TU || Flax Golden Tales || Four Levels of Interpretation Lesson 21

Level: B.A/ B.B.S || Lesson 21 The Cabuliwallah (Rabindra Nath Tagore, India 1861-1941)

Words Meaning

Chatter = talk

Prattle = childish talk

Vexed = angry

Tide = wave

Darting off = speak fluently

Contrived = tried

Precarious = insecure

Started = lured

Startled = protested

Pounced = attacked

Impending = probable

Judicious = suitable

Peddler = vendor

Clung = stuck

Proceeded = went ahead

Quaint = strange

Trifle = a little

Be wildered = confused

Merriment = happiness

Timid = coward

Sturdy = strong aloof

Discomfited = became sad

Formidable = freighting

A trifle = little

Gigantic = terrible

Merchandise = selling goods

Intervene = interfere

Grave = serious, solemn

Kidnapped = take away by force

Accord = desire

Subsided = sank

Uproar = noise

Stain = spot

Fettered = chained

Imprisonment = kept in jail

Sordid = ugly

Throbbed = heart beat

Wail = lamentation

Pervaded = covered

Vigor = strength

Wounded = injured

Apparition = face

Lane = street

Curtail = reduce

Festivities = celebrations

Blushed = became red face with shy

Wistfully = sadly

Smoothened = managed to be plain

Summary

In this story Cabuliwallah is the main character. He was from Kabul. Mini is also a character. She is Tagore’s own daughter. Tagore introduced his daughter Mini to the Cabuliwallah when Mini was only 5 years of age. Cabuliwallah was a peddler. He used to sell different things walking along the street. But Tagore’s wife had told Mini not to speak with peddlers because they could kidnap small children. Mini’s father did allow Mini to go near Cabuliwallah. But after her father introduced Mini to Cabuliwallah, she started to talk with him for a long time. Cabuliwallah used to bring fruit for Mini and told her interesting stories. Sometimes he used to make fun asking her when Mini was going to father-in-laws’ house. But Mini didn’t understand what he said. She understood that father-in-laws house means prison. Mini also asked Cabuliwallah the same question when he was going to father-in-laws’ house. At that time Cabuliwallah laughed.

One day Tagore saw Cabuliwallah bloodstained and the policemen were taking him to prison. Then Cabuliwallah told Tagore that he had injured a neighbor who didn’t pay his dues. When the Cabuliwallah was telling Tagore about the event suddenly Mini came there and asked Rehman (Cabuliwallah) whether he was also going to father-in-laws house. Then he Cabuliwallah said that he would kill the father-in-laws if he could find him. Agter eight years when Cabuliwallah released from the jail, he again came to meet Mini but Mini’s father Tagore didn’t allow him to meet on that day and asked him to come another day. There was fruit for Mini in Cabuliwallah’s hand. Then Cabuliwallah showed finger prints. He also added that he used to see his daughter’s face in Mini’s. Then Tagore’s heart melted with pity. Then Mini was called and Mini came in wedding sari. When he saw her in wedding sari, he felt shy to speak with her and finally asked her if she was going to father-in-laws house. Mini felt shy and bowed her head down because she understood the real meaning of the father-in-law’s house. After this Tagore offers him some money as gift and advised him to return his home land Cabul where his daughter might be waithing for her father – Rehman. Then Cabuliwallah (Rehman) leaves the place.

Four Levels of Interpretation

  1. Literal Comprehension

In this story Cabuliwallah is the main character. He was from Kabul. Mini is also a character. She is Tagore’s own daughter. Tagore introduced his daughter Mini to the Cabuliwallah when Mini was only 5 years of age. Cabuliwallah was a peddler. He used to sell different things walking along the street. But Tagore’s wife had told Mini not to speak with peddlers because they could kidnap small children. Mini’s father did allow Mini to go near Cabuliwallah. But after her father introduced Mini to Cabuliwallah, she started to talk with him for a long time. Cabuliwallah used to bring fruit for Mini and told her interesting stories. Sometimes he used to make fun asking her when Mini was going to father-in-laws’ house. But Mini didn’t understand what he said. She understood that father-in-laws house means prison. Mini also asked Cabuliwallah the same question when he was going to father-in-laws’ house. At that time Cabuliwallah laughed.

One day Tagore saw Cabuliwallah bloodstained and the policemen were taking him to prison. Then Cabuliwallah told Tagore that he had injured a neighbor who didn’t pay his dues. When the Cabuliwallah was telling Tagore about the event suddenly Mini came there and asked Rehman (Cabuliwallah) whether he was also going to father-in-laws house. Then he Cabuliwallah said that he would kill the father-in-laws if he could find him. Agter eight years when Cabuliwallah released from the jail, he again came to meet Mini but Mini’s father Tagore didn’t allow him to meet on that day and asked him to come another day. There was fruit for Mini in Cabuliwallah’s hand. Then Cabuliwallah showed finger prints. He also added that he used to see his daughter’s face in Mini’s. Then Tagore’s heart melted with pity. Then Mini was called and Mini came in wedding sari. When he saw her in wedding sari, he felt shy to speak with her and finally asked her if she was going to father-in-laws house. Mini felt shy and bowed her head down because she understood the real meaning of the father-in-law’s house. After this Tagore offers him some money as gift and advised him to return his home land Cabul where his daughter might be waithing for her father – Rehman. Then Cabuliwallah (Rehman) leaves the place.

  1. Interpretation

The writer tries to show that everyone loves children and some people are compelled to spend their life away from their family members due to their poverty. In this story Cabuliwallah is presented as a poor person and he is away from his family members. Sometimes these poor but innocent people become victim due to their poverty. Though Rehman had to take money from his heighbour but the niighbour denied paying so he injured him. These types of people have also love and sympathy for others though they are poor.

  1. Critical Thinking

The language that is used in the text is easy to understand. The story, which is presented can melt everyone’s heart. This shows poor condition of peddler in the streets but nobody thinks about their life. In the end of this story Mini’s father didn’t allow to meet Mini because it was auspicious day. It isn’t good. We should give respect to all whether someone poor or rich. They have feelings like rich people. They have also children like rich people. Only difference is that they can’t support their family members as rich people though they spend their life happy with satisfaction.

  1. Assimilation

When I read this story, I remembered my friend who was a government official and worked in Gokule Bazaar. His family members were in Kathmandu. One day I invited him to my brother Hemant’s birthday party at home then he attended the party. When we were sharing happiness and eating sweet food with our family members, the tears rolled from his eyes and he started sobbing. I asked him why he was sobbing. He said that he remembered his little son – Harry. Then we also felt sad.

Possible questions

  1. Why do you think Cabuliwallah and Elaine were treated as “perpetual outsiders” what are similarities and differences of their situations?
  2. Summarize the story, the Cabuliwallah in five paragraphs.

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