Thursday, July 16, 2020

Book- Tagore- A Life of Learning

This graphic novel, "Tagore- A life of Learning," is an Azim Premji University publication. Collaborated with Shristri School of Design for the illustrations, they got an interesting and captivating book. 

This book highlights the Tagore's journey in the field of education. Describing Shantiniketan, Tagore's philosophy of education is narrated.  Mostly, in Tagore's own words, the book is compiled and artistically illustrated. 

Surprised to see the alumni of Shantiniketan. Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen and a lot more. 

There are a few lines worth quoting. 
"My father never stood in the way of my independence. He believed that truth could be found only by believing and loving it from the heart. He allowed me to wander about the mountains at my will leaving me free to select my own path in the guest for truth. Neither did the danger of my making mistakes deter him, nor was he was farmed at the prospect of my encountering sorrow. He held up a standard, not a disciplinary rod."

"To express the fullness of life, in its beauty as perfection, if only the veil were withdrawn"

There are two poems mentioned in the book. Mind Without Fear is one poem I read in Class 8th's English Textbook while I was doing a school practice at Azim Premji School. 

To My Country

Where The Mind is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth, with

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfe

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. 

This dawn, rays of the sun 
Somehow landed on life within
Somehow songs of morning birds 
entered the darkness of the caves 
Do not know why after so many days,
Life within awakens.

Life within awakens, 
Oh Here swells up the water, 
Oh! Can't check the heart's desire, the heart's fervor

The earth trembles and shivers, 
Loosened stones descend in numbers, 
The frothy ocean swells 
Roars out in great ire.

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