My Boyhood Days (Chhelebela, 1940) is Tagore’s second memoir of his childhood days, written when he was nearing eighty. He describes, without a trace of self-pity, the spartan life he had to lead under his father’s instruction.
He amusingly called his early days as being under “servocracy”, his word for the reign of servants.
He was a lonely boy, and his only playmate was his own soul. In this atmosphere he found two of the major motives of his creative life – joy and mystery. This sense of wonder and this delight in the seemingly commonplace experience of boyhood helped him become a great poet.
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