Author: R K Narayan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140236880
A delightful new collection of stories and essays, some never published before, by India's greatest living novelist.
Salt and Sawdust , the little story, is a witty portrayal of a wife who cannot tell the difference between salt and sawdust ( when it comes to seasoning food), leaving her husband with no options but to cook himself . The wife meanwhile is writing a novel which takes up al her time and when it is finished she is, ironically, advised by her publishers to turn her novel into a cookery book.
In addition to short stories this book also has a section called Table Talk which, according to R K Narayan, is a new form of writing, without the compulsion of an argument or conclusion, on any theme and, without too definite a form. Writing in this vein then he gives us humorous pieces on, among other, language, personalities, travel, government - even parrots and a hangover.
Narayan's stories and sketches are, as always, infused with wit, warmth and a wonderful timelessness making this book an essential read for all Narayan enthusiasts.