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Malgudi Days

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A collection of 32 stories in which the author portrays an astrologer, a snake-charmer, a postman, a vendor of pies and chappatis - all kinds of people, drawn in full colour and domestic detail. The imaginary city of Malgudi springs to life, revealing the essence of India and of human experience.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Penguin Classics (first published 1943)
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James
Malgudi Days, written by R.K Narayan, chronicles the lives of people in the fictional town of Malgudi. The stories, which share the lives of everyone from entrepreneurs to beggars, all take place in and near this Indian village. Thus the heart and the soul of that village is on display and we find it is a place where most people are haunted by illiteracy and unemployment. Yet despite the ubiquity of the poor many of the stories come across with humorous good-natured episodes of their lives. Amon ...more
Usman Hickmath
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
R.K.Narayan’s ability to write about ordinary people and events interestingly is exceptional. His works are enchanting like the works of Anton Checkhov. Narayan is a legend. He must be celebrated. In a land where mediocre writers, whose imaginations won’t go beyond premarital sex and job in an investment bank, are treated like rocks stars, it is a shame that Narayan is not celebrated.

When publishers are maintaining official pages for famous authors on Facebook it is sad to know that there is non
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Prashant
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No bookshelf is complete without malgudi days.
Ashima
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I had really high expectations when I picked this up and, of course, I was initially disappointed. I eventually started to enjoy these short (4-6 page) stories because each has fully developed characters experiencing mini-dramas. All the stories take place in the same town and a few of the characters pop up in multiple stories. I ended up liking this and appreciating it for what it is - a thoughtful, sweet, well written collection of short stories. I was telling my mom about it and she said that ...more
Deepa Swaminathan
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-fiction
The stories listed here are my favourites in the order of preference.

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
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Joy H.
Added 4/11/12.
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.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244911/
http://movies.netflix.com/S
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Bloodorange
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bloodorange by: Ian Laird
Shelves: india, stories
These stories feel universal; I am uncomfortably aware that this comment - from a white reader, on a non-white author's work - may smack of insensitivity to difference, but they feel universal the way greatest Russian literature does; they present human weaknesses and imperfection in a humorous, but, more frequently, objective and non-judgmental way.

My favourite story was Engine Trouble; I really liked and may use An Astrologer's Day, The Missing Mail, Lawley Road, God and the Cobbler, and Hungr
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Daren
OK, close enough to the end of 2017 for me to determine my favourite reads. Malgudi Days is my 2017 BEST SHORT STORY COLLECTION BOOK. (Albeit a little controversially, as I am judging the chapters as individual stories...)

This book is great. It has a lot going for it - short chapter like stories all interconnected by the location (Malgudi, Narayan's fictional Indian town) and with some character crossovers, it is very readable, covering a range of topics key to Indian life. The characters are a
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Kavita
Malgudi was an earth-shaking discovery for me, because I had no mind for facts and things like that, which would be necessary in writing about Malgudi or any real place. I first pictured not my town but just the railway station, which was a small platform with a banyan tree, a station master, and two trains a day, one coming and one going. On Vijayadasami I sat down and wrote the first sentence about my town: The train had just arrived in Malgudi Station. - R.K. Narayan

From the pen of one of Ind
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Pooja Dhami
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanaswami is hailed as one of the most influential writers that India has ever produced. The beauty of this book lies in the simplicity with which the author portrays ardent, human emotions.
This book comprises of thirty-two short stories that provide a kaleidoscopic view of Malgudi, a small, fictional village from post-independence India, with each story reminding us that we are only human.
In an introduction to the book, author Jhumpa Lehri implores the reader to re
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R. K. Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists who wrote 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 the
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