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Akshayakumar Mitra

12th January, 1895
Writes to his boyhood friend Akshaykumar asking him to come.
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Akshaykumar at Jorasanko

13th January, 1895
Turns up the very next day.
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Indira Devi

14th January, 1895
Writes to Indira, "It was difficult for me to even engage in polite conversation with him." He is exceedingly busy making preparations for Maghotsav.
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Library

January, 1895
Sets up a small library in Santiniketan, buys books for it.
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Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

20th January, 1895
Attends the 8th monthly meeting of the Parishad in Kolkata.
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Maghotsav

24th January, 1895
Held at Maharshi Bhavan or Jorasanko Mansion.
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Song

24th January, 1895
Composes only one song – Nitya taba satya taba.
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Prabhatkumar

January, 1895
Starts correspondence with young writer Prabhatkumar Mukherjee, then living in UP.
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Sadhana (Magh issue)

January, 1895
Contains as usual a number of pieces written by the poet.
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Short story Nisithe

January, 1895
The fascinating short story Nisithe printed in this issue is the butt of literary nit-picking by certain critics in other journals.
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Shilaidaha

30th January, 1895
Goes to Shilaidaha.
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Letters

February, 1895
In numerous letters written to Indira, now reverts to childhood memories.
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Puratan Bhritya

23rd February, 1895
Writes the sad poem Puratan Bhritya, which remains a perennial favourite.
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Writing

23rd February, 1895
Busy writing new things for the next issue of Sadhana.
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Jorasanko

March, 1895
Returns to Jorasanko, Kolkata.
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Hindu o Musalman published in Sadhana (Chaitra)

March, 1895
It is notable for his article Hindu o Musalman which stresses the importance of maintaining communal amity and harmony.
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Review of Shibnath Sastri's Jugantar

March, 1895
This issue also carries his review of Shibnath Sastri's novel Jugantar.
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Docowri Dutt

6th April, 1895
His hilarious skit Khyatir Birambana performed at Emerald theatre under the title Docowri Dutt, directed by noted actor of the day, Ardhendusekhar Mustafi.
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First annual meeting of the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

7th April, 1895
Attends the festive first annual meeting of the Parishad held at Maharajkumar Vinaykrishna Bahadur's house.
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Short story Manbhanjan

April, 1895
Manbhanjan appears in the Baisakh issue of Sadhana.
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Birthday

7th May, 1895
Rabindranath turns 35.
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Birthday gift

7th May, 1895
Presented with a wonderful gift by Indira and Surendranath – an exercise book containing their favourite English poems copied by them.
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Abhigna Devi

11th May, 1895
Takes his ailing niece to Darjeeling for a change.
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Sadhana (Jaistha issue)

May, 1895
Short story Thakurda printed in this issue.
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Away in Patisar and Sahajadpur

June, 1895
Away in Patisar and Sahajadpur for the best part of May and June.
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Sadhana (Ashad issue)

June, 1895
Contains short story Pratihingsha and the immensely popular poem Dui Bigha Jami.
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Back in Kolkata

14th June, 1895
Back in Kolkata from his trip to Patisar-Sahajadpur.
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Biography

June, 1895
A short biography of the poet published in the monthly magazine Sakha o Sathi in its Ashad issue.
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Poem Shite o Basante

1st July, 1895
Writes the poem Shite o Basante in Sahajadpur.
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Vidyapati

7th July, 1895
Bangiya Sahitya Parishad entrusts Rabindranath with the task of preparing an anthology of the Padavali (poems) of the great medieval poet Vidyapati. Due to various reasons, however, the project never so much as got off the ground.
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To Shilaidaha

9th July, 1895
Arrives in Shilaidaha.
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Return to Kolkata

July, 1895
Back in the city.
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Vidyasagar Charit

28th July, 1895
On the fifth anniversary of Vidyasagar's death, reads the biographical essay Vidyasagar Charit before an audience at the Emerald Theatre. It is a major essay and a trend-setter in its genre in bengali literature.
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Sadhana (Sravana issue)

July, 1895
Rabindranath contributes quite a few pieces as usual, but the highlight of the issue is, of course, the great short story Kshudita Passhan, probably written much earlier.
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Tagore & Co

July, 1895
Another business venture of the Tagores launched – Tagore & Co formed. Rabindranath and his nephews - Surendranath and Balendranath are partners. Rabi takes a loan with interest from Satyaprasad Ganguly.
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Praise for Vidyasagar Charit

3rd August, 1895
The piece is deservedly and widely praised. Rabindranath writes to Indira, "It must be admitted that there is a pretty strong intoxication in public praise, but like all other intoxications, this intoxication of praise, too, produces a strong hangover and fatigue..."
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Story anthology

30th August, 1895
Galpa-Dasak, his fifth book of short stories consisting of ten stories earlier printed in the Sadhana, published.
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Dwijendralal Roy

September, 1895
Correspondence suggests their acquaintance has deepened.
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Zamindar

September, 1895
Son Rathindranath accompanies him on this visit to East Bengal.
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Songs

20th September, 1895
Songs come again and he writes-
  • Jhara jhara barishe 20th September, 1895
  • Viswabinarabe viswajana mohichhe 20th September, 1895
  • Olo soi, olo soi 21st September, 1895
  • Madhura madhura dhwani baje 21st September, 1895
  • Bela galo tomar patha 24th September, 1895
  • Aha aji mor dware 25th September, 1895
  • Ke dilo abar aghath 28th September, 1895
  • Eso go nutan jivan 29th September, 1895
  • Pushpa bane pushpa nahi 30th September, 1895
  • Aha jagi pohalo bibhabari 1st October, 1895
  • Ohe anadi ashima sunil 2nd October, 1895
  • Tomar gopan kathati 4th October, 1895
  • Chitta pipasita re 9th October, 1895
  • Ami chini go chini tomare 11th October, 1895
  • Amra lakshmichharar dal 15th October, 1895
  • Ogo bhagyadevi pitamahi 17th October, 1895
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Amala Das

October, 1895
Goes to Shilaidaha with Mrinalini and Amala Das, the reputed Rabindrasangeet singer of later years and the sister of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das. Rabindranath writes songs suitable for her voice –
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Short story

October, 1895
Writes the highly amusing fantasy Ichhapuran, published in the Sakha o Sathi.
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Rathindranath

October, 1895
Many years later he will recall boyhood memories of this river journey:" In spite of my mother's fears, father started taking me with him on his frequent river journeys when I was little more than a boy of seven…My earliest recollection is that of a visit to Kusthia...The factory...its workshop with its huge hydraulic presses for bailing jute...Father looked into all the details of the business but it did not take him long to do it...Business finished he would immediately go back to his writing..."
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Dwijendralal's Visits

October, 1895
Also records in his memoirs that Dwijendralal Roy would often descend on them in Shilaidaha when he was on leave and regale them with humorous songs.
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Kolkata

27th October, 1895
Rabindranath returns to Jorasanko with family.
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Sadhana, the Last Issue

October, 1895
The Bhadra, Aswin and Kartik issues are combined and published as the last issue.
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Atithi and Vidyasagar Charit

October, 1895
The last issue contains, besides other things, the moving short story Atithi and Vidyasagar Charit.
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Rush of Songs

November, 1895
Another rush of songs – writes 9 songs in a fortnight.
  • Eki akulata bhubane 1st November,1895
  • Tumi rabe nirabe 3rd November,1895
  • Se ashe dhire 6th November,1895
  • Ke uthe daki 7th November,1895
  • Ohe sundara mama grihe aji 8th November,1895
  • Tumi jeyo na ekhani 9th November,1895
  • Akul keshe ashe 10th November,1895
  • Hridayashashi hridigagane udila 14th November,1895
  • Ki ragini bajale 14th November,1895
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Sadhana ceases publication

6th November, 1895
Sadhana ceases publication according to an advertisement inserted in the Sanjivani magazine.
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Patisar

22nd November, 1895
Goes to Patisar by river.
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Reading

25th November, 1895
He is now reading Edward Dowden's New Studies in Literature.
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Letter

28th November, 1895
Writes to Indira from Patisar, "…wherever I happen to go, I find stone-hearted Kolkata stalking me and my muse hiding away in remoter solitude." The muses, however, come calling sooner than he imagines.
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Poem

1st December, 1895
Writes the poem Purnima.
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Avedan

7th December, 1895
While journeying by river to Shilaidaha writes Avedan.
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Urvashi

8th December, 1895
Writes Urvashi – one of his greatest poems.
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Swarga hoite vidai

9th December, 1895
Writes Swarga hoite vidai – another fine poem of this period.
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Last letter

15th December, 1895
Writes to Indira on 15th December. Incidentally this is the last letter of the series collected later in the celebrated Chhinnapatra.
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Retuns with Family

December, 1895
Returns to Kolkata probably by 17th December.
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Santiniketan

21st December, 1895
Attends the fifth annual Brahma festival in Santiniketan.
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Congress

28th December, 1895
11th annual session of the Congress held in Poona (now Pune), Surendranath Banerjee presides.
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