Waiting for Mahatma Epub ☆ Waiting for MOBI :Þ

Waiting for Mahatma Epub ☆ Waiting for MOBI :Þ

Waiting for Mahatma ❮KINDLE❯ ❥ Waiting for Mahatma ❆ Author R.K. Narayan – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Un romanzo d'a la cui trama segue l'evolversi degli eventi che hanno segnato l'indipendenza dell'India e insieme rievoca la figura del Mahatma Gandhi Tutto comincia con Sriram un ingenuo sognatore abi Un romanzo d'a la cui trama segue l'evolversi degli eventi che hanno segnato l'indipendenza dell'India e insieme rievoca la figura del Mahatma Gandhi Tutto comincia con Sriram un ingenuo sognatore abituato a vivere nel guscio protettivo della famiglia che scopre l'arrivo del Mahatma Waiting for MOBI :Þ grazie a una giovane donna bella e agguerrita L'affascinante Bharati figlia adottiva di Gandhi lo converte al suo credo; e così più per a che per convinzione Sriram sposerà la causa del guru in missione nei piccoli villaggi dell'India.


10 thoughts on “Waiting for Mahatma

  1. Sidharth Vardhan Sidharth Vardhan says:

    Despite being a devoted follower of Gandhi Sriram understands very little of Gandhi's philosophy And it seems to be true for everyone except Gandhi's immediate circle And there must have been little to interest a villager in national politics leave alone abstracts concepts like independence or nonviolence Sriram is in it mostly for his own selfish interest like most young volunteers which in this case happens to be his love for Bharti a young girl full of patriotism who waits on Gandhi While everyone seems to like him very few actually seem to understood his philosophy His presence in novel is felt even in pages where he is absent The very names of two main characters Bharti and Sriram being Gandhi's two obsessions


  2. Versha Versha says:

    I make it a point to start my year by reading a book by an Indian author and i couldn’t have asked for a better book than ‘Waiting For The Mahatma’ by RK Narayan I have always enjoyed his satiric writing Set in the same place ‘Malgudi’ this book revolves around Sriram a young aimless boy who is smitten by a girl named Bharthi and goes after her blindly leaving his granny and finds out that she is one of the volunteer who works for Mahatma Sriram joins the group in a jest to impress Bharthi and his meaningless life takes a different turn from then on But even after finishing the book i am not sure whether Sriram really did find his aim in life or what all he did and went through was it just because he had no other choice? Because he was such a fickle minded and complicated character that it was difficult to say what and how he would think in a particular situation Sometimes he would act wisely and I would almost believe that finally there is some maturity reflecting in this character but the next moment he is the same old foolish guy who would say or think something stupid Having said that i really enjoyed reading this book and simultaneously got frustrated with Sriram and found myself helpless in some situation I think that explains the beauty of RKNarayan’s writing His sense of humour and his keen observation which he brings out in his simple writing is always a delight to readMy Review Journal


  3. Vikas Singh Vikas Singh says:

    Brilliant novel which is a emotional love story set in historical context Skillfully the author weaves the ups and downs in life of young lover with the freedom movement and the teachings of Gandhi It is definitely one of his best works A must read


  4. Gorab Jain Gorab Jain says:

    4The usual suspect of a very promising start Only this time the latter half is also goodMany similarities with his other works Its like a new dish prepared using the same ingredients First there is this young protagonist being idle and inheriting lots of wealth like Talkative Man Falls for a strong female character doing social work Raman and Daisy from Painter of SignsThe tongue in cheek dialogues and witty replies thought in head but not spoken Nataraj from Man Eater of MalgudiHeavy influence of Gandhian philosophy Jagan from Vendor of Sweets future of Sriram from this book?Like his other works there is subtle humor scattered in the form of keen observations from a day to day lifeBut the differentiating factor is the profound background holding a soulful plotGandhiji is not just another title character in the passive but a vital one having some deep conversations with our protagonistMixed with India's freedom struggle this is the most realistic work by Narayan throwing in a dash of Historical FictionHighly recommended


  5. Adriano Bulla Adriano Bulla says:

    Not a review this one my little homage to a novel I found original and beautifulI remember I read it when I was in my mid twenties on a train from Milan to that wonderful city that us Copenhagen Although this novel appears to be at first sight realistic there is 'magic' in it I say it in inverted commas because what I mean by it is not any sorcery but that this novel I strongly believe has a soul It breathes it has an energy going through it in waves from beginning to end I can't uite put my finger on it unlike other styles I have not worked out its secrets; this soul is there yet I have never been able to find how it was created by Narayan And what did I expect from a novel on the Great Soul What better way to talk about Mahatmaji than by breathing a bit of his immense soul into the words of the novel? Waiting for the Mahatma may still and probably always will be a mystery to me but it a mystery I love and don't wish to solve rather I feel this mystery has been solving me ever since I read it like being touched by the Spirit of Light One of may favourites ever


  6. Prashant Prashant says:

    Shashi Tharoor in his book Bookless in Baghdad wrote about the simplicity of Narayan's writing On the death of RK he said he had a mixed feeling because he always found Narayan's English too bland and 'grammatically incorrect' for anyone's taste He called RK a man who never wanted to learn and lived a negligent life Narayan would have himself partially agreed with Tharoor He never wanted to influence his writing from anyone else's and thus never read any other author's workstrange in itself He wanted his writing to be for the mango people and that's why all his stories are set in the rural His protagonists are farmers or vendors and even idlers His story is woven with the emotions of a man with simple desires and even simpler tastes This is a simple story from the kitty of the Narayan This is the one which established Narayan in my mind as an author of the masses The characters couldn't be identifiable with the common man A man with an aimless life found a shred of hope which we call purpose While pursuing that 'purpose' he encounters emotional and physical turmoils which he is too pampered and handicapped to handle The pleasure the reader gets is in the way the man's life and characters slowly unfolds with the story At times one may love or hate him but will definitely root for him That's the beauty of this story


  7. Mel Mel says:

    I think it took a great deal of real courage to write and publish Waiting for Mahatma in 1955 The novel set largely in his fictional city of Malgudi India begins around 1939 and ends in 1947 just before the partitioning of India Waiting for Mahatma centers on a young man named Sriram who lives with his grandmother He is in love with and wants to marry a young woman who is involved with Mahatma Gandhi's movement to achieve Indian independence and this draws him into becoming active himselfBig news comes to Malgudi Ghandi is coming for a speaking engagement The town leaders are thrown into a frenzy of planning It is decided that Ghandi will stay in the mansion of the wealthiest man in Malgudi When Ghandi arrives he decides that instead he wishes to stay in the home of a street sweeper This produces great turmoil and debate but there is no going against the word of Ghandi at least publically One of the very interesting things in the novel was seeing that not every one revered Ghandi even though everyone is supposed to Sriram's grandmother saw him just as someone who would get her grandson in trouble and she was sure right on that Others thought he was working behind the scenes with the British to get himself made the Emperor of India It was a bit amazing and shocking when Ghandi appears as a character in the novel Narayan makes seem human and than human Just the few speeches he makes show an almost transhuman wisdom For example he told the Indians for them to become independent with their hearts full of bitterness to each other was worse than staying under the British Narayan lets us feel we know a little bit like what it must have felt like to be in Ghand's presence There is just a huge amount in this novel Reading it for sure deepened my meager understand of Indian history Sriram ends up in prison and we endure this time with him When he gets out of prison he does not know if WWII is over or if India has become independent the time of his release is early 1947 Narayan ends the novel he is brilliant at ending his fictions not an easy thing to do in just a shocking event that took so much sheer nerve to include in his bookThis novel is beautifully written I was interested in and liked all the central characters Maybe the character of the girl friend of Sriham could be a bit filled out but maybe not The grandmother is just a marvel You can tell she is just one step away from calling Ghadhi a pompous fraud but she always catches herself This is a really good novel I totally endorse it for all and see it as must reading for those into literature about the era of the British Raj and the struggle for Indian Indepence Narayan brings cosmic events down to the streets and homes of Malgudi in a brilliant and loving fashion


  8. Vaidya Vaidya says:

    Easily among RKN's best works right up there with Swami and Friends and The Painter of Signs RKN has always specialized in absurdity the very commonality of the common man that shines through in the most profound or historic of moments And when that gets applied to something as 'serious' as the freedom struggle what you get is a masterpieceGiven the task of painting 'uit India' on village walls he obsesses that the takes paint reducing the tail ending up with Ouit India The villagers asked 'How long ought this to be on our wall sir?''Till it takes effect' 'What does it say sir?''It is uit meaning that the British must leave our country''What will happen sir if they leave? Who will rule the country?''We will rule it ourselves''Will Mahatmaji become our emperor sir?''Why not?' he said shaping the letters with his back turned to them He taught the school children to cry 'uit India' in a chorus They gleefully obeyed him Their teacher came and expostulated 'What is this you are doing sir you are spoiling them''How?''By teaching them seditious behaviour The police will be after us soon Do you want us to end in jail?''Yes why not? When important persons than you are already there' The crowd jeered at the teacher The boys were ever ready to seize an opportunity to jeer him But the old man was tough than he looked He put on his spectacles and looked Sriram up and downThe boys cried 'Oh the master is looking through his spectacles oh oh' They laughed and cried 'uit India'The teacher pushed his way through and cried 'Add if possible one e before t; what we need in this country is not a uit programme but a uiet India Why don't you write that?'Sriram finished his job writing He had borrowed the ladder from someone He turned and said to the teacher 'Please do something useful than standing there and talking master Please see that this ladder is returned to its owner I forget his name and you will have done your bit to free our country'It is moments like these that define the narrative When asked to go on disguise after he turns a terrorist unknown to himself with the entire police force looking for him he laments that his scalp would have to be shaved and remembers how difficult it was to convince his grandmother to give up his tuft and how he escaped from the greedy barber with his Dhoti intact after paying him only 6 annas that too after much haggling In a way this is almost Catch 22 written on the Indian Independence movement The humor is spot on but tends to be dark There is the bully in prison who threatens people to join in his Bhajans or otherwise The same bully who killed the owner of the house he had broken into because the man left him no choice 'He was sitting on me what else could I've done?' The terrorist who uses Sriram to get things done 'For some reason I can't avoid obeying him'In parallel there is the story of his love to Bharathi and how everything he does is a way to get her The whole absurdity of his struggle for India's freedom is built around his sole aim to end up with Bharathi and everything he does is guided only towards that endRKN stays clear of the politics of the time concentrating on the common man and Sriram's struggles with himself as he's pushed to become someone else to get Bharathi Gandhi is a prominent character who has dialogues of his own but RKN stops short of judging him But then does he ever judge any of his characters? In a way Gandhi gets Malgudi'ed reduced to being human while being seen through the eyes of the common man Sriram Only at the very end RKN gives him a touch of divinity and bestows greatness on him and he does it without a grudgeDefinitely a must read this But like Catch 22 it does drag at times in the middle


  9. Cristina C. Cristina C. says:

    I have really enjoyed the book I have to admit that at the beginning I did not know very well where it was leading but I ended up enjoying it a lot However it may be difficult to understand or enjoy if you expect a typical plot with an introduction phase a conflict development and resolution It is not that the book lacks it it is that under my point of view it is focused on characters's feelings and in historical events rather than in the plot itself The plot in fact is a uite simple one Easy to follow typical nothing essentially original but because the weight relies on the other points I have mentioned beforeThe charm of the main characters –under my point of view– is that both are complementary to one another What one lacks the other has it; so even though you may not feel fully identified with one of them you will inevitably feel identified with parts of each one –in my case I feel closer to BharatiFurther we learn the reality of the country the history of India through the characters's eyes which makes it much appealing than reading a history book I loved understanding a little part of Indian history and culture 'from within'It leads me to write about the language It is very simple and easy to follow it is written in a very plain style but Narayan includes a lot of Indian vocabulary mostly related to food Indian cultural figures and untranslatable concepts –such as 'ahimsa' which I personally loved– and though it forces you to make a little research or go to the end of the book to check the glossary I think it gives the whole work a sense of authenticity It makes it 'Indian like' it is like tasting the culture with the tip of your tongue –specially when they talk about food YummyHowever what I loved the most was the representation of the figure of Gandhi There are a lot of Gandhi related books but the treatment of the Mahatma is that of a historical figure usually romanticized or idealized However in Waiting for the Mahatma Gandhi is one character He is shown as a human being As someone who feels and has real acuaintances and that cares for the people around and his granddaughter and everyone around him –not just as a flawless spiritual leader I think that perceiving Gandhi as a human being rather than 'just' as a cultural figure definitely was what made me love the book in the endTo sum up the characters the subtle introduction of the historical context and the treatment of the figure of Gandhi made me fall in love with the book I highly recommend 'Waiting for the Mahatma' if you are looking for –or just curious about– a light book about the independence in India and Gandhi


  10. Somdutta Somdutta says:

    RK Narayan takes us to a place called Malgudi which is a fictional town familiar to readers of his storiesThis is a love story which takes place at the time when Mahatma Gandhi was one of the key players in leading India's struggle for freedom Sriram gets in to India's freedom struggle because he wants to be around Bharati and less because of his love for his country Before meeting Bharati he led an idle life without any aims taken care by his grandmother He decides to leave his grandmother without saying a word about his plansSriram did as told by Bharati to write uit India on the walls of the huts and buildings in different villages before she surrendered herself to the police and later being misled by Jagdish to disrupt the British plans through violent means He loved Bharati so much that the thought that he would see her one day at the end of all these ordeals and that they would be united after receiving Bapu's blessings made him live a solitary life and carry out disruptionist acts Bharati reigned his mind even during the time he spent in jail The death of Sriram's grandmother before he returns to Malgudi to visit her followed by her showing signs of life just as he set her to fire on the pyre takes the reader through a whirlwind of emotions The story has a bitter ending with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and a successful ending with Sriram and Bharati having received Bapu's blessings to get married


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10 thoughts on “Waiting for Mahatma

  1. Sidharth Vardhan Sidharth Vardhan says:

    Despite being a devoted follower of Gandhi Sriram understands very little of Gandhi's philosophy And it seems to be true for everyone except Gandhi's immediate circle And there must have been little to interest a villager in national politics leave alone abstracts concepts like independence or nonviolence Sriram is in it mostly for his own selfish interest like most young volunteers which in this case happens to be his love for Bharti a young girl full of patriotism who waits on Gandhi While everyone seems to like him very few actually seem to understood his philosophy His presence in novel is felt even in pages where he is absent The very names of two main characters Bharti and Sriram being Gandhi's two obsessions

  2. Versha Versha says:

    I make it a point to start my year by reading a book by an Indian author and i couldn’t have asked for a better book than ‘Waiting For The Mahatma’ by RK Narayan I have always enjoyed his satiric writing Set in the same place ‘Malgudi’ this book revolves around Sriram a young aimless boy who is smitten by a girl named Bharthi and goes after her blindly leaving his granny and finds out that she is one of the volunteer who works for Mahatma Sriram joins the group in a jest to impress Bharthi and his meaningless life takes a different turn from then on But even after finishing the book i am not sure whether Sriram really did find his aim in life or what all he did and went through was it just because he had no other choice? Because he was such a fickle minded and complicated character that it was difficult to say what and how he would think in a particular situation Sometimes he would act wisely and I would almost believe that finally there is some maturity reflecting in this character but the next moment he is the same old foolish guy who would say or think something stupid Having said that i really enjoyed reading this book and simultaneously got frustrated with Sriram and found myself helpless in some situation I think that explains the beauty of RKNarayan’s writing His sense of humour and his keen observation which he brings out in his simple writing is always a delight to readMy Review Journal

  3. Vikas Singh Vikas Singh says:

    Brilliant novel which is a emotional love story set in historical context Skillfully the author weaves the ups and downs in life of young lover with the freedom movement and the teachings of Gandhi It is definitely one of his best works A must read

  4. Gorab Jain Gorab Jain says:

    4The usual suspect of a very promising start Only this time the latter half is also goodMany similarities with his other works Its like a new dish prepared using the same ingredients First there is this young protagonist being idle and inheriting lots of wealth like Talkative Man Falls for a strong female character doing social work Raman and Daisy from Painter of SignsThe tongue in cheek dialogues and witty replies thought in head but not spoken Nataraj from Man Eater of MalgudiHeavy influence of Gandhian philosophy Jagan from Vendor of Sweets future of Sriram from this book?Like his other works there is subtle humor scattered in the form of keen observations from a day to day lifeBut the differentiating factor is the profound background holding a soulful plotGandhiji is not just another title character in the passive but a vital one having some deep conversations with our protagonistMixed with India's freedom struggle this is the most realistic work by Narayan throwing in a dash of Historical FictionHighly recommended

  5. Adriano Bulla Adriano Bulla says:

    Not a review this one my little homage to a novel I found original and beautifulI remember I read it when I was in my mid twenties on a train from Milan to that wonderful city that us Copenhagen Although this novel appears to be at first sight realistic there is 'magic' in it I say it in inverted commas because what I mean by it is not any sorcery but that this novel I strongly believe has a soul It breathes it has an energy going through it in waves from beginning to end I can't uite put my finger on it unlike other styles I have not worked out its secrets; this soul is there yet I have never been able to find how it was created by Narayan And what did I expect from a novel on the Great Soul What better way to talk about Mahatmaji than by breathing a bit of his immense soul into the words of the novel? Waiting for the Mahatma may still and probably always will be a mystery to me but it a mystery I love and don't wish to solve rather I feel this mystery has been solving me ever since I read it like being touched by the Spirit of Light One of may favourites ever

  6. Prashant Prashant says:

    Shashi Tharoor in his book Bookless in Baghdad wrote about the simplicity of Narayan's writing On the death of RK he said he had a mixed feeling because he always found Narayan's English too bland and 'grammatically incorrect' for anyone's taste He called RK a man who never wanted to learn and lived a negligent life Narayan would have himself partially agreed with Tharoor He never wanted to influence his writing from anyone else's and thus never read any other author's workstrange in itself He wanted his writing to be for the mango people and that's why all his stories are set in the rural His protagonists are farmers or vendors and even idlers His story is woven with the emotions of a man with simple desires and even simpler tastes This is a simple story from the kitty of the Narayan This is the one which established Narayan in my mind as an author of the masses The characters couldn't be identifiable with the common man A man with an aimless life found a shred of hope which we call purpose While pursuing that 'purpose' he encounters emotional and physical turmoils which he is too pampered and handicapped to handle The pleasure the reader gets is in the way the man's life and characters slowly unfolds with the story At times one may love or hate him but will definitely root for him That's the beauty of this story

  7. Mel Mel says:

    I think it took a great deal of real courage to write and publish Waiting for Mahatma in 1955 The novel set largely in his fictional city of Malgudi India begins around 1939 and ends in 1947 just before the partitioning of India Waiting for Mahatma centers on a young man named Sriram who lives with his grandmother He is in love with and wants to marry a young woman who is involved with Mahatma Gandhi's movement to achieve Indian independence and this draws him into becoming active himselfBig news comes to Malgudi Ghandi is coming for a speaking engagement The town leaders are thrown into a frenzy of planning It is decided that Ghandi will stay in the mansion of the wealthiest man in Malgudi When Ghandi arrives he decides that instead he wishes to stay in the home of a street sweeper This produces great turmoil and debate but there is no going against the word of Ghandi at least publically One of the very interesting things in the novel was seeing that not every one revered Ghandi even though everyone is supposed to Sriram's grandmother saw him just as someone who would get her grandson in trouble and she was sure right on that Others thought he was working behind the scenes with the British to get himself made the Emperor of India It was a bit amazing and shocking when Ghandi appears as a character in the novel Narayan makes seem human and than human Just the few speeches he makes show an almost transhuman wisdom For example he told the Indians for them to become independent with their hearts full of bitterness to each other was worse than staying under the British Narayan lets us feel we know a little bit like what it must have felt like to be in Ghand's presence There is just a huge amount in this novel Reading it for sure deepened my meager understand of Indian history Sriram ends up in prison and we endure this time with him When he gets out of prison he does not know if WWII is over or if India has become independent the time of his release is early 1947 Narayan ends the novel he is brilliant at ending his fictions not an easy thing to do in just a shocking event that took so much sheer nerve to include in his bookThis novel is beautifully written I was interested in and liked all the central characters Maybe the character of the girl friend of Sriham could be a bit filled out but maybe not The grandmother is just a marvel You can tell she is just one step away from calling Ghadhi a pompous fraud but she always catches herself This is a really good novel I totally endorse it for all and see it as must reading for those into literature about the era of the British Raj and the struggle for Indian Indepence Narayan brings cosmic events down to the streets and homes of Malgudi in a brilliant and loving fashion

  8. Vaidya Vaidya says:

    Easily among RKN's best works right up there with Swami and Friends and The Painter of Signs RKN has always specialized in absurdity the very commonality of the common man that shines through in the most profound or historic of moments And when that gets applied to something as 'serious' as the freedom struggle what you get is a masterpieceGiven the task of painting 'uit India' on village walls he obsesses that the takes paint reducing the tail ending up with Ouit India The villagers asked 'How long ought this to be on our wall sir?''Till it takes effect' 'What does it say sir?''It is uit meaning that the British must leave our country''What will happen sir if they leave? Who will rule the country?''We will rule it ourselves''Will Mahatmaji become our emperor sir?''Why not?' he said shaping the letters with his back turned to them He taught the school children to cry 'uit India' in a chorus They gleefully obeyed him Their teacher came and expostulated 'What is this you are doing sir you are spoiling them''How?''By teaching them seditious behaviour The police will be after us soon Do you want us to end in jail?''Yes why not? When important persons than you are already there' The crowd jeered at the teacher The boys were ever ready to seize an opportunity to jeer him But the old man was tough than he looked He put on his spectacles and looked Sriram up and downThe boys cried 'Oh the master is looking through his spectacles oh oh' They laughed and cried 'uit India'The teacher pushed his way through and cried 'Add if possible one e before t; what we need in this country is not a uit programme but a uiet India Why don't you write that?'Sriram finished his job writing He had borrowed the ladder from someone He turned and said to the teacher 'Please do something useful than standing there and talking master Please see that this ladder is returned to its owner I forget his name and you will have done your bit to free our country'It is moments like these that define the narrative When asked to go on disguise after he turns a terrorist unknown to himself with the entire police force looking for him he laments that his scalp would have to be shaved and remembers how difficult it was to convince his grandmother to give up his tuft and how he escaped from the greedy barber with his Dhoti intact after paying him only 6 annas that too after much haggling In a way this is almost Catch 22 written on the Indian Independence movement The humor is spot on but tends to be dark There is the bully in prison who threatens people to join in his Bhajans or otherwise The same bully who killed the owner of the house he had broken into because the man left him no choice 'He was sitting on me what else could I've done?' The terrorist who uses Sriram to get things done 'For some reason I can't avoid obeying him'In parallel there is the story of his love to Bharathi and how everything he does is a way to get her The whole absurdity of his struggle for India's freedom is built around his sole aim to end up with Bharathi and everything he does is guided only towards that endRKN stays clear of the politics of the time concentrating on the common man and Sriram's struggles with himself as he's pushed to become someone else to get Bharathi Gandhi is a prominent character who has dialogues of his own but RKN stops short of judging him But then does he ever judge any of his characters? In a way Gandhi gets Malgudi'ed reduced to being human while being seen through the eyes of the common man Sriram Only at the very end RKN gives him a touch of divinity and bestows greatness on him and he does it without a grudgeDefinitely a must read this But like Catch 22 it does drag at times in the middle

  9. Cristina C. Cristina C. says:

    I have really enjoyed the book I have to admit that at the beginning I did not know very well where it was leading but I ended up enjoying it a lot However it may be difficult to understand or enjoy if you expect a typical plot with an introduction phase a conflict development and resolution It is not that the book lacks it it is that under my point of view it is focused on characters's feelings and in historical events rather than in the plot itself The plot in fact is a uite simple one Easy to follow typical nothing essentially original but because the weight relies on the other points I have mentioned beforeThe charm of the main characters –under my point of view– is that both are complementary to one another What one lacks the other has it; so even though you may not feel fully identified with one of them you will inevitably feel identified with parts of each one –in my case I feel closer to BharatiFurther we learn the reality of the country the history of India through the characters's eyes which makes it much appealing than reading a history book I loved understanding a little part of Indian history and culture 'from within'It leads me to write about the language It is very simple and easy to follow it is written in a very plain style but Narayan includes a lot of Indian vocabulary mostly related to food Indian cultural figures and untranslatable concepts –such as 'ahimsa' which I personally loved– and though it forces you to make a little research or go to the end of the book to check the glossary I think it gives the whole work a sense of authenticity It makes it 'Indian like' it is like tasting the culture with the tip of your tongue –specially when they talk about food YummyHowever what I loved the most was the representation of the figure of Gandhi There are a lot of Gandhi related books but the treatment of the Mahatma is that of a historical figure usually romanticized or idealized However in Waiting for the Mahatma Gandhi is one character He is shown as a human being As someone who feels and has real acuaintances and that cares for the people around and his granddaughter and everyone around him –not just as a flawless spiritual leader I think that perceiving Gandhi as a human being rather than 'just' as a cultural figure definitely was what made me love the book in the endTo sum up the characters the subtle introduction of the historical context and the treatment of the figure of Gandhi made me fall in love with the book I highly recommend 'Waiting for the Mahatma' if you are looking for –or just curious about– a light book about the independence in India and Gandhi

  10. Somdutta Somdutta says:

    RK Narayan takes us to a place called Malgudi which is a fictional town familiar to readers of his storiesThis is a love story which takes place at the time when Mahatma Gandhi was one of the key players in leading India's struggle for freedom Sriram gets in to India's freedom struggle because he wants to be around Bharati and less because of his love for his country Before meeting Bharati he led an idle life without any aims taken care by his grandmother He decides to leave his grandmother without saying a word about his plansSriram did as told by Bharati to write uit India on the walls of the huts and buildings in different villages before she surrendered herself to the police and later being misled by Jagdish to disrupt the British plans through violent means He loved Bharati so much that the thought that he would see her one day at the end of all these ordeals and that they would be united after receiving Bapu's blessings made him live a solitary life and carry out disruptionist acts Bharati reigned his mind even during the time he spent in jail The death of Sriram's grandmother before he returns to Malgudi to visit her followed by her showing signs of life just as he set her to fire on the pyre takes the reader through a whirlwind of emotions The story has a bitter ending with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and a successful ending with Sriram and Bharati having received Bapu's blessings to get married

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