Contents: Preface. 1. Postcolonial consciousness in Mulk Raj Anand's Autobiographical novels/Binod Mishra. 2. Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable : publication history, reception, and its relation to his letters/Archna Sahni. 3. Centering the margins: a study of Mulk Raj Anand's Treatment of nondescript vocations in Untouchable and coolie/Jaydeep Sarangi. 4. The wretched of Bharat: Bakha as a victim hero in Anand's Untouchable/B. Brahmananda Chary. 5. Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable, coolie and private life of an Indian prince: a study in colonial and post colonial fiction/Shobha Diwakar. 6. R.K. Narayan's The Guide: a clash of individualism/Binod Mishra. 7. Looking for the hero: Narayan's Valorisation of the female self and The Guide/Subhendu Mund. 8. Plotting margins of habitational space: a study of Indianness in the works of R.K. Narayan/Sarbojit Biswas. 9. R.K. Narayan's Man-eater of Malgudi in the light of the Bhagavad Gita/Sudhir K. Arora. 10. Vasu in Nataraj: a case of personality rupture in Narayan's Man-eater of Malgudi/Sudhir K. Arora. 11. R.K. Narayan, the Ironist (With focus on his short stories)/G.S. Balarama Gupta. 12. Ironic reverberations in Narayan's Novels/Gopi Chand and P. Naga Suseela. 13. Preponderant Rasas in The Man-eater of Malgudi/Sandhya Saxena. 14. The Master storyteller: R.K. Narayan: A study of Grandmother's Tale/Indira Nityanandam. 15. The town of Malgudi: the world of R.K. Narayan's novels/Ludmila Volna. 16. Malgudi: a vision, a waking dream, a reality/N. Sarada Iyer. 17. Empowerment of women through the character of Rosie in R.K. Narayan's The Guide/Ram Sharma. 18. R.K. Narayan's The Man-eater of Malgudi: an ecocritical survey/Sumana Biswas. 19. Suffering and agony in Malgudi: Is there any?/Amandeep Rana. 20. The Guide--the perfection of Tinai Poetics/S. Laila Beevi. 21. Insistent irony and morality in R.K. Narayan's The Financial Expert/Manjari Jhunjhunwala. 22. Kanthapura as a nationalist discourse/Gauri Shankar Jha. 23. Mythology revamped: a study of R.K. Narayan's The Man-Eater of Malgudi/S. Usha Kalyani. 24. Criticism on Raja Rao's Fiction/R. Arunachalam. 25. Deconstructing the power structure: a contemporary reader's response to Raja Rao's Kanthapura/K.S. Anish Kumar. 26. The Serpent in the rope: Symbolism in Raja Rao's Kanthapura/A.N. Diwadi. Index.
"The twenty six insightful essays that constitute this volume not only shed new light on the old classics like Untouchable, Coolie, Two Leaves and a Bud, Kanthapura, Man-Eater of Malgudi and The Serpent and the Rope, but also deals with seminal issues in the novels of Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan and Raja Rao. This collection of essays which sets out to open the possible limits of the three legendary Indian English authors with reference to available literary and social discourse. The contributors have explored the subject referring to different genres in connection with their traditional and radical interpretation into consideration."