Haimanti By Rabindranath Tagore Pdf 127
Haimanti by Rabindranath Tagore
Haimanti is a short story by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, originally written in Bengali in 1914. It is one of the stories in the collection Galpaguchchha, which means "a bunch of stories". Haimanti is the name of the protagonist, a young woman who defies the traditional norms of marriage and society in India. She is married to a man named Sribilash, who is a progressive thinker and supports her independence and education. However, their marriage faces many challenges from their conservative relatives and the patriarchal culture. Haimanti struggles to balance her own aspirations and desires with her duties and obligations as a wife.
The story explores the themes of feminism, individualism, social reform, and marital conflict. It also criticizes the hypocrisy and oppression of the Brahmo Samaj, a religious movement that Tagore himself was associated with. The story portrays Haimanti as a strong and rebellious character who refuses to conform to the expectations of others. She is contrasted with her sister-in-law Hemnalini, who is submissive and obedient to her husband and his family. Haimanti's fate is tragic, as she dies of tuberculosis after being neglected and isolated by her in-laws. Her death symbolizes the loss of hope and freedom for women in India.
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The story has been translated into English and other languages, and has been taught at college level across India. It is considered as one of the finest examples of Tagore's literary genius and social commentary. The story can be read online or downloaded as a PDF file from various sources .