Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shobujer Obhijan

She is a mad woman. And she has won. I am ecstatic because it is the triumph of content over packaging. Of real emotions over arrogance. Of humility over despot-ism.

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I have also realised that what is truly modern is necessarily eternal. Which is why at this ecstatic moment I suddenly find meanings to so many songs by Tagore...

'mora cholbo apon pothe tobu milbo tari sathe
mora noi badha noi dasher rajar trasher dashotte
noile mora rajar shonge milbo kishotte, amra shobai raja...'

Or Hirak Rajar Deshe...

'Kotoi rongo dekhi duniyaye o bhai re, o bhai
ami jei dikete chai dekhe obak bone jai
ami ortho kichhu khunje nahi pai re...
shonar foshol folaye je tar dui bela jote na ahar
hirar khonir shromik hoye kana kori nai'

or 'Ei bare raja shono, jeno nistar nei kono...'
and numerous other lines.

I am reminded of one of the most memorable days of my life. It was evening at Dobandi, a village in Singur. We had set up the screen in front of a club-house just adjacent to the TATA factory wall. Then with the children, youngs and olds of the village (and security guards watching from over the walls) we watched Hirak Rajar Deshe. It is difficult to express the frisson, it tends to overwhelm you. The children went home along the dark firefly-lit roads between the green fields, in groups, shouting 'Dori Dhore Maro taan...raja hobe khan khan..'

It will be impossible to tell you why I am so happy today. You won't understand :)


  1. I was thinking of this exact moment all of yesterday.

  2. On a completely different note, Ray was SUCH a genius, wasn't he? :)

    p.s. Though it has nothing to do with this,according to me, the most moving and appropriate political statement Tagore made with his song was perhaps 'Bidhir badhon katbe tumi'...

    Its a personal favourite.:)

  3. @ Insiya: Ray was the only true legend after Rabi Thakur. Tobe ami Rabindranath ke Bhogoban bole mone kori. Ray was the limit of human genius :)

    Bhaba jaye, aaj theke eto bochhor ager jinish ajker dine koto relevant?

  4. Sorry @ Bimbo:

    @ Insiya: It was an unforgettable afternoon/evening.

  5. :)

    Although I never agreed with you on that, I know how you feel.

  6. I know. And I love the fact that the Madwoman's won.