The following is from R. K. Narayan's novel A Tiger for Malgudi, to be published in summer, 1983, by Viking Press. The hero and narrator of the tale is Raja, a magnificent tiger, eleven feet from head to tail. Lured into captivity, he becomes a circus performer and film star before inadvertently gaining a reputation as a man-eater. But then he meets a holy man and teacher known only as the Master, and in the following passage escapes with him from the circus to go on a final journey into the wilderness. Copyright e 1983 by R. K. Narayan. From A TIGER FOR MALGUDI by R. K. Narayan to be published by Viking Press in August, 1983. A TIGER FOR MALGUDI / R. K. Narayan WE PASSED THROUGH many villages, big and small, towards I don't know where, as I followed my Master; everywhere people made way for us, retreated hurriedly, staring in wonder and disbelief, afraid even to breathe. Crowds which would normally be noisy and jostle looked intimidated by the spectacle, which made my Master remark, "What our country needs most is a tiger for every village and town to keep people disciplined . . ."
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1983
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