Monday, November 24, 2008

Finished *Waiting for the Mahatma*...! :-)

Just finished the book "Waiting for the Mahatma" by R.K. Narayan. I feel like chuckling at the thought of what my expectations and ideas about the book were when I picked it up. I expected it to be something highly philosophical and revolving around the Mahatma's ideals and virtues. Not that it isn't somewhat though. I assumed it would be about how the protagonist lets the Mahatma lead him...and turn around his life from something meaningless to something 'deep' and 'intense'. Overall, I was under the impression that it would be a serious story.

But....I must say that it turned out to be a cute book rather than something on the lines of what I expected! :-) Really cute! (I haven't probably called a book 'cute' before this! LoL.) It made me smile and chuckle now and then.
The book transports the reader to the famous town of Malgudi with so much ease...in typical RK.N style! There are a few places in the story where the reader is likely to get confused about the author's view of India's struggle for freedom. But I guess the reader shouldn't attempt to read between the lines....it is a wonderful read if one just reads the story for what it is - a naive man's life and love, with the Indian Freedom struggle as the backdrop - and suspends all judgment and opinions. But I think the ending was really touching. I got so involved in it that I forgot to close the book for a while and simply sat staring and gurgling at the last page.

8 comments:

Tejaswi said...

Hey there! you have inspired me to read '... Mahatma', again - read it so long ago, now I want to see if after all this time, I can still refrain from reading between the lines :)

Indrasish said...

This is a nice take on the book. I have read an excerpt of the book and would like to read the whole work. I used to blog on o3 Indiatimes before and am new to this blog. I also write (or try to) book reviews.

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HOBO said...

Yes, we need "Mahatma"

Nimmy said...

Hey Tejaswai...me just back after a rainy adventure in Chennai..! In a bad mood because of what's been happening in Mumbai. Sigh.

Hmm...you nailed it. Difficult to refrain from reading between the lines. RKN seems to be saying something other than what is in black and white though!! :-)

Indrasish: Thanks for the comment! Do read the book...it is fun!

HOBO: You probably never said a truer word. Wonder how he would have handled the present crisis.

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