Our West Bengal Trip– (6)


I was happy to get up at 7.15 in the morning after a good night’s rest. When there was enough light outside, I went out to take some photos. After breakfast we got ready. Gupin came at 10 and we left for Rabindranath Tagore’s Ashram.  It is also called Uttarayan Complex. There are many buildings inside it. One that is open to the public is Rabindra Bhavan Museum. It was the residence of Rabindranath Tagore when he lived in Shantiniketan. The building still has an old -world charm. At the gate, we bought tickets and were asked to keep our bags in an allotted place. I was allowed to take my handbag.

 Many details about the Tagore family and especially about Rabindranath are dramatized in the museum through original letters, newspaper clippings and artifacts. We learnt a lot in each room. There was one room for his Gitanjali which had won the Nobel prize in 1913. We have the English translation of Gitanjali, and it is one of my favourite books. We were there till 12.30.

There are other houses belonging to Tagore in the complex, but they were closed for visitors. We were allowed to see one room through an open door. The huge garden was beautiful with lovely, colourful flowers. There were hundreds of people. The Bengalis literally worship him.

After coming out we saw some vendors selling handicraft. Aravind bought some things for his nephew and niece. He also bought an earthen mug for himself. We saw a vendor selling yoghurt and rabri. But we did not risk eating them 😊.

The old banyan tree

 There are many other places connected to the Tagore family like a beautiful prayer hall, meditation spot of Tagore’s father, Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, Sangeet Bhavan, Kala Bhavan. All these we have to see from outside. There is very old and huge banyan tree. It is said Rabindranath Tagore sat under it and taught his students.

We returned to Desher Bari for lunch. Farida and Pooja had prepared Cauliflower and potato sabji, rice, dal and aloo chokha. We were eating rasgullas in jaggery syrup every afternoon 😊. They are very tasty. Usually, rasgullas are soaked in sugar syrup. But in winter jaggery from the sap of the date tree is prepared and it is used in varieties of sweets.

Painting on the walls of Desher Bari

Rabindranath Tagore – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabindranath_Tagore



By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.


  1. Your son doesn’t look happy in the photo, or maybe he was looking off when the camera snapped. 😂 It looks very cold there, except y’all’s shoes! Do you wear sandals even in the winter? I’m happy you got to go to this important sounding museum. We all need more culture in our lives.


  2. I, too, would have loved to see the museum. I enjoyed learning about Rabindranath Tagore, and have bookmarked the link in your post.

    The old banyan tree was interesting, too. If trees could talk, what stories they would tell!

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