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: Let It Be

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A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song…. write a post about something that  should’ve  been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?

The first year I started teaching I was bothered by the fact that, majority of   nine year old kids, could not spell even the very simple words. I wasn’t sure why that was the case.

I found every few minutes kids would raise their hand and ask, ‘Miss how do you spell’?

I found it quite annoying, that these children were unable to spell, I thought they just did not care.

In Language Arts, they had a speller, where there were exercises in spelling, phonetics, grammar, certain words that sound the same but mean different e.g, to, too, two, or there, their, they’re. To me if a child has this book as a guide, he/she can never have trouble spelling.

The book was introduced from grade one, you might think how can anyone have problem with spelling if they had such a valuable book.

May be I thought not much importance was given to this book or only the twenty words were given to the student to learn on Mondays and do the test on Fridays. The rest of the exercises were overlooked.

There were about five to seven students in my class who loved this book, the rest didn’t because they claimed it was too difficult. I know it was good for them and their claim was not valid.

Some parents complained they did not understand and could not help their kid. One parent called me at home, she said, she sat with her son every evening for more than an hour to learn the twenty words. I knew the parent although she was putting in the time, was not doing it  right . I told her five to ten minutes was enough to let the child learn those words.

I find in  our education system especially ones who are the decision makers, make their decision based on the number of parents who complain.

The end result was they took away the Speller, they made a lot of parents and children happy, but succeeded in producing students or even adults who cannot spell!!

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Fiction: Entrance

 

Five Sentence Fiction – Entrance

This week’s word: ENTRANCE

Lillie McFerrin Writes

There she was driving speedily to reach her destination, unexpectedly she found herself staring at this winding road with mountains on both sides, why didn’t her father tell her about this entrance leading to where she didn’t know.

How long is this road, she wondered , she may not make it to her interview on time, it was important if she was interested to get registered to study law, she kept driving, finally she saw,  what looked like an unpaved road ,  what could she do, there was no choice but to go on, she checked her watch, she had an hour to reach the university gates, ten minutes had gone by,what she saw ahead of her completely mesmerized her.

About a dozen little girls  in colorful  dresses were carrying placards, which said ,”No thoroughfare”, how can it be, there must be a way to keep going, one little girl ran up to her and said,” I’m sorry miss but you  cannot go any further.”

Natalie felt sick, she won’t be able to make it on time, which means she’d have to reapply the following year, what a waste she murmurred, a man appeared from nowhere right in front of her, he said, “Nothings a waste dear I’ll take you come along with me, do not be afraid, I got word from your Dad to take you to your school, hop in you’ll be there in record time.”

Natalie was desperate, she boarded the three- wheeler, the vehicle made a roaring sound, before she knew what was happening she found herself in the ‘Entrance Hall’ the guide in front yelled , ‘No time to think Miss, this way please!”

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DP Daily Prompts: Right to Health

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Is access to medical care something that governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?

I’m used to the medical care provided by the government and I know I’m paying for the care the government provides.

I have no knowledge how the private sector works, I’m also concerned what kind of health care it will provide. There is also the fear of paying more and getting less.

The physicians now a days seem to be charging higher fees for the same type of care and also there is no restriction how much they can charge. It’s the patients who suffer.

Whereas the government controls the fees a certain physician can charge, the private sector does not.

Besides if a patient is unable to pay the government takes care of it, otherwise the physicians refuse to look after a patient if he/she does not have proper insurance. There has been occasions when a patient is left to die because of inadequate coverage by the insurance company.

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365 Writing Prompts: Trading Spaces

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of the opposite sex for a  day? What do you think life would be like?

No I did not, the thought  I won’t be able to wear my pretty dresses is enough to keep me away from such thoughts even if it is only  for a day.

Think about it, only for a day is not the issue, don’t I have to buy clothes just for that day? It’s such a waste of money and time, and then I’ll have to discard them after twenty -four hours.

Life would be difficult I know, I won’t have my friends, I’ll miss wearing my normal clothes, any way, no matter, how  I look at it, it seems to be a very  bad  idea. I do not want to be a member of the opposite sex even for a day!

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365 Writing Prompts: Happy happy joy joy

We cry for lots of reasons:  sadness, pain,fear….. and happiness.When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

Almost every day I feel joyous. The very fact that the snow, winter, the freezing days, the ice on streets and pavements have run its course, that this unpleasant weather is on its way out, gives me relief and happiness.

Sunset at 4 pm is such a difficult thing to bear, I look forward to longer hours of daylight and warm sunshine with pleasure .

I am longing to see and  feel the fresh air without covering myself from head to foot, the green grass, trees covered with leaves, birds singing, announcing the end of winter and welcoming the arrival of summer.

This is when I say yes the happy days are here again!

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DP Daily Prompt: I Walk the Line

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Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?

One of the principles I value is treat everyone with love. It is something  priceless and it makes our world a beautiful place.

Secondly tell the truth at any cost, it will be rewarded by our creator.

Third: try to give up the habit of gossiping, you may not realize but it hurts the people we gossip about.

Four : No one is perfect keep that in mind, never ridicule anyone, it will come and bite you some day.

Five: Stay away from jealousy, it is one of those traits that can ruin you as well.

I try to live by these rules and I also remember the phrase ,

” Life is an echo all comes back,

The good, the bad, the true,

So give the world the best you have,

And the best will return to you.”

Friends have a great day!

 

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365 Writing Prompts: Judgement Day

If you were to judge your favorite book by its cover, would you still read it?

I always pick up books to read if I like the title. I do not have any books that have fancy covers.  If I were to judge my favorite book by its cover I will still read it. It’s not the cover but the title attracted my attention.

Once my daughter bought a book for me, she said it was a good one,I read the title, it was ,”A Long Way  Home” I looked at the cover, it was the picture of a little boy.I was curious I felt it might be the story of the boy, may be he was lost. The words A long Way, the picture was of a little Indian boy.

I wasted no time thinking I started reading. It turned out to be one of my favorite books.

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DP Daily Prompt: But No Cigar

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Tell us about a time things this close to working out —but didn’t . What happened next? Would you like the chance to try again, or are you happy with how things worked out?

There was a time when I wanted to Study M.ed and prepared myself by completing B.ed.  I met Professor Elliott, who was the head of the research institute , I told him my reason to see him. He was a kind man , he told me I was too young and I had no teaching experience. The people they select were at least thirty five years  old   and I looked no more than twenty two or twenty three.

I had never seen rejection at that time. I continued to tell him I would be able to do it.He was impressed, he agreed to let me do the tests to find out how capable I was. I must have done well, they sent me a letter of acceptance.

But I was teaching in a school and they refused to accept my resignation. I informed the school authorities I’d like to join next year. They agreed.

The following year I received a scholarship to study in London, I could not give up this opportunity. I delayed my studies in the research institute by another year, they were eager to have me and were ready to have me a year later.

I had studied about destiny that we can change our destiny whenever we want,now that I think about it I’m sure it’s not always possible. I could not change mine, my aim to study M.ed was not happening.

This time it was my marriage which meant I’d move out of my country indefinitely.

I do believe in the phrase: “Man proposes, God disposes.”

I’m not sure whether I am happy or sad because I could not fulfill my ambition. Only thing that keeps me motivated and happy is , at least I am doing great with the education I have.

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Ghazal: Runa Laila : ranjish hi sahee ,posted and translated by Ranu

 

Even though it is unpleasant, come to break my heart

Come  to leave me once  again

Our relationship is not the same as before, still  sometimes

do it for the sake of worldliness

How many people can I tell the cause of our separation

Come for the sake of the world even if you are angry with me

Show some respect for my love of you

You could also come to console me sometimes

Too long have I been deprived of the passionate expression of grief

Oh my beloved , come even if it’s only to make me shed tears!

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For dear Indira who  requested me to translate the above ghazal :)

My sincere thanks to khurram Shafique for taking the time to read my translation, I appreciate it very much :)

 

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