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Thursday, 23 August 2018

A Pinch of Snuff By Manohar Malgaonkar

                                                               Summary
 A PINCH OF SNUFF 

The present short story,' A pinch of snuff ' is initially taken from 'contemporary Indian short stories in English '. this story is a comical and adventurous story that ties up the reader's excitement until the end.
                        
A pinch of snuff

 initially, the narrator's mother announces the expected arrival of nanukaka, her brother who has to stay there for 2-3 days. the narrator on hearing this news from his mother advised her to send a telegram to him informing him of the narrator,s transfer to avoid nanukaka but she retorts that he must have started his travel.on asking the purpose of his arrival; he was acquainted that it was to meet some minister. the narrator perceives that nanukaka would stay therefore a long time because ministers do not see people for months but his mother assured him that nanukaka would manage everything. the narrator is under-secretary on probation and has been taught to regard ministers higher than god.

        the narrator goes to the station and he sees nanukaka who has an impressive personality with white hair and mustache. when nanukaka asks him the question to arrange his meeting with the minister, the narrator explains that he is only an undersecretary on probation and can't arrange for their interview. nanukaka takes a pinch of snuff and seems to be lost in thoughts.
                                                                                      narrator,s mother was very much excited when nanukaka arrived home, but to narrator's hard luck, he had to give up his bedroom to nanukaka. narrator once took nanukaka to the north block to see the welfare minister but after exactly two hours nanukaka returned from the office with expletives in his mother tongue Marathi because he could not meet the minister but only could get an appointment with minister three days later. when they were driving back home, a yellow car passed ahead of them and somebody waved his hand to the narrator. nanukaka inquired about it and was told that he was the stream, the son of sohanlal ratiram, the party boss in Delhi. sometimes later, sohanlal said to nanukaka that his son was in balance ministry but due to some reason somebody had poisoned the ambassador's mind against his son. nanukaka announced that he will manage the problem.
                                                         nanukaka then opened his snuff-box and had a pinch of it and started to talk about the welfare minister. by the reaction of sohanlal, he came to know that the minister and he were now at daggers drawn because the minister has refused the proposal of his daughter's marriage with his son and instead had decided to marry her to the prince of ninnore. when they came back home,(the narrator and nanukaka) nanukaka was strangely silent but the next morning he was back to usual. this day he decided to pay a visit to the minister's house. by using the brain, nanukaka managed to get an enormous, princely and outlandish car and the narrator was made its driver. nanukaka dressed and looked every inch like a pandit from the princely state. when the minister's secretary asked his purpose of coming to the place he said that he had no wish to disturb the minister. he asked for visitors' book and wrote his name as a hereditary astrologer to the maharaja of ninnore and gave out the address and without delay, he ordered the narrator to get to sutkatta's palace which he really did not meant, it was to show off. they drove quickly to home. they just had tea when a car with a white triangle stopped in front of their house and the welfare minister stepped out. nanukaka received him respected. after the meeting with the minister, nanukaka departed from his (narrator's ) house the next day.



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