The Missing Mail
From the Malgudi Days by: R. K. Narayan
Quotes and Analysis
"I would not have cared to go through the marriage when he was dying" (19). This stresses the importance of this marriage, how important it is to get married before a specific age.
Connection to Indian History or Culture
In the story, Ramanujam is looking for a husband for Kamakshi at a dowry of five thousand rupees. A dowry is the concept of exchanging money, land, or other assets in exchange for a joining in marriage of two individuals. In the Indian Culture, the dowry represents prosperity and security for the bride in case of divorce. The Indian government, recently, has said that they contend that the practice has become a burden and a disadvantage to the families of the prospective brides. This ties in the story because the bride can only marry the contending husband on May 20, or she would have to wait 3 more years to get married if it did not work out.
As a whole, the picture of Indian culture in history, depicts a picture of the symbolism of unity and diversity, tolerating and forbearing people, a symbol of non- violence, and cohesive and coordinating qualities. In the story, it tells of a postman who is very social in the town where he delivers mail. He always stops in the houses of his "customers" and chats with them. He very much seemed to care about the upcoming wedding of one of his "customer's" daughters, Kamakshi. This shows the unity and social aspect of the Indian culture.
R. K. Narayan