The Kingdom of Cards, by Rabindranath Tagore

Back on the Tagore podcast trail but slightly out of sequence — in that this the fifth podcast in the series is actually the sixth story from the collection — but I don’t think he’d mind.

The story is about a young prince who leaves his mother to seek fame and fortune and what occurs when he and his friends wash up on a strange island.

The Kolkatta (Calcutta) raised Tagore wrote a lot of these stories when he was managing the family estates in what is now Bangladesh.

The Home-coming, by Rabindranath Tagore

The fourth podcast of the english translation of an early collection of Tagore short stories is about a troublesome youth and his relationships with his family and the agonies of adolescence.

Once there was a King, by Rabindranath Tagore

The third Tagore short story in this series is the tale of the storyteller’s recollection of a rainy day in Kolkata when as a seven year old child he persuades his grandmother to tell him a story.

The Victory, by Rabindranath Tagore

The second story in this series of short stories is the tale of a royal poet and the battle he must fight for the affections of the court.

According to one source (unverified) the english version of The Victory was written by Tagore himself.

The Hungry Stones, by Rabindranath Tagore

This is the first of a series of occasional podcasts of the written works of Rabindranath Tagore.

This first of that series is from a collection of his short stories which were published in the west around 1916 and entitled ‘The Hungry Stones and Other Stories’.

It’s a tale that tells of a train journey shared by three men and the strange tale within a tale recounted by one of them. (Sorry about this but there’s some hammering going on during some of this podcast, a noisy neighbour was doing some D.I.Y during it’s recording … inconsiderate sod!).

The text used as the basis for this podcast was the one made available from the Project Gutenberg Library and while every attempt has been made to create a faithful rendition of the work there is no guarantee that it is an exact audio representation of any printed version. If you want to use this recording then please note that it is released under a creative commons license and you may only do so under the terms of that specific license.