The Painter of Signs| R K Narayan | Fiction | Book Review

Why I Picked The Book?

  Reading books is my hobby and passion both. I am a thriller and horror genre lover. Also I love to read Indian classic authors. And after reading the other works of R K Narayan, I chose this story, The Painter of Signs. Truly speaking I was not a fan of romantic stories but this story made me cry.  

From Where I Bought this Book?

    I bought the book The Painter of Signs from Flipkart, an online shopping platform.

You would not find this book in a second hand book market or local book stalls.

Author Introduction

The Painter of Signs is a fictional love story written by R K Narayan. He is a leading Indian author and, also founder of Indian Thought Publications. His many works include Swami and his friends, Malgudi Days, The Guide and The Bachelor of Arts.


What happens when a love story takes a bitter ending? Sad, isn’t it?   Raman, the painter of signs by profession and a bachelor living with his aunt on Ellaman Street. His daily routine starts from visiting potential customers, demanding pending payments for his work and painting signboards in his workshop shed.   Then, Daisy enters his life who is working as a medical consultant for birth control measures. Raman was enthralled by his bewitching beauty but was not able to confess his love. He always feared that Daisy might not accept him.  

Raman, finally, got a chance to be with Daisy when she invited him on a tour of villages for promoting birth control measures. Raman tried to approach her for expressing his love but his efforts go in vain. She threatened him that she would complain to police if this happens again she would complain to police.   Back to the village, Raman realized that Daisy would never accept him and he should mend his own ways. But fate has something different in store for him.   Will Daisy come back and accept Raman’s love? Will this be a happy ending? Read the story and find out.  

My Opinion

The Painter of Signs, indeed, is a beautiful story filled with lots of romantic emotions. The writer has given a beautiful description of all the characters in a way that you can easily relate to them. But, the writer has portrayed Daisy in a mysterious character whose past remains hidden until she decides to reveal it.   But you will not be able to guess the ending till the last page of the book. It was a little bit shocking for me too. At first, I really didn’t expected it to be a love story. But, eventually the story turned out to be filled with emotions and disappointments.   I strongly recommend this book and you should not miss reading it if you are a fan of Indian authors and love story. 

Narrative Style

  R K Narayan was one of those eloquent writers whose characters speak for themselves. The characters of The Painter of Signs is performed in such a way that you would easily feel connected to them. The writer has very beautifully defined Raman, Daisy and Raman’s aunt. The choice of words is very good probably adding more to our vocabulary. If you ask me to define the author’s writing style in short, I would say ” Creative and Descriptive”.    


  • Plot  –   5/5
  • Characters  –   5/5
  • Climax   –   4/5
  • Recommendation  –   5/5
  • Writing Style   –   5/5

4 Replies to “The Painter of Signs| R K Narayan | Fiction | Book Review”

  1. Very nice blog . I myself being a avid reader like the plot of the story. R.K Narayan Sir is one of my favourite writer too his stories like malguli days and guide are really very good.

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