The Apprentice is a novel totally different in tone from all other novels and writings of Arun Joshi.The protagonist, Ratan Rathor, re[presents the quintessence Everyman- a contrast to other protagonists as his intellectual level is much lower. An unsophisticated youth, jobless, he comes to the city in search of a career, unsrupulous and ready to prostitute himself for professional advancement. Seduced by materialistic values, he takes a bribe to clear a large lot of defective weapons. As a consequence, a brigadier, who is also his friend has to desert his post, and to escape ignomy. commits suicide. A penitent Rathor avoids confessing his guilt but tries to achieve redemption by cleaning the shoes of devotees every morning at a temple.
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afraid Anyway Arun Joshi asked believe betrayed Bombay bribe Brigadier Brigadier's career charlatans clerks confess corridor course cried crowd dark daughter dead Delhi desert dharma Diwali doubt expected eyes face fact father fear feel felt fool Forgive hand happened heard Himmat Singh honour humiliation imagine Jai Jagdish Hare kerosene lamps killed knew later laughed light living looked lost Mahatma Gandhi mangrove matter morning mother never night once panic perhaps pimp pujari Ratan Rathor remember Secretary seemed shame shardai Sheikh shouted silence sitting sleep smell smog someone soon spoke stared started stood strange streets Subhas Bose suddenly sugarcane Superintendent talk tell temple things thought told took turned twenty used-up verandah voice wait walked wanted weather vane wife women wondered words young