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 : Reprieve

In response to daily post’s prompt : Reprieve

The kids thought the  snowstorm was so cool,

It gave them reprieve from attending school.

Mom however thought it was not so great,

She wished her kids didn’t get such a break.

How would she keep them busy  all day,

It’s not easy to have them in she’d say.

After the first hour they’d  get  restless,

Keeping them quiet would cause her distress.

Let’s pray that Nature  would be considerate,

Spare all the mothers and not so hard-hearted!

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Daily Prompt : Survive

In response to the prompt : Survive

I believe we need physical and mental strength to survive the long winters in our city. Just when we think winter is over, the weatherman announces there will be a  snowstorm with close to fifteen or more cm of pure white snow. I  wonder isn’t it the month of May? How can we have a snowstorm this late in the season?

But Nature keeps on changing its mind and we the residents try our utmost to get through yet another bout of the white feathery stuff, which we didn’t think would come back, this late in the year.

While we manage to withstand this blow, Nature connives to check our endurance. I can hear from the distance, ‘yo humans it’s all your fault, you do not respect the environment, you dump garbage all over the world, we are not going to standby and watch your actions, we will indeed remind you, You reap what you sow!’

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Daily prompt : Impression

In response to daily post’s one word prompt : Impression

Pardon my Impression !

I’m too proud was my classmate’s Impression,

I asked her, how did she come to this conclusion?

I do not talk to anyone was her reply,

Stunned I was, I breathed a sigh!

Mom  told me to stay quiet outside,

Otherwise they will hurt your pride.

I listened to the voice of reason,

But had a feeling it was the wrong season!












Daily Prompt : Catapult

In response to daily post’s prompt : Catapult

Story of a maiden

My in-laws placed the red chillies on a sheet,

But the dreadful Ravens were having a treat,

Guarding the pepper was a naïve maiden,

Who was a  young one from distant Aden .

She announced out loud she had a sling-shot,

To drive them from the yard to forget her not.

Something was not right she soon understood,

The Ravens continued to eat the tasty food.

She screamed and cried for help that day,

I rushed out to know what she had to say.

She yelled and said,  ‘why aren’t the birds scared?’

I told her the way she held the slingshot was weird.

The crows knew she was a novice who had no idea,

How to use the weapon she brought in that area!


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Daily Prompt: Unmoored

In response to one-word prompt : Unmoored

when I lost my dad at a very young age, I  felt we were unmoored. My Dad was the anchor who held us together, with his passing what will be our fate?

Some of the relatives who visited us regularly disappeared. There was no one in sight who gave us any kind of encouragement.

Those who came forward told my mom to get the girls married regardless of our young age, it according to them would relieve my mom of  the burden of raising all of us.

My mom ignored their advice. She was ready to face the challenge. My mom told us, ‘Whatever God does is good for us.’

This was something which was way over my intelligence, I kept quiet, one of my brothers did not agree.

I guess God wanted us to be independent, which we became because we knew we have to help ourselves. It worked out in the end.

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Daily Prompt : Descend

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Descend

We went for a walk by the lake one afternoon. It was a sunny day, everything looked bright and cheerful. We took some food with us, took out our sheets we carried and placed them on the ground. We sat on the sheet and had a lovely meal.

After an hour we noticed the people were leaving, we felt perhaps we should pack up and do the same. The temperature was steadily going down, the sun didn’t feel warm. ‘It’s time to leave,’ we said to ourselves. We loaded our stuff in the car and prepared to go home. As we were leaving we watched the Sun slowly descending behind the mountains. My daughter took a picture.

After several days of rain the sunshine was a welcome sight. We hoped we’d see a few more days of sun, it’s so rare where we live!

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Daily Prompt : Notorious

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Notorious

Steerforth was  an evil fellow, whom  Agnes recognized,

Copperfield was  a friend which cannot ever be denied.

The former was a notorious fellow,

Why was the latter sweet and mellow?

In the end Copperfield learned his lesson,

To trust Steerforth who wasn’t a good person!

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Daily Prompt : Qualm

In response to daily post’s prompt : Qualm

When the head of an institution lies without blinking, it’s clear he has no qualm when he lies. But this same person takes down with him, others who work for him, because he has the authority to fire them, if they do not defend him; makes me wonder, do these people have any conscience?

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Daily Prompt : Collaboration

In response to daily prompt’s one-word prompt : Collaboration

One year in our school we decided to stage a Christmas play, we had five  grade four teachers. Instead of each of us staging a  different play with our kids we liked the idea of working together.

In all there were one-hundred fifty kids. From each classroom we chose main characters, and the rest of the kids, sang Christmas carols.

Our play was a success, we  helped  the kids memorize the lines, since there were five of us, we divided the work between us.

Although we enjoyed watching the kids, there were some  who were always fooling around.

Our joint effort gave us good results, the parents and the audience were happy to see all the kids participating in the play. Those who didn’t have a part were helpful in different ways.


Daily Prompt : Hospitality

In response to daily post’s one-word prompt : Hospitality

I miss our dear friend whom we addressed as, ‘Auntie Jean,’   she was not a relation but treated us, my husband and children better than a relative.

We stayed with her and Uncle Harold several times, for at least a week, each time we visited her. She was warm, friendly and received us with open arms.

Her generosity and kindness towards us was exceptional, she had everything planned what we’d have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, when we stayed with her.

She met my husband at one, ‘Thanksgiving,’ and continued her generosity for a very long time. She was 94 when she passed away. I miss her, I have not found another good soul like her.

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