Malgudi Days Short Stories

Malgudi Days Short Stories (Paperback)

By R K Narayan 
Publisher: Productivity And Quality Publishing
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 8185986177
EAN: 9788185986173
No. of Pages: 256
Publish Date: 2011-1-1
Binding: Paperback
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About the Book :

Established along the banks of river Sarayu, Malgudi is a typical south Indian village. Although the protagonists and plots differ greatly, ranging from the life of a 10-year old boy to a snake charmer, or from a postman to a vendor of pipes or a goat herder, the focus of the tales never shift from their fundamental motif. The quintessence of the books lies in the routine lives of ordinary people, quotidian issues among family members, sundry cultural inhibitions, and social taboos synchronous to the mid-nineties.

The first of the trilogy, Swami and Friends, is set in the pre-independence era and is about 10-year-old Swaminathan, best known to all as Swami. The novel centers around Swamis interactions with his two closest friends, Mani and Rajam, their categorical antipathy towards academics, their desire to participate in pro-independence activities, and the like. Swamis ridiculous thought processes, along with his naive ideals, and most of all his lovable character, make this book the best of the three.

The second, The Bachelor of Arts, spins around the indecisive but appealing Chandran, his misgivings about his objectives in life, the woman who has captured his heart, and whether his love for her is bona fide.

The third and last story is The English Teacher, a tale in which the chief characters are Jagan and his son Mali. This is perhaps the deepest of the trilogy in terms of emotions and maturity. It depicts the issues that arise between parents and children as a consequence of the generation gap that separates them.

Malgudi Days was published in 1943 by Indian Thought Publications and published abroad again in 1982. In his humorous but graceful style, R.K. Narayan puts together a collection of tales, which are great favorites even today. It was adapted to a television series in 1986 by Shankar Nag.

About the Author :

R.K. Narayan was one of Indias greatest English language novelists, who is credited for introducing Indian Literature in English to the world.

Narayans fiction pieces generally revolve around a fictitious city called Malgudi. Among these, are his semi-autobiographical trilogy: Swami And Friends, The Bachelor Of Arts, and The English Teacher. His other works on fiction include The Financial Expert, The Guide, Waiting For The Mahatma, and The Man-Eater of Malgudi. He authored several short stories, including those in Gods, Demons and Others, and Under The Banyan Tree. Narayan also wrote mythology like The Mahabharata. Among non-fiction, some of his popular books are Next Sunday, The Emerald Route, and A Writers Nightmare. His The Guide, Mr. Sampath, and The Financial Expert were adapted into films.

Although R.K. Narayans writing did not require the use of a lexicon, his prose and diction carried a simplistic eloquence, incorporating humanism and humour while sketching the characteristics of Indian society. He was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in English Literature.

R.K. Narayan was born in Madras on 10 October, 1906, and raised mainly by his grandmother who taught him Arithmetic, Sanskrit, Mythology,and Music. He completed his academics with a Bachelors degree and began writing for local newspapers and magazines. Despite the cultural norms of Indian society, he had a love marriage with his partner, Rajam. Unfortunately, 6 years after their marriage, his wife died of typhoid, leaving him alone to raise their 3-year-old daughter. He passed away in Chennai in the year 2001, at the age of 94.

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Title: Malgudi Days Short Stories
Publisher: Productivity And Quality Publishing
Author: R K Narayan
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 8185986177
EAN: 9788185986173
No. of Pages: 256
Publish Date: 2011-1-1
Binding: Paperback

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By Guest, 2015-06-03 17:48:32.0

Nice story book by R.K Narayan. It's 2nd phase of R.K Narayan story book of the malgudi express. Thanks to infibeam for this best offer


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