CHOKHER BALI NOVEL PDF
Title - Chokher Bali. Subject - NULL. Author - Tagore, Rabindranath. Language - bengali. Pages - Publication Year - Creator - Fast DLI Downloader. Such is the narrative mode of Chokher Bali —Rabindranath Tagore, Preface to This path-breaking novel by Rabindranath Tagore weaves a tangled web of. transition, the novel presents the confusing state of slippages from moral line, which in Chokher Bali also, like in his other novels portrays human beings in the.
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Hi there I will suggest you to use Wattpad App. There you can read different novels, short stories and other categories of books in free. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item pixia-club.infope: application/pdf pixia-club.info: Bengali pixia-club.info: Chokher Bali Ed.1st pixia-club.info Get this from a library! A grain of sand: chokher bali. [Rabindranath Tagore; Sreejata Guha; Swagato Ganguly].
The story begins with an episode where both Mahendra and Behari turn down a marriage proposal from a certain Binodini without as much as a glance at her photograph, unknowing then, of how her life would get entangled with their own in the near future. Rajalakshmi frets, but is soon mollified when her subsequent efforts bear fruition and a marriage is arranged between the teenaged Asha and Mahendra.
In the early days of connubial bliss, the young couple stay cooped up in bed and this consummation of early love causes Mahendra to miss classes at the University where he is training to become a doctor. On this pretext, the first cracks form in his relationship with his mother who suddenly feels jilted and displaced from her earlier position of undivided adulation in her son's affections.
As in D. H Lawrence's 'Sons and Lovers', the metaphorical umbilical cord that had thus conjoined mother and son is severed after the entry of Asha, and so the mother decides to take a journey to her village for a change of scenery. After her sojourn, she returns with Binodini, who has since been married and widowed, in tow. They strike up a friendship which is based on mutual understanding and a sense of shared fate which has placed them in the same boat as widowed women braving the storm of social stigma, albeit their differences in age.
Being born a woman in a hypocritical society that held on to such regressive thought was indeed tough luck.
Women were expected to jump into the funeral pyre of their husbands, which would be lighted with sandalwood so that after the flames would consume their flesh, their souls would arise in a fragrant plume of dust and be blown by the wind towards the heavens in obeisance to will of the gods.
Whereas if a man were to lose his wife, the selfsame deities would be glad to open the gates of heaven to the solitary female traveler whose other half would be left back in the realm of the living. What sort of divine logic was that?
Even after its abolition, widows were still considered pariah, and would live in isolation and penury till the end of their days since their worldly worth had been eroded irreversibly by fate.
Binodini was a beautiful and educated woman and her rapport with Rajalakshmi gradually endeared her to the rest of the household with her witticisms and austerity.
Being not far apart in age, she develops a close bond with Asha, who gives her the nickname, Chokher Bali. By this time, Mahendra, who is by nature a pretentious youth who writes poetry in English, the language of the colonial masters and dresses in the latest Western fashions, wearies of his wife, because in spite of her beauty, she fails to arouse in him an enduring passion on account of her being an uneducated simpleton with whom he cannot share his feelings.
There was also a superstition in those times that an educated woman was bound to become a widow, and so Asha was contended to play her part in the charade of life.
In one incident, a letter containing a love poem in English dedicated to Asha falls into the hands of the mother, who makes Binodini read it out to her.
Tagore also founded the Santiniketan School in now a part of Viswa Bharati University , an innovative school near Bolpur, West Bengal where students were taught in the midst of nature and encouraged to be self-dependent. A committed social reformer, Tagore was actively involved in rural reconstruction and spoke out against the caste system, untouchability, and the oppression of women among other issues.
A grain of sand : chokher bali
His novel Chokher Bali addresses the numerous restrictions in the life of a Bengali Hindu widow, Binodini, and is distinctly Modernist in its exploration of psychological motivations of characters. However, she remains committed to Bihari, and when that man finally encounters her in her travels and proposes marriage, she accepts his love and respect but spares him the social censure of marrying a widow. She offers to engage herself in one of his philanthropic missions instead.
To do this, he draws on the relationship between Binod and Mahendra, but imbues this relationship with a strong erotic charge. In an early scene of Chokher Bali, she comes across as almost malevolent as she refrains from pouring the water that will help her soi, Ashalata, wash off from her face the soap and excess sindoor—the red powder, worn on the parting, that is the most explicit traditional marker of marriage for Hindus in India.
Thus even as the framing of the scene situates the privileged wife at the center, it is Binodini, one of the peripheral figures in the scene, who ultimately commands our attention through her expressions and temporary act of denial. Foreshadowing transgression with echoes from Ray There are, however, other instances in which if not Binodini, then the director himself calls for a crossover into the space of the widow. Satyajit Ray brought international recognition to Bengali cinema.
His cousin, Amal, who arrives as a guest at his house shares with Charu a deep interest in literature. With the publication of her first piece, however, Charu implies to Amal that her writing is of little significance compared to her feelings for him.
Reversing the Gaze? With Binodini as protagonist, Rituparno Ghosh has been partially successful in reversing the sexual politics of classical cinema by transforming both the male characters Mahendra and Bihari into objects of a desiring gaze. Notably, Binodini is provided with a pair of binoculars signifying that she is ostensibly invested with subjectivity and the power of controlling the gaze. We may note the following shots: The gaze of the spectator and that of the camera are fused in all these shots thereby transforming the male body as spectacle.
However, Binodini too functions as an erotic spectacle particularly in the scene where Binodini demonstrates to Ashalata how to wear a blouse.
Here is an example of intra- diegatic gaze: Here the gaze of the spectator and that of Ashalata fuse, turning Binodini into an object of erotic desire. In the following scene, Ashalata, in a playful mood, bedecks Binodini with jewels and sends a letters to both Mahendra and Bihari promising them to show something.
This particular scene may be interpreted as an ironic reference to traditional cinema that has rendered women as passive viewers, looking at the onscreen female spectacle from the subject position of the desiring male, or identifying with the female character in a narcissistic way and enjoying the gratification and masochism that stem from being looked at.
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This particular scene is a conscious enactment of this tradition within the diegesis, where the male characters in the diegesis are invited to gaze at another female character.
Incidentally, here, we may note how the centrality of the pond in which widows condemned of transgressing the moral code, drown themselves, is established at the very outset: This particular pond is the site of punishment for the transgressors. Binodini too comes to the pond to commit suicide but fails. Mulvey says that fetishism leads to the over-valuation of the female image, as typified in the cult of the female star.
Rai had replaced a comparatively plain-looking and a non-star Nandita Das. Therefore, when she is accused of immoral wantonness, she proudly walks out of the house. In mainstream cinema, a woman accused of wantonness is either devalued for her sins and either punished or saved.
Chowdhury, Prem. Widows in India: Social Neglect and Public Action Martha Alter Clen.
Mulvey, Laura. Nandy, Asish. At the Edge of Psychology: Essays in Politics and Culture Exiled at Home. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, Page 9 of 9. Download pdf.Again, Binodini convinces Rajlakshmi into drinking tea, which a widow is forbidden to have. Tagore died before independence but his contribution to the freedom movement lives on and likewise, his fictional prophecy regarding partition proved to be correct. Satyajit Ray brought international recognition to Bengali cinema.
Significantly enough, she does not even remarry when Bihari relents to accept her as wife. Skip to main content. Set in late 19th Century Bengal, 'Choker Bali' revolves around the life of a wealthy family whose inner family dynamic which rested on the gentle stasis between the progressive Mahendra and his widowed mother, collapses under the duress of altered circumstances.
Sales Rank: in Books Published on: Binodini attempts to draw the pampered wife into the zone of unredeemed denial.
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