Under the Banyan Tree

by R. K. Narayan

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In "Under the Banyan Tree," how was the banyan tree the noisiest place during the fig season?

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"Under the Banyan Tree" was written by R.K. Narayan. It is largely a narrative story. The banyan tree under which Nambi, a main character, tells inspiring stories is also a symbol of serenity and tranquility. Nambi, who vows to remain silent near the end of the story, allows himself to hear all the sounds that are in the environment and make his imagination run wild. During the fig season, the place of the banyan tree, where Nambi can usually be found most of the time, provides an area in which Nambi can take in and reflect on all the sounds of nature. Therefore, this time of spring renewal and fig growth creates a lot of noise. The noisiest place is under the banyan tree in the story, since that is where Nambi, while remaining silent, can hear all the sounds of the springtime. Nambi's meditation serves as the stage, and his imagination serves as the amplifiers for nature's sounds.

Due to the banyan tree's magical qualities and the crowds of people who are attracted to its power and Nambi's storytelling abilities, the place under the banyan tree is the noisiest place during the fig season. The people gather in large masses. Nambi speaks to them. Nature can be heard all around. And the meditation allows for all the sounds to be heard.

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