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,


Daily Prompt : Conversant

In response to prompt : Conversant

I’m indebted to my father who made sure we knew our mother tongue, and spoke it when we were in the house.

Dad encouraged us to learn other languages, it was easy for us siblings, we grew up in a city where  our neighbors children spoke Urdu, this helped us  learn it.

We attended schools where the medium of instruction was English.  We were young didn’t feel it was difficult to learn these languages, it was natural.

Now I feel great knowing, I am conversant with English, Urdu and Bengali. I don’t have to translate these languages before I speak.

Children can learn languages at a young age if they grow up in a city where the neighbors speak a different language which is not their mother tongue!

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Daily Prompt : Constant

In response to WordPress prompt :  Constant

Her constant repetition of the word drove me crazy,

I’m not sure this  weird way of learning to spell is easy.

My student’s  mom spent an hour to teach him spelling,

After five days of nonstop spelling didn’t help his learning.

Frustrated she decided to give me a call to know the trick,

I said, ‘ your continual repetition will only make him sick!’

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Daily Prompt : Compromise

In response to prompt : Compromise

The Ultimate Compromise!

Two little kids were having a fight,

One tortilla between them wasn’t right.

They complained to a traveler passing by,

Who agreed to split it evenly, give it a try.

He tore it but one piece was larger,

None of them agreed  to take the smaller.

The traveler ate part of it to make it even,

But he ate more of the one that was uneven.

The tortilla slowly was smaller in size,

The traveler  knew he was unwise.

To attempt to help split it for the kids,

In the end he started  scratching his eyelids.

The boys looked at each other in surprise,

This was certainly not a good compromise!


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Daily Prompt : Present

In response to word prompt : Present

I begin with this famous verse from an unknown poet:

The present only is our own,

Live, love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in  “tomorrow” -for

   The clock may then be still!

These are such meaningful words, but I wonder how many of us remember it every day.

Here is what I think I must do:

Give a present to ones who, make me happy,

I must not delay it for sometime in the future,

Live in the present, for tomorrow may not come!

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Daily Prompt : Rube

In response to WordPress Prompt : Rube

The Beverly Hillbillies 

The TV Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, was a very interesting portrayal of country folks as bumpkins or Rubes. I enjoyed watching Jed And granny’s perfect acting of naïve clodhoppers, who are too simple for the arrogant city folks.

I believe when someone is a rube it does not mean they are stupid, they are innocent people who trust the filthy politicians, who take advantage of their innocence, simply to get their votes.

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