LitBirthdays November 27, 2010

November is

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month


National Drum Month


Jewish Book Month

National Novel Writing Month
American Indian / Native American Heritage Month

Tweet us today with author birthdays!

November 27

Harivansh Rai Bachchan (b. 1907) – Indian poet, Hindi language scholar – Madhushala / House of Wine [(HINDI)] (1935) Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Read the Wikipedia article about Harivansh Rai Bachchan

From an obituary for Harivansh Rai Bachchan

“He lived in an era when a great political experiment was being enacted in India — Gandhi’s non-violent campaign against the British Empire. He was living in a town, Allahabad, which was in the vanguard of that struggle and was the home of the Nehru family. A sensitive writer living in those troubled times could think nothing but harmony and hope, and it was these that preoccupied Harivansh Rai Bachchan throughout his life. His couplets were often quoted in school debates, in drinking sessions in the taverns and in the exclusive parties of affluent housewives.”


Whatever life has to offer me, I take it as sheer ecstasy.

I greet the server as a barmaid,

Such is the joy which life has to offer to me.

Never mind what I see in front of me,

To my inner eye, the world is a large tavern.

The fire of the tavern has extinguished

The passions of religions

The fire has destroyed temples, mosques, churches

Breaking them asunder

The tavern welcomes all those

Who are rid of the trappings of all faiths.

And when the protagonist would be no more, he exhorts his near ones:

Pour not pure ghee on my pyre

But this elixir,

Tie the ceremonial pots with grape vines

And fill them with more elixir

And for my last rites, my love,

Do it thus.

Invite all the imbibers,

And have a tavern indulge them.

Listen to the entire Madhushala, sung by the famous film singer, Manna Dey



About litbirthdays

researching author birthdays
This entry was posted in authors, books, famous birthdays, literature, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s