Regarded as the inventor of modern Bengali short story, Rabindranath Tagore has made an immense and laudable contribution to the Indian as well as world literature. Though a master of all the genres like prose,poetry and short fictions much of Tagore's short stories attained popularity for their depiction of poignant human relationships in simple, unevenful situations. Set in the context of rural Bengali villages, and in the wider context of Indian culture, they ultimately establish tagore's ideals to bring a new world order based on transnational values and ideas.
This finest collection of short stories is fused with all the unique aspects of Tagore's witings-social realism,traditionalism,universality,supernatural elements, belief in God,ideologies,fantasies and so on. Stories like 'The Postmaster,' 'The Cabuliwallah,' and 'Vision' portray the struggles of women and girls in traditional Indian society, 'The Hungry Stones' contains supernatural and grotesque elements,while 'The kingdom of Cards' is a satirical fantasy. This collection, with its excellent blend of all literary qualities of Tagore's works will, no doubt, make an interesting reading for people of all ages.
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