31 pages 1 hour read

Rabindranath Tagore


Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1892

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Story Analysis

Analysis: “The Cabuliwallah”

“The Cabuliwallah” by Tagore revolves around the theme of The Transcendental Quality of Human Connections as it explores the bonds that form between people from different backgrounds and the emotions that surpass language as well as cultural differences. Mini initially grapples with fear and apprehension upon encountering Rahmun. The unfamiliarity of his appearance and language makes her wary of him. Her father's description of their first encounter illustrates these feelings: "[Rahmun] offered her nuts and raisins, but she would not be tempted, and only clung the closer to me, with all her doubts increased" (5). As the story progresses, Mini undergoes a transformation. Tagore uses juxtaposition to highlight the contrast between Mini's initial fear and curiosity toward Rahmun and the warmth and understanding that gradually develops between the two. This juxtaposition emphasizes the power of human connection. Her evolving perception of Rahmun as she grows more comfortable with him and eagerly awaits his visits makes her character arc a testament to this central theme. 

Mini's character arc in "The Cabuliwallah" is particularly significant because of her age. As a child, Mini possesses a natural open-mindedness that allows her to move beyond social differences more easily than adults.