Fireflies, or brief poems, originated in China and Japan and were often written on pieces of silk. This is a collection of proverbs, aphorisms and maxims. Collected by Rabindranath Tagore over many years, each firefly, rarely more than a sentence long, represents a luminous thought on love, life, beauty or God.
One of India's most cherished figures, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1914) was a novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, painter, educationist and thinker, the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. He modernised Bengali literature, moving it away from its rigid classical form and strict linguistic structure. Known for works such as Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced) and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World,) his novels, short stories and verse are considered part of the greatest of world literature, famous for their exploration of the political and the personal.