In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the October–November 2020 topic challenge.
Based on the number of votes (5 upvotes, one downvote), the tenth topic challenge of the year 2020 will be
the works of Rabindranath Tagore
What's a topic challenge?
See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, during October and November 2020 you are invited to try to read at least one work by the Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore and ask questions about it.
Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during October and November too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.
How can I take part?
By getting hold of one or more works by Rabindranath Tagore and asking good questions about it (or them). Questions about these works should be tagged with rabindranath-tagore and either the work's title (for book-length works) or short-stories (for short stories, as the name implies). We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.
I would like to suggest Rabindranath Tagore (1861—1941), an important Bengali writer who wrote poems, short stories, and novels.
This is in part a response to the suggestion of Munshi Premchand (1880—1936), a Hindi writer whose works seem quite difficult to get in English. I expect that choosing Premchand for a challenge would fail for the same reason some of the challenges before the reboot did: the author is too obscure and people will not be able to find his books.
Tagore is an Indian writer from roughly the same period. However, his work appears to be much more available in English: many of his poems can be found on the internet, and several of his plays and short story collections, and his novel The Home and the World are available from Project Gutenberg. Other novels of his have also been translated, although I don't know whether they are available online.
Further information thanks to user37920:
- Tagore received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for his poems and collections of poetry, largely Gitanjali / Song Offerings.
- The national anthem of India, "Jana Gana Mana", was originally composed as "Bharoto Bhagyo Bidhata" in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore.
- The national anthem of Bangladesh, "Amar Sonar Bangla", was also written and composed by Tagore, making him the only musician to have composed the national anthem for two sovereign countries.
- Rabindranath Tagore on Wikisource: works such as The Home and the World (novel, 1916), The Post Office (play, 1914), The Hungry Stones and Other Stories.
- Rabindranath Tagore on AllPoetry.com.
- Tagore, Rabindranath, 1861-1941 on The Online Books Page (University of Pennsylvania).
- Rabindranath Tagore - Bibliography on NobelPrize.org.
- Tagore Web.
- Selected Short Stories. Translated by William Radice. Penguin, 2005. (352 pages).
- The Essential Tagore, edited by Fakrul Alam and Radha Chakravarty. Harvard University Press, 2014. (864 pages).
- The Definitive Tagore. Rupa Publications, 2017. (664 pages). This volume contains the Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, My Boyhood Days (1940), The Post Office (1914), Chokher Bali (1903), Gitanjali (1910), The Home and the World (1916), "Nationalism in India", Glimpses of Bengal (1920) and five short stories.
- Vote for the next topic challenge (November–December), or propose your own!