By Rabindranath Tagore, Radha Chakraborty
The literature of the hot age seeks to not narrate a chain of occasions, yet to bare the secrets and techniques of the center. Such is the narrative mode of Chokher Bali —Rabindranath Tagore, Preface to Chokher Bali
Chokher Bali explores the forbidden feelings unleashed whilst a stunning younger widow enters the doubtless harmonious international of a newly married couple. This path-breaking novel via Rabindranath Tagore weaves a tangled internet of relationships among the pampered and self-centred Mahendra, his blameless, childlike bride Asha, their staunch good friend Bihari, and the wily, seductive Binodini, whose arrival transforms the lives of all concerned.
Radha Chakravarty's translation brings the realm of Tagore's fiction to lifestyles, in lucid, idiomatic prose.
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The fallacy here is of the lame order as the one that SlavojGizek discusses in his fhe Sublime Object ofIdeology-the reduction of ideology to conscious intentions and beliefs. "27 What appears inGizek as theory may be recognized as a home truth of the Hindu tradition. Within that tradition, the so-called rituals have never been empty, for they have always been nonsubjective and nonintentional means of communication. There is, thus, a question of (practiced) belief involved in the wearing of khadi.
That is not relevant ter my attempt to read in the Gandhian representation of the body a semiotic system of (alternative) modernity. For the purpose of my analysis, 1 will read as confessional what is commonly seen as obsessive in Gandhi. Once we do chis, we will see in clearer outlines the alternative conceptions of public life that Gandhi artieulated and of which khadi now aets as an extremely condensed statement. Gandhi's is, in fact, the only confessional autobiography ever to be written by a prominent Indian public leader, and it shares much with the tradition ofAugustine and Rousseau.
Gandhi's own gloss on khadi, provided in 1921, mobilized all these meanings and added, in a characteristic nationalist touch, sume essential Indianness as well: "I know that many will find it difficult to replace their foreign cloth all at once.... In order, therefore, to set the example, 1 propose to discard at least up to the 31st of October my topi (cap) and vest, and to content myselfwith uniy a loen cloth and a chaddar (shawl) whenever found necessary for the protection of the body.... "t Gandhi also claimed that this divestment aligned him, symbolically, "with the ill-ciad masses....
Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore, Radha Chakraborty