Friday, February 17, 2012

Red Oleanders - Rabindranath Tagore

Red Oleanders ( Raktha Karabi) is a play written by the noble prize winner in literature,Rabindranath Tagore.... Nandini the main character in the play wears Red Oleanders as a symbol (we can assume it as a red badge of courage)

Nandini enters in to Yaksha town,a town of gold mines...She is in search of her beloved one,Ranjan ( A worker in Gold mines,Can be assumed as an image of liberty ) She is a very good motivator and with her intelligent talks she generates a desire for liberty in the hearts of the workers in the gold mines who work in the mines day and night...Nandini's death represents the liberty of the workers finally...

The concept of the play is hidden in one simple paragraph,

The King's Voice:
Once upon a time this frog got into a hole in a stone,and in that shelter it existed for three thousand years.I have learnt from it the secret of continuing to exist,but to live it does not know.But today I felt bored and smashed its shelter.I've thus saved it from existing for ever.""

The book describes the conflict between machine and the free human spirit....In this play there are so may traces of poetry too...A heavy reading again..Once again this book proves the extraordinary intellectual and creative power of the writer..He is capable to producing a garland out of a storm...A Tagore's mark..


Kajal said...

Tagore's yet another thought provoking work My dad has this book and this is one of te many books read from his library.

glad t have found you at Indiblogger. Your newest follower and a regular reader now.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Hi Kajal,

Welcome to my blog :-).I'm very glad to meet u too..Thanks a ton for adding me..Keep posting.

Have a nice day,

Dee.. said...

As always a great review..
New book for me..
Machine Vs Man /. interesting...

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Thanks a lot Dee..:-)I love Tagore's works a lot....Pls keep visiting,will try to post more in future..:-)

indu chhibber said...

You have a nice blog..that precis of gurudev's drama was so compact yet revealing .

Ramakant Pradhan said...

I had read the translations of some of Tagore's works. They relate a lot to the feelings of the common man, with their short comings and failures. But the spirit lives on, in an endeavour to better the situation. Often social issues are tackled in his stories. Hope to get my hands on to this book.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Indu chibber,
Thanks a lot for taking time and commenting..That is Tagore's way of writing,very simple yet motivating...:-)

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

@ Ramakanth Pradhan,

Thanks for your nice comment..:-) Yeah,all the characters in Tagore's works connect to the common man.That simplicity has drawn me towards his writings..:-)