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Waiting for Mahatma

by R. K. Narayan

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The first that indolent young Sriram knows about Mahatma Ghandi's visit to Malgudi is when a collection box is waved beneath his nose by the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. The vision's name is Bharato. Capable and quick-witted, her scorn for her gauche but ardent admirer is almost equal to her devotion to the Mahatma. Yet that is how Sriram leaves Malgudi to become a passionate apostle of the Quit India campaign - only to find his convictions tested by the rigours of a prison cell.… (more)
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Sriran is in his early 20's, orphaned, & lives with his Granny. I would call him a "layabout" as he seems to do nothing but what he feels like. While he is literate, he also seems very naive about what is going on--or perhaps he has just been sheltered & spoiled by his Granny. He becomes enamored of a young woman who is involved in Gandhi's movement, & becomes involved himself as a way of being with Bharati. It is obvious he has no dedication, no commitment to anything but just doing what it takes to spend time with her.
He's not a very likeable person. What this novel does provide is a sense of daily life in India in the 1940's for a common person who is not poor. We learn only a little about Gandhi. This book is entirely written from POV of Sriran. ( )
  juniperSun | Jul 10, 2020 |
Tale of simple youth and his views as ground level participant of Mahatma Gandhi's satyagrah movement. ( )
  ashishg | Feb 8, 2007 |
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His mother who died delivering him, and his father who was killed in Mesopotamia, might have been figures in a legend as far as Sriram was concerned.
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The first that indolent young Sriram knows about Mahatma Ghandi's visit to Malgudi is when a collection box is waved beneath his nose by the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. The vision's name is Bharato. Capable and quick-witted, her scorn for her gauche but ardent admirer is almost equal to her devotion to the Mahatma. Yet that is how Sriram leaves Malgudi to become a passionate apostle of the Quit India campaign - only to find his convictions tested by the rigours of a prison cell.

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