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Malgudi Days

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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.” Composed of powerful, magical portraits of all kinds of people, and comprising stories written over almost forty yea
Paperback, 264 pages
Published November 2nd 2006 by Penguin Classics (first published 1943)
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James Henderson
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it

'Malgudi Days' is a fascinating town, but it exists only in R.K Narayan's work. It is a lovely place to inhabit. It is lovely because unlike the rest of India, with its big cities, its hinterlands, Malgudi is just the right size and has everything in it that a town needs. Nothing too bad happens here, nor too many great things happen either. Malgudi resents change and extremes of any kind. It is a cool town most of the times, and whenever something unusual happens in Malgudi, it is always contai
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
“How can two living entities possessing intelligence and judgement ever be tied together for a lifetime?"

This book is a Timeless Classic. This world created by R.K. Narayan, Malgudi is absolutely magical and wonderful. In this, the author writes about ordinary people's lives and brilliantly depicts everything that is interconnected. You are missing out if you haven't read this book. The writing of R.K. Narayan is both simple and beautiful. His writing style is simple and easy to understand
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No bookshelf is complete without malgudi days.
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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
Pooja Dhami
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Austin George
Feb 20, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful collection of short stories centered around a fictional town in South India called Malgudi. I enjoyed most of the stories in this book.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Ravi Prakash
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost every student in India is familiar with Malgudy Days written by R. K. Narayan. Either in written form or broadcasted on television, the stories of Malgudy Days, like Shaktimaan and Chacha Chaudhry have influenced and entertained people . Anyone can think that I am exaggerating this , but it is true about Malgudy Days.

The book is the collection of thirty three stories. I omitted the first story, ‘ An Astrologer’s Day’, since I have read this in Intermediate and as a teacher I taught it so
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.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When my book club chose "Malgudi Days" to read in the month of April, I was thrilled. Because, I see my hometown, the place where I had spent half of my life, is exact replica of Malgudi. Same kind of characters, same kind of atmosphere, same kind of happenings. So, reading various stories of Malgudi, is like gossiping about others in my hometown.

Since it was the second time, I was reading the stories of Malgudi, and also just a year or two back, I had re-watched the whole series once again (Th
Vikas Singh
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
This edition brings together some of the best stories R.K.Narayan penned ( 33 stories) and have been previously published in two volumes- Astrologer's day and other stories (16 stories) and Lawley road and other stories (8 stories). It also includes nine of his later stories. Great read. ...more
Aditi Sharma
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to follow soon.
Arunothia Marappan
May 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of several short stories that have a unique plot. They have been narrated in a beautiful manner with lots of details that will bring up a nostalgic smile to any Indian born (probably not as much for Gen Z maybe :P)
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The focus in each story remains on a single character, almost always, against a larger canvas. The narrative style is beautifully detailed, mindful of social norms and the tragicomedy that arises from change, and yet it is light. We follow a character through his or her whimsies and the mini-adventure they engage in, but there is always an awareness of a larger community around it. The effect is generated story by story.

In one we meet an astrologer who is put to scrutiny by a stranger and a sur
"Speaking for myself, I discover a short story when a personality passes through a crisis of spirit or circumstances. In the following thirty-odd tales, almost invariably the central character faces some kind of crisis, and either resolves it or lives with it. But some stories may prove to be nothing more than a special or significant moment in someone's life or a pattern of existence brought to view." - R.K. Narayan

Malgudi Days is one of the most popular Indian books, and for a very valid reaso
Aug 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing compilation of short stories. All the stories in it were a concoction of sweet and sour moments of the lives of people in Malgudi. Around the end of the story, readers will find themselves more engaged for the surprising turn of the events. The word choices turn the dark stories funny. Some stories, may even leave you teary-eyed but not sad, as the cute-funny words neutralise it. As R.K Narayan mentioned, each story was inspired by the lives of the Indian people. Stories such as "The ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, own
One of my favourite author. A perfect amalgamation of Simple short stories with profound impact.
Few stories ends abruptly which make me longing for more. This is my second book of this author and will explore more of his work in near future.
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bharathi by: Gerry Nelson
I loved this collection of short stories - RK Narayan ranks there with Chekov . The stories captured the essence of India and spirit of her people. Having studied and travelled there , I felt nostalgic reading about the lives of the households and street denizens of the fictional yet not-so-fictional town of Malgudi. Narayan's prose also steers away from pain, suffering and verbosity that sometimes dominates many Indian works. He paints it as simple and resilient

Gerry picked this one for our Bo
Yael  Feinerman
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, indian
Super short short stories, ranging from 3-10 pages per. Amazingly - I didn't hit upon one that left me dangling, or feeling incomplete, as some short stories do. Narayan's writing is ---spicy is the word that comes to mind, like eating hot chilli peppers that wake up every taste bud in your mouth and leave you grabbing for more. Couldn't put this one down, I found it electrifying. ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian, short-stories
In this collection of short stories, many of the stories give a feeling of ending abruptly. But the character build up and the intrinsic details spun around EACH and EVERY story is exceptionally good. This is one of the reasons that when you feel so much acquainted with the characters, the story unfortunately has to end!
Jun 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Remarks on some stories (will add as I read):

1. An Astrologer's Day
I loved how the author described the atmosphere. wasn't expecting that plot twist

3. The Doctor's word
Stories with characters in moral dilemma always intrigue me

4.Gateman's Gift
mildly disturbing ngl

5. The Blind Dog
‘What can we do with a creature who returns to his doom with such a free
I think the title is really clever.

7. Tiger's Claw
Ooh this was interesting

..This didn't go in the direction I expected...

10. Fat
Nostalgic !
Refreshing memories of show that I used to watch during childhood.
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
What can I say about Malgudi Days? Malgudi is a fictional Indian town created by R.K. Narayan, conceived in such realistic detail that the University of Chicago Press once mistakenly put it in their atlas. But can you blame them? Most of Narayan's works take place in Malgudi, and the more you read about the place, the more you start to feel like it exists — that you might like to visit it someday, too.

"Whom next shall I meet in Malgudi? That is the thought that comes to me when I close a novel o
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
If I regard all the timeless classics I have been fortunate enough to be a part of, the one series that sticks out like a gentle reminder of life itself is the late Sh.R K Narayan's 'Malgudi Days'
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
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In my view, this one book shows what a versatile author and story teller R K Narayan was.

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 into la
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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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