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My Days

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In his usual winning, humorous style, R. K. Narayan shares his life story, beginning in his grandmother's garden in Madras with his ferocious pet peacock. As a young boy with no interest in school, he trains grasshoppers, scouts, and generally takes part in life's excitements. Against the advice of all, especially his commanding headmaster father, the dreaming Narayan take

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 22nd 2001 by Picador (first published January 2nd 1990)
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Arushi Bhaskar
R.K. Narayan has been one of my favourite authors ever since I read Swami and Friends at the age of 10. So, coming across his untiringly funny memoir at the library was a pleasant surprise.

Needless to say, I enjoyed the book throughly. His observations of people, right from his childhood itself are piercingly accurate. His command over English is wonderful, and I feel that a lot of our contemporary Indian authors can learn a lot from him. He never preaches his ideologies, he just gives vent to h
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Rosun Rajkumar
RK Narayan is a story teller. Throw in the intelligent sarcasm and you have got the best Indian writer ever! This auto-biography is so fictional. Probably because we have read these stories in his other books. No wonder they say that his books are semi auto-biographical. I always find the childhood part more enticing than any other parts. His auto-biography was a journey into his life albiet in a few words. The reader goes thru the ups and downs in his life and totally falls for him. I would nev ...more
Charanya
Invokes pleasance and inspiration.

A beautiful story, a beautiful man.
P Ukil
My Days is a book whose 17 chapters gave me ubiquitous amount of joy, pleasure and entertainment . This was the first autobiography that I read, and it was very lively. It revealed to me the beauty of enjoying life in whatever state it was just as the author, R K Narayan did. The arrangement of the chapters are in such a way that it gives every detail of the novelist's life with a refreshing and poetic touch in it.
I liked the the first few chapters really very much which conveyed the joy of bein
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Cynjini
refreshing! it is written in our granny's time and what all you can expect from this book is beautiful old tales of village and development that you usually hear from your mother and grandmother. coming to the author's life, it was not a bed of roses. he has struggled to earn his name and what attracts more in RK Narayan's way of writing is his jovial portrayal of the complex and difficult issues of life.

the book will be liked by those who like villages, homely atmosphere, and a life not filled
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Indian
Vintage R.K.Narayan at it's best.

Malgudi Days (television series in 1990's) & Guide (textbook in our 11th std school curriculam) were part of my growing up years, but the real tour-de-force of his outstanding creation was first confronted by in the the early 2009 immediately after finishing my MBA degree. My ocassional trip to the hills of Mysore & Nilgiri's could be the reason for my revived curiosity in him. After all Mysore was where he was based out of & it's speculated that Malg
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Bhaven Sheth
It is not a complex account of ones achievements and struggles, but a matter of fact look at the passage of life with anecdotal accounts and events.
Beautiful and relatable
Parvathi Ram
my days is an autobiography of the celebrated writer rk narayan. in the book, narayan is his usual self; witty, charming, honest and at times, sarcastic. he gives away many of his secrets. he also narrates the various incidents surrounding his novel "the guide" and the movie made by dev anand using the same name and story-line. here and there, he stamps a few toes and makes some people squirm in their graves. this book is a reminder of the laid back life of the typical south indian towns in the ...more
Sachin
Jun 20, 2010 Sachin marked it as to-read
Although i m a great fan of the Great man- the creator of Malgudi and its simple folks and know about him more than any other writer, but i m looking forward to read his memoir in order to learn a lot more about the great soul.
i always read Narayan's books at night after midnight and it has become a regular habit actually now adays;
whenever i start to dozz off i put his books beside me and am easily able to read around 50 pages before getting lost in my sleep and dream world of Malgudi and its i
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Heramb
May 07, 2014 Heramb added it
One of the most wholesome writers of India!
Anbazhagan Mani
Touching & Nostalagic feel
Tanay Tarany
Mesmerizing....
Sukumaran
good book, especially for children
Haripriya
No doubt its one of the masterpieces of RKN. He has described his life with cheer joy and excitement. Definitely an enjoyable read.!
P A Sivachander
It is really nice to read a author saying about his own life. we all know r.k.narayan for well known 'malgudi days'. but reading his autobiography one would easily realise the hardships faced by the great man. it really interesting. try as a snack time book between two epics. i guarantee u wouldn't regret.
Rakesh
This is one of the best autobiographies i have read. RK Narayan is such a simple yet great person and this is demonstrated rightly in this book. It is a must and I recommend it to everyone. He will always be one of the best and finest writers for me and his books can be easily enjoyed by everyone.
Srinivasa Ramanujam
"My Days" is an autobiographical work of R.K.Narayan. In this book, he has talked very little about his personal life, but have paid more attention to his works and related issues, how he overcame everything. Its very inspirational book for all aspiring writers.
Ajeya
Above all RKN's life itself is so inspiring. His life is a best example of how humans grow in different stages of their life. His writing is the best i have seen. Even in the book, he writes different phases by entering that age in his life.
Richard Crasta
An autobiography of the great South Indian writer. Made me wish I were back in the city of Mysore. Full of rich and precious details regarding his childhood (and partly, that of many of ours).
Anand Ganapathy
Read this book again after many years. This edition has sketches by R.K.Laxman interspersed with the text. Another good book by one of India's foremost writer.
Febin
It is a real classic. An outstanding depiction of a simple life.
Sidd
Loved it. I fell in love with RK, all over again.
Sneh
simplicity of the prose is remarable!
Stella
Jun 12, 2008 Stella marked it as to-read
To read if i havent already.
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R. K. Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists writing in English.

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
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