Below can be found some questions that readers might find interesting to consider, and a box at the bottom to add your comments.
|Question: Which past Ghote titles would you revisit? Please put your thoughts on this and all points in the ‘comment’ box below.|
Readers might also be interested in an exploration of the more serious aspects of Harry Keating’s writing, in a paper delivered by Peter Widulski, an American lawyer, to a literary conference at Pace University, NYC, looking at the links between Religion and Literature. You can download a PDF of his paper in its entirety by clicking here.
Mr Widulski titled his paper ‘The Religious Dimension in HRF Keating’s Under a Monsoon Cloud’ but his paper is equally devoted to the fact that Monsoon is “very definitely a novel about the discovery of truth – about exposing oneself to searching scrutiny and about the discovery of truth as a spiritual force that profoundly affects one’s highest ideals about how one should live.” He suggests that Keating’s book is in the same genre as Crime and Punishment where Raskolnikov tests his beliefs by confronting the judgement of others.
|Question: Ghote has to decide firstly, whether to protect Tiger Kelkar over the incident in Vingatpore, and, secondly, whether to maintain the deception in the face of the Inquiry. Was Ghote right to have lied in the first place? Should he have maintained the lie? Was his final decision the right one? Please put your thoughts on this and all points in the ‘comment’ box below.|
In addition to exploring Ghote’s search for the truth, Widulski, with his wide knowledge of religions, also points to echoes in the novel of the moral stories that appear in the Bhagavad-Gita, the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
|Question: 1)Do you share Widulski’s belief that “these religious allusions help to develop the story and to encourage reflection on its meaning”?2) Do you share Widulski’s belief that Keating, sub-consciously at least, intended these echoes?Please put your thoughts on these and all points in the ‘comment’ box below.|
Meera Tamaya, in her thesis ‘HRF Keating: Post-Colonial Detection/ A Critical Study’ gives her perspective on this debate by saying, “[t]he premise that our hero, Ghote, who however diffident, however comic, is always so scrupulously honest, could go to the lengths of concealing a homicide because of his admiration for the culprit strains our [credulity]… That such a man would collude with his boss, however admired, to conceal the killing of a hapless underling straings belief.” You can read the full text of her thesis by clicking here.
|Do you agree with Tamaya’s criticism? Do you think Ghote should have covered up the crime in the beginning? Do you think he should have maintained the lie at the inquiry? Do you agree with his final decision? Please put your thoughts on these and all points in the ‘comment’ box below.|