For this particular location, I was excited not just about the Fair but to visit an author’s house that is close to the station who wrote the famous “I praise to thee, Mother”. We have hummed this many a times and yet these words seem unfamiliar to most of you now. If you wonder, whether you really know the lyrics of this song?
Look for news for the recent controversy around it not being played on 1st of January which has been a practice for 13 years.
That is the English translation of our very own Vande Mataram – the national song, written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee.
A little trivia
This song was actually included in his novel AnandMath and the poem was composed by Rabindranath Tagore. In political context, this was a popular song in the Indian freedom movement.
How many of you think, this song still instills patriotic feeling as we utter or write Vande Mataram with the potential to trigger political activism?
I have a flair for reading and writing, and I am always excited about literature fests, visiting author’s houses and residences of intellectuals. In Santiniketan, I remember staring at Amartya Sen’s house for an abnormally long time. One can strive to make money and be rich however mental wealth is a whole different game altogether.