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The Vendor of Sweets
R.K.Narayan
Introduction
• “The Vendor of Sweets
(1967) is a novel written
by R. K. Narayan
• R. K. Narayan (10
October 1906 – 13 May
...
Characters
• Jagan: The protagonist. A follower of Gandhi in his
youth, he is now a vendor of sweets.
• Mali: Jagan's son....
Plot Overview
• Jagan, a 55 year old sweets vendor, is an honest,
hardworking and humble resident of Malgudi. He is a
stau...
• One fine day, Jagan is shocked to know that
Mali is no more interested in studying and
wants to start story-writing afte...
• He periodically sends letters back home and
Jagan’s initial bewilderment transforms into
ecstasy and pride for his Ameri...
• Mali is kept in prison due to unavoidable
reasons. Jagan gives up everything to his
cousin to hand it to Mali. He also g...
Reference
• https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vendor_of
_Sweets
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The vendor of sweets

  1. 1. The Vendor of Sweets R.K.Narayan
  2. 2. Introduction • “The Vendor of Sweets (1967) is a novel written by R. K. Narayan • R. K. Narayan (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001), was an Indian writer, best known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi.
  3. 3. Characters • Jagan: The protagonist. A follower of Gandhi in his youth, he is now a vendor of sweets. • Mali: Jagan's son. Blame his father for his mother's death. After living in America he dislikes his hometown and wants to "modernize" it. • The cousin: The Man about-town, he claims his cousinhood with the whole town. he proves to be helpful to Jagan in creating a communicative bridge. • Grace: a half American half Korean girl Mali brings home, claiming she is his wife. She works like a catalyst between the two cultures, and tries to integrate into the Indian culture she has entered.
  4. 4. Plot Overview • Jagan, a 55 year old sweets vendor, is an honest, hardworking and humble resident of Malgudi. He is a staunch believer in Gandhian ideologies of simple living. Despite owning a sweetmeat shop, he himself eats food without salt/sugar. His only son Mali is the apple of his eye. Jagan lost his wife when Mali was a little boy and ever since, has tried his best to keep his son happy and fulfill all his little desires. But the nervous father is faced with awkwardness and embarrassment while communicating with his teenage son. The Gandhian ideologies don’t seem to go well with the young blood. On the other hand, the sky-high ambitions of the son are beyond understanding of the father.
  5. 5. • One fine day, Jagan is shocked to know that Mali is no more interested in studying and wants to start story-writing after quitting B.A. in college half way. • Jagan’s life is further thrown into turmoil when Mali expresses his desire to go to America to learn story- writing. Jagan is aghast that one should cross seven seas to learn the art of story-telling when any village granny should serve the purpose well! As usual, he lacks courage to confront his son on any matter and Mali eventually leaves for America.
  6. 6. • He periodically sends letters back home and Jagan’s initial bewilderment transforms into ecstasy and pride for his American son. His pride is short-lived and turns into embarrassment, since Mali returns after 3 years, a married man! His wife is an American cum Korean girl. Now, out of his story-writing mania, Mali expresses his desire to open a story-writing machine factory. However, as any other father would desire, Jagan wants his son to take up his sweets shop. This adds up to Mali’s disgust and frustration!
  7. 7. • Mali is kept in prison due to unavoidable reasons. Jagan gives up everything to his cousin to hand it to Mali. He also gives some money for Grace, so that she can go back to her country. Jagan is at last tired of his expectations and decides to leave.
  8. 8. Reference • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vendor_of _Sweets
  9. 9. Thank You

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