Four gems, with new introductions, mark acclaimed Indian writer R. K. Narayan's centennial
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...more
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.
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
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
Gerry picked this one for our Bo...more
"Whom next shall I meet in Malgudi? That is the thought that comes to me when I close a novel o...more
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
R.K Narayan (1906-2001, he lived a long life!) is a famous Indian author, who wrote in English.
"Malgudi Days" is filled with over twenty short stories, which include all the images we think of when we think India: fortune tellers, street performers, snake charmers, tigers, arranged marriages, overpopulation, lack of education, skin whitening, hippies, karma, pickpockets, caste system,...
Most stories include poverty, which sadly is the reality in Indi...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 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.
R. K. Narayan (October 10, 1906 – May 13, 2001), shortened from Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (Tamil: ராசிபுரம் கிருஷ்ணசுவாமி அய்யர் நாராயணசுவாமி) was an Indian author whose works of fiction include a series of books about people and their interactions in an imagined town in India.
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!
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.
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