The Guide by Sir R K Narayan


Am I ever going to get done with posting about books from last year? It seems like a never-ending thing. Please bear with me if you see back to back book opinions here after this. :/


This is the 19th book that I read as part of this challenge and, honestly, I am way too confused about how I felt about it. I think I’ll just write my thought process, point by point?

1. I can totally see why this was made into a mainstream Bollywood movie. It is very, very filmy and even today a movie can be made using this as the story and it’ll fit into today’s time. *Tiny spoiler alert* Falling in love with someone who is totally off-limits, then doing things you never thought you would and making it big in life like you never imagined and then come crashing down without knowing what to do next is a good enough filmy theme, wouldn’t you agree?

2. As far as I am concerned, this book felt very dragged in almost half of the initial pages, but I was determined to not give up on this and eventually it became a page turner for me.

3. It is good, the story is quite larger than life but at the same time, the human emotions on which this story is built are something that can be felt by anyone of us. So, even though the story is larger than life, people can relate to the different characters, especially the main ones.

4. I haven’t been able to understand why it appears in every list of awesome books by Indian authors. Really? Is it that amazing? What am I missing here?

5. I have mentioned it in my favorite books of 2014 but now I am not so sure. I am glad that I read it. actually went through a rush of emotions towards the end but I am still not sure if it’s a must read for everyone. Β It’s like you will feel good about reading it but even if you don’t, I do not think that you are missing out on something big.

That’s pretty much it. Was it too confusing?



9 thoughts on “The Guide by Sir R K Narayan

    • I love those two ankita, but I have read swami and friends only as part of my brother’s textbooks, thanks for reminding me about reading it as a novel!

  1. We, in school were made to read this book, in 11th standard, like a mandatory thing. I agree with you, okayish book, and filmy yup true πŸ˜›
    Although, there’s this very interesting thing, which I came to realize very late; if u remember, there was this dialogue about “Minimizing Complications”. I love the phrase, it so very well sums up everything πŸ˜›
    Once it became “phrases I use often in various situations” I realized I learnt it from this book.

    • hahaha, that’s so cool, i don’t remember the context but yea minimizing complications should be the motto, really! :/ ooh, and you know what’s KPMG’s tagline? Cutting through complexity πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

      On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 2:01 AM, Life of Srish wrote:


      • I guess, the context was opposite, sure minimizing complications should be the motto, but when its just for making things simpler so as to avoid responsibility and stuff, then maybe not, its debatable.
        Anyways, we still do that all the time, life is all about minimizing complications πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
        KPMG ka sahi hai, cutting through complexity πŸ˜€ (Y)

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