A Naive Crave for Love

9 Apr

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Meet Shankara, a school boy from a socially neglected community who blasts a fertilizer bomb with a simple detonator in the classroom as a protest against a bragging teacher. At last, even if he admits the villainy, Shankara is ignored.

Here is the story of Kittur, a fictitious town in Karnataka. It should not be confused with the town by same name in Belgaum district. The author brings out the nuances of this delusive town while portraying the stories which took place between the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajeev Gandhi. If you read R K Narayan’s novels and short stories, this book will doubtlessly hold your attention.

Kittur, a small but diversified town pictured in this book is Adiga’s Malgudi. It is located on the banks of Arabian sea and surrounded by Kaliamma river and Bajpe forest. It is named after the Kittamma Devi temple which is located in this town. You can find all sorts of people in this town. A neglected man of the town Ziauddin obeys an incendiary party just because he finds some respect and care from him.

Characters in this book personifies trustworthiness with certainity in the beginning and gradually tend to become corrupt. Murali, a communist who later counterblows Sulochana’s family as she doesn’t accept his marriage proposal, is one of them. George, who slowly manipulates his employer Mrs. Gomes for his own good who later suffers, is the other.

In Adiga’s short stories, the poor are more vulnerable to acid test than the rich. Jayamma, a house maid who takes care of a plump rich child of Valencia faces hardship in picking up a punctured cricket ball for her little Brijju in the village. Even when she asks for it, the rich child disagrees and neglects her plea.

The author never dramatizes the rich- poor relationship. After reading the story of Chenayya, a coolie who craves for a few extra tips for his hard work and gets insulted again and again is a mock to the economic differences in Indian society. You do not find a single character who is forced to be a God. Everyone have their own benefits in their behaviors. A fair- skinned stranger who skillfully influences Ziauddin is a good example.

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Two people with same nature are quite common in these stories. The teacher in Alfonso’s School D’Mello and Journalist Gururaj Kamath are two such exemplars. D’Mello’s only objective is to save his dear student Girish from bad company and Gururaj’s passion is to print the truth. He goes so deep in the chase of truth and falsehood, at the end the line between the two vanishes before him. His search finally leaves him in the disheartened reality.

Soumya, a little girl who begs to serve drugs for her father and longs just one hug and kiss in return from him leaves a complex image of today’s poor.

All the stories in this book can be described as the naive thirst for love and respect that every human soul demands.

Adiga sketches many pictures of social and economic discrepancies in the society. For him, the enormous nation is within this small town, Kittur. Most of the times, he reckons with the poor despite the rich, as talking to the poor and understanding them is more effortless to him.

The above mentioned reason is sufficient to continue reading this author of Man Booker fame. 

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