Such Perfection by R.K. Narayan

In Such Perfection by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of dedication, faith, fear, pride and guilt. 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 dedication. Soma has dedicated five years of his life […]

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Selvi by R.K. Narayan

In Selvi by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of control, appearance, self-importance, selfishness, greed, desperation and freedom. 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. Mohan has absolute control over Selvi. He […]

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Leela’s Friend by R.K. Narayan

In Leela’s Friend by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of injustice, class, acceptance, innocence, friendship and change. 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 injustice. Sidda is wrongly accused of stealing Leela’s […]

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Wife’s Holiday by R.K. Narayan

In Wife’s Holiday by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of trust, desperation, selfishness, greed and control. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story it becomes clear to the reader that Narayan may be exploring the theme trust. Kannan cannot be trusted. So desperate […]

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Lawley Road by R.K. Narayan

In Lawley Road by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of independence, corruption, power, loyalty and identity. Taken from his Malgudi Days 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 independence and the difficulties that can come with independence. […]

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The Axe by R.K. Narayan

In The Axe by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of independence, pride, dedication, prosperity, loss, control, change 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 independence. After Velan has been slapped […]

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Iswaran by R.K. Narayan

In Iswaran by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of failure, desire, aspirations, self-doubt, fear and control. 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 failure. Iswaran has on several occasions failed […]

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The Snake-Song by R.K. Narayan

In The Snake-Song by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of knowledge, fear, charity, forgiveness, isolation, dedication, tradition, desperation and escape. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator though the narrative voice changes during the story to the voice and experience of the Talkative Man. What is also noticeable […]

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A Shadow by R.K. Narayan

In A Shadow by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of grief, letting go, struggle, connection, loss, acceptance, loneliness and memories. 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 letting go. Both Sambu and […]

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Forty-Five a Month by R.K. Narayan

In Forty-Five a Month by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of innocence, dedication, guilt, frustration, selfishness and powerlessness. 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 innocence. Shanta has no clue […]

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Father’s Help by R.K. Narayan

In Father’s Help by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of honesty, pity, aggression, imagination, guilt, stubbornness and fear. 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 pity. Swami as he is walking to […]

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Attila by R.K. Narayan

In Attila by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of trust, faith, loyalty, persuasion and luck. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of trust. Attila cannot be trusted as a guard dog. He […]

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The Tiger’s Claw by R.K. Narayan

In The Tiger’s Claw by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of reliability, fear, ego, pride and honesty. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that the Talkative Man may not be a reliable source of information. Though he holds the […]

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Fellow-Feeling by R.K. Narayan

In Fellow-Feeling by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of conflict, class, tension, bravery, bitterness and disbelief. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story it becomes clear to the reader that Narayan may be exploring the theme of conflict. Rajam Iyer while sitting in […]

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Engine Trouble by R.K. Narayan

In Engine Trouble by R.K Narayan we have the theme of practicality, hope, luck, responsibility and authority. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of practicality. The narrator has no use for a road […]

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The Blind Dog by R.K. Narayan

In The Blind Dog by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of struggle, connection, greed, freedom, control and loyalty. 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 struggle. Both the blind man and Tiger […]

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Under the Banyan Tree by R.K. Narayan

In Under the Banyan Tree by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of story-telling, isolation, hardship, escape, fear, failure, loyalty and selfishness. Taken from his An Astrologer’s Day 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 […]

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A Snake in the Grass by R.K. Narayan

In A Snake in the Grass by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of responsibility, honesty, trust, fear, control and tradition. Taken from his An Astrologer’s Day 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 […]

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The Doctor’s Word by R.K. Narayan

In The Doctor’s Word by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of honesty, friendship, uncertainty, letting go, fear, connection, trust, compassion and conflict. 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 uncertainty. Ramu is […]

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An Astrologer’s Day by R.K. Narayan

In An Astrologer’s Day by R.K Narayan we have the theme of fear, freedom, appearance, desperation, guilt and relief. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story it becomes clear to the reader that Narayan may be exploring the theme of fear and how far a […]

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The Martyr’s Corner by R.K. Narayan

In The Martyr’s Corner by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of diligence, dedication, compassion, poverty, struggle, paralysis, corruption, security and resilience. 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 diligence. Though […]

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Gateman’s Gift by R.K. Narayan

In Gateman’s Gift by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of fear, paralysis, insecurity, suffering, social opinion, pride and identity. 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 fear. Singh lives in fear of […]

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Out of Business by R.K. Narayan

In Out of Business by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of control, struggle, defeat, desperation, depression, identity, hope and unity. 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 control. Rama relies […]

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The Missing Mail by R.K. Narayan

In The Missing Mail by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of tradition, desperation, power, control, humanity and honesty. 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 tradition. Kamakshi is to be married yet […]

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