Tagore

Joy of the Day 18/365: Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore is perhaps the most revered poet, songwriter, and artist of the Bengal Region. He was the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1913), and wrote the national anthems of both Bangladesh and India. "The fragrance of your mango groves makes me wild with joy," go the lyrics to Amar Sonar Bangla ("My Golden Bengal"), the anthem for Bangladesh.

I'm not that wild for mangoes, but after my time in Bangladesh, I am deeply infected with Tagore-love. I could go on for a long time about him. For now, lacking time, I will just add a quote that I ran into again yesterday by him:

I slept and dreamed that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.