The Poison Tree

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1st World Publishing, Jul 1, 2006 - Literary Collections - 196 pages
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Nagendra Natha Datta is about to travel by boat. It is the month Joisto (May - June), the time of storms. His wife, Surja Mukhi, had adjured him, saying, "Be careful; if a storm arises be sure you fasten the boat to the shore. Do not remain in the boat." Nagendra had consented to this, otherwise Surja Mukhi would not have permitted him to leave home; and unless he went to Calcutta his suits in the Courts would not prosper. Nagendra Natha was a young man, about thirty years of age, a wealthy zemindar (landholder) in Zillah Govindpur. He dwelt in a small village which we shall call Haripur. He was travelling in his own boat. The first day or two passed without obstacle. The river flowed smoothly on - leaped, danced, cried out, restless, unending, playful. On shore, herdsmen were grazing their oxen - one sitting under a tree singing, another smoking, some fighting, others eating. Inland, husbandmen were driving the plough, beating the oxen, lavishing abuse upon them, in which the owner shared.
 

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Contents

NAGENDRAS JOURNEY BY BOAT
13
COMING EVENTS CAST THEIR SHADOWS BEFORE
19
OF MANY SUBJECTS
24
TARA CHARAN
28
OH LOTUSEYED WHO ART THOU?
31
THE READER HAS CAUSE FOR GREAT DISPLEASURE
36
HARIDASI BOISNAVI
39
THE BABU
47
WHAT IS THE POISON TREE?
120
THE SEARCH
122
EVERY SORT OF HAPPINESS IS FLEETING
125
THE FRUIT OF THE POISON TREE
128
THE SIGNS OF LOVE
132
BY THE ROADSIDE
137
IS THERE HOPE?
140
HIRAS POISON TREE HAS BLOSSOMED
144

SURJAMUKHIS LETTER
52
THE SPROUT
56
CAUGHT AT LAST
64
HIRA
68
NO
72
LIKE TO LIKE
77
THE FORLORN ONE
83
HIRAS ENVY
89
HIRAS QUARREL THE BUD OF THE POISON TREE
93
THE CAGED BIRD
100
DESCENT
104
GOOD NEWS
108
SURJA MUKHI AND KAMAL MANI
115
NEWS OF SURJAMUKHI
146
THOUGH ALL ELSE DIES SUFFERING DIES NOT
152
THE FRUIT OF HIRAS POISON TREE
158
HIRAS GRANDMOTHER
161
A DARK LIFE
164
THE RETURN
167
EXPLANATION
174
THE SIMPLETON AND THE SERPENT
176
THE CATASTROPHE
180
KUNDAS TONGUE IS LOOSENED
182
THE END
185
GLOSSARY OF HINDU WORDS
188
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