Margayya tries his best to educate Balu, his affectionate son. When Balu is admitted to the Town Elementary School, Margayya makes an occasion of it. The description of the procession is given in these words by the novelist:
“…….the traffic was held up for half an hour when Balu’s procession passed. Balu sat, in the car, the top of his head shaved, with diamond sparkling on his ear lobes and Rose garland round his neck, with four of his thickest friends sitting by his side. Margayya walked in front of the car and he invited a few citizens to go along with him in the procession.” (The Financial Expert, p.105)
This reveals Margayya’s ambition as an Indian father to provide good education to his child for his bright future. And this also shows his lavishness for such an occasion which will be considered as a casual ceremony.
When Balu comes home after his escape for the first time he is shocked to…show more content… These tales from the Hindu mythology, the teachings of The Bhagavadgita, and the austere religious practices and beliefs their ordained add Indianness to the fictional art of R.K. Narayan. Margayya requests the priest, “I want to acquire wealth. Can you show me a way? I will do anything you suggest”. (p.36) This attitude of Margayya is a fine example of the human tendency of becoming desperate to realize one’s ambitions, often overlooking the adverse effects in pursuing them. At last as Indian philosophy is considered, Narayan tries to reconstruct the often observed pattern in reality that material assets are of no use. If the basic integrity and sympathy are lost, if one’s attitude is gaining riches is selfish and singular. This suggests the eternal truth that the will and destiny of an individual are inextricable. It is the individual, whether it is Malgudi or any part of India, who is ultimately responsible for his fate and that, is the case of