About the Book :
Mr.Sampath:The Printer of Malgudi reveals the relation between an editor and printer written in R.K.Narayans trademark style. Set in the fictitious town of Malgudi, it brings forth the story of the editor Mr. Shrinivas and the printer Mr. Sampath. They are required to work together to bring out The Banner, Malgudis journal. The relation that these men share during the publication of The Banner is enviable and redefines professional relationship. However, they encounter a situation where they have to stop the publication of the journal temporarily. In order to keep themselves busy, they join a film company. Sampath gets into an affair with an actress and therefore puts his life in jeopardy. Shrinivas is overburdened with the level of his duties and leaves the line of film making and commences the bringing out of the journal with some other printer. Though he maintained the same cordial relation with Sampath, the latter is too deeply involved with the actress to be overwhelmed by this incident. After losing everything dear to him, Sampath comes to seek the solace of his most trusted friend.
About the Author :
R. K. Narayan was an Indian novelist and one of the eminent faces of early Indian literature in English.
His novels are based in a fictitious village called Malgudi. Some of his books are The Financial Expert, The Man-Eater Of Malgudi, The Guide, Waiting For The Mahatma, and A Tiger For Malgudi. Narayans non-fiction books are Next Sunday, My Dateless Diary, The Emerald Route, and A Writers Nightmare. He also authored/retold Gods Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and The Mahabharata, which fall under the genre of mythology.
R. K. Narayans stories generally dealt with the personalities and interactions of people in the Indian society. His stories held emotions and implicit satire, and the essence of his books were conveyed gracefully in simple and humorous prose.
Born in Madras on 10th October, 1906, Narayan was nicknamed Kunjappa by his grandmother. By virtue of the rather transferable nature of his fathers job, Narayan was brought up mainly by his grandmother, from whom he learnt arithmetic, Sanskrit, mythology and classical music. He completed his academic learning with a Bachelors degree, and his career began with writing for newspapers and magazines, before his rise to fame. In 1933, Narayan met 15-year-old Rajam, with whom he fell in love. Six years into their marriage, Rajam was afflicted with a fatal case of typhoid, and passes away in the year 1939. R.K. Narayan lived till the age of 94, and breathed his last in Madras, in the year 2001.