Timeless tales - Society & The Arts News - Issue Date: Nov 30,Jump to navigation. Reading a collection of R. Narayan's stories is rather like taking a country bus through rural India, stopping to pick up a party of pilgrims at the foot of a hill crowned by a temple, a villager loaded with baskets of forest produce, some schoolboys in a dusty village square, or at a tea stall for some refreshment at noon, then meandering through small towns where "cottages sprawled anyhow and the lanes twisted and wriggled up and down and strangled each other". It is a kind of pilgrimage without a destination, one on which one might meet a sadhu , a harlot, a trickster, a monkey-trainer, an actor, just anyone picked - seemingly at random - from the Indian masses. There is one mystery: the bus moves so smoothly, it neither bumps nor rattles, the only sound is a gentle hum. Storm clouds rise but disappear without battering the huts and trees and cattle. Strangers - human and animal - knocked down in the street simply rise, dust themselves off and wander away.
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Under the Banyan Tree
Wonderful book. My knowledge was a bit sketchy about this bit of history so I am really enjoying the story. Mystica-thanks for your suggestion of a work on the Partition- Tanu-thanks for stopping by my blog-if you like you can down load for free all of the stories by Narayan I have posted on at the links in my post-some of them are really delightful-I hope you will come back and comment on them one day. Post a Comment. The Closing Stories in. The Astrologer's Day and Other Tales.
An enchanting collection from India's foremost storyteller, rich in wry, warmly observed characters from every walk of Indian life - merchants, beggars, herdsmen, rogues - all of whose lives are microcosms of the human experience Like Nambi in the title story, Narayan has the mesmeric ability to spellbind his audience. This he achieves with a masterful combination of economy and rhythm, creating haunting images and a variety of settings to evoke a unique paradox of reality and folklore. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based there. In addition to his novels, Narayan has authored five collections of short stories, including A Horse and Two Goats, Malguidi Days, and Under the Banyan Tree, two travel books, two volumes of essays, a volume of memoirs, and the re-told legends Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and the Mahabharata. In he was awarded the A.
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