Gora is a novel written by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Set in the pre-independence days in Kolkata, it focusses on the conflict within the Indian society. Not just that it throws light on the inner conflict man deals with, in distinguishing right and wrong.
The story evolves through the lives of the two characters, Binoy and Gora. Gora means fair-skinned. Born to an orthodox family Gora strictly believes all the customs and rituals a Hindu should follow. He believes that being strong in your beliefs is a way to drive British from the country. Society was what mattered the most to him, whatever he did was out of regard for the society.
The members of the progressive Brahmo Samaj, who equate modernisation with a rejection of Hindu beliefs. Along with Gora, the others caught in the battle of achieving a balance are Binoy, Sucharita, and Lolita. The story runs through the theme of waves of change that must hit everyman so that he rises above society, religion and the
Gora focuses on the conflict within Indian society. On the one side are staunch Hindus who believe that following rituals is an essential part of ensuring a stable future for the country, and on the other are the members of the progressive Brahmo Samaj, who equate modernization with a rejection of Hindu beliefs.
Caught in this battle are Gora, Binoy, Sucharita, and Lolita, who strive to achieve a balance between their beliefs and their emotions before finally realising that change is inevitable and that a constant readjustment of values and beliefs is the only way for Bharat to achieve its complete potential.
Gora is retold by Nandini Nayar and beautifully illustrated by Kabita Mukhopadhyay.