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The Guide

Days when I am stuck
For words,
I read old books.
Books written 50 years ago
comfort.
R K Narayan‘s ‘Guide’
written in 1958.
It was a toss between
seeing the film
or reading the book.
Films made 43 years ago
comfort too.
Even if they veer wildly away
from the book.

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6 comments on “The Guide

  1. dipali
    July 4, 2008

    So true. Though the movie pales before the book, it is still part of one’s being:)
    Some of the songs were sheer poetry.

  2. dipali
    July 4, 2008

    PS: your header photo is superb!

  3. Grasshopper
    July 5, 2008

    I am conducting a creative writing course in which one of the topics is complaining about how filmmakers have ruined novels. I was just wondering which novels to talk about when I came across this lovely comforting poetry. Any more ideas, do write, or do blog.

  4. bollyviewer
    July 6, 2008

    R K Narayan is always a great comfort. Have you read his Swami stories? They are super and were made into a great TV series that doesnt veer wildly away from the story – very very comforting! (in case you are interested, the series is Malgudi Days and can be watched here)

  5. Banno
    July 6, 2008

    Yes, totally agree, Dipali. Waheeda Rehman is unforgettable.

    Grasshopper, I don’t see how films can be made other than by taking liberties with the book. The one film I found far superior to the book was “The Namesake”.

    Bollyviewer, R K Narayan is one of my most favourite authors. We used to watch Malgudi Days when we were kids, and loved it. Yes, I agree they were good adaptations of the Swami stories.

  6. @lankr1ta
    August 8, 2008

    I want to hear those songs again.. and read the book- the best of both worlds

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