summary of Ranga's Marriage
This story is all about how the narrator, Shyama, found a girl for Ranga and a boy for Ratna. Ranga was a young man from the narrators 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 Rangas theories. The narrator brought a cute, young girl to Rangas 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.
Rangas Marriage, by Masti Venkatesh Iyengar, is a story about a boy who returns to his village after receiving education in English medium from Bangalore. The boy is the son of the accountant of the village. They live in the village Hoshali in Mysore. The boy when returns, the whole village floods over him to see if there is any change in his personality. However, to their dismay, he still has the same eyes and mouth and everything else. He did the traditional namaskar and all dispersed.
The story is a first person narrative and a major portion of the story is in flash back. The speaker directly addresses the reader.The narrator is a neighbour of the protagonist. He introduces the story with a difference by first giving a detailed description of their village Hoshali. He praises the mangoes from his village. He asks the reader if he/she has ever heard of the village. He replies to the question himself, for the village was not located in any of the maps for the English babus and the ones in our country forgot to put it there. Then he introduces Ranga, the protagonist, in a time ten years ago. Ranga had gone to Bangalore for studies and returned home after six months. It was the time when English was a language not popular and a few people used it. All used to converse in Kannada.
All the villagers arrived at Rangas place and began scrutinising him. To their dismay, he was still the same old Ranga and they left disappointed. However, the narrator stayed back and shared a few jokes with the boy and then left.Later in the afternoon, Ranga arrived at the narrators home with a few oranges. The narrator judged the boy and felt it appropriate to marry such a well educated and humble boy. However, Ranga had no plans to settle as a married man. He put his views on marriage in front of the narrator that he wanted to get married to a girl who is mature and someone Rangappa could admire.
Ranga left after the discussion and the narrator decided then that he would get the boy married. Determined, he began considering Rama Raos niece Ratna as a suitable bride for Ranga. She was from a big town and knew how to play veena and harmonium. He came up with a plan. He asked Rama Raos wife to send Ratna to his place to fetch some buttermilk. So she came on Friday wearing a grand saree. He requested Ratna to sing and sent for Ranga. Ranga reached the narrators place and stopped outside the room as he did not want to disrupt the singing but was curious to see her face so peeped in. Ratna noticed the stranger and stopped abruptly. Ranga came in and the girl left.
Curiously he inquired about the girl and narrator cleverly played at his words. He told Ranga that the girl was married off a year ago and noticed the disappointment flaring Rangas face. He was infatuated to the girl. The narrator was happy as his plan was working.As his next step, the next day the narrator took Ranga to an astrologer who he had already tutored what to say. It was the meeting with the astrologer when the narrators name is disclosed. Shyama, he was. The astrologer pretended to read the natal chart of Rangappa and declared that the boy was in love with a girl who had a name of something found in the ocean. Shyama said it could be Ratna, Rama Raos niece. Rangas smile was not hidden from Shyama. But the girl was married!
The narrator took the boy to Rama Raos home and asked him to wait outside. When he came outside he confirmed that the girl was not married, that there had been some confusion. After all, the narrator had to come up with something. Even Ranga then admitted that he had been attracted to the girl. Later a conversation between the astrologer and the narrator is described how the astrologer says that though the narrator had given him clues, he could have found it all out by himself through astrology.
The story moves forward ten years, or to say, returns to the present. Rangappa came one day to the narrator, inviting him at his son Shyamas third birthday. Obviously, ratna and Ranga had been married. And now they have a three years old son whom Ranga named after the narrator.
He even greeted everyone with a Namaskar and thus everyone left. The village of Hoshali is a nice village with very good mangoes. Hoshali is a small village which is not even that famous. After the villagers leave Ranga?s house, the narrator stays back at his place to talk with him.
Thus, they started talking and the narrator thought it would be a good idea to find a suitable girl for Ranga is not thinking of marriage just yet and wishes to marry to only a mature and admirable girl. Thus, the narrator decides that he will surely get Ranga married. He feels that Ratna would be a perfect match for Ranga. Ratna belongs to a big town and is an expert in playing musical instruments like veena and harmonium.
Thus, he decides to call Ratna deliberately when Ranga was visiting. Upon seeing Ratna, she mesmerizes Ranga. However, the narrator plays a game and lies to Ranga that she is married. This disappoints Ranga as he starts liking her. As per the narrator?s plan, he takes Ranga to an astrologer.
Ranga has already made arrangements with astrologer and everything was pre-planned. So, the astrologer asks questions to Ranga which helps him admit the fact that he likes Ratna. The problem of her marriage was at the head. Nonetheless, the astrologer tells Ranga that he is in love with a girl whose name resembles Ratna. Upon hearing this, Ranga gets very happy, but sad again because she is not available.
Thus, upon confirmation that Ranga loves Ratna, he decides to set up their marriage. The narrator goes to Ratna?s house to ask her hand in marriage for Ranga. Finally, the story fast forwards to ten years later. Ranga is visiting the narrator to his son?s third birthday. We learn that Ranga and Ratna got married and Ranga named their son after the narrator, who made the marriage happen.