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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Where our lives r without fear..."

A guilty pleasure lately has been to follow some of my favorite film people on Twitter, especially since Shah Rukh Khan, the Indian superstar, started an account (as @iamsrk). (You might remember him as the global icon harassed by morons in US Customs last year.) His tweets are a delight.

Today SRK shared his updated version of a classic Rabindranath Tagore poem, "Where the Mind Is Without Fear". Each section below is a single tweet; it took several to do his whole poem. (In case you're not familiar with Twitter, each "tweet" or message is limited to 140 characters, and spelling and punctuation are often creative due to the required brevity and to the exigencies of messaging with tiny keyboards. I'm intrigued by how people are using this short form. Emily Dickinson probably would have been right at home on Twitter, given her telegraphic style.)

So, with that intro, here are SRK's (1965 - ) tweets on Tagore, from first to last.

watched news on tv tonite & thought of the poem by great rabindranth tagore. at risk of being lynched i kind of updated it.here goes.

where our lives r without fear, & the media is beyond lies. where water is free. where the states don't want to break into fragments.

where words r not just words. where economy is not hampered by selfish gains. where mere reasons r not given for rise in prices

where sportsmen r paid their justified dues where education is not money grabbing institutes where young girls r not molested

where army personnel r respected and respectable where people r not shot on the roads to die...by guns or cameras

where the mind is led by Thee and your words remembered from all the Holy books into ever widening thought and action let my country awake

I can't help liking SRK's poem best, probably because it's about so many contemporary concerns that I relate to personally more than to Tagore's more abstract ideals, and also because I like to do a bit of filking myself and can appreciate what he did there, since Tagore's poem just begs for a Twitter treatment. But here's the wonderful original by Rabindrinath Tagore (1861-1941), great national poet of India and muse of the Independence movement, when Freedom promised to open the path to a better world...

Where The Mind is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake


Jai Hind!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Copied this one for my own self,
a great prayer. Thank you.

I admit that I am not a reader of poetry.
I like listening to poetry read;
and when someone points out a favorite I tend to listen to that one bit.
But I cannot manage to read poetry as I read a novel or Buddhist teachings.

Thank you for this one.

Kate Powell