"The Home and the world" is tale of freedom and love against the backdrop of Indian freedom movement..The central character Bimala is a woman of high spirits but her common nature of an Indian housewife is against fulfilling her dreams.She is totally unaware of outer world and her husband Nikhil is a man from a noble society..Her existence is only confined to the household world and her husband bestowed her all the luxuries and comforts in life..The very moment Sandip (Nikhils' friend) arrives to stay with them,her sleeping passion and individuality takes shape..But Sandip is a man of selfish attitude which he tactfully hides in his fire of Idealism..Impressed by Sandip's idealism,Bimala starts spending time with him, not caring for her limitations..Soon the sacredness of "Bande matharam" disappeares in the budding passion and lust of their relationship..
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The tone of his voice became as intimate as a touch,every look flung itself on its knees in beggary.And through it all there burned a passion which in its violence made as though it would tear me up by the roots,and drag me along by the hair..
Like Sakunthala absorbed in the memories of her lover.The guest comes unheeded,and the curse descends,depriving them of the very object of their desire..
Nikhil is an ideal husband indeed..Neverthless being aware of the outcome of Bimal's acts he allows her to experience the outer world through Sandip..But very soon Bimala figures out Sandip's jeal of earning money and power in the guise of idealism through the innocent Amulya Babu,who is a blind follower of Sandip..Bimala realizes her mistake and tries to save Amulya from the dangerous hands of Sandip....
The lines,depicting Sandip's personality..
I believe Sandip is not irreligious,his religion is of the obverse side of truth,like the dark moon,which is still a moon,for all that its light has gone over to the wrong side..
There are more things in life than the union and separation of man
Winning your kind of success,Nikhil once objected,is success gained at the cost of soul:But the soul is greater than success..
Tagore focussed on the darker corners of freedom movement in this novel..It depicts the outburst of Swadeshi movement on poor and ordinary people like Panchu and Amulya..The novel widely discusses the struggles of innocent people in the Swadeshi movement..There are very nice illustrations about the Bengali household and their customs and traditions through the characters of the women,"Bara Rani" and Bimala..Bimala's struggle in between her dreams(Sandip) and reality(husband) is the wonderful part of the story.. The Nikhil's strategy is wonderful in the book.His concept is "Nation is not its soil..but its people"..Though he seems to be a man of no importance in Bimala's view,he acts like a wonderful human being..Finally Bimala is able to see the clear picture of the outer world and Nikhil's patience wins her heart. No need to praise more about this novel as it is branded as a 'Tagore's work'.