Day 22 March SOLSC! #SOL23  


We grew up reading about Rabindranath Tagore. I have read many of his stories which have been translated into English. His Gitanjali which won the Nobel Prize in 1911 was translated to English by himself. I have read it many times and each time it is a different experience.

We were in Shantiniketan from 1st January to 5th. His presence is still felt there. He lived from 1861 to 1941. Aravind’s friend had told us about Jorasanko Thakur Bari, Tagore’s birthplace and home in Kolkata. We were eager to visit the place.

On our way from the Jain temple in the city on the morning of the 10th, we saw some scenes by the sides of the main roads which gave us a small picture of life in big cities. A young woman was sitting near a small shrine under a tree. She must have been feeling at peace there. Some clothes drying in the sun on lines tied to rods on a footpath. When there is no place inside the house people have to adjust. Just outside Jorasanko we saw three ladies and two children enjoying the sun.

Rabindranath Tagore’s home is an immense and beautiful red structure with an old-world charm. It was built in 1785. Photography was not allowed inside. As we climbed the steps to the first floor, Babu told us many details about the place. Here too we felt the presence of Tagore. In each room we learnt something about him and his family. He was born in this house and took his last breath here.

Then we went to the central courtyard. The green coloured windows add more beauty to the house. Babu said he could take a picture of us as a token of our visit. He was well known there. He must have accompanied hundreds of visitors. As we walked out it was like leaving behind the old world and entering the present one.

Rabindranath Tagore’s House | Kolkata City Tours

Rabindranath Tagore Biography – Childhood, Facts, Works, Life History & Achievements (culturalindia.net)

(to be continued…)

Jorasanko Thakur Bari ( House of the Thakurs)

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. There is a sense of awe and wonder when we enter the home of someone we’ve read or know about. It is always interesting to see where and how they lived and what might have inspired them.

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  2. It must have been fascinating to visit the home of such a famous Indian author. Years ago, we visited the country cottage of Thomas Hardy, fortunately on a very sunny day, as his garden is very pretty.

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  3. Thank you, Lakshmi, I always learn something new from you. I’m not familiar with Tagore, but I just went to my online library system and checked out Songs of Kabir. I’ll see what I think of that book. Do you have any opinions about this

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