Blogging 201, day nine

Day nine: The Buddy System

Are we nearly done already? Time evaporates when you’re having fun.The commons is filled with lively conversations and tons of support.

Do you have a blogger who comments thoughtfully on your posts_ that person who always takes the time to ask a good question or add something   witty or insightful to add to the conversation? Your thoughtful commenter might just become your blogging BFF. If there’s a blog that always brings out the best in you,that’s another place to start.

There is a blogger I’ve known for three plus years. He and I started the online course on Poet Iqbal at the same time.

He is the first one who started blogging which gave me an idea, something I’d never known before.

He has become a very good friend. He always writes his comments whenever I post something. He is witty and insightful, he never fails to encourage me and my writing.

He I think is my most thoughtful commenter. Yes I think he does qualify to become my blogging BFF.

His name is Robert.

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Blogging 201, Day Seven

Day  Seven: Make the most of Events

Today’s assignment: Create a recurring blogging event on your site, and/or make plans to attend a blogging conference.

Blogging Event: In Other Words

In this weekly event draw inspiration from a well-known quote.

Recurring weekly Wednesday-

Today is Tuesday, but I will write a post today on quotes and another one tomorrow to follow the recurring  weekly   Wednesday.

The famous quote I picked today is : Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow-

A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Sacrifice is the key word in this quote. Our children need our support mentally, physically and financially. This is the reason we should sacrifice our pleasure by earning and saving for our children to enable them to have a better tomorrow.

Besides financial, mental and physical support is necessary too. Little minds at times can be confused by viewing the world by themselves. We can help by explaining things they fail to understand.

They need physical support in infancy, parents’  assistance enables them to grow up as confident human beings.

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Blogging 201, Day Five

Day Five: Make the Most of Your Archives.

Today’s assignment: Integrate a feature to draw traffic to your older content like a widget,related posts, or a “Best  of “Page.

From The Archives

English: Rabindranath Tagore Русский: Рабиндра...

English: Rabindranath Tagore Русский: Рабиндранат Тагор (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Rabindranath Tagore Русский: Тагор, Р...

English: Rabindranath Tagore Русский: Тагор, Рабиндранат (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In his lifetime Tagore wrote in all sorts of literary forms. Despite that, the name of poet stuck to him. He was called viswa-kabi(the universal poet) by his own people. He was certainly one who wrote variety of poems.When one surveys his poems, one could exclaim as Dryden did about Chaucer,’Here is God’s plenty.’He began writing poems at a tender age. It is said that when he lay dying,poems kept coming to him. Although he was incapable of writing himself,he dictated the poems,he checked them to be sure they were formed perfectly.

I have read many poems of Tagore.I never thought of translating them.To me they were there to read and enjoy.The feeling that I should translate them to show the beauty of his work,came to me only lately.In English there are limited words one can use to translate Bengali prose,poetry or songs. I am aware,my translation will fail to catch the depth of Tagore’s poetry. I have finally found a poem,Tagore wrote,The title is “To Remember”.

“To Remember”

I do not have any recollection of my mother.

Only when I go out to play suddenly without any reason

A kind of tune keeps ringing in my ears,

as if the sound mixes with my mother’s words in the middle of my game.

Did my mother sing while rocking my swing–.

My mother has gone but, as she was going she left the song.

I do not have any recollection of my mother;

Only in September, early in the morning in the garden of the white flowers,

the wind spreads the smell of the flowers wet with dew;

Why then does my mothers words,echo in my mind;

perhaps when my mother carried the decorated basket of flowers—-

The smell of Pooja transformed into my mother’s smell and came to me.

I do not have any recollection of my mother;

Only when I sit in the corner of my bedroom;

I look far-away at the blue sky from my window—

All of a sudden I feel my mother is looking at me very intently;

She used to have me in her lap and look at me,

that is the look she left all over the sky as a reminder for me.

I have tried to translate the Bengali poem written by Tagore into English. I hope it is okay!

Ranu

An example of handwritten Bengali script. Part...

An example of handwritten Bengali script. Part of a poem written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1926 in Hungary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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)

 

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9 thoughts on “Rabindranath Tagore”

  1. I cannot be a good judge since I do not know Bengali language, but I thoroughly enjoyed your English translation. To me the best part about it was that it gave that feeling of being overwhelmed, almost like being pulled into an ocean of emotions forcefully and suddenly – which I have understood to be a hallmark of Tagore’s poetry, and a kind of his “signature” (by which I mean, what makes him different from other poets and comes out even in translations, when translations are good).

    • Thank you Bhai,I was afraid to translate it,I felt I know the language,maybe I should give it a try.
      The exceptional comment coming from you,certainly made my day.Whichever way I say thank you isn’t enough.
      When Akhtar Bhai suggested to write about Tagore especially his poetry.I was a bit scared,I was not sure how to handle it.
      At the same time I did not want to admit I couldn’t do it.Many many thanks once again!

  2. Dear Ranu,

    This is an absolutely beautiful poem.

    I like that Tagore is referred to as the Universal Poet. It seems right that God would have His poets.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    All good wishes,

    robert

  3. Thank you very much for this, the poem has an enormous effect on heart and mind, and also creates a splendorous sensibility about the relationship that the poet describe so simply but that simplicity produces a river of opus that flows in imagination as musical notation.

    Your translation is so good that it brought out tears and I am so happy to be introduced to this beautiful piece of poetry. This is a brilliant beginning 🙂

Blogging 201, Day four: Give ‘EM what they want

Today’s assignment:do a basic stats analysis to help you create an editorial for the next thirty days.

Here is my Stats Analysis for September -16, 2015

Posts and pages __ Views_ 46

Referrer

Search Engines_ 13

WordPress.com reader_ 3

Mail, Google.com_1

Widgets. Wp.Com_1

Link

Commons,wikipedia.org _2

Authors

Author                           Views

Ranu 802                      58

Country                             Views

  1. United States  _       22

2. India                            9

3. Indonesia                    7

4. United Kingdom_      4

5. United Arab Emirates_4

6. Pakistan_                      3

7.Canada_                        2

8. Philippines_                2

9. Kenya_                          1

10. Bangladesh__           1

Search Terms__                  Views

Search Term

Why can’t the two birds

live together _                            1

Unknown search terms_         9

Views_ 60

Visitors- 30

Likes-   52

Comments- 28

Insights

Most popular Day                                                   Most popular Hour

Wednesday                                                                 12:00 PM

18% views                                                                                   9 % View

All- time posts,       views         and visitors

Posts                         views                   visitors                      Best views Ever

1,954                         52, 689               22,734                        217(May 6, 2014)

The above is my stats analysis. I hope this is what I’m supposed to do.

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Blogging 201, Day Two: Audit Your Brand

Today’s assignment: Audit your  _ look all the ways you communicate information about your blog to make sure they’re focused and consistent.

I go with my tagline,” Savor kindness because cruelty is always possible later.”

I started blogging by translating the poems of Tagore, and also by translating a lot of his songs. My intention is always to entertain my readers. If I only embed his songs and fail to translate, it leaves the reader wondering, could she not translate it. It was to remove doubts that I’m a real Bengali, who lives and breathes the language, and also to find out for myself if I really can translate into English, Tagore’s Bengali lyrics.

As far as branding goes my blog is an assortment of everything. It has fiction and non-fiction, my likes and dislikes, recipes of foods the reader may enjoy reading or even try.

I hope my posts truly explains, whether I’m kind or the opposite.

Will it be appropriate if I write my blog’s branding as “A medley of different posts?”

Sorry for not posting it yesterday, I had issues with my internet connection, which could not be fixed. 😦

Please leave your comments, thanks.

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Blogging 201, Day one: Set Three Goals

Hello all the participants for Blogging 201. I am excited to meet all of you. I’m hoping to learn from you all. Thank you Krista for giving us this opportunity.

Welcome to Blogging 201: Branding and Growth!

Today’s assignment: Consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals.

Here are some questions to mull over to help you uncover/refine what’s most important to you about your blog.

Why do you blog?For notoriety? To get a book contract? To self publish? To establish yourself as a leader in your field? To gain followers? To connect with others? To clarify your own thoughts?

My three goals are to a) gain followers b) to connect with others C) To clarify my own thoughts.

When I started blogging almost three years ago, my aim was to figure out what blogging is about. When I posted my first blog post I was excited to get some followers. The number increased slowly. I always look for feedback, but only a few write comments, the rest just click the like button. When I see them I wonder what’s on the mind of these bloggers, what do they like? why don’t they write a comment, even a short one gives me some idea about my post.

My second goal is to connect with others and learn from their post.

My third goal is to clarify my own thoughts. I want my readers to ask questions,it gives me a reason to think about my post, to enable me to write in simple words what exactly do I mean?

The above are my goals.

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