Vol. 2, Issue 8 (2015)
Indian Sensibility in Raja Rao’s ‘The Serpent and the Rope'
Author(s): Vitthal V. Parab
Abstract: Raja Rao is a pioneer of India writing in English. He has helped to accommodate an essential Indian sensibility. An author difficult to understand, a class by himself in technique and vision, a great lover of truth, Raja Rao is a novelist of extra-ordinary powers. He is a novelist as the author of The Serpent and the Rope that he has earned for himself a place among the outstanding novelists in Indo- Anglian literature. Through this novel Raja Rao has found a new genre - the philosophical novel, and has vividly and forcefully realized the confrontation of eastern and western cultures. He presents sociological problem-whether the marriage between a Hindu Brahmin and French woman is possible or not. The theme of the novel is a study of that encounter. The novel is also regarded as the spiritual autobiography of Raja Rao. Indeed The Serpent and the Rope is Raja Rao's Mahabharata and it presents his vision of India which is only reality in the world. India is presented as an idea and not as an area on the map.