About the Book :
Margayya is a complex and entrancing character with a flair for those fabulously involved minor financial transactions which are an integral part of Indian life. We first met him sitting in the shade of a banyan tree, advising the people of Malgudi how to extract loans from the Co-operative Bank. A brush with the Secretary of the Bank, and an accident in which his spoil son Balu throws his account book down a drain, cut short his career as a financier; but after a series of amusing incidents Margayya grows rich and reverts to financial wizard.
Apart from the vigor of the narrative, what is remarkable about the book is the unselfconscious ease and humor with which R K Narayan conveys the flavour of Indian life.
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.