Explain the teachings given by Shrinivas Das in his novel ‘Pariksha Guru’.
SHRINIWAS DAS wrote a novel ‘Pariksha Guru’ (the master examiner). It questioned young men of well to do families against the dangerous influences of bad company and consequent loose morals. ‘Pariksha Guru’ reflects the inner and outer world of the newly emerging middle classes. The novel tries to teach the reader the right way to live and expects all ‘sensible men’ to be worldly wise and practical, to remain rooted in the values of their own tradition and chair and to live with dignity and honour. The youngers are urged to cultivate the healthy habits of reading the newspaper. But the novel emphasises that all this must be achieved without sacrificing the traditional values of middle class household.