In The Vendor of Sweets, the relationship between the father and the son seems not to be all right.  What could be the reasons for this strained relationship in the novel?

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I think that though the strained relationship between Jagan and Mali—the father and son at the heart of R. K. Narayan’s The Vendor of Sweets (1967)—is a result of clashing personalities and value systems, the roots of Mali’s dislike for his father go back to a particular series of events in their history. To understand the trigger that soured their relationship, we have to visit the scene of the death of Ambika, Mali’s mother. Through Jagan’s narrative, we learn of that “terrible Friday” when their doctor has been in attendance of his wife for 48 straight hours, armed with “needle, oxygen, and icebag.” Ambika has a rare, fatal form of brain cancer, and her end is near. Mali, just a child at the time, is watching the proceedings, his “thin, scraggly frame” almost too harrowing for Jagan to stomach. Mali has been especially attentive to his mother in her last sickness:

He had been attending on his mother for several weeks now ... he came running home from school in...

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