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Ranga Rao

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.001.0001

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Guru and Chela

Guru and Chela

A Tiger for Malgudi*

(p.215) 17 Guru and Chela
R.K. Narayan

Ranga Rao

Oxford University Press

Narayan’s novellas belong to the late post-Independence period, the novelist’s final phase. In the first novella, the hero of this slender novella is a tiger. Trapped by a sadistic circus owner, the harassed beast kills him accidentally, and later escapes. Its presence terrifies Malgudi until a sage adopts him as his disciple. In this chapter Ranga Rao shows how this novella charts the extraordinary spiritual transformation of an unmitigated animal. While there is relatively little of it in Narayan’s pre-Independence phase, violence in the early post-Independence novels extends into the late phase, and grows virulent in this novella. The novella also presents a peep into the Kabir Street aristocracy in terminal decline.

Keywords:   post-Independence novels, violence, spiritual sadhana, spiritual transformation, guru and chela, Kabir Street

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