R. K. Narayanan is one of those rare writers whom those people know who are not interested in literature and novels. He chooses the most renowned and most celebrated Indian writer R. K. Narayanan of English language. His most famous work is Malgudi Days, which is a fictional town in South India. It’s a collection of short stories. R. K. Narayanan’s characters were though fictional but their social setup and surrounding was presented so much sensitivity that readers feel connected to the characters and feel like all the social evils and incidents are happening around them or these incidents are occurring with their dear ones. R. K. Narayanan’s characters represents day-to-day life of common people and highlights the social context and problems faced in daily life. Raman Kumar’s research is based on novel “The Vendor of Sweets.” This novel explores the generation gap between second and third generation and between modernism and traditionalism. The subject of generation gap is explored through the main characters, Jagan and Mali. Mali is a spoilt motherless son whereas Jagan is a character shown as a father who advocates traditions and customs of his town, Malgudi. Malgudi represents a traditional Indian society with morals and spiritual bounds. The conflict and struggle starts between the two when Mali refuses to follow the social restraints. He wants to explore his own wishes, desires and yearnings, which are mostly antisocial and immoral in nature.
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Rajeev Murthi. A Study in the Dialectic of being and Becoming R. K. Narayanan’s “The Vendor of Sweets”. Res. J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2019; 10(4): 1069-1070. doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2019.00175.X