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Ranga’s Marriage – Masti Venkatesh Iyengar 2018

Ranga Returns from Bangalore

Ranga was a young man from the narrator’s village Hosahalli, Karnataka. When Ranga returned from Bangalore after his studies, the narrator thought it was time the young man got married. But Ranga refused to marry because he believed that child marriage is an evil. He therefore wanted to remain bachelor till he found a mature woman to marry.

But the narrator wanted to prove that romance could win over Ranga’s theories. The narrator brought a cute, young girl to Ranga’s notice and saw that Ranga loved her and fell in love instantly.

Because Ranga had said that he could not marry a small girl, he could not openly admit that he loved Ratna. However, Ranga was sad and distressed. To make him openly admit his love for Ratna, the narrator brought Ranga to an astrologer. As planned earlier, the astrologer made fake calculations and said Ranga was sad because he was in love with a girl called Ratna. Unaware of what the narrator and the astrologer had conspired against him, Ranga confessed his love.

  1. Who was Ranga? What was special about him?
    Ranga was the village accountant’s son who had gone to Bangalore to study. People thought that city education would change him but they were wrong. He still showed respect towards elders in the village and wore the sacred thread. However, his views on marriage had changed.
  2. Why was Ranga’s homecoming a great event?
    Ranga’s homecoming was a great event because he had gone to Bangalore to study. He was the first person in the village to have done so. His homecoming was a delight for the villagers and they all thronged/crowded to his house to see if city education had changed him or not or he had lost his caste.
  3. Did Ranga change when he returned from Bangalore?
    After his return from Bangalore where he had been studying for six months, much to everyone’s surprise, Ranga was just the same.
  4. What does the narrator refer to the Black Hole of Calcutta?
    During the British rule, in Calcutta, hundreds of people were herded together in one room, hence leading to the death of many due to suffocation. The narrator compares the crowd to the Black Hole of Calcutta saying that so many people who had come to see Ranga, would have turned the place into a black hole if they had all gone inside.
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