R K Narayan is the Grand Old Man of Indian English fiction. He was the first Indian English writer to win the Sahitya Akademi Award. Born in 1906 R K Narayan is a great author and a rare Gem in the literary world. All his books are excellent and must read for anybody who can read English. A clear picture of rural India has come up from his write-ups. Its specially nice for people who would like to know how the Rural India was. The different points of life including the relationships, the environment, the society, etc. each and every aspect is explained in such an amazing and interesting way that anyone can feel the presence of one`s own.
The way R K Narayan handles the language is must read to believe. His language is very lucid and transparent too. He writes for adults as well as children. The way he explained simple stories and situations is really praiseworthy. R K Narayan guides the world where myth and reality softly merge together and where modernity is only on the doorstep. In every little story there lies the combination of peace and struggle like in life itself. Narayan is one of the best storytellers of the time and still he is very much present at the heart of the readers.
Synopsis of Reluctant Guru by R K Narayan:
The Reluctant Guru is an effort of unveiling the true face of India to the people who thinks that India is only the land of snake charmers and black magic. An autobiographical essay, in the Reluctant Guru the author himself becomes the Guru who visits and professes people. The idea of India that the West holds comes out clear in this refreshing essay. Humor is there and what sets the mood of the reader is the matchless symphony and humor, which unfolds the fact of India. In the essay, R,K, Narayan evokes laughter and humor with his remarkable style. The defense of the usual latecomers in India and other intricate details weaves the plot of The Reluctant Guru. R K Narayan`s sharp and sparkling humor adds to the plot distribution of the essay and his capacity to laugh at almost any situation further makes the essay, the reluctant guru a major creation.
The `Reluctant Guru` is published by one of the prominent publisher of USA and the name is Ind-Us.
The `Reluctant Guru` is a rare collection of R K Narayan . This is one of his short story collections. He was not just a fiction writer. At the time he gained all his initial fame, fortune and followers from the expansively conjured essays. The essays are ideal to see us as the world does. Funny, warm-hearted, satirical, yet serious, Narayan presents these topical sketches of life to anyone who claims interest. This is really worth reading and of course the book can drag a lot of readers towards it for the long run.