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Set in the early twentieth century Kolkata, Kabuliwala delicately explores the bonds of friendship, affection and parting in the relationship between a middle-aged Pathan trader and a five year old Bengali girl. It is a simple tale of a father’s love for his daughter and the transfer of that love to another little girl. It is a love that transcends the borders of race, relSet in the early twentieth century Kolkata, Kabuliwala delicately explores the bonds of friendship, affection and parting in the relationship between a middle-aged Pathan trader and a five year old Bengali girl. It is a simple tale of a father’s love for his daughter and the transfer of that love to another little girl. It is a love that transcends the borders of race, religion and language.Kabuliwala which literally means “The Kabuli Man” (better known in English as “The Fruitseller from Kabul”), is a story about the ancient and romantic friendship between India and Kabul city....

Title : কাবুলিওয়ালা
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Number of Pages : 468 Pages
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কাবুলিওয়ালা Reviews

  • Mohsin Maqbool
    2019-02-14 08:23

    A poster of the film "Kabuliwala" (1961).MY elder brother had shown me the film "Kabuliwala" in the early '60s at the Minerva Cinema in Calcutta when we were both schoolboys. I remembered little of the black & white film except that it showed the friendship between an Afghan man from Kabul and a Bengali girl. Much later I came to know that it starred Balraj Sanhi, one of the best actors of Indian cinema, as Kabuliwala. Around the same time I also came to know that the short story was written by none other than Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) who was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. He is considered to be one of the most important literary figures of the 20th century.A book-cover design for "Kabuliwala". Finally, after all these decades, I was able to read the widely-acclaimed short story which has been beautifully translated by Mohammad A. Quayum.The story deals with the friendship between a five-year-old girl called Mini, who belongs to an aristocratic family of Calcutta, and an Afghan peddler of dry fruits from Kabul. His actual name is Rahmat but the girl calls him "Kabuliwala". However, at first she is scared of him because she has heard rumours that he carries kidnapped children in his sack which he carries hanged over his shoulder.The girl's father who is a writer of novels is the narrator of the story. He tells us that Mini is extremely talkative and is quite friendly with all the male servants some of whom tell her tall stories. It is he who first introduces his daughter to Kabuliwala. At first she is scared of meeting him. However, soon she overcomes her fears as Kabuliwala comes to see her everyday. They joke about beating in-laws. Mini finds this to be very funny and just can't stop laughing.A book cover for a new edition of "Kabuliwala". "I learnt that this was not her second meeting with the Kabuliwala. He had been visiting Mini almost daily, and by offering her pistachio nuts he had already won a large part of the girl’s childish heart. The two friends had a few stock phrases and jokes which were repeated in their conversations. For example, the moment she saw Rahmat, my daughter would ask with a hearty laugh, ‘Kabuliwala, O Kabuliwala, what is in your sack?’ Adding an unnecessary nasal tone to the word, Rahamat would roar, ‘Hanti.’ The essence of the joke was that the man had an elephant in his sack. Not that the joke was very witty, but it caused the two friends to double up in laughter, and the sight of that innocent joy between a little girl and a grown man on autumn mornings used to move me deeply."Mini's father chats with Kabuliwala (played by Balraj Sahni) while the girl listens attentively. One day Kabuliwala is sent behind bars for eight years for injuring a man with a dagger. The day he is released from jail, Mini is about to get married. She has changed through all these years as she is only friendly with girls now who are about her own age. Rahmat tells Mini's father that he wants to see her. When Mini is called, Kabuliwala is surprised to see how much she has grown. He is immediately reminded of his own daughter back in Kabul who is around the same age as Mini. He is deeply saddened as soon as he remembers her and how much he has missed her all these years.While music is being played for Mini's wedding, Kabuliwala slouches on the floor remembering the land of his birth and his daughter. Today I watched the film again after five-and-a-half decades and I loved it immensely. I cried in the middle of the film and then bitterly towards the end of the film because of its melancholic denouement and Balraj Sahni's superlative acting. I am glad I watched it as if I had not then I would truly be missing something! I am providing you the link so that you can watch it too. A black-ink sketch of Rabindranath Tagore.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-16 07:19

    Loved it. Beautifully heartwarming and absolutely enchanting! <3

  • Binibining `E (of The Ugly Writers)
    2019-02-10 05:20

    This is a great short story. I love anything that tells a story of a father and daughter. I felt sad for the Kabuliwala, for people think bad of him. Even if he has done something wrong, I think he is one great father to his child. I love how he and Mini has become friends which I think solely reminds him of his own daughter. The stories and laughter they shared was heart warming.Years may have passed some not good things happen to him but still he didn't forget about the little one. The end kind of made me sad, I would love for him to return and find his daughter and made new memories with her.The story was short and sad, you will feel how deep a father's love for his daughter and on how he wishes to see his daughter but was stuck to some other father's child and make memories with her in replacement of his own daughter. I also wish the story was long enough for me to know the story of him and his return to his own daughter.

  • Abdul
    2019-02-04 02:17

    What can I say about Rabindaranath Tagore? I implore Mr. Tagore for not having the best words for his story. The story was brief,simple and fascinating. The innocence of story is remarkable. After reading I can say that every person is like Kabuliwala finding a part of himself(dream,love etc) in others. Hence we all are connected.

  • Soumen Daschoudhury
    2019-02-15 05:19

    It’s so easy to know you are in love yet so difficult to explain. A plethora of mixed emotions run through your heart and mind, inexplicable ones. It makes you restless, your heart skips at times like a watchful timid deer, at times an invisible needle pricks it causing a sweet pain, a pain you want to elude from but somehow enjoy it, when day dreaming is not an option but inadvertently becomes a need, a time when what you think and what you say are poles apart. You attempt to read a book but you don’t read anything for hours, the clouds have got a new meaning, the sky is suddenly blue and oh, the flowers are so lovely. I have a dried leaf in my hands and I turn it, look at it and then at the sky; I have it in my hands for hours as I sit there lost in my thoughts beside the river and eventually throw it away.And ‘love’ is just one of the multitudes of emotions. To be able to penetrate through a person’s thoughts and feelings and relive their emotions and to be able to decorate them in words is the mark of a genius and that’s what Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories tells us about him. Set in the rustic Kolkata villages, every story oozes with the innocence of that era, long gone, and the characters are only haunted by the silhouettes of their emotions. So be it the puzzled ghost of the widow Kadimbini in ‘The Living and the dead’, the virtuous wife in ‘The gift of sight’ or the innocent Ratan vying for the attention of the unruffled postmaster in ‘The Postmaster’ or be it the anguish of poor Ramcharan to spend his entire life raising his thankless son like a rich boy, only to hand him over to his master in ‘Little master’s return’; the upsurge of emotions are felt, the suffering is felt, the motherly love caresses the heart, the distress weakens, the longing breathes through the soul in the stories. The ‘Kabulliwallah’s’ endurance to the coldness of his little friend is heart warming.Most of Rabindranath Tagore’s characters have been women, and though oppressed in one form or another, they are strong women replete with sentimentality and often a marked sensuousness. Tagore’s writings dive deep into the oceans of their spirited emotions and whether the pearl is found or not, the discoveries along the journey are a treasure of their own.Though I generally avoid translated books, I really liked the short stories. Having been in Mumbai since my childhood, it’s a pity that I can’t read and write in Bengali, which happens to be my mother tongue and the original language of Tagore’s writings. I am sure, in Bengali, the stories would be a greater delight to read.

  • Akshat Solanki
    2019-02-07 02:07

    the stories collection by the greatest literary person is so far one of the best reads for me.The stories are just more insightful than anything else.All stories tell you something, take you to the depth and bring out the required moral that need to be told in a friendly and firm way.The short stories collection, however, makes you think more and more as they're so short and sweet that you expect more and more.These stories are the reason why the author was awarded Nobel Prize. No doubt, his writing skills and an ability to connect with readers is just awesome.For more exciting reviews followBookRature

  • Vishnu Brahmandam
    2019-01-25 01:27

    This was so beautifully worded. I was a little surprised when I saw the story was so short. I didn't realize it was a short story until I downloaded it. It really touched my heart and made me feel very happy. I actually postponed watching the movie when my Mother asked me to because it goes against one of my rules as a reader.'Always read the book first. Always.'Well, now that I've read it, I think I'll go watch the movie now.

  • Aria
    2019-02-17 08:09

    A heart-wrenching story about a little girl whose talkativeness annoys her mother and (sometimes) her father, but wholly accepted by a poor fruit seller (aka the Cabuliwallah). (view spoiler)[Prejudiced, the girl's parents, to various degrees, think badly of the fruit seller and at one point, the Cabuliwallah gets jailed. Time passes and girl then grows up into a woman and the Cabuliwallah is forgotten until the day of her wedding day. It is at this moment that the Cabuliwallah realizes that he has missed a lot, and that the father understands that the Cabuliwallah is more than just a fruit seller—that the Cabuliwallah is also a father, and that he must now reacquaint himself with his daughter who highly likely, no longer recognizes him and vice versa. (hide spoiler)] Definitely worth the read.

  • Solomon Manoj
    2019-02-19 05:09

    There can be no substitute for the joy one derives from childhood memories.... Wish I get those days back :)

  • Ayesha
    2019-02-08 07:31

    The story is set in the early twentieth century Kolkata. Kabuliwala delicately explores the bonds of friendship, affection and parting in the relationship between a middle-aged Pathan trader and a five year old Bengali girl. It is a simple tale of a father’s love for his daughter and the transfer of that love to another little girl. It is a love that transcends the borders of race, religion and language.

  • Shikha
    2019-02-07 00:21

    I Liked the story. it was pretty fascinating. i could somehow relate it with my childhood experiences.i admire the father child relation depicted and also the friendship between the 'kabuliwala' and mini.just like the typical indian mothers, mini's mother is also over protective for her daughter and asks her husband to be cautious as well.the ending to story is also pretty well. the girl is grown up with same cultures as other girls and has same morals.

  • Pravin Gandhi
    2019-02-09 02:11

    One of my earliest reads and a famous Tagore story. I tell you story-telling is an ancient Indian art dating back to Panchatantra of 3000 BC. ANd in the modern era, it is the Bengali authors who have carried forward that tradition. A deeply moving story.

  • Harsha ganesan
    2019-02-05 05:01

    this is one of the best short story i have ever read .... states a father's true love :)

  • Louise
    2019-01-30 03:26

    Difficile de trouver les mots juste pour rendre hommage à un tel chef-d'oeuvre ! J'ai découvert Rabindranath Tagore, prix Nobel 1913, en cherchant des classiques de la littérature indienne. Kabuliwallah (qui désigne un marchand ambulant originaire d'Afghanistan) est un recueil de vingt-deux récits, tous éblouissants de beauté et d’humanité. Première nouvelle, L’Histoire du ghāt, où le lecteur réalise rapidement que le récit est porté par le ghāt du Gange lui même, cet ensemble de marches qui permet de descendre au pied du fleuve pour faire ses ablutions, déposer des offrandes ou se baigner. Une autre nouvelle qui m’a particulièrement émue raconte le destin d’une fillette qui apprend à lire et écrire et se retrouve galvanisée par ce nouveau pouvoir qui la fait bondir hors de son petit monde clôturé.Tagore narre le quotidien des petits gens comme des brahmanes, en magnifiant les grands bonheurs et les petites misères de l’existence humaine, avec une profonde empathie qui m’a retournée le coeur. Les héros de Kabuliwallah sont souvent des fillettes, promises à un mariage arrangée, des veufs sacrifiant tout pour l’avenir de leurs progénitures ou encore des brahmanes déchus qui tentent de sauver les apparences. Forcément empreint de spiritualité hindoue (mais sans en être le coeur du sujet), les chapitres égrènent des destins incertains, des conflits moraux inextricables ou des honneurs à restaurer, avec des personnages qui tentent de se débattre dans un ordre social (et cosmique) immuable et parfois injuste.Ce voyage dans l’Inde traditionnelle du XIXème siècle (le recueil est sorti en 1892) est étourdissant de nuances, de sentiments candides mais jamais sirupeux, de douceurs des caractères et de rudesse des destins. C’est parfois révoltant à l’aune de notre époque et culture (les mariages d’enfants, la femme propriété de l’homme ou encore les conventions sociales liées aux castes) mais on perçoit en filigrane une critique de ces permanences en Inde. En fouillant le web, je lis ça et là qu’il était issu d’une famille aux idées réformatrices, favorable à l’amélioration des conditions de vie des femmes et opposés au système de castes. La lecture en est encore plus passionnante.Enfin, il faut parler de la plume de Tagore, exceptionnelle de beauté, lyrique et fluide à la fois, je suis partie pour me lire toute son oeuvre, quelle merveille !Sans ne rien spoiler, la postface de Kabuliwallah est un poème de l'auteur, qui je trouve, résume à merveille ce qui vous attend dans ce chef d’oeuvre… :« Petites vies, petits chagrins,Petites histoires de malheur,D’une linéarité, d’une banalité radicales ;Des milliers de larmes versées chaque jour,Si peu sauvées de l’oubli ;Pas de description élaborée,Mais un pauvre récit monotone,Ni théorie, ni philosophie,Aucune histoire vraiment n’est résolue,Une fin toujours avortée,Laissant le coeur insatisfait.A jamais inachevées,Les innombrables histoires du monde :Boutons arrachés avant maturité,Gloire en poussière, avant d’avoir été chantée,L’amour, l’effroi, l’injusticeDe milliers de vies obscures. »

  • Sheetal Maurya Godse (Halo of Books)
    2019-02-01 04:13

    समीक्षा: 'काबुलीवाला' रविंद्रनाथ टैगोर के बहुचर्चित कथाओं में से एक है। मैंने यह कहानी 'साहित्य के विविध रंग' नामक कथा संकलित पुस्तक में पढ़ी। कहानी के मुख्य पात्र मिनी और काबुलीवाला है। कहानी बंगाल के वातावरण में संकलित की गई है। मिनी, एक पांच साल की प्यारी और बातूनी लड़की है, जो अपने बाबूजी, (जो कि कथा के कथावाचक भी है) की लाड़ली है। उनके मोहल्ले में रहमत नाम का एक काबुली रोज सूखे मेवों को बेचने आता है। मिनी पहले तो उसके झोले और लिबास को देखकर डरती है। फिर देखते ही देखते उसकी मित्र बन जाती है। समय बीतने के साथ ही काबुलीवाले को हत्या के जुर्म में कई वर्षो की सजा हो जाती है। कई सालों बाद जब वह वापस आता है, तो क्या मिनी उसे पहचान पाती है? और उसके दिल में ऐसा क्या रहता है, जो वह बार बार मिनी की मासूम चेहरे में ढूंढता है? पात्र : मिनी - एक बातूनी, मासूम जिज्ञासापरस प्यारी लड़की है।रहमत- एक काबुली, जो रोजगार की तलाश में बंगाल आता है।'मिनी के बाबूजी - जो कि एक लेखक है और मिनी के प्रिय मित्र भी।लिखने का तरीका: मिनी का नटखटपन, काबुली वाले की वेशभूषा, उनकी दोस्ती को अपने कलम के जादू से इस तरह सींचा है, कि आप अंत तक बंधे रहेंगे। निष्कर्ष:रविंद्रनाथ टैगोर ने इस कथा में, एक परदेशी काबुली और मिनी के माध्यम से एक ऐसा दर्द पेश करने की कोशिश की है, कि वह दिल को छू जाएगी। कहानी पर आधारित फ़िल्में : १९६१ में हेमिन गुप्ता द्वारा निर्देशित फिल्म 'काबुलीवाला' अनुराग बासु द्वारा निर्मित 'स्टोरीस बाय रविंद्रनाथ टैगोर' में ''काबुलीवाला' का भाग. (एपिक चैनल पर प्रसारित )

  • Saahil Singh
    2019-01-26 01:16

    I bought the book cuz i had heard about kabuliwaala as a kid and always wanted to read it. This book is a collection of short stories by Tagore, who is one of the best authors of human emotion you can ever come across. The way he blends pathos with the perspective of the character is way too good, he shows you the mindset of the person in a way that you get very sentimental about the person's decisions and the ultimate fate they bring.The stories are beautiful, the translation is masterclass with the translator doing true justice to the storywriter. I read a story each night to sleep and no matter what happened throughout the day, I've slept with a smile. I just wish there was a sea of stories like these by tagore somewhere of which this was just a spoonful.

  • Elyse NG
    2019-02-04 05:05

    As I really enjoyed the variety of the stories, as well as a very new perspective on '' India'' (meaning reading about it from an Indian author), I found it redundant to encounter the same dead-end in most of them. However, this may be because I am not so used to reading short stories altogether. Very interesting book and each story was very easy to read!

  • Santhosh Maheswaran
    2019-02-11 04:03

    Attains maturity forgets her nostalgic childhood in oneside....Seperated father from her child with her hand-print inked in a paper on other side...#When_Are_You_Going_To_Your_Father-in-law's_Home??

  • D
    2019-01-23 02:31

    This is the second book I've read by Tagore. Never thought I'd enjoy reading something which has been written a century ago. Its evident that things haven't changed much for women since then. Overall an excellent read.

  • Nazish
    2019-02-07 05:21

    What can I's a beautiful story of a friendship unmarked by age difference. My first of Tagore and more to come hopefully.

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  • Aditya Soni
    2019-02-16 02:16

    Good collection of stories by rabindranath tagore; from penguin publishers !

  • Mahendr bakolia
    2019-01-20 02:14

    such a beautiful story really love this story and author

  • Bilahari
    2019-02-06 03:29

    "Little one, are you going to your father-in-law's house?"

  • Prakhar Chauhan
    2019-02-14 06:16

    it will be a good book

  • Nupur Khan
    2019-02-13 08:25

    to read it

  • Idun
    2019-02-19 00:30

    Beautiful words, beautiful portrayal of characters and images, dramatic and pensive in a perfect weight. This is way too good.

  • Sameer
    2019-02-02 05:19

    why any father would like this story !

  • Priyanka
    2019-01-27 06:13

    One the rare prescribed stories in school that I liked.