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Published by: ramchinna on Jul 03, 2009
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R. K. NarayanRasipuram Krishnaswami Ayyar Narayanaswami
, known as
R.K. Narayan
), was one of the greatest Indian writers in English. He is particularly known for his novels based in the fictional town of  Malgudi.  Narayan was born atChennai, Tamil Nadu in South India. Narayan studied at his father’sschool and maintained a diligent dislike for studies.THE PAINTER OF SIGNS:(story)This bittersweet novel is as fresh and charming today as it was when originally published.Telling the story of Raman, a conscientious sign-painter, who is trying to lead a rationallife, the novel is filled with busy neighborhood life and gossip, the alternating rhythmsand sounds of the city from morning till night, and the pungent smells and tantalizingflavors of home cooking, as Narayan portrays everyday life in Malgudi. The city isgrowing and changing, as its inhabitants try to carve out some individual successes withinthe juggernaut of “progress.”Raman, a college graduate, brings a sense of professionalism to his sign-painting, taking pride in his calligraphy and trying to create exactly the right sign, artistically, for eachclient. Living with his aged aunt, a devout, traditional woman whose days are spentrunning the house and tending to her nephew’s needs and whose evenings are spent at thetemple listening to the old stories and praying, Raman prefers a rational approach to life,avoiding the explanations of life’s mysteries which religion provides. As he begins towrite his aunt’s biography, which she is dictating, with all its portents and interventions by deities, Raman asks, “How could the Age of Reason be established if people were likethis?” For his own life, he believes that “ultimately he can evolve a scheme for doing

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