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Charaiveti: An Academic's Journey-1

My young days in Santiniketan were immersed in Tagore's music, poetry and drama

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Santiniketan | Rabindranath Tagore | poetry

Pranab Bardhan 



Pranab Bardhan

On long plane journeys I do not sleep well. But some years back in one such journey I was tired and fell fast asleep. When I woke up, I saw a little note on my lap. It was from the captain in charge of the plane. It said, “I did not want to disturb you, but from our computer log I could see that your total travel so far with our airlines group just crossed 3 million miles. So congratulations! It seems you travel almost as much as I do.” I made a quick calculation, 3 million miles is like six return trips from the earth to the moon. With a deep sigh I chanted to myself, as our plane was hurtling through the night sky, a word from an ancient Sanskrit hymn: Charaiveti (keep moving!)

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First Published: Wed, July 21 2021. 23:18 IST

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