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 Post : Tiny

img_1278In response to daily post’s prompt : Tiny

All about our tiny feline Sophie

She is tiny, she is bright, she’s never out of sight. When she came she was  mal-nourished and cute. She was afraid of the felines, Gabriel and Raphael. Somehow she was able to win over Raphael and was having a good time playing with him.

It seemed she was not satisfied playing with only Raphael, she had to make Gabriel like her too. She has finally achieved success in winning him over too.

Now she’s as happy as she can be. When it comes time for eating she is able to push both the felines, she starts eating their food, while the two who are more than double her size leave and start whining. I thought perhaps her experience as a stray has made her so daring. She doesn’t hiss or growl, yet she is able to get around without any trouble.

In the beginning she stayed close to me, after two weeks she no longer needed me, except when she is hungry. She looks up at me as if saying, “I’m hungry, I want food.”



Daily Post : Artificial

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

These days most of the things sold in stores are not authentic but artificial. Some of the products though artificial looks impressive. I once looked at a bag in a flyer, I was tempted to buy it but the tag said, faux leather. I decided not to buy it. I was unimpressed why couldn’t they say artificial instead of faux, some people might be tricked by it, they might think it’s a special kind of leather.

Even in certain types of food the term faux is used, between wearing and eating there’s a huge difference. For a very long time we were tricked into believing that Margarine is better than Butter. We the consumers believed them, now the truth is out Margarine is worse than Butter.

My first encounter with Margarine was in London in my brother’s house. I thought it was butter, I told my sister-in-law, ‘the butter here has a very bad taste.’

I overheard her telling my brother, ‘the secret is out, your sister knows it’s not real Butter.’

Actually I didn’t know, I thought something is wrong with the butter sold in England, it doesn’t taste good.’

What I find scary is  very few things sold in the market are genuine, most are fake, from tables to clothing items to food, substitutes rule our world.

wikipedia image– one chilly — one dollar.

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No wonder, in our city a woman was selling fresh vegetables, my attention went to some green chillies, I picked one up and was only  trying to see if it was fake or genuine. She immediately blurted out, ‘that will be a dollar, I grew it in my hot house.’ I put it back and came home.


Daily Post : Volunteer

In response to daily post’s prompt : Volunteer

I volunteered to bring my sister, my brother,my husband’s nephew, and my husband’s cousin’s two kids, and also sponsored my cousin who was refused immigration by the department of immigration. None of these people appreciated our effort, not only that, they don’t even keep in touch.

But when I donated some money to ‘Red Cross,’ for the people of Fort McMurray. The Red Cross thanked me many times. Does this mean relatives are not thankful, and it’s better to help non-relatives?

Giving my time to volunteer in various organizations is a good thought, but I could never do it. I worked from 8:30 am to 4 pm  week days. Week-ends I baked and cooked and froze the food for the week. I found it difficult. If I say I volunteered at home would it make sense?



Daily Post : Millions

In response to daily post’s prompt : Millions

I used to think a million dollars is an unbelievable amount of money. The focus is now on billionaires, I wonder how these people were able to accumulate so much money. Does it mean millionaires are not considered that rich anymore?

Bill Gates it seems is about to become a trillionaire. It’s difficult to imagine how large a figure a trillion is, one with twelve zeroes. Even if the person with that kind of money, spent a million dollars a day, it’d take him/ her 2739 years to burn through a trillion dollars.

The owner of a trillion dollars would have enough money to give out $140 to everyone on the planet or even buy Central London at today’s market prices,it’s a report by, ‘The Times.’

Isn’t it a shame that so much wealth belongs to only a few. A trillionaire can easily help the homeless and erase poverty in the world.



Daily Post : Underground

In response to daily post’s prompt : Underground

I live in a small city where there are limited transportation, we have cabs, metro bus, private cars, and if none of these are suitable, we can travel on foot, that is if we are strong enough to walk a few miles. I like the metro bus, it’s a very convenient way of traveling around in the city and the fare is  good.

I’ve been to a few larger cities I like their means of transportation. My favorite is the subway trains, they are fast and inexpensive. I was fortunate to travel by underground trains in London, England. It’s much better compared to traveling by bus. The tube trains there are much faster than the bus.

This is about the underground transportation.

Underground business of course is not so pleasant. The name they give is black market, here one can buy various things at a relatively lower price, sometimes the items sold are not safe to buy, one might buy something because its cheap and come home and find what they bought is useless, you cannot return them because the ones who sell disappear and move somewhere else.

The definition of ,’Black Market,’ it is conducted outside the law, and are conducted out of the sight of law. It is illegal business.


Daily Post : Waiting

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

Waiting is a fact of life, it teaches us patience. After all we cannot move endlessly. It’s always a good idea to stop. When we get impatient if there is a delay for anything, for e.g  delay in eating because your mom took a break, so the cooking started later than usual. Instead of gobbling up a whole bunch of junk food, one can drink water, read a book, watch a program on TV. It’s one way of calming ones hunger pains.

Most of us  travel to distant places, perhaps by train,bus or private cars and the plane. We cannot be sure at all times we’ll reach our destination on time.

The train may arrive late, the tire of the bus may be punctured, our private car may have engine trouble and a plane goes through all kinds of problems, fog, hurricane, blizzard, these are major weather problems. It’s always a good idea to wait.

I think waiting needs a lot of patience. Once I was waiting for my husband to pick me up, I don’t know how long it was I went inside the school building to call a cab, the cab came instantly, as soon as I sat inside. The cab driver said, ‘O look your husband is here to pick you up.’

I looked at him and said, ‘Do you mind?’

We lived in a small town, the cab driver knew us, he said, ‘No I don’t mind, you can go.’



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Tell No One

The Voice of a Soul


Our sages and mystics always emphasised on the fact that we shouldn’t display our lives too much. Not only to protect ourselves from our ourselves (from the ego within). But also, because ‘nazar’ (i.e. evil eye, negative energy) is a real thing.

The Beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw)  said:

“The evil eye is real and if anything were to overtake the divine decree, it would be the evil eye. When you are asked to take a bath (to provide a cure) from the influence of the evil eye, you should take a bath.”

He also mentioned that after destiny (al-qadar ) my Ummah  will die mostly due to  Evil Eye.

Therefore the Beloved Prophet (saw) advised men and women to…

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