I feel like an intelligent ape after reading Rabindranath Tagore’s written stories. All his stories somehow links me to the modern society. World has changed but the people of this world remained the same. They have not amended their thoughts. I was out of thoughts for two days. Could not find any words or things to write. So I planned to read few things. I started with Tagore’s stories which makes the rust in my brain disintegrate. ‘একটি ক্ষুদ্র পুরাতন গল্প’ is a very intellectual story and, therefore, I could not understand what the writer was trying to preach. He gave few comparisons between two birds but what little I understood was that he was trying to explain a contradiction between two living styles of human beings. One type lives in a harsh world and another one lives in a soft world. But at the end they are all same; they fight for their existence.
The story ‘খাতা’ seemed more attention-grabbing to me. It was all about a little girl who loved to write. But her dream of learning got shattered when her father made her to marry a guy, who much older than her, at an age of nine. Her husband snatched her writing copy from her when he discovered that she writes in the absence of him. She was never allowed to write again.Though the practice of child marriage is an old thing but it still occurs in our society. Mostly the poor families are the victims of it. Girls get bestowed to their husbands as they become a burden to their own family. They are sworn that they will be given the opportunity to study at their in-laws house. But very soon they realize that they were married not for love but as an unpaid maid who will do the house works. And most of the times conceiving a baby at a very young age worsens the condition.
Girls are often not given the liberty to live a life of their dreams. They are not allowed to chase their goals. A handful families recognizes the importance of education. All women cannot be like Gauri from the novel “The Lowland’ who leaves everything behind to live her life. Women of our society don’t leave like Gauri because they are afraid of losing everything they have got but in reality they don’t realize that they haven’t earned anything in their life except disrepute. This does not mean that women should leave their children and go for her own life. It is possible to maintain a family and to do what they like. Only the men of our society has to change.
John Keats was trying to express his feelings to a bird in the ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. It is a very tough one for me to understand but what I can infer is that the writer is tired of this world. He wants to get lost in the darkness where he will be on his own. He wants fly like the bird with it in to the dark jungles. And want to sit on a tree with it in isolation. He is tired of being happy in others happiness. It makes his life more miserable. The people of this world has no importance to him. But the nature is something he feels unavoidable. He finds the life of the Nightingale more inquisitive than his own life.