- Title Pages
- 1 Mixed Sap
- 2 I Had Not Been False
- 3 Profundity with a Light Touch
- 4 In a World Dominated by Adults
- 5 Live a Man’s Life
- 6 Sacral Space: No Trespassing!
- 7 Purify the Mind and Clarify the Vision
- 8 Some Eternal Scheme
- 9 Enchantment in Life
- 10 A Wizard for Malgudi
- 11 The Moth and the Mahatma
- 12 Grateful to Love and Death
- 13 For God, Country—and Comedy!
- 14 Private Sorrows, Indian Remedy
- 15 First Love Again!
- 16 Caution! Masterful Male!
- 17 Guru and Chela
- 18 Mettle Fatigue
- 19 Gunas Horror
- 20 Cosmic Comedy
- About the Author
The World of Nagaraj1
- (p.218) 18 Mettle Fatigue
- R.K. Narayan
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter Ranga Rao explores Narayan’s The World of Nagaraj. Jagan had experienced it earlier: Nagaraj’s world is changing and this is the late post-Independence period. Nagaraj is childless. His brother’s son rebels, quits his parents and home in the village and comes to Malgudi and lives with Nagaraj. This guardian, however, can neither guard nor guide his newfound ward and his wife. Here Narayan presents Kaibir Street community microcosmically: in the plight of one family. The focus is on Kabir Street residents as those who were considered aristocratic inheritors of vast rice fields in the village. Marked by supreme contentment, the mirasidars or the landowners, show that their degeneration is more patent now than ever.
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