingly develop into something stronger than mere sharing of ideas or casual critiuing; they become mirrors of each other and have found their identities in their writings and their random conversations The source of their conflict revolves around their writings as well as these have become the embodiments of their developing attachment to each other It is also through their writings that they are caught; the telegram cold and already distant unfortunately still embodies the connection between them and Bhupati recognizes the problem through it In the end Charu becomes vacant alone even in the company of her husband and most importantly she remains clueless as to how she should move on with her life given the outcome of all the circumstances that have happenedAmal is representative of the family’s presence in the couple’s relationship While the family is the foundation of Indian institutions the close relationship within families becomes the bane of an Indian individual’s progress Bhupati becomes busy with his work because he has his family to feed Strange to non Indians but family members living with a married couple is a norm in India; we see how the simple presence of Amal young and full of potentials disturb the ideal man and woman Amal in my opinion is a tool used by Tagore to represent the modern Indian man struggling to find his place in the culturally and historically rich traditional and social constructs The novella does not mention too much about his life after his marriage and migration to England and this goes to show that the novella is interested in the effect of such an emblem of modernity to Bhupati and Charu’s situationWhile the novella is emotionally charged and rich with sweeping moments of romantic woes and emotional rollercoasters Tagore reveals the emotional psyche of what a modern man or woman in India is in a fast changing world but at the same time entrapped within an environment that promotes a patriarchal system where women’s feelings and ideas are overlooked where modern feelings displace their traditional mindsets and heritage

  3. Brian Bess Brian Bess says:

    A tale of spiritual adulteryRabindranath Tagore’s novella ‘The Broken Nest’ is fundamentally a very Indian story Its characters their social expectations and behavior are very rooted in the established norms of Indian familial life Marriages are arranged Promising young men are sent to England for a proper education and groomed for the inevitable career in law or medicine Wives are secluded from the world at large for the majority of the time and even from their husbands for much of the timeBhupati is a member of the cultured class and does not really have to work for a living although he takes on the editorship of a very anglo friendly English language newspaper which becomes a very absorbing time consuming hobby His much younger wife Charulata is left even alone by his long hours with nothing to do We learn the state of their marriage in three succinct sentences‘In the first glow of love husband and wife see each other in a splendor that is unnatural because it is perpetually being renewed No one could have said when that golden dawn of matrimony imperceptibly became a thing of the past for Bhupati and Charulata Without having tasted the new they had become familiar and habitual to each other’Perceiving his wife’s isolation Bhupati encourages his brother Umapati and his wife Mandakini to move from their rural district to live in his house as well as Bhupati’s young nephew Amal He approves of Amal’s youthful exhuberance and encourages Amal’s reading instruction of CharulataCharluta and Amal are closer to the same age and their close proximity and the fact that she spends time with him than her husband strengthens their bond They uickly fall into familiar teasing patterns Charulata spoils Amal and doesn’t begrudge his freuent demands for money food and the mending of his clothes Amal begins to share his writing with Charu She encourages his writing much of which he shows only to her with no intent to publish He encourages her to write as well which she does after much persuasion Their writing becomes a secret language only they share or know about When Amal spends time with Manda and shows her some of his writing Charu is as enraged as though he were being sexually unfaithful oblivious to her own spiritual infidelity to Bhupati Charu’s and Amal’s relationship resembles the similarly non sexual yet intensely passionate pseudo sibling bond between Cathy and Heathcliff in ‘Wuthering Heights’ Neither relationship involves sexual activity Charu’s and Amal’s writing is their surrogate for intercourse After Amal’s literary ‘betrayal’ with Manda Charu demands that he pledge to write only for the two of them alone Their union is consummated by the creation of a private journal of two copies for only two readers with the title that Charu suggests Amala the feminine version of Amal’s name Amal’s duplicitous submission of Charu’s writing that she intended no one else but him to see is a further betrayal The irony is that one of Amal’s pieces is included in the same issue of a magazine as Charu’s and her piece is favorably reviewed in her simplicity she has written it in the common Bengali language rather than Amal’s literary use of Sanskrit at the expense of Amal’s pieceThrough this publication of his wife’s piece Bhupati learns of Charu’s literary efforts and is amused by the fact that her writing is critically regarded than Amal’s The breach permanently damages the bond between Charu and Amal Amal enthusiastically agrees to a marriage and a move to England Charu is left desolate and filled with despair and grief and her well meaning husband is oblivious to the true cause of her suffering until somewhat laterBhupati is not only unaware of his wife’s true feelings but also of the fact that his brother Umapati has been embezzling from him and contributing to the financial collapse of his newspaper Tagore deftly describes Bhupati’s misunderstanding‘When the outside of Bhupati’s house began to crack it did not even occur to him to examine cracks in any of the arches of the inner rooms’Correctly perceiving the intensity of Charu’s grief Bhupati misses the actual cause ‘He did not realize that one who tries to kill grief by choking it in the dark does not want a witness’This is a tale with no actual villains Bhupati is not as uncaring as the cads or husbands in other nineteenth century classics such as ‘Madame Bovary’ or ‘Anna Karenina’ or the novels of bad marriages by George Eliot or Henry James He is simply oblivious to the extent that it damages his marriage Charu and Amal are not willfully adulterous or duplicitous; they simply respond to and fulfill mutual emotional and intellectual needsMy initial reaction to ‘The Broken Nest’ was that it is so slight It is not the full course meal of ‘Anna Karenina’ ‘Middlemarch’ or ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ It is a very nutritious appetizer whose virtue lies in its brevity closer to the stories of Chekhov in its smaller scale As I said before it is distinctly Indian; its characters act and respond within the structure of their society Yet it possesses a universality that is just as potent as any of those other classics I mentioned It is my first encounter with Tagore’s fiction; on the basis of this story alone I can understand why he is regarded as a major world writer

  4. Shinde Shinde says:

    Tagore is a one man answer to all accusations that men simply do not understand women He does In depthNashtaneer Broken Nest takes you into the tight world of Charu who grows from child bride to woman Often ignored by her husband in favor of his business she drifts into a poetic game with her brother in law Trying to follow his literary style she stumbles upon her own To her consternation her individual style alienates her brother in law as he starts viewing her as a competitor while she yearns for his approval As he distances himself her husband begins to woo her in a clumsy attempt at poetry She rebuffs him absent mindedly leaving him wounded leaving her exposed and ending in a chain of events that have you feeling for every character It is a nuanced interplay a tug of emotions that constantly leaves you at the edge of 'if only'This is sheer mastery in words

  5. Harshit Gupta Harshit Gupta says:

    Not too great but looked very real

  6. Jessica Zu Jessica Zu says:

    I've read several Tagore's stories and poems in Chinese Reading him in English is a fresh experience In his stories you can find the same kind of profound philosophical pondering as in his poems only complex and intriguing Sharmistha Mohanty has demonstrated great mastery in translating deep philosophical thought supervened with poetic language And she has achieved what she sets out to do a translation that's truthful to the dynamism of encounter Bravo

  7. Jennifer Chowdhury Jennifer Chowdhury says:

    I've seen the movie version of the broken nest when I was younger and grew up hearing about Tagore's brilliant prose Unfortunately I cannot read bangla fluently but this translation was amazing I translated it into bangla as I read in English and I was able to capture the sentiments in both languages Excellent translation

  8. Bita Aranda Bita Aranda says:

    Poetically written a great work I rated 4 stars because I read the translation and I felt that in some aspects it lacked the emotion the Bengali writer was able to expose in his native language Nevertheless it was a lovely book

  9. Vanetta Rodrigues Vanetta Rodrigues says:

    Really love this book I was told to read this book as I had to compare the plot of this book and the plot of the movie by Satyajit Ray Charulata for my paper on film literature This will be the best book I've read so far in ages

  10. Shivank Shivank says:

    it is a wonderful experience reading it

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