The novel The Home and the World was written by Rabindranath Tagore. It was first published in 1916. It follows the story of Nikhil and Bimala, a couple living in the Bengal region of India.
The cultural setting is very important for the story, as it provides the background to the story line. At the time, there was a big independence movement all over India. Indian people felt increasingly negative about the British colonial rule. Instead, they wanted freedom and independence. This led to many people becoming more interested in politics, which is why Nikhil takes his wife Bimala to the rally: he hopes that she might begin to show more interest in politics, too.
While Indians were embracing the benefits...
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