What is Biswa-Kobi?

Amitava Sen

What does the word Biswa-kobi mean? Poet laureate of the world, World-class poet, Universal poet? Bengalees use this honorific or title in referring to Rabindranath Thakur. I have always wondered about it as I have as to why the championship of baseball is called World Series. How does a tournament of game played by less than 5 % of the world population even after keeping other baseball playing nations such as Japan or Cuba out, claim to be a world event? Likewise, the “World” cup for the game of cricket played mostly by a few third world countries raises the same question. Continue reading