Introducing this collection of stories, R. K. Narayan describes how in India "the writer has only to look out of the window to pick up a character and thereby a story." Powerful, magical portraits of all kinds of people, and comprising stories written over almost forty years, Malgudi...more
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Below is from a post I wrote in my GR group 4/11/12:
Just by chance I've stumbled on a good thing. Someone somewhere mentioned Malgudi Days (first published 1942) by R.K. Narayan. It's a book of engaging short stories set in India, "revealing the essence of India", as the GR description says.
I didn't think I'd be interested in reading it at first. So I did the next best thing... ordered the movie adaptation from Netflix.
"Whom next shall I meet in Malgudi? That is the thought that comes to me when I close a novel...more
1. Engine trouble (Lucky enough to win a road roller): This, according to me, is the best of the lot! Here the protagonist wins a road roller as a prize in some fair! The same minute start his troubles when he has to transport the huge vehicle to his home. He has to then pay rent to park the vehicle on a field. He manages to employ a driver, a temple elephant and 50 coolies for transporting it in the midst of an amused crowd of ...more
The two names that have become synonymous to me with being simple yet powerful. The two souls that have given me so many memorable moments on print and celluloid. I am still fascinated at the ease with which these men managed to craft the rhythm of the life in the stories of Malgudi.
Narayan's creation ...more
Gerry picked this one for our Bo ...more
Though by the time I bought this book, the Malgudi Days teleserial was completed and RKN was already etched in every youngsters mind.
However this book of short stories, left an even deeper impact on my mind.
Especially two stories I can never forget.
Eshwar & Bulldozer.
While Eshwar depicted the tragic side of the common man, Bulldozer showed the hilarious aspect. Infact it was too good not to burst out int ...more
The varied collection of short stories is embellished with Narayan’s signature humour and the natural serene setting makes the stories all the more captivating. While some left me laughing out loud other doused me in gloom. 'An Astrologer’s Day', ...more
The book is quite engaging. I think, it can be enjoyed by anyone, young & old alike. There's something in his stories for everyone.
In Narayan's introduction he explains that in India "the writer has only to look out of the window to pick up a character and thereby a story." He accomplishes this thought exceptionally well and introduces a variety of different characters, from a wayward student to an astrologer. The majority of the early stor ...more
South Indian people, especially Tamilians would feel at home while going through the leaflets of the book. For others, it is better to flip through the glossary when a native word is encountered.
I wish I would have visited Malgudi and passed through the Lawely road and Vinayak Mudali street after ha ...more
The rest very occasionally reminded me of India, and not in an expected way: I was drawn in and hopelessly bored at the same time, couldn't wait to get back into it so it would finally be over.
A couple of good stories- worth reading for sure.
It is this same book which led to the famous series on Doordarshan “Malgudi Days” which was as popular in kids as in adults; I can never forget Swami and all his innocent mistakes apart from the title track of that show!
Each story is unique ...more
So, here too Narayan has given an insight into the psyche of the common men and women, the inhabitants of Malgudi, their idiosyncracies, their routine, their behaviour at specific instants, their innocence, simplic ...more
These are wonderful short stories from the fictional town called Malgudi. This small town can be any small town between Independence and late 1970s. He takes up the regular characters and develops a story around them. I am astounded by his powers of observation. He can just conjure up a story involving a mendicant and a cobbler, and their brief interaction.
Wonderful read. Hats o ...more
The Indian community, with its pros and cons, the distinctive classes bearing their retrospective over the top nature, lamentations, smirks, joys, miseries, melancholy, quick wit - thus an all gathering portrayal could not be better presented without a reference to an absolutely new, non-existing fictional place, a small town like any existing whose day to day events are but an admiring epigraph, a representative of our reality itself.
"Malgudi" serves as the storehouse of the India ...more
It is a must read for those who haven't watched Malgudi Days on TV. Malgudi Days captured the rustic India like no other TV serial. Much has to do with the way it was written. Malgudi is a world within itself. What wonderful days they were in childhood!
It's one thing to create a book, a character, a family, a life-way. It's another thing altogether to build the community of Malgudi and write stories so the reader truly knows Malgudi, has lived there, argued there, fought there, felt like a resident. Narayan doesn't just build a world with his tiny, breathmint stories. Narayan invites you to reside in that world.
R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja's College in Mysore. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based there ...more