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Better Late

Better Late

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BETTER LATE

- R.K. Narayan R.K.Narayan (1906-2001) is a famous Indian writer in English. He has written many impressive short stories such as “Malgudi Days”, “Swamy and Friends”, “Next Sunday”, Dark Room” and “English Teacher”. He won Sahitya Academy Award and Padma Bhushan Award. Giving a delightful twist to the popular proverb. “Better late than never”, this essay strikes as an extraordinary plea for the late and the unpunctual. A young student who habitually went late to sir, his class replied to his teacher breezily. ‘Better late than never’. The teacher stressed the point that he should never be late. The another says that there are certain things that cannot survive unpunctuality. But under normal circumstances, most things can survive a little delay. The author’s opinion is that one need not to be a watch-gazer. . The author refers to a gentleman who refuses to talk to anyone who arrives late for appointments. He has classified them under the head of wantonness, villainy and like qualities. The author fears that the gentleman often looks at his costly watch sternly in order to know whether it is working properly. The author says that the gentleman is in the wrong country. Because in India a wrist watch becomes a mere ornament and not a guiding factor. According to the author one might with a certain margin of wellrelated punctually, without much damage to oneself or its one’s surroundings. This is the safest attitude to develop in our country. When we expect too much from others, even the most innocent carpenter can give us a shock. If we ask him when he will deliver the product, he will reply without any hesitation, “Of course, tomorrow”. But he might have said the same thing to a lot of others. We should not take him literally. The way to meet such a situation is to give him enough time to complete the work. We may even extend the time he that actually needs. We should visit him regularly to see the progress. He will finish his job sooner or later. There are certain things that are all the better for a little delay. According to the author “Wisdom is a thing that dawns habitually late”. Even in practical affairs, we suffer from delayed wisdom. The author says that there are many ways to fill the time till wisdom should dawn before any decision is made. It is conveniently done in joint families by referring to someone who is not there. Reference to an absentee relative is one of the traditional methods of putting off a decision. It may pertain to the leasing of house, loan, marriage, contract or anything. The delaying tactics really imply that one needs time for a correct judgement.

government or other organisation. By the time. correspondence got through. agenda drawn up.In municipal. the personel is settled. Luncheons are the most effective sub-device for achieving delay. . Conclusion: The author concludes that he suggests the so called delaying tactics to understand the fact their wisdom comes late to us. When all the passions are spent a burning question lose its heat. luncheons eaten and the report is ready. time is gained through the forming of committees.

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