Waiting for the Mahatma is one of thebest novel written by R. K. Narayan.
Here he has used his writingskill to depict India's struggle for independence. This struggle wasintensified by Mahatma by his non-violent method. Author with help ofhis witty language explored the conundrum of independence. How peoplewere thinking about future independence? What sort bewilderment hadcaught up people? And so on.
This is the story of Sriram. Sriram hadlost his parents in his early childhood. He is raised by his granny.At the beginning of novel he is twenty year old but his behaviour isof ten year old child. In simple term; he is young swami, of, Swami and Friends.
But suddenly his life takes new turn. Athunderbolt had struck him. His eyes had felt unexpected charm. Hereauthor introduces other main character to whom Sriram is tied indefinitely. Her name is Bharati. Bharati a humble disciple of Gandhi who had come with Gandhi to visit Malgudi.
This coming of Mahatma to Malgudichanges the narrative of novel. This is the first novel of Narayanwhere you can find love angle. Sriram is entangled with Bharati.Sriram is not concerned about anything but Bharati. Bharati ispervaded both in his body and mind. But bharati is entwined withMahatma's words. She takes Mahatma's words as final and never hadtemerity to go against him.
Author treated this relationship quitehumanly and gently. This relationship is not an infatuation. He usedthis relationship to show India's struggle for independence. Sriramis a reflection of doubts and Bharati is reflection of belief inindependence.
The book is semi biography of Mahatma'slast phase of life. The visit of mahatma to Sriram's town Malgudi andwitnessing assassination of mahatma by Sriram a compelling story.