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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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Mettle Fatigue

Mettle Fatigue

The World of Nagaraj1

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R.K. Narayan

Ranga Rao

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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.

Keywords:   decline of Kabir Street family, post-Independence world, mirasidars, self-parody

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