Sourav Kumar Nag

From Home to the World: Tagore and the Oceanic Voyages 

The paper investigates the various sea voyages Rabindranath Tagore undertook between 1878 to 1932 from postcolonial perspectives. Tagore’s voyages to the West were not pleasure trips; rather they were purposed for spreading his philosophical message of a ‘different universalism' (Bose 233). Tagore’s voyage to Southeast Asia in 1927 was perhaps the most substantial of his oceanic travels. Tagore’s voyages to the West were backed up by his spiritual search for a greater India beyond the nationalist limitations. Tagore’s ideas of nationalism and universalism underline a divided heart-a tension between the home and the world. The paper probes into postcolonial and postnational aspects of those voyages.