East-West Conflict in The Vendor of Sweets by R.K. Narayan
East-West conflict is one of the central problems of today. R.K Narayan’s The Vendor of Sweets deals with the tragic-comic clash between the two generations. The novel portrays the conflict between the Indian or Eastern father and his Western bred son. R.K. Narayan’s fictional world Malguadi is the microcosm of Indian society revealing all its diversities. The East-West theme figures prominently in Indian novels in English, particularly those written after independence. The English ruled over India and there were conflicts and tensions, for Indian patriotism and her pride in her own spiritual culture could not tolerate British domination. India must assimilate the best that is in the Western way of life, in Western science and technology. It is in this way that India will be transformed and modernised and the two will come together.