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Tagore said about the novel, I have always regretted the ending’. Chokher Bali explores the forbidden emotions unleashed when a beautiful young widow. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian poet, writer, and Look inside this book. Rabindranath Tagore Chokher Bali by [Ray. First published as a serial, a novel on love, family and sexuality in Bengal society. Chokher Bali is the most realistic book I have ever read. So many things.

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Rabindranath Tagore Chokher Bali by Sukhendu Ray

The translation is very simple, and the story moves fast and remains interesting throughout. Something of usual and homely nature. We partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. Tagore prepared himself for writing the novel bapi writing a spree of short stories and it was his first serious effort at a novel.

Story of Chokher Bali First published in A. Affection, honour, selflessness, boo, spite, selfishness… all are here, and more. There are times when the book tests the modern reader’s willingness to suspend disbelief, but they are neither frequent nor are they inconceivable in the period the book is set.

A secure life of love and care, which could have been Binodini’s, if Mohan would not have refused to marry her earlier.

The contradictions of thought in people, the bittersweet symphony of life, the way emotion seems to rise up in importance at times and their memory dwindles to nothing, how convictions are boook, how people fall in and out of love – everything is so beautifully written here. Binodini is an amazing character and Z Bangla should be sued for what they have done to her.


She was once earlier set to marry Mahendra and later Bihari but was discarded by both. The lyrical beauty which is so integral a part of Tagore’s prose was missing. I wish I could read the original. Fondly called as ‘Gurudev’, Tagore was an educationist of highest mark. The film was later dubbed into Hindi and was released internationally in that language. But things get complicated when, on a picnic, Mahendra shifts his attentions to Bali, who is taken up with Behari and his talk of the nationalist movement of which he was a part.

A Widow is a kind of unhinged, Mahendra’s mother could just take her along to her house just for work and staying with her for a long time. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Chokher Bali is an emotional roller coaster that everyone should take a ride in.

Rabindranath Tagore’s Norm-Defying Novel, Chokher Bali

Return to Book Page. His unchaste exhibition isn’t so antagonising as I want to give this book 4 stars for the story I didn’t like the ending thoughbut since it is a translation of the original work, I balu forced to rate it 3. This novel without a doubt was indeed way ahead of its time. If only the translation had been better. There is a lot this story offers. It feels pretty sad reading the condition of women in those times but also one can get a picture that women were and are the sole backbone of any household.


The two characters share a loving bond at the beginning of their married life. In this story, two friends Binodini and Ashalata call each other ‘Chokher Bali.

Chokher Bali has been adapted a number of times in film, television and theatre.

Rabindranath Tagore Chokher Bali

Anurag Ghosh rated it really liked it Dec 19, Hindi Movies based on published literature. In those times, hell even now, that’s what happens hide spoiler ] She just wants to feel wanted, a feeling she has not known because of the early death of her husband.

The writer skillfully depicts the story of sorrows and unhappiness, desires and hurt ego resulting into emotional conflict, jealousy, deceit and distrust; creating a havoc in the life of all major characters. He does what pleases him without consequences but losses his mojo when the hot girl moves next door 90’s Bollywood much?

Unspoken disgust of Bihari towards Mahendra and Binodini. But I opted to read the English translation instead took the high road.