Tell us about a favorite character from film,theater or literature, with whom you’d like to have a heart-to -heart.What would you talk about?
My favorite author is Rabindranath Tagore from Bengal. He has written a lot of poems, song lyrics and stories. I read a lot of his writings, one of the poems I liked most was his portrayal of a servant named Keshto.
This poem is full of humor and is sad as well. I read this poem when I was a very young child. We had moved from Rawalpindi to Comilla Bangladesh after my father passed away.
Tagore is with whom I’d love to have a heart to heart. I’d discuss his poem: “puraton Bhrittho”( old servant) it is one of my favorite poems. I’ll discuss about the poem.
Ranu: Thank you Mr. Tagore for agreeing to see me.
Tagore: It is my pleasure to meet my fans, I do it whenever I have time .
Ranu: I want to discuss your poem, ‘old servant with you.’
Tagore: This is my favorite poem too, what do you want to know?
Ranu: Is it real or imaginary?
Tagore:Why do you ask?
Ranu: The way you have described him sounds like you really had a servant named Keshto.
Tagore: No it’s not real, I did not have a servant named Keshto, but there are Keshto’s in real life who work for people in our homes. They are paid very little, yet they are expected to do a lot more. Whenever anything is missing in the house the servant is the one everyone in the family blames.
Ranu: Why do you think they are always blamed?
Tagore: The answer is simple, they are poor and they cannot say anything, also they are afraid to lose their job.
Ranu: Do you think no one treats them well?
Tagore: There may be some who are kinder than others but in general it is the case.
Ranu: In the last verse of the poem you mentioned Keshto was ill and died soon after. The poem was sad in the end,
Tagore: In the verse before I mentioned he took care of his master, who had a contagious disease, Keshto was loyal he was not afraid to catch the disease, he spent day and night looking after his master.
Ranu: Do you think the servants are expected to look after their masters if they’re suffering from a contagious disease?
Tagore: Yes they are, because no one cares, when they get sick they are not given proper care, and they die, they are replaced at once and the poor souls are never mentioned.
Ranu: Thank you Mr. Tagore for taking your valuable time talking to me.