About the Book :
In this poignant tale, R K Narayan again takes us back to Mysore and into the enchanting world of his fictitious town, Malgudi, where we are introduced to Savitri and Ramani.
As in many of Narayan's novels, conservatism and reform are contrasted with the quiet irony and subtle humour which have become so characteristic of this author. Savitri is made to feel how completely dependent she is upon her husband, Ramani, when pressure is brought to bear upon their long-standing marriage. Ramani strongly recommends that the Engladia Insurance Company employ the rather elegant and fiercely independent Mrs. Shanta Bai, recently separated. Events reach a climax when Savitri's favourite piece of furniture, a bench, is borrowed by Ramani to furnish the room he has hurriedly assembled for Shanta Bai in the office. Savitri retreats into herself and lies quite still in the one private place she has of her own, the dark room. After further betrayal, Savitri gathers up the very few belongings she has and walks out of the house, leaving her children staring dumbfoundedly after her.
Savitri attempts to drown herself, but is rescued. For a short time she struggles to be self-sufficient, but realizes quite soon that she must return although a part of her has died.
Narayan's sympathetic treatment of his characters makes this a most fulfilling and touching book to read.
About the Author :
R. K. Narayan was an Indian novelist and one of the eminent faces of early Indian literature in English.
His novels are based in a fictitious village called Malgudi. Some of his books are The Financial Expert, The Man-Eater Of Malgudi, The Guide, Waiting For The Mahatma, and A Tiger For Malgudi. Narayans non-fiction books are Next Sunday, My Dateless Diary, The Emerald Route, and A Writers Nightmare. He also authored/retold Gods Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and The Mahabharata, which fall under the genre of mythology.
R. K. Narayans stories generally dealt with the personalities and interactions of people in the Indian society. His stories held emotions and implicit satire, and the essence of his books were conveyed gracefully in simple and humorous prose.
Born in Madras on 10th October, 1906, Narayan was nicknamed Kunjappa by his grandmother. By virtue of the rather transferable nature of his fathers job, Narayan was brought up mainly by his grandmother, from whom he learnt arithmetic, Sanskrit, mythology and classical music. He completed his academic learning with a Bachelors degree, and his career began with writing for newspapers and magazines, before his rise to fame. In 1933, Narayan met 15-year-old Rajam, with whom he fell in love. Six years into their marriage, Rajam was afflicted with a fatal case of typhoid, and passes away in the year 1939. R.K. Narayan lived till the age of 94, and breathed his last in Madras, in the year 2001.