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RANGA’S MARRIAGE:

RANGA’S MARRIAGE By Masti Venkatesha Iyengar

Ranga hails from Hosahalli, a village in Mysore. Like many other cultural aspects artistically portrayed by the author the custom of child marriage too is typical to this village. :

Ranga hails from Hosahalli, a village in Mysore. Like many other cultural aspects artistically portrayed by the author the custom of child marriage too is typical to this village.

Ten years ago when the village accountant sent his son Ranga to Bangalore for studies, the situation in the village was different. People never used to use English words while talking in Kannada, their mother tongue. But now they do it with an abominable pride :

Ten years ago when the village accountant sent his son Ranga to Bangalore for studies, the situation in the village was different. People never used to use English words while talking in Kannada, their mother tongue. But now they do it with an abominable pride

People are so fond of the foreign language and education that Ranga’s homecoming is made a big affair. People crowd around his house to see if he has changed. They return home on finding no significant change in him. The narrator is particularly happy to find the boy still quite cultured as he respectfully does 'namaskara'. The narrator spontaneously blesses him saying 'May you get married soon.' :

People are so fond of the foreign language and education that Ranga’s homecoming is made a big affair. People crowd around his house to see if he has changed. They return home on finding no significant change in him. The narrator is particularly happy to find the boy still quite cultured as he respectfully does 'namaskara'. The narrator spontaneously blesses him saying 'May you get married soon .'

But the boy is not ready for marriage, he says. He is of the opinion that one should better remain a bachelor than marry a young girl, as the custom of the village is. The narrator is disappointed to hear this, but as he sincerely wants Ranga to get married and settled, he takes a vow of getting him married.:

But the boy is not ready for marriage, he says. He is of the opinion that one should better remain a bachelor than marry a young girl, as the custom of the village is. The narrator is disappointed to hear this, but as he sincerely wants Ranga to get married and settled , he takes a vow of getting him married.

He decides to get him married, a young girl of 11 by the name of Ratna, Rama Rao's niece, who has of late come to Hosahalli to stay for a few days. Now the narrator plans to make the prospective bride and the bridegroom meet each other. :

He decides to get him married, a young girl of 11 by the name of Ratna, Rama Rao's niece, who has of late come to Hosahalli to stay for a few days. Now the narrator plans to make the prospective bride and the bridegroom meet each other.

He does by asking Rao's wife to send Ratna to his house to fetch buttermilk. As Ratna arrives she is asked to sing. As planned at that very moment Ranga arrives and gets mesmerized by Ratna's singing and almost instantly falls in love with her being oblivious purposely disappoints Ranga saying that Ratna is married. :

He does by asking Rao's wife to send Ratna to his house to fetch buttermilk. As Ratna arrives she is asked to sing. As planned at that very moment Ranga arrives and gets mesmerized by Ratna's singing and almost instantly falls in love with her being oblivious purposely disappoints Ranga saying that Ratna is married.

The next morning the narrator meticulously plots with Shastri, the fortune teller, to trap Ranga and have him marry Ratna. He tutors him in what is to be said and done when he will bring the boy to him. :

The next morning the narrator meticulously plots with Shastri, the fortune teller, to trap Ranga and have him marry Ratna. He tutors him in what is to be said and done when he will bring the boy to him.

Shyama asks if there is any chance of negotiation of marriage with Ratna bearing any fruit, to which Shastri answers in the affirmative. But once again the narrator pours water on Ranga's hopes by saying that Ratna is married. :

Shyama asks if there is any chance of negotiation of marriage with Ratna bearing any fruit, to which Shastri answers in the affirmative. But once again the narrator pours water on Ranga's hopes by saying that Ratna is married.

On the way, the narrator enters Rama Rao's house and comes out of the house to inform Ranga that Ratna is unmarried and the previous information about her marriage was wrong. Now visibly elated Ranga's joys have no limits. :

On the way, the narrator enters Rama Rao's house and comes out of the house to inform Ranga that Ratna is unmarried and the previous information about her marriage was wrong. Now visibly elated Ranga's joys have no limits.

Ranga finally gets married to Ratna and fathers two children; moreover Ratna is now eight months pregnant. The narrator is invited to the third birthday of Ranga's child, who was named after the narrator as 'Shyama'. On finding this, the narrator mildly chides Ranga saying that he knows that it is the English custom to name the child after someone one likes, but it is not fair to name him 'Shyama' because he is fair complexioned. :

Ranga finally gets married to Ratna and fathers two children; moreover Ratna is now eight months pregnant. The narrator is invited to the third birthday of Ranga's child, who was named after the narrator as 'Shyama'. On finding this, the narrator mildly chides Ranga saying that he knows that it is the English custom to name the child after someone one likes, but it is not fair to name him 'Shyama' because he is fair complexioned.

All said and done, it is interesting to find how Ranga forgets what he learned about happy marriages in cities and gives in to the far deeper influences that the village customs and traditions have on him. And why not, is it easy to do away with all that one learns so unconsciously day and night in the society one grows up in?:

All said and done, it is interesting to find how Ranga forgets what he learned about happy marriages in cities and gives in to the far deeper influences that the village customs and traditions have on him. And why not, is it easy to do away with all that one learns so unconsciously day and night in the society one grows up in?

QUESTIONS 1. Comment on the influence of English – the language and the way of life on Indian life as reflected in the story. What is the narrator’s attitude to English. 2. Prepare character sketch of all the characters in the story ‘Ranga’s marriage’. 3. What did Ranga think about marriage? Do you find any changes in his attitude during the course of the story? 4. How did the narrator know that Ranga was really interested in Ratna? How did he manage to get Ranga married to Ratna? 5. Who is Ranga? How did the people react when he returned after studying from Bangalore? 6.What were the two specialties of the narrator’s village?:

QUESTIONS 1. Comment on the influence of English – the language and the way of life on Indian life as reflected in the story. What is the narrator’s attitude to English. 2. Prepare character sketch of all the characters in the story ‘Ranga’s marriage’. 3. What did Ranga think about marriage? Do you find any changes in his attitude during the course of the story? 4. How did the narrator know that Ranga was really interested in Ratna? How did he manage to get Ranga married to Ratna? 5. Who is Ranga? How did the people react when he returned after studying from Bangalore? 6.What were the two specialties of the narrator’s village?

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