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What is the moral of the "The Postmaster" by Rabindranath Tagore?  

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Nobel Prize winning writer Rabindranath Tagore created the genre of the short story in Bengali literature. Although his family was rich and had vast land holdings, Tagore spent much of his life amidst common village people and frequently wrote of the hardships, sociological bonds, and heartfelt emotions that shaped their lives. The moral of "The Postmaster" is that despite the various social strata in which people find themselves by birth, loneliness and the need for companionship and love are common to all. However, it is very difficult to overcome the strictures and limitations that society has imposed on such companionship.

The postmaster, for instance, is far away from his native Calcutta, where his family lives. He feels out of place and thinks to himself:

Oh, if only some kindred soul were near— just one loving human being whom I could hold near...

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