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Akshayakumar Mitra

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

13th January, 1895
Rabindranath writes to his boyhood friend Akshaykumar Mitra (letter written on 12th January) asking him to come at Jorasanko, Akshaykumar turns up at Jorasanko on the very next day.
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Indira Devi

14th January, 1895
On poet's request, his boyhood friend Akshaykumar Mitra comes at Jorasanko. In this context, poet 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
Rabindranath sets up a small library in Santiniketan, buys books for it.
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Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

20th January, 1895
Rabindranath attends the 8th monthly meeting of Bangiya Sahitya Parishad at Calcutta (now Kolkata).
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Maghotsav

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

24th January, 1895
On Maghotsav, poet composes only one song – Nitya taba satya taba.
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Prabhatkumar

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

January, 1895
The magazine Sadhana (Magh issue) 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 written by Rabindranath, printed in Sadhana (Magh issue) is the butt of literary nit-picking by certain critics in other journals.
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Shilaidaha

30th January, 1895
Poet goes to Shilaidaha.
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Letters

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

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

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

March, 1895
Rabindranath returns to Jorasanko, Calcutta (now Kolkata).
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Hindu o Musalman published in Sadhana (Chaitra issue)

March, 1895
It is notable for Rabindranath's 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
The Chaitra issue of Sadhana also carries Rabindranath's review of Shibnath Sastri's novel Jugantar.
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Docowri Dutt

6th April, 1895
Rabindranath's 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 Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

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

April, 1895
The short story Manbhanjan written by Rabindranath 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
On his 35th birthday, Rabindranath is 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
Rabindranath takes his ailing niece Abhigna Devi to Darjeeling for a change.
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Sadhana (Jaistha issue)

May, 1895
The short story Thakurda is printed in the Jaistha issue of Sadhana.
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Away in Patisar and Sahajadpur

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

June, 1895
Sadhana (Ashad issue) contains the short story Pratihingsha and the immensely popular poem Dui Bigha Jami, written by Rabindranath.
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Back in Calcutta (now Kolkata)

14th June, 1895
Rabindranath is back in Calcutta (now Kolkata) from his trip to Patisar-Sahajadpur.
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Biography

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

1st July, 1895
Poet 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
Rabindranath arrives in Shilaidaha.
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Return to Calcutta (now Kolkata)

July, 1895
Rabindranath is back in the city from Shilaidaha.
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Vidyasagar Charit

28th July, 1895
On fifth anniversary of Vidyasagar's death, Rabindranath 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
In Sadhana (Sravana issue), 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 (Rabindranath's childhood nickname) takes a loan with interest from Satyaprasad Ganguly.
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Praise for Vidyasagar Charit

3rd August, 1895
The biographical essay on Pandit Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, Vidyasagar Charit written by Rabindranath, 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 Galpa-Dasak

30th August, 1895
The story anthology Galpa-Dasak, poet's fifth book of short stories consisting of ten stories earlier printed in the Sadhana journal, published.
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Dwijendralal Roy

September, 1895
Correspondence between Rabindranath and Dwijendralal Roy suggests that their acquaintance has deepened.
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Zamindar

September, 1895
Poet's son Rathindranath accompanies him on visit to East Bengal to manage zamindari estates.
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Songs

20th September, 1895
Songs come again and poet 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
Rabindranath 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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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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Short story

October, 1895
Rabindranath writes the highly amusing fantasy Ichhapuran, published in the Sakha o Sathi.
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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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Calcutta (now Kolkata)

27th October, 1895
Rabindranath returns to Jorasanko with family.
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The last issue of Sadhana magazine

October, 1895
The Bhadra, Ashwin and Kartik issues of Sadhana magazine are combined and published as the last issue.
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Atithi and Vidyasagar Charit

October, 1895
Besides other writings, the last issue of Sadhana magazine contains the moving short story Atithi and Vidyasagar Charit written by Rabindranath.
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Rush of Songs

November, 1895
Another rush of songs – poet 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 magazine ceases publication

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

22nd November, 1895
Rabindranath goes to Patisar by river.
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Reading

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

28th November, 1895
Poet writes to Indira from Patisar, "…wherever I happen to go, I find stone-hearted Calcutta (now 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
Poet writes the poem Purnima.
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Avedan

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

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

9th December, 1895
Rabindranath writes Swarga hoite vidai – another fine poem of this period.
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The last letter in Chhinnapatra

15th December, 1895
Poet 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
Rabindranath returns to Calcutta (now Kolkata) from Shilaidaha, probably by 17th December.
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Santiniketan

21st December, 1895
Rabindranath 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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