Comment on the Use of Humour and Comedy in ‘the M.C.C.’

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Born in 1906, R.K. Narayan was brought up in a country struggling to gain independence. ‘The M.C.C.’, an excerpt taken from the larger novel Swami and Friends by Narayan, was published in 1935, a time when Anti-British sentiments were at their height, engaging Indians from every corner of the country. In fact, Narayan himself was quoted as saying, “growing up in the first half of the twentieth century in India one couldn’t but be swept away by the rising tide of the nationalist movement,” (p. 202, Alam). The 1930’s were a time where “all that a writer could write about became inescapably political,” (p. 179, Alam). The first part of a trilogy, the semi-autobiographical Swami and Friends was Narayan’s first published work. The excerpt …show more content…
Also, when looking through the catalogue, Swami though also pretending to admire a cricket bat, was “indiscreet enough to say, ‘It looks like any other bat in the catalogue’,” (p. 77, MIL). Upon receiving a reply from Messrs Binns, Swami also comes to the conclusion that they would receive goods, naively declaring, “If he did not wish to supply you with things, would he thank you? He would have abused you,” (p. 81).

Both children, while enthusiastic about starting a cricket team, have little to no knowledge on the exact procedure. Hilarity ensues as they start to worry about being taxed for their team name, with Rajam later going on to say “the government seems to tax everything in this world,” (p. 76). He later adds that “the government did not seem to know where it ought to interfere and where not,” (p. 76). Evident here is a passive criticism of government taxation policies, though not fully comprehended as it is from the point of view of a child.
The children’s imagination get the better of them after they start speculating about paying taxes, the government wouldn’t recognize their team, as well as the shock of being asked for two separate taxes from the team. In their despair, “Rajam realized at this point that the starting of a cricket team was the most complicated problem on Earth,” (p. 76) again a sweeping statement meant to be humorous.
Requiring cricket supplies for their team, the boys decide to mail a letter of order to
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