The Home and the World (Bengali: ঘরে বাইরে - Ghôre Baire, lit. "At home [and] outside") is a 1916 novel by Rabindranath Tagore. The book illustrates the battle Tagore had with himself, between the ideas of Western culture and revolution against the Western culture. The novel is set in early 20th century India during the struggle for independence. The concept of "Swadeshi", a renewed appreciation of everything Indian and a denial of everything British, particularly British imported goods and grains, rages throughout the country, as a repressed citizenry wakes after a long slumber of indignities and patronization. However, Tagore also sounds a cautionary note on the dangers of aggressive nationalism.
Critical response was mostly positive, mainly lauding the remarkable transformation of the character Bimala from a traditional woman to an awakened citizen who contributes to the movement. Tagore, as always, succeeds through the human element which shines clear even at its most convoluted.
We're usually by the "fireplace". If not, look for me.