Shades Of Words

Mystic Moods


Its almost outrageous that I should consider reviewing the literary work of someone as globally renowned and acknowledged as Rabindranath Tagore. But our goal is to write about things that we feel are worth sharing, so here goes an attempt to explain my first experience with Tagore.

‘Mystic Moods’ is a compilation of 10 short stories more or less centered around the inherent darkness in the minds and hearts of all humans. The stories reflect some of the social evils of the pre-independence era such as child marriage and the reduced status of women.

‘The living and the dead’ is a dark comedy about a women assumed to be dead by others, believed to be dead by herself and actually alive. Entertaining and ironic, it is a reflection of the human fear of death.

‘Craving Stones’ is an out-an-out bone chiller with all the essential ingredients – an abandoned mansion , a lone bachelor , an ancient cook and wailings in the night. Vivid descriptions make you hair stand!

In ‘Metamorphosis’ , possibly the only story with an happy ending, we trace the story of a rebellious village girl who is married off to an educated young man who is taken in by her by independence and fierce nature. She does not fit in the traditional role of a wife, and her husband gives her several chances to be happy. No amount of cajoling or coaxing can turn her into a lady, it is something that she discovers for herself.

All of them are good in terms of story line, and the language is impeccable though certain beauty gets lost in translation from Bengali to English.

Verdict: Read more of Tagore.


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

4 thoughts on “Mystic Moods

  1. I felt the book was kindof chilling because of the darker themes portrayed here. I’m presently reading Tagore’s selected works but most of the poetry seems to go over…so I’m sticking to prose.

  2. Yes . I agree. I never expected Tagore to write stuff about paranormal. I still have not gone on to reading more Tagore but that is in the pipeline

  3. I’m going to see if my library has a copy of this as it sounds like it might be an interesting read and teach me a little more about India. Are there other authors you would recommend?

    The picture you have for your header is wonderful!

    • Hi Cath,

      Thanks for your comments. The picture is from a wordpress template but thanks anyway.The theme is ocean mist. Sounds nice and dreamy, doesnt it?

      Tagore is obviously brilliant. I would also recommend VS Naipaul and Salman Rushdie. I have enjoyed reading their books. And ofcourse you must try ‘The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri.

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