In Tagore's short story, discuss if the postmaster is interested in his work.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that there is a case to be made suggesting that the postmaster is not entirely concerned with his job.  There are few indications in Tagore's work that the postmaster is animated by his vocation, driven by his choice of career.  He seems to be restless from the start of the narrative.  Envisioning the rural area of Ulapur in which he is back home to Calcutta is a part of his daily routine.  He is more interested in his writing than in what he is doing.  In the end, it seems that the poetics and aesthetics of distraction and diversion are more scintillating to him than his work.  This might be deliberate on the part of Tagore.  The postmaster is shown to be a victim of his own restlessness, succumbing to his own condition of being able to find some level of attachment to what he does or to the people around him.  He seems to move towards Ratan as another distraction, as a potential element to pass his time.  His restless condition, something that Tagore brings out both in the postmaster's time in Ulapur and in his leaving it, is a part of why he is the way he is.  Had the postmaster featured a passion towards his work this would belie his condition of restlessness and it is here where I think that the postmaster is shown to be someone who is more entranced by what could be as opposed to what is.  In this, the postmaster is not very interested in his work.

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