Today while working out, rendition of the Tagore classic poem “Dui Pakhi” came up on my playlist. This rendition was from Rhythms of Tagore album by Bikram Ghosh and Shovansundar Bosu. There’s the beautiful interjection of “sajan more ghar aa..sajanwa..” at the point of desperation..
This popular poem has of course been translated earlier, but I want to do my own.
So here is the translation – for my Tamil family, and Non-Bangali friends. I will not attempt to rhyme.
The CageBird was in its Cage made of Gold
the ForestBird was in the Wilderness..
One day somehow the two met
One wonders what was in the mind of the Divine..
The ForestBird says dear CageBird, let’s go together to the Forest!
the CageBird answers ForestBird come let’s live in the privacy of the Cage..
The ForestBird says No! I will not be caught in Chains
the CageBird says Alas! How will I venture out in the Forest!
The ForestBird sings sitting outside the Cage, all those songs of the Wild
the CageBird recites the words taught to it; each bird’s expression different
The ForestBird says CageBird dear, sing some songs of the Wild
the CageBird says ForestBird, learn some songs of the Cage
The ForestBird says No! I want not the songs taught
The CageBird says Alas! how do I sing songs of the Wild..
The ForestBird says the Sky is deep blue, and it has no bounds..
the CageBird says the Cage is organised, and covered from all sides
The ForestBird says in midst of the Clouds you can leave all what is yours
the CageBird says in this quiet comfortable corner, keep yourself anchored..
The ForestBird says No! where is the space there to fly!
the CageBird says Alas! where in the clouds is there a roost to rest
So the two birds love each other..
but don’t get each other close
The two birds sit facing each other, through the gaps of the Cage
Each doesn’t understand the other, nor can it make itself understood..
Both in their lonely desperation beat their wings, beg the other to come close
The ForestBird says No! Who knows when the Cage may shut close!
The CageBird says Alas! I no longer have the strength to fly..
Apologies to Kobiguru for this attempt, but I just had to.
This is the classic portrayal of opposite ideologies.. And every time you read you may find a parallel with what you may be going through in your life at that point.
The beauty I find now is the stubbornness of each side is portrayed without any judgment..
The interpretation I got from it this time, was related to a Collaboration lesson I am living through currently. The interpretation of not two love birds, but two Birds who live with their own choice, respect the other’s choice, and figure out a way of working together towards a common goal..