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Ranga’s Marriage – Masti Venkatesh Iyengar 2018

Ranga’s Marriage by Masti Venkatesh Iyengar is the story of a young man who had returned from Bangalore after higher studies. Set in Karnataka, the story is a light satire that makes fun of many things. A good story for class 11 English.

The author begins by praising his village, Hosahalli
  • Hosahalli is a village in Karnataka. It is a wonderful village indeed.
  • Some of its attractions are the mangoes that grow here and the leaf of a certain creeper.
  • If we believe the author, the mango tastes extremely sour that its sourness may mute your senses!
  • The leaf of this particular creeper is so huge that you can have your meals from it.
  • However, the British cartographer (map-maker) and the Indian cartographer committed a grave crime – they did not mark Hosahalli in the map. You can understand why the author is not happy with the British and English.
Questions and Answers
  1. Masti Venkatesha Iyengar expresses an aversion to English language and the English rule in India. Bring out instances.
    The author, Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, though a civil servant by profession and a writer in English language, is critical in his views about English language and English rule. He satirizes people’s respect for English and the trend of using English words stringed with Kannada words. He considers this trend similar to a blind awe to the British men in India. Besides, he puts the blames on the British cartographers who made the map of India having not marked Hosahalli, his village.
  2. Why does the author equal his countrymen to a flock of sheep?
    Masti Venkatesha Iyengar expresses extreme aversion for his countrymen’s slave attitude to the Western culture. He is of the opinion that Indians are like a flock of sheep who blindly believe that the British were always right. Because of this attitude, people hesitate to believe there are places like Hosahalli because the British cartographer didn’t mark it when he made the map years ago.
  3. Where is Hasahalli? Why does the author talk about Hosahally with great enthusiasm?
    Hosahalli is a place in Karanataka, the Erstwhile Mysore State. The author is greatly enthusiastic about Hosahalli because it is his birthplace.
  4. Why is Hosahalli not marked in the map of Mysore?
    The village of Hosahalli had not been mentioned in any geography book. The Sahibs in England, writing in English, perhaps did not know that such a place existed.
  5. How does the narrator connect Hosahalli with Mysore and India?
  6. What is Dr. Gundabhatta’s opinion about Hosahalli and the world outside?
    Dr. Gundabhatta speaks so much glowingly about Hosahalli as the author does. He is proud of Hosahalli. Though he has toured quite a number of places outside India, he admits that there is not such a wonderful place like Hosahalli.
  7. How are the mangoes of Hosahalli remarkably special?
    Hosahalli is a wonderful place for so many reasons among which its mangoes are remarkably sour. One should be advised against eating these mangoes. If they are eaten, their sourness will affect one’s physical and mental functioning.
  8. “Get two leaves from the creeper when you go to the pond for your bath, and you will not have to worry about not having leaves on which to serve the afternoon meal.”
  9. What are the special characteristics of Hosahalli and in what respect are they so?
    In the village of Hosahalli the mango trees produce sour mangoes whose sourness go straight to the skull bones. There is also a creeper growing in the ever-so-fine water of the village pond. The flowers are a feast to behold and the leaves can be used to serve afternoon meals.
  10. “If the state of Mysore is to Bharatavarsha, what the sweet karigadabu is to a festive meal, then Hosahalli is to Mysore state what the filling is to the karigadabu.” Explain.
    Masti, after blaming the British and the local cartographer for not including Hosahalli in India’s map, is attempting to place Hosahalli in the heart of India. He equals Mysore and India on one point and then presents two parallels – Karigadabu and its filling. No karigadabu is possible without its coconut-sugar filling. Similarly, he believes that Hosahalli is as much important a place in Mysore State as filling serves karigadabu.

    1. Mysore State – a province of the British India.
    2. Bharatavarsha – India
    3. Karigadabu – A south Indian fried sweet filled with coconut and sugar
    4. Filling – the filling of coconut and sugar
Next – Ranga Returns from Bangalore




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