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In this book R.K. Narayan has used the freedom struggle as a backdrop against which we observe the life of the main protagonists, Sriram and Bharati. Sriram's character is very well etched out with common human failings and emotions. While taking a look into Sriram's life and love for Bharati (who is a freedom fighter and Satyagrahi following in the Mahatma's footsteps) we get a glimpse of the conflicting ideologies of Subhash Chandra Bose and Gandhiji. To his credit R.K. Narayan never appears to be opinionating on any of them. Excellent reading for someone interested in exploring post-colonial Indian writing.
R K Narayan holds the reader spellbound with another tale set in his favorite Malgudi. The story revolves around Sriram, a grandma's boy who is pulled into the Indian freedom struggle, not through any notions of patriotism or idealism, but simply because he falls in love with Bharati, a girl who works with Mahatma Gandhi. He doggedly pursues his dream mate, unwittingly playing a strong role in the independence movement. Although the story is about Sriram and Bharati, the personality of the Mahatma is characterized so beautifully that he too becomes one of the central characters. Gently rebuking India's laid-back attitude of ignorance, selfishness and subservience, R K Narayan weaves a magical world in this book, which I simply could not put down.