Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore
In Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of connection, love, escape, trust, friendship, sadness and charity. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man (Mini’s father) and after reading the story the reader realises that Tagore may be exploring the theme of connection.
Mini though at first afraid of Rahman gets to enjoy the time that she spends with him. She is intrigued by the goods he sells and rather than accepting the money for the purchased items.
Rahman hands Mini back the money her father has given her. It is also noticeable that Mini’s father is very much in love with Mini despite the fact that at times by being inquisitive she can be a handful.
Most times Mini’s father plays along with Mini when she is asking questions as she knows all that Mini is doing is trying to learn.
Mini’s mother on the other had has less patience and does not like Mini asking so many questions.
It is also interesting that Mini’s father likes to escape into different worlds, he is a writer after all.
However he always seems to be brought back down to life by family life.