First published in 1955, the story about Sriram, Bharati and Mahatma Gandhi has been reprinted many times worldwide. This is not just another boy-meets-girl story. Instead, it deals with the situation in India when her people were struggling for independence.
Narayan is witty in portraying the situation in the fictional village of Malgudi as it welcomes the great soul. Re-reading this book seemed even more interesting to me after watching Ben Kingsley as the Mahatma in Gandhi (1982) as well as Kamal Hassan’s Tamil/Hindi movie, Hey Ram (2000).
(Uthaya Sankar SB, “Remember This?” New Straits Times, 2 May 2001)