R. K. Narayan Questions and Answers

R. K. Narayan

Narayan begins by observing that in American restaurants customers order English muffins by calling for "toasted English." He then says that the English language in America may be said to have gone...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019, 12:09 am (UTC)

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Sekhar is a teacher who decides to spend at least one day a year telling the complete truth, regardless of consequences. He feels that if he cannot muster up the courage to live one day per year...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2021, 12:22 pm (UTC)

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The people depicted in the story are confronted by a paradox generated by one of their most deeply-ingrained superstitions. On the one hand, they worship King Cobra, which means that they treat...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019, 9:37 am (UTC)

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The patients visited Dr. Raman only when things looked hopeless because they couldn't afford his high fees and also because they felt that his presence would jinx their probability of survival....

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019, 8:40 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "Trail of the Green Blazer" by R. K. Narayan, a pickpocket named Raju waits in the midst of a crowded street for a likely victim. Raju considers being a pickpocket his...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2020, 2:50 am (UTC)

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Swami's father has presented him with a word problem about two popular avatars of the Hindu god, Vishnu: Rama, who is known for his purity, and Krishna, who is known for his compassion and...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2020, 12:26 am (UTC)

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R.K. Narayan writes about real experiences found in his native India. His stories are filled with humorous anecdotes and irony. The story “A Snake in the Grass” is example of this type of...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2012, 2:16 pm (UTC)

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My Dateless Diary: An American Journey by R. K. Narayan is a novel describing the experiences and memories of a 50 year old Narayan who has left India for the first time to travel through and see...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2015, 9:57 am (UTC)

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Swami and Friends has been praised by critics as a particularly exceptional story and picture of childhood. Most readers agree that through Narayan's plain language, idyllic plot details, and...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2011, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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Rama Rao has spent five years building a comfortable life for his family by investing a small inheritance into a gramophone company. Through this income, he has built a small bungalow, is able to...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2021, 1:51 am (UTC)

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Cricket is a hugely popular sport in India. A holdover from the country's past as a British colony, it is closely followed by millions of people, who elevate elite cricketers to the status of...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2021, 5:55 am (UTC)

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R. K. Narayan’s short story “A Snake In the Grass” is less about the snake mentioned in the little than about the family whose compound the snake enters. Narayan describes various members in the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2011, 3:07 am (UTC)

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The headmaster is irritated by the truth Sekhar tells him, because the music he asked about was a replacement for something missing in his life. After Sekhar tells him he doesn't like his music,...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018, 11:18 pm (UTC)

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The title of R. K. Narayan’s story “A Snake In the Grass” seems relevant to the story in various ways, including the following: Most obviously, the title refers to the cobra which (according to a...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2011, 9:14 am (UTC)

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At breakfast Mali tells his father that he doesn't want to study at college anymore because he no longer finds it interesting. All Jagan can say is that he should get on with his eating: "We'll...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019, 11:23 pm (UTC)

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In R.K. Narayan's "A Snake in the Grass," the beggar-woman reminds the occupants of the house (where the the cobra is running loose) that they are supposed to be respectful of the snake. She...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2011, 10:59 am (UTC)

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Does R. K. Narayan’s story “A Snake In the Grass” end on a conclusive note? The simple (and probably accurate) answer to this question is “no,” for some of the following reasons: The story can be...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2011, 5:19 am (UTC)

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The chief irony in R. K. Narayan’s story “Another Community” is that the story’s protagonist, who fears a violent clash between the two main communities in his town, and who does everything he can...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011, 3:11 pm (UTC)

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The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic is R. K. Narayan's translation and retelling of the ancient Sanskrit epic. In order to provide some guidance on your question about...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019, 11:44 pm (UTC)

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A summary is a brief retelling of a story by enumerating only the main topics of it. Following is the summary of "Hundred Questions" consisting of a retelling of the main topics. The five brothers...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2013, 10:49 pm (UTC)

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In this text, Swami and his friends live in a small village in Southern India, which is called Malgudi. This is a fictional location, not an actual village, but it is representative of all the...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019, 6:07 pm (UTC)

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In R. K. Narayan’s short story “Another Community,” the narrator deliberately does not mention any revealing details about the main character, including his personal identity or even the particular...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2011, 6:33 am (UTC)

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Sekhar decides that he will tell the absolute truth for one full day. No matter what trials are presented to him, he must remain completely honest with anyone he encounters. He says the truth is...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019, 2:07 pm (UTC)

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We don't know for sure if Dasa has managed to capture the snake inside the pot or not. We only have his word for it—and, as Dasa is a notoriously lazy character who won't do a day's work if he can...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019, 7:40 am (UTC)

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The moral of the story is to be circumspect in whom one trusts. In "A Career," the narrator welcomes a young stranger (Ramu) into his home. Ramu promises that he will work for shelter, food, and...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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This short story from the volume Malgudi Days by Narayan has a framing narrative, as the narrator has just been to a music concert and is accosted by a man known only as the Talkative Man, who...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2013, 6:37 am (UTC)

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"Like the Sun" is the title of a short story written by R. K. Narayan. It follows the story of Sekhar, a teacher, who decides one day that from now on, he will only ever speak the truth, rather...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2021, 11:35 am (UTC)

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In R. K. Narayan's short story, the lives of Muni and the American (also known as the foreigner or the red-face man) are comically opposite. It's almost like they're caricatures. Through these...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2020, 3:35 pm (UTC)

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Rama Rao, the protagonist, utilized his sizeable inheritance to invest in the gramophone company and became an agent of Malgudi. His fortune seemed secure until the crash of the stock market...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2015, 12:37 pm (UTC)

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A snake is loose in the fenced yard— Someone saw a king cobra slip under the gate into a family’s yard. “A Snake in the Grass” by R.K. Narayan tells the story of a family’s horrifying afternoon...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2012, 7:58 pm (UTC)

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You could study how money operates in R. K. Narayan’s The Guide and Jane Austen’s in Pride and Prejudice. In The Guide, you could claim that wealth arrives in the form of the railroad. The railroad...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2020, 5:18 pm (UTC)

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There are many elements about life in Malgudi that make it distinctly Indian. The exposition to Swami and Friends takes place in a school setting that is unmistakably Indian. When Swaminathan...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 11:45 am (UTC)

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Drumsticks are the name locals give to a type of horseradish. They grow on a tree outside Muni's house, the very same tree to which he tethers his two goats. Muni shakes six of the drumsticks down...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019, 11:12 am (UTC)

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Raju is a professional pickpocket and always on the lookout for his next victim. One day, while hanging around the marketplace, he sees a man wearing a green blazer. Amid all the turbans, shirts,...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2021, 11:40 am (UTC)

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This quote is said by Swami when he and Rajam are planning to start up a cricket team together. What begins as something that should, in theory, be very simple, becomes ever more complicated as...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2013, 7:13 am (UTC)

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“The Astrologer’s Day,” by R.K. Narayan is an interesting story--not because of the surprise twist because a perceptive reader figures it out ahead of time. It’s interesting because of what we...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2010, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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In an essay on R. K. Narayan's short fiction, K. Parija writes that "'Another Community' is a moving story of a martyr at the blood altar of communal blood-bath" and calls it "one of the rare...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2011, 7:13 am (UTC)

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