Rumi’s attributed photo (Photo credit: Eliza_Tasbihi)
Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), a notable Muslim philosopher, poet and scholar from India (then British India) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My favorite character with whom I’d love to talk is certainly Allama Iqbal. There are several questions on my mind.The one which is of primary importance is how does he find life after. Has he been able to explore the universe,since he is relieved from writing and talking to people,who did not care to know him.
What is the place like,is it better than life on earth. Does he get to spend long hours with Rumi about the people they left behind. I’d tell him I am studying about him and our facilitator is very helpful. Sometimes I have problems understanding his writing, I am trying,he will be proud of me. I will also discuss, ‘Shafiques ‘ book Republic of Rumi. It’s a wonderful novel,it is a novel of reality. We have completed several chapters.
I cannot keep him too busy answering my questions,I have to let others have a turn. I’d thank him for his contribution and ask if it is possible for him to see me one more time!
Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature. It is the first Nobel prize won by Asia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I heard about Rabindranath Tagore when I first came to Bangladesh. He was a very popular poet. There used to be recitation contest in schools,the most used poems were those written by Tagore. My sister’s friend played a Tagore song to entertain me. As soon as I heard the song,I sat up and listened,the friend knew I liked the song,she asked me if I wanted to hear it again I nodded my head, she watched me and kept on playing the song. After playing a number of times,she asked me if I wanted to hear it again,and also reminded me she had played the song thirteen times already.I was embarrassed and said no. Imagine hearing the same song thirteen times. I managed to remember the lyrics and the tune. I had no trouble singing the song.
Since that time I read Tagore’s novels,poems and songs. When I started blogging one of my online course participant advised me to translate Tagore’s poems.I have translated quite a few.
We, Bengalees are very proud of our poet. Thanks to YouTube I am able to listen to his songs.