Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore's long battle with depression and loneliness can inspire people suffering from depressive illnesses to speak out and engage their near and dear ones to aid them in tackling the issue a leading psychiatrist said Saturday. A prolific author and composer Tagore witnessed deaths of family members including that of his mother as a child and two of his five children as an adult. These experiences deeply impacted his psyche. As did the criticism for the Noble Prize for Literature in 1913. His constant longing for companionship also manifested in bouts of depression said Hiranmay Saha.