Waiting for the Mahatma is a novel by R.K. Narayan that was originally published in 1955. The novel explores the political climate in India leading up to and following the country’s independence from England. When Gandhi, “the Mahatma,” arrives in the town of Malgudi, all of Malgudi weighs in on the question of India's independence. The novel follows the particular story of Sriram, a young, high-caste Indian who falls in love with a supporter of Gandhi and eventually becomes a follower himself. The novel explores themes such as love, independence, and political resistance.