The title of the novel Chokher Bali explains the story line: Two young friends Binodini and Asha gradually become the irritant of each others. After reading the other two answers here, I am tempted to share a word of caution : the ending of Tagore’s novel ‘Chokher Bali’ is pretty different in content from. The Filminists review the adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Chokher Bali by Anurag Basu. With a score of 12 (on a scale from -5 to 15), this.

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Meaning of Chokher Bali Chokher Bali is a regional word of Bengali language which literally means ‘sand bwli the eye’ or a constant irritant to the eye. Jun 25, Close2suraj. In a somewhat underwhelming end to the story, he takes the reader to the ghat town of Kashi, on the banks of the holy river Ganges, where Bali makes one last attempt to salvage some pride by marrying Behari but aborts after securing a promise from him, leaving behind a letter of regret, informing of her choher for the ‘New Country’, alluding to the impending partition of the country.

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Tagore weaves the character of Bali masterfully with multiple brush strokes and presents her circumstances, both, as a product of the culmination of the social ills of the day as well as her own weakness. Tagore translated in English has always had a stilted and archaic quality. Sentences end abruptly and the dialogues are rather blunt. On the day of marriage Binodini vanishes, leaving baali letter for Asha. I wish I could read the original. Is adultery a sin? Contrary to him, is the ever sacrificing Behari whom I hated a bit for just simply giving up everything for the very people who took advantage of him.


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Retrieved 5 May But was she a widow by choice? But I guess knowing she was loved, truly, would have to suffice. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in “because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the Chokhr.

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Internationally known for his poetic brilliance; Tagore’s novels are also an interesting and compelling bqli. But that son, Mahendra, was one of the first to see Binodini’s photo when she was propsed as a prospective wife for him, yet refused her on account of his being “unready for marriage.

Binodini plays the role of temptress and being unhappy- avenges her jealousy and unfulfilled desires.

Edit Cast Episode credited cast: I hoped that they would give a happy ending but they did not change it. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. This book was totally out of my comfort zone. But all characters at one point of time entirely forgot to draw a line between their feelings and relationship and so things went out of hand so much so that it could not be controlled by anyone except for time.

Chokher Bali

Their dream is gradually shattered by the arrival of Binodini. Through the story of Binodini, Tagore questions the societal norms. Neither of them shows any interest nor even take a look at the photograph. I actually love Tagore – I have read his translated short stories by William Radice, who did a lovely job in retaining the essence of the master and the Hindi translation of my favourite, the famous Kabuliwala, way back in school.


Chokher Bali 06 Jul Archived copy as title CS1 errors: Rajalakshmi, the mother, is kept company in her old age by her sister-in-law who is also a widow, and Behari, a very close friend of Mahendra is also a part of the family circle. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.

He is disillusioned and gets ready to leave her wife Asha for Binodini. Chokher Bali 06 Jul 9. M It gets two stars from me primarily because i was reading a translation.

Bihari falls in love with Asha, but so does Mahendra—and he ends up marrying Balk. The movie correctly depicts what Tagore so skillfully wrote and is a sad, stirring tale of the deceit and sorrow that come from being unsatisfied and unhappy.

This is one of those books that motivate me to take up Bengali again and read unabridged. Return to Book Page. A nice read for the weekend.

The archaic laws of a British era Bengal deprived her of an actual life. Now, when the two arrive the woman’s son and his new bride are in the throes of passion, constantly sneaking off to be alone together; this infatuation does not last long, however, when Mahendra begins to see that his wife’s friend, Binodini, is more his type.