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In our love for the desi classics, we have decided to review the books by the authors who are still very popular among the serious readers of India – even after their deaths, long ago or recently. To start, we are presenting the review of the classic Indian romance, matured with philosophy of R. K. Narayan, The Guide. Amit writes this review based on his reading of the book and we at Indian Book Critics hope that you will like what he has to say about The Guide. Let’s have a group reading of it!

The Guide, with a very subtle title to an extraordinary romantic novel, does impress the readers of Indian fiction and the storytelling skills of R. K. Narayan only add further fancy to the novel. It offers animated characters and ‘round ones’ who change as per the situations around them. Raju, Rosie, Marco… everyone changes. The world and atmosphere change. Raju’s mother change. And later, even Nalini changes. It’s about realisation. It’s about perception. It’s about love. It’s about lust. It’s about greed and then, it’s about salvation.

The Guide can be read as a novel which is more abstract in nature than being an on-ground-fiction. Narayan’s story begins in Malgudi, like many others by him, and ends somewhere else. A greedy and mischief tourist guide, known as Railway Raju, is very popular among the tourists who love him because of his animated behaviour and skills at representing the beauty of the city and nearby areas. He knows many languages and he is truly pictured as a fascinating character. To bring the tension, Narayan introduces Rosie and Marco, a married couple who come to visit Malgudi. Marco comes to discover caves and antiques and some civilizational proofs which have been buried deep. Rosie comes to accompany him.

‘The Guide’ is a 1958 novel written, in English, by the legendary R.K Narayan, and brought him the Sahitya Akademi award in 1960. Adapted into a movie as well in 1965, ‘The Guide’ has been one of the all-time favourites of Narayan’s fans. Guide (released in the U.S. As The Guide) is a 1965 Indian romantic drama film starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. It was directed by Vijay Anand, who contributed to the screenplay. The film is based on the 1958 novel The Guide, by R. Narayan's most celebrated novel, The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country's highest litFormerly India's most corrupt tourist guide, Rajujust released from prisonseeks refuge in an abandoned temple. The way Narayan interlaces the two different streams of stories in the book is wonderful. The novel is a masterpiece in the way it is written and takes the reader to a visual tour of malgudi lansscape. The way Narayan has developd the city of malgudi is really exemplery. The transformation of Raju from a high society man to a saint is well laid.

The Guide is also about human nature, women issues and serious satire on marriage for purpose rather than a marriage of people. Rosie is almost ‘bought’ by Marco just because he is wealthy and he needs some ponds of flesh for his sexual desire and Rosie needs a name as her husband because the world isn’t a good place for women like her – who dance and entertain others.

Raju shows admiration for her art and Marco shows disgust as usual – Rosie is drawn towards Raju and Marco leaves her behind himself with Raju only. Raju has to leave his hometown to bring to reality the dreams of Rosie who later becomes Nalini and becomes a very popular dancer. She loves her art and Raju loves the money that her art brings. Later, greed for money brings a rift between Raju and Nalini as well and Raju is sent to jail for forgery, copying the signature of Nalini for ill purposes.

And at the end, things go out of the general purview of the novel. We come through the philosophical side of life and realisation strikes Raju. He becomes a Sadhu and tries to redeem himself of the ‘sins’ that he has committed. Can he do justice to himself? Can he wash his ‘sins’? Will God forgive him?

The Guide also represents, in the best possible way, the best of Indian English literature India produced in the times of R. K. Narayan. It represents what Indian philosophy is. It represents what an Indian way of life is. It also represents how one can attain salvation even after committing crimes. In short, this novel tries to portray the cycle of crime, punishment, realisation and revelation.

Critically, The Guide is a complete novel which does not leave the readers in disgust as they are left after seeing the latest Avengers movie – the infinity war. It offers them the situations which are ripe enough and are full – readers can decide what to do. The language is always as beautiful as you will find in the Narayan’s novels. The plot is also thriving and alive and the theme is far more serious than being merely based on a romance of opportunism! You will love this piece of Indian English literature!

Have your copy of the novel from the Amazon link below and do let me know how do you like it.

Review by Amit for IBC

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Our review – a complete novel, a whole fiction!

The Guide by R.K. Narayan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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This novel’s lead, Raju, is sitting by a riverside shrine when he’s mistaken for a holy man. In actuality, Raju was just released from prison for forging the signature of a woman with whom he has a complicated relationship. The woman is married to another man but she has a love of dance, and her husband wants her to give up such frivolities. She falls for Raju, who is working for her husband as a travel guide /expediter, because he supports her in the pursuit of dance. [One can see the dual meaning of the title as Raju is a travel guide by trade and becomes a spiritual guide to the villagers of the fictional town of Malgudi.] After experiencing some hard times with the shops left him by his father, Raju finds success by being not only the lover of the dancer but also her Col. Tom Parker (i.e. her promoter /manager.)

The story isn’t told in chronological order, but is easily enough followed and is the more interesting for its nonlinear telling. For example, we learn the details of Raju’s troubles as a confession he makes to the individual who first mistook him for a guru.

The book explores several themes. One is the power of charisma and bumper-sticker wisdom in building a sage. When Raju’s first student hears his confession, the young man is unswayed, following Raju unwaveringly. On a brighter note, one also sees how people’s strong beliefs, ill-founded as they might seem to be, can produce a guru. Ultimately, Raju becomes the teacher that the entire village thought him to be all along.

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There’s also the issue of passion versus familial bonds and tradition. While Raju’s mother personally likes the dancer woman, the fact that the girl is of a lower class and caste (not to mention married to another man), creates a tension. Raju must decide between his love of the dancer and that of his mother. We also get to see the hard edge of tradition in the Raju’s uncle who puts all the bias of class and caste in its most explicit form.

I enjoyed this novel. It’s a nice compact story and is very thought-provoking. The character of Raju is well-developed and interesting. The reader finds Raju likable even though at times he’s a bit loathsome in his behavior. There’s more than one comedy of error in the story’s formulation to offer some lightness to contrast the family drama.

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I’d highly recommend this book for fiction readers. It was also interesting for me as an ex-pat in India as it offers some insight into the culture. It should be noted that it’s set in a bygone era. But even though it’s dated, one can see the long shadow of cultural proclivities in the story elements.

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