The Hungry Stones and other stories, a collection of various short stories penned by Rabindranath Tagore is a depiction of his own life in snippets. His stories represent rustic Bengal, and presents to the readers a true representation of life. His works have immense power and beauty, as each time someone reads it, they will discover something new about it. It is impossible to not learn about life and how to deal with life, from Tagore’s works. The stories tells the readers about human emotions, its fragile nature, and how to deal with it.
Tagore’s immense sensitivity to the environment around him and his great understanding as well as consciousness has lead to him having the prowess on the literary field.
‘The Hungry Stones’ is a flawless gem, as are the others such as ‘The Cabuliwallah’ and ‘Living or Dead?’.
‘The Cabuliwallah’ reflects human love and affection and how it transcends time and space. Mini a small girl forms a peculiar friendship with Rahmat, a tough Afghani dry fruit seller. But due to the ruthlessness of life and time, this friendship slowly transients into a thing of the past, forgotten. The pathos of this realization forms the core appeal of this story. It’s bound to make the reader cry as the unsaid emotions in Rahmat’s eyes depicted by Tagore’s words strikes a deep bonding with the readers.
‘Living or Dead’ has an uncommon theme as it tells us the story of a widow, Kadambini who returns from the dead, declared alive. Since then, she is unable to adjust to the world of the living, often considering herself a ghost. It isn’t a story of the supernatural, but treats the deep psychological malaise of woman caught in an unusual and weird situation.
Like all other stories of Tagore, this book too shows how great of a man Tagore was in his times, how his thinking and cognitive abilities were way ahead of his time which makes his works very relevant in today’s challenging times as well. The choice of the stories is brilliant and it gave me immense joy to read this book.
My Rating -5/5
Publisher – Niyogi Books