Aspettando il Mahatma
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Aspettando il Mahatma

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Sriram is twenty. As a mark of his coming of age his grandmother allows his the pass-book to his savigns in the local bank, but Sriram is growing up in other ways, too, and an enchanting and unpredictable girl leads him into the entourage of Mahatma Gandhi.

These are the opening events in R K Narayan's novel. It is the finest thing he has yet achieved, and his story of the...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 1993 by Giunti (first published October 28th 1955)
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Shashi Tharoor in his book Bookless in Baghdad wrote about the simplicity of Narayan's writing.

On the death of R.K., he said he had a mixed feeling because he always found Narayan's English too bland and 'grammatically incorrect' for anyone's taste. He called R.K. a man who never wanted to learn and lived a negligent life.

Narayan would have himself partially agreed with Tharoor. He never wanted to influence his writing from anyone else's and thus never read any other author's work(strange in i...more
Vaidya R
Easily among RKN's best works, right up there with Swami and Friends and The Painter of Signs. RKN has always specialized in absurdity, the very commonality of the common man that shines through in the most profound or historic of moments. And when that gets applied to something as 'serious' as the freedom struggle, what you get is a masterpiece.

Given the task of painting 'Quit India' on village walls, he obsesses that the "Q" takes more paint, reducing the tail, ending up with Ouit India.
The v...more
I think it took a great deal of real courage to write and publish Waiting for Mahatma in 1955. The novel, set largely in his fictional city of Malgudi India, begins around 1939 and ends in 1947, just before the partitioning of India.

Waiting for Mahatma centers on a young man named Sriram who lives with his grandmother. He is in love with and wants to marry a young woman who is involved with Mahatma Gandhi's movement to achieve Indian independence and this draws him into becoming active himself...more
Rishi Prakash
Another super story by the great man. "Waiting for the Mahatma" is another realistic novel set during the freedom struggle days. He comes out with a story which depicts another side of our freedom struggle movement and its impact on the lives of numerous Indian people.

The best aspect of this novel is the simplicity of we the Indians prior to gaining independence. The long and hard fought freedom struggle which alters the lives of different people like Sriram(main protagonist) makes one feel abou...more
Third person limited narrator, following one Sriram, born in a town and educated pretty well, could have gone to college but apparently did not because he was too stubbornly unwilling to study or follow direction. He is terribly innocent. When he came of age at the beginning of the book and his grandmother turned over his savings account to him, I thought he was going to lose it all to his neighbor Kanni or other unscrupulous people quite soon. But there I was mistaken. It turns out that Kanni w...more
Definitely one of my favorite books. Simple prose and subtle humor. A book that is as likely to induce a gentle smile as a silent tear.

an innocent and touching love story proffered with great humour and realism
Riku Sayuj
Of all of Narayan's books, this was my favorite.
This review will come very very soon. I promise !
While I enjoyed this book, and appreciate the concept of an Indian story told in English, I wasn't moved that much. The story centers on a boy named Sriram, who has fallen in love with a girl, Bharati. But she won't agree to be with him until they receive Mahatma Ghandi's blessing. When the story begins, he is living with his grandmother in relative luxury. Then Ghandi comes to town, bringing with him a group of "volunteers," including Bharati. Sriram is quickly taken by her, and agrees to join...more
A great little novel, set mostly in fictional Malgudi. I liked the simple, straightforward writing. I'm not sure how much I liked the main character Sriram who is very Candide-like, simple and at the mercy of events and people around him. I really enjoyed the end, when Sriram and Bharati go to Birla house to meet Gandhi. RK Narayan really managed to weave in the story of the lover within the fabric of history without tampering with or ape the latter. The personna of Gandhi is beautifully summone...more
An endearing love story set in the backdrop of the Indian freedom movement. Recommended.
My first book this year and what a book to start with...a beautiful coming-of-age romantic drama set in 1940s in Malgudi, when India is struggling for independence a young boy Sriram falls in love with a girl but not any normal girl, a girl fighting for independence with the Mahatma. And then starts his persuit for life and love. As the story is set in RK Narayan's Malgudi, so is filled with his elements of common man's humour and agony. A beautiful story, I wish Chetan Bhagat and Co. could crea...more
Venkat Narayanan
Told through the POV of a spoilt brat aka young man with hell lot of distractions and worse he has a love interest and even worse he follows her into the world freedom fighting.
Honest and utterly poignant R K Narayan is the only writer whom I have never had any difficulty in reading.
The simple but accurate descriptions and most effective way of using the English language(no verbose) makes it one of the most fav novels of mine.
Sameera Qais
A well crafted story by one of my favourite writers, R.K. Narayan. Patriotism and romance are balanced effectively in this simple, yet elegant, story where Gandhi's ideals are injected in small doses. It was like viewing major historical events like the Indo-Pak partition, independence and Gandhi's assasination through the eyes of the young characters of the story. A very simple story but a good read!
RK Narayan is best known for his work based on the quaint South Indian town of Malgudi. In ‘Waiting for the Mahatma’, he manages to combine the magic of Malgudi with the heady atmosphere of the Indian freedom movement and what results is a truly novel novel (pun intended). Read the full review here:
Sriram is a young man who lives with his grandmother and keeps daydreaming about something bigger than his life. He criticises everything and everyone until he sees Bharati for the first time. She’s a follower of Gandhi, and Sriram will be involved in the history of India. The novel was written in 1955 but it’s still fresh.
Just dipping a toe into Narayan's vast oeuvre and Indian literature generally - this is at heart a boy meets girl story enmeshed in the revolutionary political events of the 1940s, leading up to the partition and Ghandi's assassination. Having Ghandi himself as a character is a bit audacious and an impressive literary accomplishment.
Sailesh Ravindran
A great book which brings you close to the Mahatma.

In this book, Mahatma is depicted not only as a leader. The book, i believe, is the only one, which showcases the Mahatma, who was also a parent, guardian & a friend to his followers. The one phenomenal quality for which the world calls him the 'Mahatma'.
Shiva Pillai
RKN is perhaps one of the finest Indian writers. In this novel, he has mixed fiction as well as non-fiction to such an extent that it becomes almost impossible to tell whether this story is true or a work of RKN's imagination.
The end will really shock you...
A very good romance novel.. worth a read.
A 20's something boy falls in love at first sight and faces its tribulation
by getting involved in the independence movement to liberate india which
ultimately leads him to triumph in his efforts for freedom and love.
Rudra Kapalin
R.K. Narayan has the talent to mix childishness, love, patience, pride, humiliation and many more feelings in one story... Amazing...
Arjun Ravichandran
Pleasant, Sunday-afternoon read. Narayan is not an earth-shattering writer, but he is a very enjoyable one.
Tale of simple youth and his views as ground level participant of Mahatma Gandhi's satyagrah movement.
Ananda Rajeshwaran
a good book to read but makes you think a lot so heavy in that sense and not a time pass book
A touching story of terrorism, love and independence. wtf??? Read it and find out.
great work... simple english... hats off R.K. Narayanan
Simple yet beautiful. Trademark Narayan.
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R. K. Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists writing in English.

R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja's College in Mysore. 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...more
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