A Writer's Nightmare: Selected Essays (1958-1988)

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The pick of thirty years of essays from r. K. Narayan, india's greatest english language novelist. R. K. Narayan is perhaps better known as a novelist, but his essays are as delightful and enchanting as his stories and novels. Introducing this selection of essays, narayan writes, 'i have always been drawn to the personal essay in which you see something of the author himself apart from the theme. The scope for such a composition is unlimited-the mood may be somber, hilarious or satirical and the theme may range from what the author notices from his window to what he sees in his waste-paper basket to a world cataclysm. ' a writer's nightmare is the marvelous result of narayan likes for the personal essay. In the book, he tackles subjects such as weddings, mathematics, coffee, umbrellas, teachers, newspapers, architecture, monkeys, the caste system, lovers-all sorts of topics, simple and not so simple, which reveal the very essence of india.

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"These days everyone feels the right to comment on any subject not necessarily concerning them," notes Narayan. "I have written all the following essays because I had to." Originally published in the Hindu , an Indian weekly newspaper, these brief, conversational reflections range in topic from coffee ("For a South Indian, of all worries the least tolerable is coffee worry") to the curse of the British presence in colonial India, to the mess made of Narayan's novel, The Guide , by a gang of American moviemakers. The collection ranges equally in accomplishment: though witty and knowing, Narayan sometimes natters on, perhaps hindered, as a novelist, by the inherent limits posed by fact in journalistic form. Seemingly filling space, he comments, "A little gardening goes a long way" and "I remember I was very proud of being a scout." But when compelled to write by some more pressing need than deadline, the novelist produces a perceptive portrait of Indira Gandhi and a spirited tribute to the monkey.
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