Sunday, May 9, 2010

Nobel for a school dropout

Today is the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, an event that the country will celebrate over the next 12 months. Among those marking the day today are two schools in Kolkata where Tagore studied. The Nobel laureate was not a great student and hated being confined in a classroom. He changed schools four times. Each stay was brief, to say the least. He never matriculated. It's quite another matter that later, Oxford University came down to Shantiniketan to award him a doctorate.

The Oriental Seminary in Kolkata, Tagore's first school. He had thrown a tantrum to be allowed to go to school when he was seven, in 1868, but he left in a month, taking with him a memory of the kind of punishment doled out there. "A boy who was unable to repeat his lessons," he writes in his reminiscences "was made to stand on a bench with arms extended and, on his upturned palms were piled a number of slates."

Full report here NDTV

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