Ekla cholo re!

Kolkata balcony

Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re,
Ekla cholo, ekla cholo, ekla cholo, ekla cholo re.

Jodi keu kotha na koe, ore ore o obhaga,keu kothana koi
Jodi shobai thake mukh firaee shobai kore bhoe,
Tobe poran khule
O tui mukh fute tor moner kotha ekla bolo re.

Jodi shobai fire jae, ore ore o obhaga,shobai phire jai
Jodi gohon pothe jabar kale keu fire na chae,
Tobe pother kata
O tui roktomakha chorontole ekla dolo re.

Jodi alo na dhore, ore ore o obhaga,
Jodi jhor-badole adhar rate duar dee ghore—
Tobe bojranole
Apon buker pajor jalie nie ekla jolo re.

Jodi tor dak shune keu na ashe tobe ekla cholo re,

Translation to English
If they answer not to your call walk alone
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou unlucky one,open your mind and speak out alone.
If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou unlucky one,trample the thorns under thy tread, and along the blood-lined track travel alone.
If they shut doors and do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O thou unlucky one, with the thunder flame of pain ignite your own heart, and let it burn alone.

~~~Rabindranath Tagore~~~

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  1. Reply
    Bob Scotney January 22, 2016

    Superb photo, made better by the angle of the shot.

  2. Reply
    Tony McGurk January 21, 2016

    Beautiful photo & I really like the angle you took it from

  3. Reply
    Karen S. January 20, 2016

    Excellent view looking in!

  4. Reply
    ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© January 20, 2016

    Wonderful verse and picture to match.

  5. Reply
    Freda Mans January 20, 2016

    Wonderful photo of the Rickshaw driver.

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