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 : Ordinary

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

One day I made up my mind to ask a friend about a novel she was writing. My question, was she able to finish it? In reply she said she had finished writing it, but didn’t publish it.

I was always interested to read her first novel, and requested her to send me the pdf. She immediately sent it. I thought it probably is a normal story which I’d be able to read it.

When I started reading it I could not believe that it’s not an, Ordinary story and it didn’t seem this was her first novel. I read a lot of Urdu novels, but this novel easily is worth reading. You can tell she did a lot of research about everything she wrote, it includes the city. One might think if you live in the same city it’s easy to describe the streets, shopping centers in it, esp. when it happens to be a very large city. Honestly it’s not.

I live in a much smaller city, I bet I won’t be able to describe the streets, schools, or even a restaurant if I don’t personally visit them, sure you can imagine some, but it’s not that easy.

So far I read eleven chapters, but I have no idea what will happen next, it keeps me interested till the end of the chapter. I’m not sure if I’m making any sense, I can say this much, anyone who knows Urdu must read her novel, it is exceptional and not Ordinary as I first thought.

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Daily Prompt : Symptom

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

A visit to my physician

I remember going to a Physician, his specialty was, Internal Medicine. I was having problems I had no idea what was causing it. He was a very smart Doctor I was told, ‘you only have to describe your symptoms and he’d tell you why you are not well.’

With this assurance I went to see him. He told me to take a seat and let him know how I was feeling. I knew I wasn’t feeling well. But that was not enough for him to diagnose my sickness. I related I was exceptionally tired, when I tried to vacuum the room, I was short of breath, within seconds. I always walked to school, it was only five  minutes from my house. Recently after walking a few steps I felt my legs were exhausted. In my mind something was seriously wrong and to me it was a huge concern.

He listened and after a few minutes, he said,  ” you are suffering from Hypothyroid, and I’m going to take you off for six weeks from work, and I will prescribe  a pill which you’ll have to take for the rest of your life.”

‘It was all right if this magic pill will make me feel better, but how can I take six weeks off from teaching, who will take care of my kids?’ I asked  him.

He looked at me, and in no uncertain terms said, ‘Do not worry about them, your principal will take care of it, in your condition a patient does not get out of bed let alone go to work.’

He sounded serious. I knew my health was more important than work, and the best thing for me was  to rest and get used to the pill which he started with a slow dose and gradually increased it.

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Daily Prompt Label

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

I like the food labels on the cans these days , they tell us about expiry dates, the ingredients inside the can of food. it also helps to know the calorie count which in turn is valuable for us so we can decide how many calories are good for us to consume and  how much are we allowed to eat in general, to avoid overeating and putting on unnecessary weight.

While the labels on cans have a definite purpose. It’s not so much when humans are labeled by names that are cruel and serves no purpose. The world is getting smaller because moving from one place to another is getting easier by  airplane that are faster than it used to be and  cheaper.

We are in an age where we are fortunate to see and interact with people who live far away. Distance does not stop us. We can make this world much happier if we can stop discrimination.  As we gain knowledge we ought to use it to change our attitude towards other humans, who are not exactly like us or speak the same language or eat the same food.


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Daily Prompt : Luck

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

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Those who got a holiday on this occasion I’d say luck is on their side. Those who didn’t cannot be called unlucky, especially when the weather is stormy and cold. The lucky ones will not enjoy the holiday if they favor going outdoors. Weatherman says sorry, ‘no sunshine, stay at home and watch TV.’

You might say, ‘there is nothing good, I only hear and see unhappy faces, wars, innocent people getting killed, there is no fun watching the tube!’

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Daily Prompt : Massive

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

Curious Stephanie

Three year old Stephanie was in a classroom listening to her teacher telling them a story about something large. She was attending a preschool because she wasn’t old enough to be in a regular school. Curiosity was one of her traits, her mother was unable to handle all the questions her little girl came up with daily.

Mom knew her daughter needed to go to a preschool where she hoped the teacher looking after the kids would be able to handle some of her questions if not all.

With this thought in mind Stephanie’s mom registered her in a nearby pre-school.  Each day her little one would come home and relate all the goings on in her new school. Mom was happy her decision to put Stephanie in school, not only relieved her from answering all her questions, but the kid was having a whale of a time.

As I said in the beginning Stephanie was listening to the teacher’s story about something large, she began to wonder what is large? Is it a person, an animal or a thing?

Immediately she raised her hand and asked, ‘Miss how large is large?’

Right at that moment the teacher couldn’t give her a satisfactory answer.  She told her to wait till the next day.

The following day, our little Stephanie was full of enthusiasm, she’d finally find out the real meaning of large. The teacher knew she had to show something to satisfy the little girl. She doodled a few pictures of tiny to large in sequence. She decided to use the specimen of a boat, there she had a tiny paper boat, a small wooden boat, a kayak, a power boat, a slightly larger passenger boat and lastly the TITANIC, the supposedly unsinkable boat.

The teacher asked the kids to name their sizes from tiny to huge.

They came up with:  tiny, small, big, bigger, large and, and…  Stephanie  yelled out MASSIVE. The kids looked at her and asked, ‘Stephanie who taught you this word?’

Feeling important as none of the kids knew this word, she explained she saw a boat named Titanic on TV, and heard her parents talking about it, it was a huge boat she said and everyone said it will never sink. But they were wrong it did sink and her parents told her, it was MASSIVE! It was a shame so many people died when it sank.

Thus ended the story of a gigantic boat that went down to the sea.



Daily Prompt : Instinct

In response to daily posts one-word prompt : Instinct

My encounter with Mother Goose and her Goslings

Several years ago I was walking home from school, I saw a Goose with its goslings, I stopped and instinctively a thought occurred in my mind, will the mama goose come after me? I was eight years old, my home was walking distance from my school. This particular day I decided to take a short cut home. It was a neighborhood I’d never visited before. When I saw the goose I had a hunch, maybe I should turn around and use my familiar road.

I was hesitant, I walked two steps, stopped, and then did the same another few yards. Perhaps my slow movement alerted the goose I might hurt her little ones. I was a human and she could not trust me. The moment I resumed my walk she lowered her long neck and chased  me.

I was alone not knowing what to do I turned around screaming till I reached the road. I eventually calmed down when  the goose stopped chasing me. I took my familiar long way home. That was the day I realized, even a bird knows how to protect her young ones!

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