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.

6 comments

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

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