One of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. A lovely, simple story of a man's quest for love. Raman is portrayed in a certain way that dubs down his personality. He is personified as a meekest of men, a humble 'painter of signs'. And yet what lies beneath is a very passionate man - with a strong desire to produce the highest quality in his artwork but also to capture the heart of an independent, driven woman.
The story focuses on Raman's ongoing relationship with his elderly aunt and his blossoming friendship with Daisy. Indeed the story deals with a number of issues regarding family culture at its time - and the sacrifices pressed on the main characters.
The book presents a wonderful development of a humble man's life. The end of the story is touching. If one message is clear in this lovely book its that you should be very careful what you wish for in life.
The book warrants 5 stars on all fronts - story, prose, discourses, setting and the final outcome.
I would without a doubt recommend this book to anyone who prefers a frank and honest read. If you want to be read a humble yet humourous little story, this is it.