The untold story of Tagore’s muse

Though I have written several articles, novel reviews and blog posts, I couldn’t muster up my courage to bring a poetic flavor in my writings which Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore possessed in his great writing works. What was that great influence in Rabindranath Tagore’s writings that inspired him to come out with great stories like Choker Bali, Kabuli Wala, Nastanirh (The broken nest) and Geetanjali the great masterpiece which made him a great icon in world of literature?
It is said that Kadambari Devi, his sister-in-law was his greatest inspiration behind his stories and poetries. Tagore’s emotional relationship with his sister-in-law Kadambari Devi was shrouded in mystery, a tragic emotional bonding that was never accepted by society. Kadambari Devi was wife of Jyotindranath Tagore, the elder brother of Rabindranath. She was married to Jyotindranath at age of 9 on 5th July 1868.

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At those times, child marriage was prevalent in Hindu tradition. Tagore’s family in those times was an upper class, aristocratic family of educated people. Rabindranath Tagore’s mother had already passed away during his childhood and thus his eyes always looked for an affectionate companionship which he found in Kadambari. The little Kadambari became a playmate, friend and a trusted companion in whom little ‘Rabi’ (Rabindranath’s nick name was Rabi) poured out his feelings. This companionship of Rabindranath and Kadambari blossomed into a strong friendship as they grew into youngsters.

History says that Tagore’s writings were heavily influenced by Kadambari Devi, especially the protagonist – Charulata from the short story ‘The broken nest’ was modeled on Kadambari Devi. The story ‘The broken nest’ had Charulata falling in love with her husband’s brother. Like Charulata, even Kadambari was a lonely woman in family of Tagore who was overshadowed by the aristocratic women in her family. Kadambari’s husband was passionate about theatre, paintings, music and actively participated in social causes. His business ventures, hobbies and social activities left him any time for his wife Kadambari. So this lonely lady confided her ideas and feelings to the young Rabindranath who was heading to become a great author of Bengali literature and a prominent personality in coming times.

Tagore’s bonding to his sister-in-law was not hidden from his family. This bonding of Tagore with his sister-in-law was not acceptable to the family members. Unexpectedly, situations took a worse turn for Kadambari and Tagore was married to Bhabatarini Devi on 9th Dec 1883. Kadambari was always against the marriage of Rabindranath and never supported the idea of him getting separated from her. Fate was against Kadambari as she had lost her great companion, playmate and friend to someone.

“Separation is painful than death” – Quote

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On 19th April 1884, after 4 months of Rabindranath’s marriage, Kadambari Devi committed suicide. According to historical sources, Kadambari Devi had lost all hope in her life as she had lost her great support, her companion – Rabindranath.
There are some relationships in world which doesn’t need any identity. All you need is an affectionate heart to feel that emotion. Love stories are never complete and memorable if they don’t have a sad ending. Rabindranath had lost his muse, his inspiration forever. Post the demise of Kadambari Devi, Rabindranath went into depression and it took him several years to come out of this tragic separation.

Kadambari Devi went on to live forever in Tagore’s ideas, his memories and his stories – Choker Bali and Nastanirh (The Broke Nest). In world of writing, you cannot bring the depth and reality to your stories if you don’t have pain in your heart. In every artist’s heart, there is a muse who inspires him to paint, write poems and create inspiring stories. I had seen an episode of Broken Nest on Television and the curiosity to explore Tagore’s writings led me to know about the untold story of Kadambari Devi the enigmatic muse of Rabindranath.

In movies – Kadambari Devi’s life was made into a major motion picture in Bengali titled ‘Kadambari’ which featured actress Konkana Sen Sharma playing the title role.

It was great privilege writing on Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and the painful story behind his writings. If you have all loved someone in your life, then you will definitely connect with this story.

These are some sources from web which helped me to write this story

https://anilcm.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/tagore-and-kadambari-devi/

http://sesquicentinnial.blogspot.in/2010/08/kadambari-devi.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadambari_Devi

Regards
Prashant Badiger

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The Notebook – A timeless love story

Novel – The Notebook
Author – Nicholas Sparks
Publication Date – 1996

“Sometimes the greatest journey in the world is the distance between two people” – quote

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How truly said !! This beautiful quote was written by author W.Somerhset Maughm, defining love in such a unique way. Love is a strange emotion which sneaks through the door of your heart even before you are aware of it. Love happens, it just happens!! It is like a wind. We can feel it, but we can’t see it. “The Notebook” is an inspiring love story of the love birds – Noah and Allie which is set during the backdrop of world war. The love story of Noah and Allie is narrated by an old man to a woman who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (a disease where person starts losing his memory). Destiny connects Noah and Allie during a carnival and within no time they realize that they are made for each other. But Allie’s parents don’t approve the adorable relationship of Noah and Allie due to differences in class as Allie is brought up with all amenities she desired for while Noah is poor enough to fulfill the dreams of Allie.

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This beautiful relationship is tragically cut short by destiny and Noah & Allie are separated from each other. Really, separation is painful than death and Noah’s lonely life becomes a punishment for him. He regularly writes letters for one year to Allie with a hope to unite with her. But Allie’s mother hides the letters and the heartwarming letters never reach Allie. Several years later, now the to-be bride Allie meets Noah and the passion of their emotions ignite again. They quarrel; they fight after a long separation only to realize that no power in the world can separate their tender relationship. But one question will always come to reader’s mind about the connection of Noah and Allie with the old man and woman. How are they related to each other? Will Noah and Allie come together? Will the old woman recall her past? What is the relationship of the old man with the Alzheimer patient? To know all these answers, you have to read ‘The notebook’ written by Nicholas Sparks.

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This novel is one of my favorite books and highly recommended novel for those people who believe in the power of love. Through this novel ‘The Notebook’, Nicholas Sparks became the best-selling author who went on to write many other best-selling novels – Dear John, A Walk to Remember, Message in A Bottle and Best of me.