R.K Narayan's The Bachelor of Arts (1937) is a pre-Indepdence novel written during the heydays of Indo English writing. Set in a fictional town in South India named Malgudi it captures the spirit of middle class Indians in throes of the freedom struggle, anglicization and east-west encounter. The need to possess a B.A degree and the dilemmas faced by a "Bachelor of Arts" forms the thematic/structural design of the novel. As a Buildgunsroman, the novel taps the inner turmoil of the hero as he progresses from an anglicized college to "puppy love" affair with Malathi ending in a ritualized marriage with Susila. Narayan's prose tickles the funny bone as his "sunshine sketches" of small folk touches the heart of the reader. Chandran's struggles with cultural societies of college, the elephantine teacher "Gajapathi" who teaches Shakespeare in accented English, battles with time table, exams interpolated with secret cigarette smoking sessions and watching films - truly sums up the experience of being an Indian in the 1930s. His infatuation with Malathi, inability to articulate his feeling, the shadowy taboo against boys and girls dating or even having a decent conversation alone reflects social attitudes. The ending is mock comical as he falls in love afresh with his conventional wife (after an arranged marriage) who is obviously not Malathi!