House Opposite by R.K. Narayan

In House Opposite by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of judgement, discomfort, connection, pity, selfishness and kindness. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of judgement. The hermit […]

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The Watchman by R.K. Narayan

In The Watchman by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of independence, tradition, desperation, loss, hope and connection. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Narayan may be exploring the theme of independence. The watchman has no understanding as to why the girl would wish to study in […]

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Like the Sun by R.K. Narayan

In Like the Sun by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of honesty, conflict, anger, change and rejection. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of honesty. […]

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An Accident by R.K. Narayan

In An Accident by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of hopelessness, appearance, kindness, uncertainty and gratitude. Taken from his An Astrologer’s Day and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of hopelessness. The narrator […]

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A Horse and Two Goats by R.K. Narayan

In A Horse and Two Goats by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of confusion, tradition, culture, identity, arrogance and conflict. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Narayan may be exploring the theme of confusion. Muni is speaking in Tamil while the American is speaking in English. At no […]

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Swami and Friends by R.K. Narayan

In Swami and Friends by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of disobedience, conflict, control, authority, power, rebellion and independence. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Narayan may be exploring the theme of disobedience. Swaminathan has burnt his school cap in support of Gandhi who has been jailed. As […]

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Sweets for Angels by R.K. Narayan

In Sweets for Angels by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of aspirations, connection, kindness, regret, appearance, friendship, innocence and change. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Narayan may be exploring the theme of appearance. Though Kali has the look of somebody who may be prone to be rowdy. […]

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Nitya by R.K. Narayan

In Nitya by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of selfishness, belief, tradition, modernity, control, respect, connection and independence. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of tradition. Nitya’s […]

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Old Man of the Temple by R.K. Narayan

In Old Man of the Temple by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of connection, acceptance, tradition, faith and dedication. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by the Talkative man and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of connection. […]

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Fruition at Forty by R.K. Narayan

In Fruition at Forty by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of conflict, doubt, anxiety, disappointment, responsibility, control and acceptance. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayana may be exploring the theme of doubt. […]

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Crime and Punishment by R.K. Narayan

In Crime and Punishment by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of fear, control, conflict and blackmail. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of fear. The teacher is […]

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The Roman Image by R.K. Narayan

In The Roman Image by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of opportunity, fame, honesty, enthusiasm, reputation, appearance and change. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called the Talkative Man and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the […]

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A Hero by R.K. Narayan

In A Hero by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of fear, insecurity, control, powerlessness, bravery and independence. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of fear. Though Swami […]

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Second Opinion by R.K. Narayan

In Second Opinion by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of conflict, failure, connection, acceptance, independence and appearance. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young man called Sambu and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of conflict. Throughout the story there is […]

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God and the Cobbler by R.K. Narayan

In God and the Cobbler by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of connection, endurance, discontent, struggle, guilt, isolation and disillusion. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of connection. Throughout the hippie’s journeys […]

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Emden by R.K. Narayan

In Emden by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of connection, loss, jealousy, redemption, appearance, guilt, struggle, independence and acceptance. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of connection. Rao though his mind is […]

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The Edge by R.K. Narayan

In The Edge by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of control, connection, independence, pride, tradition, sacrifice, trust and struggle. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of control. Ranga’s wife seems to wish […]

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Naga by R.K. Narayan

In Naga by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of independence, connection, struggle, responsibility, selfishness, loyalty and commitment. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of independence. The young boy in the story though […]

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Cat Within by R.K. Narayan

In Cat Within by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of superstition, tradition, desperation, honesty, fear, selfishness and acceptance. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that that Narayan may be exploring the theme of fear. The landlord is […]

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Trail of the Green Blazer by R.K. Narayan

In Trail of the Green Blazer by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of guilt, pity, appearance, identity, struggle, trust, change and commitment. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of guilt. Raju though […]

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Half a Rupee Worth by R.K. Narayan

In Half a Rupee Worth by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of persistence, greed, corruption, materialism and desperation. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of […]

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Hungry Child by R.K. Narayan

In Hungry Child by R. K. Narayan we have the theme of escape, loneliness, innocence, trust, dissatisfaction, gender roles, independence and paralysis. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of escape. There […]

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The Evening Gift by R.K. Narayan

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In The Evening Gift by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of dependency, trust, class, conflict, loyalty and selflessness. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of dependency. Sankar’s […]

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Mother and Son by R.K. Narayan

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In Mother and Son by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of guilt, insecurity, worry, independence, gender roles, letting go and paralysis. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of guilt. Ramu’s mother feels […]

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A Willing Slave by R.K. Narayan

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In A Willing Slave by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of commitment, equality, selfishness, fear, control and independence. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of commitment. Thayi’s husband for most of her […]

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