Translated by Professor Fakrul Alam
Tagore wrote humorous verses too. Giraffer Baba (Giraffe’s Dad) was published by him in 1937 in a collection called Khapchara (Eccentric).
GIRAFFE'S DAD Giraffe’s Dad said, “Son, looking at your body My feelings for you ebb For with so high a head And so small a back How do you walk at all?” Giraffe’s son said, “Did you ever Look at yourself dad? Why mother loves you No one can figure out at all!”
Fakrul Alam is an academic, translator and writer from Bangladesh. He has translated works of Jibanananda Das and Rabindranath Tagore into English and is the recipient of Bangla Academy Literary Award (2012) for translation and SAARC Literary Award (2012).
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