The symbolism in the Caligraphers Tale, written by Mandula Padmanabhan effectively emphasizes theme, and writing. One of the symbols that could be examined is the documents that Amit hands to the calligrapher, Mr. Sukhatme. Mr. Sukhatme reads the first and second paragraphs of the paper and refuses to rewrite it in the ancient language; for the document had “nonsense stuff”.(pg 100). The documents symbolize the deameaning of a characters pride, because if the calligrapher has wrote it, then his name would be a bad one. Another symbol that could be discussed is the character Amit himself. Amit symbolizes a character in a cartoon that always assumes that himself has the upper hand, but instead, is tricked in the end without knowing it. The significance of both of these symbols is that one has to respect their moral beliefs and values, and not break them.
The two main themes of the short story The Calligraphers Tale, written by Mandula Padmanabhan is that one should respect their beliefs and values, and the importance of giving a white lie. For all of the themes, they directly compare with the part of the short story when the two characters, Mr. Sukhatme and Amit are discussing a deal. Amit persuades Mr. Sukhatme to write the document that is considered “dirty” in ancient language. Mr. Sukhatme agrees to the deal with a twenty thousand rupees in cash. However, near the end of the short story, the document re-written by Sukhatme does not refer to the docement given at all; for Amit is not able to read the document re-written by sukhatme. In the end of the tale, both of the characters live a successful life, so no one is hurt by the white lie that sukhatme made.