Malgudi Days

“I made preparations to leave the town in a couple of days, leaving the engine to its fate, with all its commitments. However, nature came to my rescue in an unexpected manner.” (84)

Narayan, R. K. Malgudi Days. Engine Trouble. New York: Penguin, 2006. Print.

I picked this passage because of how it represents the troubles that the poor people in India have throughout this novel, and how everything seems to come down to “fate” or luck, although in reality a lot of the misfortunes come from the cause and effect relationship between people that have much more power and influence over the institutions, like local government, that then effect these people in every day lives.

Narayan – Malgudi Days

“‘That swine has cheated me! He promised me a rupee’, said the astrologer.” (13)

Narayan, R K. Malgudi Days. Edison, NJ: Vista India, 2005. Print

This realization at the end of the story is especially ironic. The astrologer is able to successfully trick Guru Nayak into believing that the man that stabbed him years before is dead. Instead of being relieved that he has escaped his own death, he is angry at the amount of money he has received from Guru Nayak.