When Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary approached, May 7, 2011, I thought of reading Gora as my personal tribute to this great song-writer, composer, poet, author – and many other things besides. He has been part of my conscious life as an adult. After I read another “difficult” author, James Joyce, for the Kochi Reading Group recently, I felt confident that I was absolutely ready for Gora!
- I enjoyed the book as a book of philosophy. Tagore was a seeker in the true sense. In Gora he shared with the readers the essence of his life-long intense Sadhana.
- One gets a glimpse of his own belief about what true Nationalism should be.
- I appreciated his thoughts about Women's Rights, and emancipation, though why he then agreed to marry a child bride remains a mystery.
- The joy of reading Tagore’s wonderful, descriptive and suggestive prose is a treat in itself.
- The encounter with a few unforgettable characters Tagore created in Gora provides great stimulation.
Here are a few observations. I have read KumKum's comments, and find them interesting (without fully agreeing with her on several issues).