Originally posted by shesherkobita
Originally posted by slmu
BTW, always meant to ask, what is the novel Shesherkobita about??
Shesherkobita or Last poem: Amit an Oxford educated guy comes back and meets Lavanya in Shillong ( it's a hilly area likeKullu)... They are completely opposite in their thought and ideology...they are in love but they eventually marry different people ... Because their love is like an ocean...never ending...The everyday love in a marriage is like water in a jug ...you have to fill it everyday ( work at it)...Tagore wrote this 100 yrs ago... And of course there are many interpretation for a classic like that.. But one line is used the most ( especially at failed attempts of courtship) even today: great love doesn't bring you together , it pushes you away ( sacrifice) too.
Expanding Sab's post:
The setting is
picturesque Shillong.Amit Ray is Oxford educated and a
high society gent
from Calcutta who has a way with words.Indeed he writes
passes it off in the name of one Nibaran Chakraborty.Labanya
from an ordinary background and is highly educated.She is a
strong-willed lady.This novel is about the love between Amit and
Labanya.They are in awe of each other but find their differences in
difficult to overcome.Its a very lyrical piece of writing
completed on June
25,1928 and published the next year.The novel explores
the realities of
love as romance and marriage as a meeting of two
mature minds. It
questions the importance of the institution of marriage
as the ultimate
consequence of a love affair.Love it claims happens for
the sake of love
and not to precipitate mundane matrimony.Love is a
beautiful thing that is
a gift that can enrich our life for whatever its
The story.Amit Ray is on holiday in
Shillong.Amit comes from a wealthy
Calcutta family.One day he meets
Labanya Dutt after a car accident.The
two fall in love.Their marriage is
fixed by Labanya's employer.However
Amit's former girlfriend from
Oxford Katy Mitter appears on the scene.So
does Labanya's former admirer
Sobhanlal.The two lovers break up.After
going back Amit sends Labanya a
poem.Labanya replies with another
poem.Hence the name 'Shesher Kobita'
which means last poem.
Its the best ever novel in any language to come out of Asia perhaps.The
language is very crisp,the presentation lyrical and the novel works your
heart as well as your head.It entertains u and makes you think.
There are many poems inside the book.
"Let your tender touch rest on this bowed head
At the foot of your throne
Wherever you reign in glory,
Let my adoration find a place.? "
"You and I shall part
and the cleavage shall be hidden
under living grass
and flowers that laugh in the sun. "
" For God's sake, hold your tongue
And let me love".
Amit Ray is the smartest hero in Bengali literature ( considering,
Bangladesh, west Bengal, Assam, Tripura and world}.
The language of the novel is like spearhead, spike but crispy. Amit is
master in playing with words. An example:
Amit : That new moon on the other bank of river Ganges and you and me on this side. This combination will never be repeated in time eternal.
Lili, his friend knew well of his playing with words, answered:
" It's so true that does not need mention.
That frog who just jumped into the water with a bang, will also never be
repeated in time eternal."
One French, three English and one Hindi translation available.
- Farewell , My Friend - Krishna Kripalini
- The Last Poem - Anindita Mukhopadhyay
- Farewell Song - Radha Chakraborty.
Amit and Labanya were not married but this novel is not a tragedy.
To amit, his wife is the nest and his love Labanya is the sky.
Readers asked Tagore, "why did not you have Amit and Labanya come together ?"
Tagore replied, " they wouldn't have been happy together. "
My daughter, who happens to be a literature student commented after reading "Shesherkobita" :
"At age 67, that oldman was sooo romantic, amazing."
I have the bengali ebook. Anybody interested, just pm me with email.