Narayan — Full name Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayan Indian novelist, short story writer, essayist, memoirist, travel writer, journalist, critic, and editor.
In his obituary Barbara Crosette writes about Narayan and Malgudi thus: Narayan would return again and again to Malgudi in many of his 34 novels and hundreds of short stories.
His books accurately portray an India that hovers between the unchangingly rural and the newly industrial and that is still filled with individualistic, often eccentric personalities that recall his imagined universe. They had only 5 short years before she passed away.
Dialogues Krishna the central character of the novel is an English teacher at the same college he attended as an under graduate student.
It is an Indian custom that a pregnant mother should stay with her own mother, and the midwife still takes precedence over a hospital, a doctor or nurse. When the story opens we see a very nervous and anxious Krishna expecting the arrival of his wife and daughter to Malgudi where he is an English Teacher in the Albert Mission College.
His visions of the misfortunes that would befall on mother and child on their train journey are almost comical to the point of being preposterous.
However, as the days go by Krishna learns that his love for his wife and child surpasses everything he imagined previously. He feels Leela, his daughter completes his perfect world. But as all good things must come to an end, so does his, with the mysterious ailment that comes over Susila. In the days before antibiotics were discovered, it was not until late that a proper diagnosis was made as to the exact nature of the ailment, which they later learned was typhoid.
After a long period of illness she finally dies bringing nothing but sorrow and misery to Krishna.
His grief was boundless and infinite; Krishna almost sank to the depths of melancholy and desolation. He then decided to put all his love and zest for life to bringing up his daughter who in her innocence did not know or question about her mother.
He became both mother and father to the child and did not wish his parents to bring her up. Although eventually after a period of time relents and decides that the best course of action is for his parents to bring up Leela.
However it is a known fact that he was obsessed by the thought of communicating with his own wife, in his misery. This puzzles the reader, especially the Western reader, who is brought up with a solid disbelief of anything from the nether world.
Though to the Indian reader, and most importantly to Narayan, who actually experienced this tragedy and wrote after it, the communication between his dead wife and himself was nothing out of the ordinary, but a means of achieving solace and reconciling life and death as we see at the end of the novel.
From a man dependent on his wife and daughter for happiness, and later the medium he becomes self-reliant and realizes that happiness- or in his case peace of mind and equanimity comes from within.
He truly transcends life and death when he is finally able to communicate with Susila his wife, and now his mentor. Narayan explains it thus: It was a moment of rare, immutable joy - a moment for which one feels grateful for Life and Death.
He has finally reached that stage of self-reliance, where he is able to be whole by himself, to find happiness within, where he believes his dearest wife, his companion in life, is with him always.STUDY NOTES: THE ENGLISH TEACHER BY R.K.
NARAYAN What themes are central to the novel? How can the complex symbols and motifs used be deciphered? R. K. Narayan (10 October – 13 May ), was published in November , followed by The English Teacher in In between, being cut off from England due to the war, Narayan started his own After The English Teacher, Narayan's writings took a more imaginative and creative external style compared to the semi-autobiographical.
STUDY NOTES: THE ENGLISH TEACHER BY R.K. NARAYAN What themes are central to the novel? How can the complex symbols and motifs used be deciphered?. The English Teacher is the third of the trilogy that began with Swami and Friends, and The Bachelor of Arts.
This novel dedicated to Narayan's wife Rajam is not only autobiographical but also poignant in its intensity of feeling. The story is a series of experiences in Krishna's life - some joyful. Free metin2sell.com Free CSS has free website templates coded using HTML & CSS in its gallery.
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