A Quote by Tagore – Echo and Original

A Quote by Tagore – Echo and Original

 By Somali K Chakrabarti



The echo mocks her origin

To prove she is the original.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

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This quote delves into human psyche and finds universal relevance.

In the image we see that reflection is so similar to the original that it is difficult to tell apart the shadow from its origin.

Similarly, rebounding echoes can create confusion, which makes it difficult to distinguish between the original sound and the reverberation. The phenomenon is also applicable to emotions, the distinction between emotions and remembered emotions being complex. Sometimes, after a moment passes, the remembered emotions resurface, and memories of the moment leave a stronger impact than the moment itself .

The universal relevance of the echo phenomenon can even be found in today’s competitive marketplace. Copies, we see, are often louder than original, and duplicates find their place in the market.

The quote is taken from the book ‘Stray Birds‘ , a collection of short poems and aphorisms written by Tagore. In the poems, Tagore draws inspiration from nature and describes the splendor of nature, in a way so beautiful that it soothes the soul. The short, simple and lucid verses flow with ease, leaving a lingering memory in the heart and mind.

This is Day 2 of the Quote Challenge, given to me by Itsmine, who blogs on  “U R always welcome

With a thanks to Itsmine, I reiterate the rules again.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Post a favorite quote of yours for 3 consecutive days, obviously a different quote each day from any book, any author of your choice. It could also be your own quote.
  2. Nominate 3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.

My nominees are:

Cocktails, Mocktails And Life

The sea and me

Tales to tell…

Hope you all enjoy taking up this simple challenge.

The challenge requires that I tag 3 more people on Day 3. So, please let me know if you want to take up the challenge.


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  • very profound thoughts. Good one Somali

  • The way you described the meaning of quote is really nice..very true!!

  • good quote… thanx for sharing… the description given by you is awesome… liked it… 🙂

  • I loved the quote and your description. “Copies, we see, are often louder than original”..so very true. And I accept your challenge. Will start from Monday though. 🙂

  • your post is as beautiful as the quote you shared. Thanks for tagging me. 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  • Thanks for sharing.. 🙂 liked it..

  • What is original and what is duplicate, if there is nothing but only HE! Tagore was a great spiritual being.

  • A very thoughtful quote, new for me as well!

  • Loved this quote Somali! Profound indeed! After all a master is a master! Thank you 🙂

  • Such a profound quote. And the picture you have used goes so perfectly with it 🙂

  • waah! I loved the quote 🙂

  • lovely… Yep Somali I would love to participate… Cheers 🙂

  • bhudeb chakrabarti

    June 13, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Tagore’s quote beautifully analysed .

  • Pranab chakraborti

    June 13, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I liked the quote. Thank you for sharing it.

  • All his quotes are so profound…:-)

    It really makes me feel in the way that there’s actually no feeling, no emotion, no thought in the world, of which Tagore has not written a word. I read his words when I’m happy, I find my solace in his lines when I’m sad..he is there always with me….

    Loved the way you’ve explained it… (y)

  • Loved the quote… very poignant thoughts woven around that wonderful quote !!

  • Echo mocking an original?! Thats pretty deep :).. Tagore and his quotes.. my my my 🙂

  • Very profound and deep, every time I read it, it made me think about myself more….that is the essence of a great quote 🙂

  • Hi Somali, I adoreTagore and words fail me when I need to talk about Gitanjali. I would really love you to read how much his Gitanjali means to me in my blogpost – https://dailyluge.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/tagores-gitanjali-happened-to-me/

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