Special Feature

Freedom for Independence Day

Reading Time: 4 minutesA lot more barriers need to be broken and freedom needs to be realised in an imperfect ‘social structure’ that exists in India and abroad. You still need to fight racism, sexism, casteism, class-ism and boundaries you have created for yourselves in your head because of how you were conditioned to think or made to […]

Our Charter for Independence Day: There Must be an Ease of Living Index

Reading Time: 5 minutesLet us have a speech talking of “Ease of Living in India” from the PM. Consider what a picture we were having of the experience of living in India. Women are unsafe anywhere in the country, where we are all beseeching by the chant of “Bharat Mata ki Jai”. Mob lynching is the order of […]

Cosmic Drama: Views of Tagore on Death

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn the 77th death anniversary of the Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, Ruchira talks about the Bard’s views on death. A tribute to the poet, from all of us at Different Truths. An exclusive Special Feature. On 8th August 1941 (22nd Shravana, 1348) the radiant sun of India’s (read Bengali) literary domain was eclipsed forever by dense and […]

One Less Ma

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe trials and tribulations of staying far away from homeland are many. Our Managing Editor, Anumita, shares the grief of losing one of her Mas (mothers). Here’s her soulful tribute to all her Mas and her departed Mejoma, as Mother’s Day Special, exclusively for Different Truths. Last week, my call lasted for 10 minutes and […]

The Making of my Mother

Reading Time: 4 minutesNanditaa recalls her time with her mother. She perhaps realised the meaning of motherhood when she became one. An inward-looking, reflective piece, as Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. It is nine months now since my beloved mother left for her heavenly abode – the same time that she had carried me in her womb. […]

Organic Sensibility of Tagore

Reading Time: 7 minutesBina tells us about the love of Nature in Tagore and compares it with Wordsworth. Nature was organic to both these poets. Here’s an interesting insight, as part of the Special Feature, exclusively for Different Truths. It seems the poetic growth for Wordsworth and Tagore started looking at an ordinary commonplace scene in Nature with […]

Revisiting the Idea of School Education of Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesTagore wanted to defend freedom he enjoyed in his family, for all humanity. He remained firmly opposed to colonial education that aimed at material prosperity. He believed that only education could promote freedom of humans and made real effort to carry out his educational mission almost unaided and alone. He was fully conscious of child […]

Mahaguru and Mahatma: A Reflection on the Relationship between Tagore and Gandhi

Reading Time: 5 minutesThere were many striking contrasts between these two personalities. Yet they found some common chord and there began a friendship which lasted till Tagore’s death in 1941. As early as 1915, we find Tagore referring to Gandhi as ‘Mahatma’ and Gandhi readily adopted the form of addressing Tagore as ‘Gurudev’. Theirs was not a friendship […]

In the Inner Recesses of his Heart: Painting of Rabindranath Tagore in the History of Art

Reading Time: 20 minutesRabindranath Tagore’s art combines both Indian and European aspects. The range of colours used in his work are reminiscent of the expressionist era, and Tagore’s style is close to that of Kandinsky, Picasso, and Matisse. It is also influenced by Japanese and Chinese art. It also documents what prominent art historians and critics said about […]

The Abode of Peace: A Nest Formed in the Universe

Reading Time: 7 minutesBadly in need of funds for his ashram, Tagore sought donations from abroad notably England and was dismayed to encounter the cool British snub. This was a fallout of his strong denouncements against the British imperialistic attitudes as well as his relinquishment of the knighthood. Yet the poet in him keenly empathised with the pain […]