In My Hands Today…

The Home and the World –¬†Rabindranath Tagore

174216Set on a Bengali noble’s estate in 1908, this is both a love story and a novel of political awakening.

The central character, Bimala, is torn between the duties owed to her husband, Nikhil, and the demands made on her by the radical leader, Sandip. Her attempts to resolve the irreconcilable pressures of the home and the world reflect the conflict in India itself, and the tragic outcome foreshadows the unrest that accompanied Partition in 1947.

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