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Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti: Inspirational poems to share on Bard of Bengal’s 151st birth anniversary

Rabindranath Tagore, also known as Gurudev, is fondly remembered for his teachings and commendable work. A Bengali polymath who worked as a poet, writer, social reformer, painter, composer, playwright, and philosopher is known for reshaping Bengali literature and music

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Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, also known as Gurudev, is fondly remembered for his teachings and commendable work. A Bengali polymath who worked as a poet, writer, social reformer, painter, composer, playwright, and philosopher is known for reshaping Bengali literature and music with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In 1913, the Bard of Bengal became the first non-European and the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Every year on May 7, people across India celebrate the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

On the occasion of the 151st Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti, share the inspirational poems written by Gurudev.

  1. Baby’s World

I wish I could take a quiet corner in the heart of my baby’s very
own world.
I know it has stars that talk to him, and a sky that stoops
down to his face to amuse him with its silly clouds and rainbows.
Those who make-believe to be dumb, and look as if they never
could move, come creeping to his window with their stories and with
trays crowded with bright toys.
I wish I could travel by the road that crosses baby’s mind,
and out beyond all bounds;
Where messengers run errands for no cause between the kingdoms
of kings of no history;
Where Reason makes kites of her laws and flies them, the Truth
sets Fact free from its fetters.

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2. Endless Time

Time is endless in thy hands, my lord.
There is none to count thy minutes.
Days and nights pass and ages bloom and fade like flowers.
Thou knowest how to wait.
Thy centuries follow each other perfecting a small wild flower.
We have no time to lose,
and having no time we must scramble for a chance.
We are too poor to be late.
And thus it is that time goes by
while I give it to every querulous man who claims it,
and thine altar is empty of all offerings to the last.
At the end of the day I hasten in fear lest thy gate be shut;
but I find that yet there is time.

3. Freedom

Freedom from fear is the freedom
I claim for you my motherland!
Freedom from the burden of the ages, bending your head,
breaking your back, blinding your eyes to the beckoning
call of the future;
Freedom from the shackles of slumber wherewith
you fasten yourself in night’s stillness,
mistrusting the star that speaks of truth’s adventurous paths;
freedom from the anarchy of destiny
whole sails are weakly yielded to the blind uncertain winds,
and the helm to a hand ever rigid and cold as death.
Freedom from the insult of dwelling in a puppet’s world,
where movements are started through brainless wires,
repeated through mindless habits,
where figures wait with patience and obedience for the
master of show,
to be stirred into a mimicry of life.

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Google celebrates Leap Day with a Doodle

The description with this moving illustration reads Ribbiting news, its Leap Day, February 29th, only occurs about every 4 years, to keep our calenders in alignment with the Earth and the Sun. Enjoy this bonus day of February – Happy Leap Day!

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Google released a doodle on Thursday, to mark Leap Day. This unique doodle depicts a frog marked with the leap day date set amid a setting involving the dates February 28 and March 1. The Leap Day vanishes as the frog jumps. This setting is illustrated against the background of a pond with stones and leaves where the word Google can be identified in the background.

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Leap Day’s origin can be traced back to over 2000 years ago. This was done to align the standard Gregorian calendar with the solar calendar and it also takes into account the fact that the Earth takes slightly over 365 days to orbit the sun that is 365.2422 days to be exact.

According to the Gregorian calendar which is the world’s most widely used calendar, each leap year consists of 366 days instead of 365. This extra day, known as Leap Day, adjusts for the fact that an astronomical year is slightly less than 365 days and 6 hours. The last leap day occurred in 2020, and the next will arrive in 2028. Leap year babies will get the opportunity to celebrate their birthday on February 29 this year as the day comes only once every 4 years.

Anthony a town in Texas, USA proudly proclaims itself as the Leap Year Capital of the World and hosts a festival every Leap Year to celebrate. Just like the Leap Day helps adjust our calendar, leap seconds are occasionally added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to sychronise atomic clocks with the Earth’s slowing rotation. Leap Day has featured in literature, movies, and music. One notable example is the 2010 romantic comedy film Leap Year.

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71st Miss World contestants visit Raj Ghat and pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

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Miss World contestants, accompanied by Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss world Organisation, visited the Raj Ghat, also known as the Gandhi memorial, on Monday, where they paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi. The 71st Miss World participants also visited the Gandhi Museum.

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss World Organisation said in a statement that her love of India is no secret and having the 71st Miss World Festival in this country means a lot to her. She thanked Jamil Saidi for his herculean efforts to make the return of the event to India a reality. She said the Miss World Organization has assembled the best team for the 71st edition.

The 71st Miss World will end with a dazzling grand finale at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. India last hosted the international pageant in 1996. Manushi Chhillar was the most recent Indian to win the pageant, having bagged the crown in 2017. Previously, Reita Faria Powell, Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas have also won the competition.

India is currently hosting Miss World 2024 in Delhi and Mumbai after 28 years. The competition will begin on  Februray 18, with the grand finale scheduled  on March 9, the 71st Miss World Pageant will feature 120 contestants from 120 countries and territories, which includes India and will feature various competitions and charitable initiatives. The 21-day fashion and beauty event will feature a variety of events that will empower young women as change agents and future leaders.  

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Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar pay tribute to Chhatrapathi Shivaji on his birth anniversary

Maharastra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and two deputy CMs attended various programmes to mark the occasion, which also included the cradle ceremony at the fort.  This day is celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti all over Maharashtra on two different dates every year- third day of Phalgun in the Samvat Hindu calendar, and February 19.

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Maharshtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde along with deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar paid tribute to Chhatrapathi Shivaji on his birth anniversary on Monday at Shivneri Fort in Pune. Maharastra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and two deputy CMs attended various programmes to mark the occasion, which also included the cradle ceremony at the fort. This day is celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti all over Maharashtra on two different dates every year- third day of Phalgun in the Samvat Hindu calendar, and February 19.

This day marks the birthday of the great Maratha Leader Shivaji I. He established Hindavi Swarajya. The warrior King Shivaji I was born at the Shivneri fort on the third day of the Krishna Paksha of the Phalgun month in the year 1551 of the Shalivahan Shaka. Chhatrapathi Shivaji, a great warrior King and was the founder of the Maratha Empire in the 17th century.

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