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There is no better introduction to R.K. Narayan than this remarkable collection of stories celebrating work that spans five decades. Characters include a sto. The Grandmother's Tale and Selected Stories book. Read 18 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. There is no better introduction to R.K. In The Grandmother's Tale, R.K. Narayan spans five decades. Characters include a storyteller whose magical source of tales dries up, a love-stricken.
Narayan is long respected in the West as one of a company of great storytellers who write in English about places far from England. In the title story, he is himself present as a boy schooled and scolded by this granny, and accustomed to recite a Sanskrit lyric which says that the 'perfect woman must work like a slave, advise like a Mantri Minister , look like Goddess Lakshmi, be patient like Mother Earth and courtesan-like in the bedchamber'.
He hears how his great- grandmother, Bala, was married in childhood to a boy who then deserted her.
A priest ordains that the child bride must stay away from the temple unless the husband can be shown to be alive: widows are unclean, and this priest could well know all about the practice of suttee. Bala sets off in search of her husband.
Years go by in the twinkling of a paragraph.
She catches up with him in Poona, where he's a thriving jeweller, married to someone else. Bala effects a ferocious and systematic, almost witch-like ouster of the second wife - a troubling act, strongly and sparely dramatised.
Her feat accomplished, she settles into the perfect woman's posture of wifely submission. But her husband is the really submissive one. He becomes a lonely and resentful widower.
The second story is about a miser, who also comes to a sour end: he is a bureaucrat who robs the poor and whose wife leaves him. We see him slip his gains into 'a specially-tailored inner pocket of his shirt, next to his skin where it gently heaved with his heart-throb'.
It's a pocket that would be hard to pick.
But Narayan asks, pointing the moral for once: 'Who is the real pickpocket? In the third story, however, the loser is female. Veena doesn't cook.
One evening as she is playing with the kids her age in the street she is called home by her mother. Bala a South Indian girl of age about 10 is told that her marriage has been set with Vishwa a boy of about 12, still in school.
Bala and Vishwa are married on an auspicious day and both have no idea what is happening except that now they are husband and wife. Soon, when Bala attains maturity one more ceremony will be held after which she can go to live with Vishwa, until then she is to live with her parents. However, the young and hot-blooded Vishwa can hardly keep his distance from her.
He keeps trying to find a way to converse with his docile bride.
One day he sees Bala in her backyard and he tries to have conversation with her, which Bala promptly ignores by asking him to come through the front door if he wants to talk. But young love can only be contained so far.
One day, Vishwa comes over the wall just like he always did and informs Bala that he will be going away. Bala continues living her life, like a normal married woman once she attains maturity but oh the village has eyes.
She runs out of her home telling her mother that she will find Vishwa and show these people. Now you know why Bala crossed the village boarders. So does she find Vishwa? Does Vishwa want her anymore?