Feb 14, In Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of connection, love, escape, trust, friendship, sadness and charity. Taken from his. Short Story Summary “Kabuliwala” by Tagore is a tale of heart-rending friendship between a 5-year-old Bengali girl Minnie and an Afghan moneylender, Abdur. Feb 16, One morning Mini saw a Kabuliwala through her window and called out to him. He was a tall, untidily dressed man with a turban on his head.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Set in the early twentieth century Kolkata, Kabuliwala delicately explores the bonds of friendship, affection and parting in the relationship between a middle-aged Pathan trader and a five year old Bengali girl.
It is a love that transcends the borders of race, rel Set in the early twentieth century Kolkata, Kabuliwala delicately explores the bonds of friendship, affection and parting in the relationship between a middle-aged Pathan trader and a five year old Bengali girl. It is a love that transcends the borders of race, religion and language. Published first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Lists with This Book. A poster of the film “Kabuliwala” MY elder brother had shown me the film “Kabuliwala” in the early ’60s at the Minerva Cinema in Calcutta when we were both schoolboys. Much later I came to know that it starred Balraj Sanhi, one of the best actors of Indian cinema, as Kabuliwala. Around the same time I also came to know that the short story was written A poster of the film “Kabuliwala” Around the same time I also came to know that the short story was written by none other than Rabindranath Tagore who was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in He is considered to be one of the most important literary figures of the 20th century.
A book-cover design for “Kabuliwala”. Finally, after all these decades, I was able to read the widely-acclaimed short story which has been beautifully translated by Mohammad A. The story deals with the friendship between a five-year-old girl called Mini, who belongs to an aristocratic family of Calcutta, and an Afghan peddler of dry fruits from Kabul. His actual name is Rahmat but the girl calls him “Kabuliwala”. However, at first she is scared of him because she has heard rumours that he carries kidnapped children in his sack which he carries hanged over his shoulder.
The girl’s father who is a writer of novels is the narrator of the story. He tells us that Mini is extremely talkative and is quite friendly with all the male servants some of whom tell her tall stories. It is he who first introduces his daughter to Kabuliwala.
At first she is scared of meeting him.
However, soon she overcomes her fears as Kabuliwala comes to see her everyday. They joke about beating in-laws.
Short Story Analysis: Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore – The Sitting Bee
Mini finds this to be very funny and just can’t stop laughing. A book cover for a new edition of “Kabuliwala”. The kanuliwala friends had a few stock phrases and jokes which were repeated in their conversations. Not that the joke was very witty, but it caused the two friends to double up in laughter, and the sight of that innocent joy between a little girl and a grown man on twgore mornings used to move me deeply.
One day Kabuliwala rabindfanath sent behind bars for eight years tagor injuring a man with a dagger. The day he is released from jail, Mini is about to get married. She has changed through all these years as she is only friendly with girls now who are about her own age.
Rahmat tells Tagoee father that he wants to see her. When Mini is called, Kabuliwala is surprised to see how much she has grown. He is immediately reminded of his own daughter back in Kabul who is around the same age as Mini. He is deeply saddened as soon as he remembers her and how much he has missed her all these years.
While music is being played for Mini’s kabuoiwala, Kabuliwala slouches on the floor remembering the land of his birth and his daughter. Today I watched the film again after five-and-a-half decades and I loved it immensely. I cried in the middle of the film and then bitterly towards the end of the film because of its melancholic denouement and Balraj Sahni’s superlative acting. I am glad I watched it as if I had not then I would truly be missing something!
I am providing rabindtanath the link so that you can watch it too. A black-ink sketch of Rabindranath Tagore. View all 11 comments. The story is of a Pashtun merchant from Kabul, who comes to Calcutta, India each year for selling dry-fruits and while living in India he becomes friends with a five-year-old girl Mini as she reminds him of his daughter who lives in Kabul. There is also a black and white movie on Kabuliwala.
Here is the link. Beautifully heartwarming and absolutely enchanting! This is a great short story. Rabindranaty love anything that tells a story of a father and daughter.
I felt sad for the Kabuliwala, for people think bad of him.
Even if he has done something wrong, I think he is one great father to his child. I love how he and Mini has become friends which I think solely reminds him of his own daughter. The stories and laughter they shared was heart warming. Years may have passed some not good things happen to him but still he didn’t forget about the little one. The end kin This is a great short story. The end kind of made me sad, I would love for him to return and find his daughter and made new memories with her. The story was short and sad, you will feel how deep a father’s love for his daughter and on how he wishes to see his daughter but was stuck to some other father’s child and make memories with her in replacement of his own daughter.
I also wish the story was long enough for me to know the story of him and his return to his own daughter. View all 3 comments. This was so beautifully worded. I was a little surprised when I saw the story was so short.
Kabuliwala (short story)
I didn’t realize it was a short story until I downloaded it. It really touched my heart and made me feel very happy. I actually postponed watching the movie when my Mother asked me to because it goes against one of taagore rules as a reader.
A plethora of mixed emotions run through your heart and mind, inexplicable ones. It makes you restless, your heart skips at times like a watchful timid deer, at times an invisible needle pricks it causing a sweet pain, a pain you want to elude from but somehow enjoy it, when day dreaming is not an option but inadvertently becomes a need, a time when what you think and what you say are poles apart.
I have a dried leaf in my hands and I turn it, look at it and rabindrqnath at the sky; I have it in my hands for hours as I sit there lost in my thoughts beside the river and eventually throw it away. Set in the rustic Kolkata villages, every story oozes with the innocence of that era, long gone, and the characters are only haunted by the silhouettes of their emotions.
Though I generally avoid translated books, I really liked the short stories. I am sure, in Bengali, the stories would be a greater delight to read. The stories are just more insightful than anything else. All stories tell you something, take you to the depth and bring out the required moral that need to be told in a friendly and firm way.
The short stories collection, however, makes you think more and more as they’re so short and sweet that you expect more and more. These stories are the reason why the author was awarded Nobel Prize. No doubt, his wri the stories collection by the greatest literary person is so far one of the best reads for me. No doubt, his writing skills and an ability to connect with readers is just awesome.
For more exciting reviews follow BookRature Feb 23, Abdul rated it it was amazing Shelves: What can I say about Rabindaranath Tagore? Tagore for not having the best words for his story. The story was brief,simple and fascinating. The innocence of story is remarkable. After reading I can say that every person rabindfanath like Rabinfranath finding a part of himself dream,love etc in others.
Hence we all are connected. A heart-wrenching story about a rabindranathh girl whose talkativeness annoys her mother and sometimes her father, but wholly accepted by a poor fruit seller aka the Cabuliwallah. Time passes and girl then grows up into a woman and the Cabuliwallah is forgotten until the kabuliwa,a of her wedding day. It is at this moment that the Cabuliwallah realizes that he A heart-wrenching story about a little girl whose talkativeness annoys her mother and sometimes her father, but wholly accepted by a poor fruit seller aka the Cabuliwallah.
It is at this moment that the Cabuliwallah realizes that he has missed a lot, and that the father understands that the Cabuliwallah is more than just a fruit seller—that the Cabuliwallah is also a father, and that he must now reacquaint himself with his daughter byy highly likely, no longer recognizes him and kabiliwala versa.
Sep 03, Pravin Gandhi added it. One of my earliest reads and a famous Tagore story. I tell you story-telling is an ancient Indian art dating back to Panchatantra of BC. ANd in the modern era, it is the Bengali authors who have carried forward that tradition. A deeply moving story.
There can be no substitute for the joy one derives from childhood memories