Rabindranath Tagore is one of the best known Indian renaissance figures. A man of many talents, he was a writer, poet, philosopher, painter, educationsist, composer of songs and above all a patriotic visionary. Despite being educated in England he was firmly rooted to the Indian way of life. He was the first Indian to be conferred the Nobel prize which he got in 1913 for his work Gitanjali. The selected quotes included in this book reveal Tagore’s wisdom, deep insight and sensitivity towards people and the world around him.
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Author –Ravindranath Thakur
Publisher – Rajpal and Sons
Language – English
Pages – 104
Binding – Paperback
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The story is told. The curtain has been brought down on it. Two life-sentences have been run. And I have brought together my recollections of them within the cover of this book. They are narrated in brief and put together within the narrowest.
When I came into this world, God sent me here possibly on a sort of life-sentence. It was the span of life allotted to me by time to stay in this ‘prison-house of life’. This story is but a chapter of that book of life, which is a longer story not yet ended.
You can finish reading the book in a day, while I had to live it for 14 long years of transportation. And if the story is so tiresome, unendurable and disgusting to you, how much must have been the living of it for me! Every moment of those 14 years in that jail has been an agony of the soul and the body to me, and to my fellow convicts in that jail. It was not only fatiguing, unbearable and futile to us all, it was equally or more excruciating to them as to me. And it is only that you may know it and feel the fatigue, the disgust and the pain of it as we have felt it, that I have chosen to write it for you.
—Excerpts from this book
This is the story of Swatantrayaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar—a great revolutionary, politician, poet and seer who tried to free India from the British yoke!
British policy was to torture and persecute the political prisoners/revolutionaries so that they would reveal the names of all their colleagues or go mad or commit suicide. My Transportation for Life is a firsthand story of the sufferings and humiliation of an inmate of the infamous Cellular Jail of Andamans, the legendary Kala Paani. The physical tortures inside the high walls were made all the more insufferable by the sickening attitude of the men who mattered—the native leaders back home. This is a running commentary on the prevalent political conditions in India and a treatise for students of revolution. It is a burning story of all Tapasvis who were transported to Andaman.
काला पानी की भयंकरता का अनुमान इसी एक बात से लगाया जा सकता है कि इसका नाम सुनते ही आदमी सिहर उठता है। काला पानी की विभीषिका, यातना एवं त्रासदी किसी नरक से कम नहीं थी। विनायक दामोदर सावरकर चूँकि वहाँ आजीवन कारावास भोग रहे थे, अत: उनके द्वारा लिखित यह उपन्यास आँखों-देखे वर्णन का-सा पठन-सुख देता है। इस उपन्यास में मुख्य रूप से उन राजबंदियों के जीवन का वर्णन है, जो ब्रिटिश राज में अंडमान अथवा ‘काला पानी’ में सश्रम कारावास का भयानक दंड भुगत रहे थे। काला पानी के कैदियों पर कैसे-कैसे नृशंस अत्याचार एवं क्रूरतापूर्ण व्यवहार किए जाते थे, उनका तथ वहाँ की नारकीय स्थितियों का इसमें त्रासद वर्णन है। इसमें हत्यारों, लुटेरों, डाकुओं तथा क्रूर, स्वार्थी, व्यसनाधीन अपराधियों का जीवन-चित्र भी उकेरा गया है। उपन्यास में काला पानी के ऐसे-ऐसे सत्यों एवं तथ्यों का उद्घाटन हुआ है, जिन्हें पढ़कर रोंगटे खड़े हो जाते हैं।
Veer Savarkar was the first man who called the mutiny of 1857 ‘A War of Independence’. Until his time, no Indian had dared to say so. The martyrs of 1857 are really fortunate that they got such a historian to tell their history who himself was both a historian and a creator of history. At times, we visualise Veer Savarkar coloured in the red colour of that revolution, as if he himself was present on the battlefield and participated in the heroic war. At other times, we see him patiently analyse the strengths and weaknesses of both sides—why the mutineers lost and why the British won. The way he analyses the politico-military aspects of the revolution shows his wisdom as a youth of 26 years.
The Indian War of Independence, 1857, is a step by step account of the uprising of Indian Hindus and Muslims against the ruthless British rulers. Tracing footsteps of the barefooted, undernourished and almost unarmed Indian masses challenging the British bullets by the sheer force of their will power, the author establishes beyond an iota of doubt that the uprising was a War of Independence and not a mere Sepoy Mutiny as dubbed by the British.
Some glaring truths about this book:
• This book became the Bible for Indian revolutionaries.
• The book was proscribed by the British Government before its publication.
• The book was smuggled into India and England after it was published in Holland.
• The demand for this book was so enormous that it used to be sold and resold at the stupendous price of Rs. 300 (in 1910).