Sunday, March 24, 2013

Gora - Rabindranath Tagore

Good read overall, although parts of it get boring specially the ones where there are longish descriptive passages of Gora's views on India.

The story is set in pre-independence Bengal. The story follows two friends and their views as they grapple with the conflict of the traditional 'hindu' culture with its rigid rituals, caste and untouchability, as it came in conflict with various changes, including the Brahmo Samaj.

I'd read a short excerpt of it long back, and I remember it had left a very strong impact on my views on 'identity'. The identities we pick purely by accident of birth, the castes, nationalities, religion.. what if you were to suddenly discover that you are adopted, or perhaps got switched in hospitals at birth. How much of your idea of 'self' would you still retain? How much of your identities? How many of your views? 

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