Rabindranath Tagore was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He started writing at an early age and by the turn of the century had become a household name. In 1913 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and his verse collection, Gitanjali came to be known internationally. His works include novels; plays; essays on religious, social and literary topics; some sixty collections of verse; over a hundred short stories; and more than 2500 songs, including the national anthems of India and Bangladesh. Tagore’s eminence as India’s greatest modern poet remains unchallenged to this day.
Here are six quotes from his books, Chokher Bali and The Home and The World that show how brave and fierce Tagore’s protagonists were.