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Rabindranath's letter to Census Superintendent O'Donnel

9th January, 1891
As secretary of the Adi Brahmo Samaj, Rabindranath writes to the census superintendent C. J. O'Donnel stating that, "The members of the Adi Brahmo Samaj are really Hindus."
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Garden party

10th January, 1891
Members of the Indian National Congress reception committee and young students, who acted as volunteers at the sixth annual session of Indian National Congress invited to a garden party.
At this party Rabindranath sings Gao Bharater Joy written by Satyendranath.
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Kavya

12th January, 1891
Rabindranath's Bengali piece in the Parivarik Smritilipi Pustak, later published in the Sadhana.
Parivarik Smritilipi Pustak is a family khata (note book), placed on a tall desk at Satyandranath's Bhawanipur home. Anyone could write anything in it. Currently it is preserved at Rabindra Bhavan, Visva Bharati. It contains many writings of Rabindranath giving a glimpse of his versatility. Kavya is a long article he wrote in the khata, and was later published in the Sadhana magazine after dropping the first and last parts of it.
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Rabindranath's zamindari visit

13th January, 1891
Rabindranath visits another estate at Patisar, Kaligram (now in Bangladesh). As usual he travels by boat.
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Rabindranath writes to Mrinalini Devi

January, 1891
Rabindranath writes to Mrinalini Devi, "I've arrived in Kaligram today. It took us three days." He is missing the children. "I saw Khoka in a dream last night - he was on my lap and I was caressing him."
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Rabindranath's understanding of rural population

January, 1891
During these tours of and spells of residence in the zamindari estates over the years in East Bengal, Rabindranath grows familiar with and acquires deep insights into the life of the poor rural masses who were his ryot or tenants.
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Birth of Renuka

23rd January, 1891
Rabindranath's third child Renuka (daughter) is born.
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Rabindranath in Sahajadpur

23rd January, 1891
From Patisar Rabindranath goes by river to Sahajadpur for a few days.
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Letter to Indira Devi

January, 1891
Rabindranath writes a letter to Indira Devi describing the journey to Sahajadpur.
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Pain in Shoulder

4th February, 1891
Rabindranath develops a crippling pain in the shoulders.
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Rabindranath in Shilaidaha

9th February, 1891
Rabindranath comes over to Shilaidaha.
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Letters to Indira Devi, later Chhinnapatra

1891
In a number of letters written in this period to Indira Devi (later collected in the Chhinnapatra), Rabindranath sketches certain types destined to figure later in the short stories.
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Reading from Europe Jatrir Diary

14th March, 1891
At the 18th ordinary meeting of Chaitanya Library, Rabindranath reads the introductory part of Europe Jatrir Diary. Sir Gurudas Banerjee presides.
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Performance of Mayar Khela

15th March, 1891
Mayar Khela is performed at Satyendranath's Park St. residence on the occasion of a wedding in the family. Rabindranath acts in the performance. The other members of the family, including Jyotirindranath and Indira Devi play various parts.
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Publication of Europe Jatrir Diary (part 1)

5th May, 1891
Rabindranath publishes Europe Jatrir Diary (part 1) and dedicates it to Lokendranath Palit.
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Rabindranath at 31

7th May, 1891
Rabindranath is at 31 now, birthday celebrated. Gifts include a hard-bound note book from Priyamvada Devi and the works of Herbert Spencer from Indira Devi and Surendranath.
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Rabindranath's voice on Phonograph

May, 1891
Jagadishchandra Bose records Rabindranath's voice with a phonograph – the first effort of its kind.
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Rabindranath becomes the Literary Editor of Hitabadi

30th May, 1891
The weekly, Hitabadi, makes its debut with Rabindranath as the literary editor.
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Rabindranath's short stories in Hitabadi

May, 1891
Rabindranath contributes the first Bengali short stories to the weekly Hitabadi starting from May, 1891.
  • Dena Paona May,1891
  • Postmaster May,1891
  • Ginni May,1891
  • Ramkanaier Nirbuddhita May,1891
  • Byabodhan May,1891
  • Taraprasanner Kirti May,1891
  • Khata May,1891
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Chandranath Basu vs. Rabindranath

May, 1891
Rabindranath locks horns with well known educationist, writer and literary critic Chandranath Basu over the article Akal Vivaha published in the Hitabadi.
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Letter to Mrinalini Devi

June, 1891
From Sahajadpur Rabindranath writes to Mrinalini Devi fondly making fun of her,"Well, I hunted up and down the houses of all milkmen in Sahajadpur for the finest ghee of skimmed milk and sent it home for you to eat, yet why is it that you didn't even mention it in your letter?....your sense of gratitude is gradually getting dulled..."
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End of association with Hitabadi

July, 1891
Rabindranath ends his association with the weekly Hitabadi.
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Letters to Indira Devi

July, 1891
Rabindranath is now writing to Indira Devi the letters which will be later collected in the Chinnapatra.
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Tight economy forces reduced allowances

July, 1891
For reasons of economy, monthly allowances paid to the members of the family reduced. Rabindranath now gets Rs. 150 instead of the usual Rs. 200.
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Rabindranath in Orissa

August, 1891
Rabindranath travels by steamer and boat to Orissa to inspect the zamindari estates.
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Letter to Indira Devi

11th August, 1891
In a letter written to Indira Devi, Rabindranath describes the travails of the journey.
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Chitrangada

13th September, 1891
At Pandua (Orissa) Rabindranath completes the verse drama Chitrangada – his last play written in blank verse.
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Rabindranath goes from Kolkata to Shilaidaha

1st October, 1891
Rabindranath leaves Kolkata for Shilaidaha.
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Letters to Indira Devi

October, 1891
In his letters to Indira Devi, Rabindranath writes about the vast autumnal landscape and the moods it evokes.
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Sadhana magazine published

30th November, 1891
The Sadhana magazine published by the Tagores. As usual Rabindranath at the helm. After Bankimchandra's Bangadarshan, Sadhana is the greatest literary magazine of contemporary Bengal and remains a landmark.
Rabindranath writes as many as 40 of the 92 pages of the inaugural issue of Sadhana. His contributions include the famous short story Khokababur Pratyabartan and the first of the 11 instalments of Europe Jatrir Diary.
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Rabindranath back in Kolkata

19th December, 1891
Rabindranath comes back to Kolkata from Shilaidaha.
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Santiniketan Brahmo Mandir

21st December, 1891
Inauguration of the newly built Brahmo Mandir in Santiniketan. Hundreds of visitors and devotees descend on Santiniketan. Rabindranath leads the choir at prayers.
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