Quayum’s translation of Tagore’s stories is exceptional in its retention of the subtleties of Bengali expression. It not only transfers the colloquialism commonly used in a daily Bengali household but brings alive the minutiae of the rural milieu… The other outstanding feature is… Quayum’s success with translating what is more complex – the intricacies of human relationships… Generally, the stories read almost as though they had been written originally in English. At no moment does the reader get loss in the translation, either linguistically, culturally or psychologically, and this surely is the ultimate test of a translator.
– Transnational Literature, Australia
In this multicultural age, it is absolute necessity for all of us to read diversely and think universally. Quayum’s highly readable translation of Rabindranath’s short stories will serve that cause, and also help to revive interest in the works of a literary genius who was once described by a French writer as “an eagle-sized lark”.
– Humanities Diliman, The Philippines