- Title Pages
- 1 Mixed Sap
- 2 I Had Not Been False
- 3 Profundity with a Light Touch
- 4 In a World Dominated by Adults
- 5 Live a Man’s Life
- 6 Sacral Space: No Trespassing!
- 7 Purify the Mind and Clarify the Vision
- 8 Some Eternal Scheme
- 9 Enchantment in Life
- 10 A Wizard for Malgudi
- 11 The Moth and the Mahatma
- 12 Grateful to Love and Death
- 13 For God, Country—and Comedy!
- 14 Private Sorrows, Indian Remedy
- 15 First Love Again!
- 16 Caution! Masterful Male!
- 17 Guru and Chela
- 18 Mettle Fatigue
- 19 Gunas Horror
- 20 Cosmic Comedy
- About the Author
- (p.223) 19 Gunas Horror
- R.K. Narayan
- Oxford University Press
Narayan’s last work, Grandmother’s Tale, a novella, tells the story of a determined young woman who goes searching for her husband missing for years. She succeeds in her mission but also encounters unexpected sub-sequences. Narayan’s final book is a good example. Narayan’s ‘telling’ strategy in this novella strikes us. Grandmother’s Tale is Narayan’s contribution to self-reflexive fiction. Towards the end of decades-long career as a storyteller, Narayan attempts to reconstruct in this book the story narrated by his own maternal grandmother Ammani, and also about her mother.
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