In Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of connection, love, escape, trust, friendship, sadness and charity. Taken from his. 1. Kabuliwala. Rabindranath Tagore. Translated by Mohammad A. Quayum. My five-year old. Stories By Rabindranath Tagore – Kabuliwala | Hindi Story by Periwinkle Kabuliwala is a Bengali short story written by Rabindranath Tagore in.

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The story beautifully ties a bond of mutual affection and the unconventional relationship between the two.

Kabuliwala (short story)

The voice of the story is lent by the father of Minnie. Rahamat, who is a hawker of dry fruits and shawls from Kabul, frequents the Bengali locales where Minnie and her family reside. He was a strapping, kxbuliwala man and fascinated Minnie. One day she called him from the window of her house.

But as he approached closer she got startled and ran back inside. He introduced Minnie to him with the title of Kabuliwala.

Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore

To make her more comfortable Rahmat offered some dry fruits to Minnie. He started calling Minnie as Khuki a child.


As their friendship blossomed, Minnie and Rahmat started meeting and interacting every day. Rahmat narrated stories of his homeland to Minnie and rabindranarh young girl happily returned the warmth with her own innocent tales and playfulness. Kabuliwala listened to the young girl with great intent and relish.

She also stopped paying Kabuliwala for his goods.

Kabuliwala (short story) – Wikipedia

The tiff started due to non-payment of a Rampuri shawl that the Kabuliwala sold to the customer. The customer denied having ever bought the shawl and that caused Rahmat to lose his control. During the trial, he confessed to killing the man even after rabindranaath advised against it by his lawyer.

The judge decided to reduce his punishment to years imprisonment after being impressed by his honesty. After getting released several years later he went to see Kabuliawla.

Kabuliwala obliged but while leaving offered some raisins for Minnie.

Tagorr also showed a scruffy piece of paper with a handprint of his daughter that he left in Kabul. Mini was dressed and embellished as a bride but was too apprehensive to meet her long-forgotten friend. Kabuliwala was taken aback to see a girl he could not recognize and struggled to cope with the reality of the time he lost while imprisoned.


She would have been a grown woman like Minnie. In a way, they could sympathize with the plight of another parent longing for his long-separated daughter.

The fundamental tagor of the story is that people have the ability to do good as well as bad to others. Often, it is easier to side with our fears and suspect someone who is not like us.

It can be a different skin color or a different language. But if we are patient with people and try to understand their situations and problems then we can find some common ground.

Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore

They go through the same emotions and conflicts like we do. They are also faced with difficult choices like us. Refer to kabuliwla site for a shorter summary. Have you read these?