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Tagore's "Kabuliwala" is about a Bengali 5-year-old girl named Minnie and an Afghan moneylender named Abdur Rahman, or Rahamat. Their friendship is heartbreaking. The unconventional relationship between the two is beautifully tied together in the story.

The story's voice is provided by Minnie's father. Rahamat, who hails from Kabul and sells shawls and dry fruits, frequently visits the Bengali areas where Minnie and her family live. He was a lashing, turban-clad man and intrigued Minnie.

On one occasion she called him from the window of her home. She was however startled and ran back inside as he got closer. The father of Minnie spoke with Rahmat and learned about his Kabul family. He gave Minnie the name Kabuliwala when he introduced her to him. Minnie was given some dry fruits by Rahmat to make her feel more at ease. He began calling Minnie Khuki (a youngster). As their kinship bloomed, Minnie and Rahmat began meeting and communicating consistently. Minnie was warmly welcomed back by Rahmat when he told her stories about his homeland, and the young girl happily responded with her own lighthearted tales. Kabuliwala paid attention to the little kid with extraordinary goals and relish.

Disaster Overwhelms the Kabuliwala

Notwithstanding, the maidservant of Smaller than usual's folks began filling the ears of Rama, Minnie's mom with respect to the Kabuliwala's actual aim. Soon, Minnie's mother started to become suspicious of this growing friendship and began to worry that Rahmat might even kidnap and sell her daughter. In addition, she stopped paying Kabuliwala for his products.

In contrast, Kabuliwala's problems got worse when he was arrested for stabbing a customer after getting into a fight. The dispute began when the Kabuliwala's customer failed to pay for a Rampuri shawl that he had sold. Rahmat lost control because the customer denied ever purchasing the shawl.

During the preliminary, he admitted to killing the man even in the wake of being prompted against it by his legal advisor. Because of his sincerity, the judge decided to reduce his sentence to ten years in prison. In the wake of getting delivered quite a while later, he went to see Minnie.

Return of a Friend

Surprised, he discovered that a lot had changed and that the day he arrived was actually the day Minnie got married. Despite this, Rahmat was asked to leave the premises by Minnie's father when he became aware of his presence due to his unfortunate and unlucky absence.

While he was leaving, Kabuliwala offered Minnie some raisins. Additionally, he displayed a filthy piece of paper bearing his daughter's handprint that he had left in Kabul. He called Minnie after seeing that, and his heart broke. Mini looked like a bride in her wedding gown, but she was too nervous to meet her long-lost friend.

Kabuliwala struggled to accept the reality of the time he had lost while incarcerated and was surprised to see a girl he did not recognize. The thought of losing his own daughter's childhood tortured him. Like Minnie, she would have been an adult woman.

Realizing his precarious situation, Minnie's father offered him enough money to return to Kabul safely and see his daughter again. Realizing her error, even Minnie's mother extended the money she had saved for her daughter's wedding. In order to provide Rahmat with 100 rupees, Minnie's father set aside a portion of the wedding expenses, such as lights, for him. They might, in a way, empathize with the plight of a different parent who longs for his long-abandoned daughter.

The Story's Most Important Lessons

The Story's Most Important Lessons are that people can be good or bad to others. It is frequently simpler to take the side of our fears and believe someone who is not like us. It very well may be an alternate skin tone or an alternate language.

However, we can find some common ground if we are patient with others and attempt to comprehend their circumstances and issues. They experience the same conflicts and emotions as we do.

They are additionally confronted with hard decisions like us. In order to expect the same from them, we must therefore demonstrate empathy for their struggles. In the end, we all live to make each other's lives easier and more worthwhile. For a brief summary, see this website. 



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