My favorite song by Tagore moved by music weekly challenge,translation and post by Ranu

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for li...

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature. It is the first Nobel prize won by Asia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a song,I heard when I was still in Junior high school. The first time I heard it,I wanted to keep on listening to it. I sat and kept listening to it until I felt my sister’s friend might think I am crazy. After a long time I found the song on YouTube,this time I decided to translate into English. It is a song written by Rabindranath Tagore,our most popular Poet. The lyrics are in Bengali,the language of our dear country Bengal.

The title is, “Chiro Aami”        ” Forever Me”

When my footsteps are no longer imprinted on this place,

I will not row my boat to this wharf,

I will complete my buying and selling,I will take care of my dues,

My going and coming will stop to this market___

You need not remember me then,

Or look at the stars and call me.

When my musical instrument is covered with dust,

There will be thorny creepers growing around my house,

The garden will resemble an exile covered with thick grass,

Moss and lichen will surround the pond___

You need not remember me ,

Do not look at the stars and call me.

The flute will sound the same as now,

Days will go on exactly the same as today.

The wharves will be filled with boats  like now,

The cows will graze,and the shepherds will play.

You need not remember me ,

Or call me by looking above at the stars.

Who can say  I am not there that morning?

I will participate in all the games.

I will be called by a new name,I will have new friends,

I will come and go forever .

You need not remember me then,

Or look at the stars and call me.

This is the lyrics written by Tagore,he made everyone aware everything will go on as usual,except his house,garden and pond will show signs of his absence.

When I first heard this I was unaware this was a song he wrote to let his fans know, he will not be there but nothing else will change. In the last verse he gives a hint of reincarnation.

Submitted by Ranu,

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DP Daily Prompt: Grand Slam

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The World series starts tonight! In your own life what would be the equivalent of a walk–off home run?( For the baseball averse, that’s a last minute, back-against-the-wall play that guarantees a dramatic victory).

I scored that dramatic victory when at the last minute my name was drawn to win one of the posters that our guest author came to visit our school at the end of our five day workshop.

All the teachers that attended the workshop came from different parts of the United States, I was the only one representing  Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

Our guest author came on the last day of the workshop, he was an artist as well.He drew a number of posters as he was telling the story of the latest book he had written.

The posters were placed in a box, our names were placed in another box, the idea was to pick a name from the box and give one poster to each one whose name was called.

The chances of getting one was not good for me, there were a lot more teachers than posters. Mr. and Mrs. Halloran wanted me to win one since I was the only one from Canada. Every time a name was picked Mr. Halloran jumped to see whose name came up. he looked at me and said, “there’s a few more you still have a chance.”

I think my name was the last one picked, Mr. and Mrs. Halloran were more thrilled than I was, it was a great day for me!

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365 Writing Prompts: Blank is the new blank

Click over to your favorite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words( that aren’t “the” or “an”) Drop them into this phrase .

“Big is the new market.” There’s your post title.Now write!

I know the title of my post is strange, this is what I got when I filled in the blanks from one of my posts.

There was a lot of discussion about the newly constructed market in Churchill square. It was huge, you could buy anything you wanted in this place, children went in droves with their parents to see this magical place, there were posters everywhere announcing the opening of this,”Big New Market.”

Katie, a forlorn spinster, suddenly made up her mind to see this incredible market. No one was able to make her interested in anything, for her to come out and visit this place made plenty of heads turn. Susan her childhood friend also came out to  visit the market, she was curious to see it because if this market caught the attention of her lonely friend it must be terrific.

On her way she met Hazel who was also going to this place, she dressed up as a waitress and rushed to get there on time. Susan asked Hazel, “where are you going dressed up like a waitress?”

“I’m going to the market, I’ve got a job of a waitress in the new,”Smiley’s restaurant.”

Susan walked on to reach the market before her friend Katie leaves it. Luckily she found Katie talking to some stranger, who she introduced as her long lost cousin residing in Scotland.

Katie was pleased to see her friend Susan, who was amazed to see the side of Katie she had never seen before. Three of them decided to go to the restaurant where Hazel an acquaintance of Susan was working.

The menu provided surprised them there were all sorts of exotic dishes, they could choose from, Katie was not too adventurous she settled for steak, but Susan and Katie’s cousin ordered the  famous Indian “Butter chicken.”

They enjoyed their meal and happily left promising to meet soon!

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DP Daily Prompts: Finite Creatures

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At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?

Very early in life I knew I wasn’t immortal, I read all kinds of poems where man is called a mortal being. That was then and this is now.

Now with all the inventions, technology, writings of various people the thought is ingrained in my  mind, I cannot do any of these things so I fall in the category of mortal humans.

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365 Writing prompts: Release me

Tell us about the blog post you were most nervous to publish– and what it was like to to set it free.

It was the first time I had attempted to translate a poem of Tagore. I was advised by one of my classmates in the online course to translate Tagore’s poetry.

He said it because I am a Bengali and that it should be easy for me to do the work.

Over the years I have read Tagore’s poetry and picked one’s I loved because of their rhythm and the beautiful words the poet used to describe nature. I memorized them and frequently repeated them, it gave me a kind of delight I could never explain.

When I was confronted with the task of translating Tagore’s poetry into English it gave me  the jitters, I never thought in my wildest dream I was adept to try it. Rather than tell my friend I was incapable, because the hidden pride in me wouldn’t let me admit the fact.

I took out Tagore’s collection of poems, I picked one that I had recited as a child, I started translating it, it took me a long time to complete it, then the editing, reading and rereading began. I came to a point where I was tired of it.

When I was convinced I have done my best, I nervously clicked the publish button.

Then I waited to see the comment from my friend. He was very generous in his comment and I was ecstatic, I had crossed the first hurdle!

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DP Daily Prompt: Fourth Wall

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You get to spend a day inside your favorite movie . Tell us which one it is— and what happens to you while you’re there?

My favorite movie is : My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn.

It was all about pronunciation of the English language, because I was in London to do a course in , “Teaching English as a foreign language, I thought the movie, “My Fair Lady” would be perfect to watch as it dealt with the pronunciation of the English language.

With this thought I went to watch the movie, I was amazed to know it was what I wanted, how the prof tried to teach the flower girl speak English properly.

I was thoroughly enjoying it, the prof was doing a brilliant job, I thought how wonderful it’d be if I was in it , I could watch them first hand, imagination is a wonderful thing ,I did just that put myself in the part of the movie where  learning of proper way of pronouncing the words was going on.

I was there trying to pronounce the words in my mind, I couldn’t understand why Eliza was having such a difficult time pronouncing : Rain, Spain, Plane? I realized after a while when one is used to speaking a language a certain way it is not easy to change one’s pronunciation.

Here is the clip where Eliza finally pronounced the words properly, while the professor his friend and Eliza were celebrating the accomplishment, I was watching their reaction and wondered why it took so long.

Sorry this is where Eliza finally speaks properly.

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365 Writing Prompts: Home sweet home

When you’re away from home, what person,thing, or place do you miss the most?

I was away from home recently, the most I missed was Raphael and Gabriel, our feline pets. Although we left them with my daughter’s friend, we missed them a lot we could not wait to come home and bring them back the same evening.

Raphael was not happy, he showed his anger by staying away, he did the silent treatment. Gabriel was happy to be back in his familiar surrounding.

Today is the third day we’re back both the felines are back in their usual self i.e., chewing paper, sitting on the keyboard of my daughter’s computer,putting their paw on the computer screen.

Just now they’re barred in my room, so Selina can do her work.

Next I missed my bedroom, my clothes, I did not take my warm clothes which was a mistake. I was so cold and wished I had my warm clothes.

I also missed my home, I don’t have so many stairs to get into my house. The apartment had more than thirty spiral stair case, I had to be careful going up and down.

When we arrived home I breathed a sigh of relief, no matter where I go, ‘I miss my home,sweet home.’

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365 Writing Prompts:Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

You get some incredibly, amazingly,wonderfully fantastic news. What’s the first thing you do?

The first thing I’ll do is find out what the news is. Why is it so wonderful, if it happens to be something that makes me happy, I’d gather all my family and friends and celebrate it together.

 

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DP Daily Prompts:Circuitous Paths

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A stranger knocks on your door, asking for directions from your home to the closest gas station(or cafe, or library, your pick!). Instead of the fastest and shortest route, give him/her the one involving the most fun detours.

I thought instead of showing the stranger the nearest gas station, which would be terribly boring I’d like him to watch this video of St.John’s, which is far more interesting than  the way to a gas station.

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Fiction: Falling

Lillie McFerrin Writes

Jack was a wealthy man, his wife and he made a lot of money in the stock market, they lived a life of luxury they had everything they wanted, they had two beautiful children, Patricia was ten and Nelson was five.

Patricia wanted to be a physician when she grew up, Nelson was too young to decide what he’d like to be, they were a happy family,money was not a problem and they spent it without thinking of the future.

Then came the big crash of the stock market, Jack’s shares in the stock market started falling, he told his wife, “don’t worry it’s only momentary, things will be fine.”

Jack was glued to the TV watching the prices of his shares going down swiftly, he still hoped it’ll come up when the correction is made, things were not looking good, all of Jack’s shares were taking a big hit,he started to panic, who wouldn’t it meant his life of luxury was coming to an end.

His palatial home, expensive cars, and all the assets he thought was his was taken over by the bank, he was unable to pay the mortgage, he ended up losing everything, he and his family had to leave their house and everything in it!

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365 Writing Prompts: Community Service

Your entire community– however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues, is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.

I live in the capital of my province. we have one university here. some of the inhabitants buy houses to rent it to the students, who are from other communities and some are from other provinces and countries  as well.

Memorial university has a wide variety of subjects to choose from and the tuition fees is the lowest, so it attracts many students from various provinces of Canada and other countries.

My house is located close to the university.

I know some of the neighbors, we visit each other regularly. It is a relatively quiet neighborhood except when the students renting the houses have a cause to celebrate. The landlords try their best to inform the students, that it is a residential place and they’re not allowed to be rowdy.

The students try their best but go off the handle and forget the rules, which either results in their leaving the house or if they promise not to be disruptive they’re allowed to stay!

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