Dr. Parvir Kumar
Department of English
Govt. College, Bahadurgarh
Narayan’s The Guide, which was adopted for a popular film of the same name, won him international recognition as an eminent Indian English novelist. The novel earned him the coveted Sahitya Akademi Award in 1960 and flooded the bookstalls and counters. Reviews filled the pages of dailies and periodicals. A close study of the novel reveals that it is a fine document of India’s customs, wide-spread ignorance and backwardness. It gives the reader a glimpse of superstitions, arranged marriages, exploitation and debased religion. It represents outdated morality and the on salguth of the new values of money, individualism and materialism in Indian Society. The novel gives a vivid description of Malgudi-its men and vehicles, hogs and boys-the panorama of life, including its fairs and festivals, temples and Swamis. Raju, the protagonist, wistfully recalls to Velan how the town, before the arrival of the railway and the inception of Albert Mission College during the thirties, was mainly a business centre for the rural peasantry.
Keywords :- Civilized, Traditional, Conventional, Society, Morality, Superstition