365 Writing prompts: Release me

Tell us about the blog post you were most nervous to publish– and what it was like to to set it free.

It was the first time I had attempted to translate a poem of Tagore. I was advised by one of my classmates in the online course to translate Tagore’s poetry.

He said it because I am a Bengali and that it should be easy for me to do the work.

Over the years I have read Tagore’s poetry and picked one’s I loved because of their rhythm and the beautiful words the poet used to describe nature. I memorized them and frequently repeated them, it gave me a kind of delight I could never explain.

When I was confronted with the task of translating Tagore’s poetry into English it gave me  the jitters, I never thought in my wildest dream I was adept to try it. Rather than tell my friend I was incapable, because the hidden pride in me wouldn’t let me admit the fact.

I took out Tagore’s collection of poems, I picked one that I had recited as a child, I started translating it, it took me a long time to complete it, then the editing, reading and rereading began. I came to a point where I was tired of it.

When I was convinced I have done my best, I nervously clicked the publish button.

Then I waited to see the comment from my friend. He was very generous in his comment and I was ecstatic, I had crossed the first hurdle!

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/365-writing-prompts-release-me/

 

4 thoughts on “365 Writing prompts: Release me

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this post. Thank you also for all of your work in translating and sharing Tagore. The world is a brighter place because of it.

    All good wishes,

    robert

  2. Interesting to read about your very first step to doing what you really love and are so good at. I’m glad you hit that publish button. Reminds me so much of how I published my first poem.

    • Thank you Sonya,it was something I didn’t think I was capable of doing, but I did it
      and was afraid to read the comments, many thanks to Akhtar Bhai, he continued to encourage me.

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