It was Monday morning. Swaminathan was reluctant to open his eyes . . . He shuddered at the very thought of school . . .-
R.K. Narayan-s classic stories about the adventures of a boy named Swami and his friends Rajam and Mani, in a sleepy and picturesque South Indian town called Malgudi, have regaled both young and old for years. Swami-s days are full of action. When he is not creating a ruckus in the classroom or preparing, in his inimitable way, for exams, he-s dreaming about running down the streets of Malgudi with the coachman-s son-s hoop; playing tricks on his grandmother; or stoning the school windows, inspired by a swadeshi demonstration. But the greatest feat of Swami and his friends lies in putting together a cricket team for the MCC (the Malgudi Cricket Club) and challenging the neighbouring Young Men-s to a match. Just before the match, however, things go horribly, horribly wrong, and Swami has no option but to run away from home, wanting never to return to Malgudi again .
Malgudi Schooldays is a slightly abridged version of Narayan-s celebrated novel Swami and Friends, and includes two stories featuring Swami from Malgudi Days and Under the Banyan Tree. A delightfully funny account of the life of a harum-scarum schoolboy by one of the greatest English language writers of our time, Malgudi Schooldays enchants and captivates all those who step into its world.
About the Author
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 there. In 1958 Narayan-s work The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country-s highest literary honor. In addition to his novels, Narayan has authored five collections of short stories, including A Horse and Two Goats, Malguidi Days, and Under the Banyan Tree, two travel books, two volumes of essays, a volume of memoirs, and the re-told legends Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and the Mahabharata. In 1980 he was awarded the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Narayan died in 2001.