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 : Focused

In response to prompt : Focused

Thich Nhat Hanh:  The Miracle Of Mindfulness

In his book, the above author talks about, ‘The Practice Of Meditation,’ he talks about washing dishes, going for a walk, eating an orange, one must focus on these things one at a time.

In this method he emphasizes the need for focus, he says when washing dishes, one must only think of the dishes and nothing else.

Once he told his friend, when eating you should only think of the specific food like if you are eating an orange, you must concentrate on it.

Once he went for a walk with a friend, the author kept quiet while the friend was talking about a  lot of things. When they came back the friend asked why he did not respond, his reply, ‘We were walking therefore we must pay  attention to the task at hand.

I remember my Mom used to tell me, ‘Ranu, do not talk when you’re eating, it’s like reading the Quran, you must never talk while eating.

This to me is how one must focus, it’s not easy to actually do it, but with time and practise it becomes second nature. I haven’t succeeded yet, but I know I can do it!

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Daily Prompt : Planet

In response to prompt : Planet

God created our Planet, our world and this earth,

Not just for humans but all the other living things.

If we don’t  take care, it’ll be a sad day for us all,

Plants, trees, birds and animals are doing their part,

Unfortunately as humans we are not interested at heart.

Let us unite together regardless of our faith or color,

So we can live on this universe without hurting each other!

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DAily Prompt : Pamper

In response to daily prompt :   Pamper

It’s wrong to spoil a child,

It only makes him/her wild.

When they’re young they know not why ,

They need discipline to ride on high.

Unfortunately it’s the name of the game,

If you want to succeed in this age of fame.

So parents beware do not Pamper your child,

If you do not like  them to grow up wild!

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Daily Prompt : Irrelevant

In response to daily prompt : Irrelevant

When we had our school meeting,

D and L  loved discussing,

Irrelevant subjects which made no sense,

This was how they   contributed their two cents,

Worth of utter rubbish.

While the rest of us were keen to call it a day,

They were warming up to have their say.

I’m so glad I do not have to face them,

I no longer have this pointless  problem!

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Daily Prompt : Leaf

In response to prompt : Leaf

Among the leafy vegetables, spinach is my favorite. It’s very easy to cook. You just wash it to make sure, there is no sand left.

You take four cloves of garlic, mince or slice them, heat a pan, put a tablespoon of oil, when the oil is hot put the garlic cloves for a few minutes, do not burn it, next you put the spinach leaves, add a dash of salt, stir till the leaves wilt and the water dries out. I serve it with rice. It is delicious.

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Daily Prompt : Mighty

In response to prompt :  Mighty

An Elephant Never Forgets!

The Mighty elephant lifted its snout,

Five years it waited in its long hide-out.

To take revenge from its baby’s killer,

‘Why are you here again Mr. Miller?

Perhaps to kill another elephants dear calf,

Don’t you dare , I’m here to squish you in half.’

So the violent elephant charged at its calf’s murderer,

Finally after five  years the  fierce  animal killed Mr. Miller!

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Daily Prompt : Crumb

In response to prompt : Crumb

Our felines, Gabriel, Raphael, and Sophie are so picky, it’s difficult to get food that they may like. One day my daughter bought some cans of food recommended by the cashier in the store.

I wasn’t sure the felines will eat the food. I thought I should wait a while before feeding them. At lunch time I opened a can and split the food between the three.

After giving the food I waited in my room for a few minutes, when I came out I could not believe what I saw, not a crumb, particle,  or grain, was left in their bowls, they  were squeaky clean.

WOW! I thought they really like this food.

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Daily Prompt : Tentative

In response to prompt :Tentative

No matter how cautious a person is, his clock of life will stop at the appointed hour. A few  days ago there was News of a British student who went for a vacation in Shri Lanka, he wandered to a lake where he put his hand in the water to wash it, hidden there, was a crocodile, it grabbed his hand and pulled him down.

His cries for help didn’t work, for no one was around to hear it.  His fellow travelers found his dead body. It reminds me of the poem :

Life’s clock

The clock of life is wound but once,

And no man has the power

To tell just where the hands will stop

At late or early hour.

To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed:

To lose one’s health is more;

To lose one’s soul is such a loss

As no man can restore.

The present only is our own,

Live, love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in    “tomorrow,” for

The clock may then be still.

(Author Unknown)

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Daily Prompt : Glorious

In response to prompt :  Glorious

The Glorious days of Summer is ending,

It’s time we welcome fall without thinking.

Then there is winter ready to greet us,

The thought of snow makes me fuss.

I guess I must get used to the seasons,

Or else I’ll always be sad without reason.

Make it quick Fall, Winter  and Spring,

So  Summer comes down with its wing!

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Daily prompt : Sting, Tagore song posted and translated by Ranu

In response to prompt : Sting

When I read the prompt Sting, somehow my attention was directed to Tagore’s  song : Ei monihar amai nahe shaje

Monihar means a collection of Tagore’s songs. There is a story why Tagore  wrote the lyrics of this song. According to another singer, Tagore did not get any recognition for his writings, no one paid attention to him. when he received the Nobel prize for literature, a group of famous authors went to his Shantiniketon school to congratulate him.

Tagore was offended by this sudden recognition from the famous Bengalis who had no time for him, who  came with garlands to congratulate him, after he got the Nobel Prize.

This is when he wrote the lyrics of this song.

This garland does not suit me,

It hurts when I try to wear it,

It pains when I try to tear it.

It restrains my voice,

I’m unable to speak.

It disturbs me so I cannot pay attention to my work.

This is why I wait to put this

Garland around your neck,

Only then I will breathe a  sigh of relief.

Receive me with the string of the garland,

This sudden recognition embarrasses me,

And I’m ashamed to show my face!

He wrote the lyrics and showed it to his  favorite sister-in-law.

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