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Giraffe’s Dad by Tagore

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!”
 
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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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