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The Painter of Signs (Penguin Classics)

The Painter of Signs (Penguin Classics)

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0143039660

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9780143039662)

For Raman the sign painter, life is a familiar and satisfying routine. A man of simple, rational ways, he lives with his pious aunt and prides himself on his creative work. But all that changes when he meets Daisy, a thrillingly independent young woman who wishes to bring birth control to the area. Hired to create signs for her clinics, Raman finds himself smitten by a love he cannot understand, much less avoid-and soon realizes that life isn't so routine anymore. Set in R. K. Narayan'...

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The Painter of Signs,  

R. K. Narayan,  

Fantasy,  

Speculative,  

Society,  

Family and Relationships,  

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Most of R.K. Narayan’s books depict a certain change in society. A theme that shows development and modernization of the village. This bittersweet novel is as fresh an.. More details Most of R.K. Narayan’s books depict a certain change in society. A theme that shows development and modernization of the village.
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 rational life, the novel is filled with busy neighborhood life and gossip, the alternating rhythms and sounds of the city from morning till night, and the pungent smells and tantalizing flavors of home cooking, as Narayan portrays everyday life in Malgudi. The city is growing and changing, as its inhabitants try to carve out some individual successes within the 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 each client. He lives with his aged aunt, a devout, traditional woman whose days are spent running the house and tending to her nephew’s needs and whose evenings are spent at the temple listening to the old stories and praying.
Raman prefers a rational approach to life, avoiding the explanations of life’s mysteries which religion provides.
He happens to meet a young woman, Daisy, who works towards improving the lives of women and the standard of living of the country through strict family planning. She becomes his biggest customer, commissioning signs for all the family planning clinics, through the city and outlying rural areas. Soon Raman gets attracted to Daisy, for her liberated thoughts and individualism.
The author has beautifully presented the conflicts of family life through different POVs and etched the characters interestingly. Overall a very entertaining story by a master storyteller!
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 Exceptionally respected for his novels, short stories, R K Narayan was born in 1906 in Madras....

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