The Man From Kabul – Rabindranath Tagore

First line:

My five-year-old daughter, Mini, cannot live without chattering.

Last line:

But to me the wedding feast was all the brighter for the thought that in a distant land a long-lost father had met again his only child.

Most touching lines:

I took them, and was going to pay him, but he caught my hand and said, “You are very kind, sir! Keep me in your memory. Do not offer me money! You have a little girl; I, too, have one like her in my own home. I think of her, and bring this fruit to your child-not to make a profit for myself.”

Saying this, he put his hand inside his big loose robe and brought out a small and dirty piece of paper. Unfolding it with great care, he smoothed it out with both hands on my table. It bore the impression of a little hand. Not a photograph. Not a drawing. Merely the impression of an ink-smeared hand laid flat on the paper. This touch of the hand of his own little daughter he had carried always next to his heart as he had come year after year to Calcutta to sell his wares in the streets.

Tears came to my eyes. I forgot that he was a poor Kabuli fruit-seller, while I was- But no, what was I more than he?

He also was a father.

Layman’s plot: Peddler befriends a Rich Little Girl. Something happened and they lost touch. Peddler seeks for Rich Little Girl on her wedding day, but she is not little anymore.

Verdict: One of the saddest short stories I have ever read. I love it.

Read The Man From Kabul


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tmdivyalakshmi
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 22:34:04

    This story was my touchable story and i was pleased to here it


  2. booksssssss
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 11:41:38

    could you please put up the summary of this book and other works of Tagore?
    Thank you =)


  3. swapna
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 23:31:04

    its good


    Feb 08, 2012 @ 22:49:09

    This story was my touchable story


  5. lizalovejason
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 17:14:55

    i want to be mini his five year old that have a kabuliwallah


  6. roja
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 22:32:31

    its a dreamic one and senstive


  7. madhoo
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 22:34:21

    I like these type morals


  8. lata
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 22:35:38

    it is really great


  9. david
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 22:37:58

    nice fiction


  10. ganga
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 22:39:28

    it is a fantasy


  11. SUDHA
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 22:41:44

    a tinching,a bit chilly.


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