Malgudi Days

Malgudi Days Four gems with new introductions mark acclaimed Indian writer R K Narayan s centennialIntroducing this collection of stories R K Narayan describes how in India the writer has only to look out of th

Four gems, with new introductions, mark acclaimed Indian writer R K Narayan s centennialIntroducing 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 yeaFour gems, with new introductions, mark acclaimed Indian writer R K Narayan s centennialIntroducing 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 years, Malgudi Days presents Narayan s imaginary city in full color, revealing the essence of India and of human experience This edition includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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  1. 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 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 Most of Narayan s work, starting with his first novel Swami and Friends 1935 , captures many Indian traits while retaining a unique identity of its own He was sometimes compared to the American writer William Faulkner, whose novels were also grounded in a compassionate humanism and celebrated the humour and energy of ordinary life.Narayan who lived till age of ninety four, died in 2001 He wrote for than fifty years, and published until he was eighty seven He wrote fourteen novels, five volumes of short stories, a number of travelogues and collections of non fiction, condensed versions of Indian epics in English, and the memoir My Days.

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  1. 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 Among th [...]

  2. 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 none fo [...]

  3. 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 there i [...]

  4. 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 onlooke [...]

  5. 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 Netflixdb title tt0244911 moviesflix Search v1 M Based on R.K Narayan s literary [...]

  6. 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, 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 Hungry Child.

  7. 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 brilliant mi [...]

  8. 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 NarayanFrom the pen of one of India s fi [...]

  9. 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 read o [...]

  10. 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 Book Club [...]

  11. 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 Couldn t put this one down, I found it electrifying.

  12. 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 surpris [...]

  13. 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 you read about the place, the 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 of Mr Narayan s I [...]

  14. 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 the [...]

  15. 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 laugh [...]

  16. Such a lovely reread Narayan doesn t age, doesn t fade Images from some of these stories will stay with me for a long time, I m sure the lonely sign painter licking cotton candy from the corners of his lips, the gambler who breaks open his son s coin box with a pestle, the knife sharpener yelling in the streets, the cobbler who thinks he might have met god in the shape of a hippiefe is hard, life is sweet, life is sour, life is bitter, life is long.

  17. One of the finest of R K Narayan.It was a collection worth keeping.It takes place in a fictional village called Malgudi Though few stories had an abrupt ending , every story keeps us engaged till the end and the language was pretty simple and clear Narayan gives a lucid account of everything that takes place in this beautiful village His narrative literally teleports us to this small, beautiful and happy village, Malgudi.

  18. Great Masterpiece Simple stories of simple people Magnificent narration of human traits Not giving 5 starts only because I find author s language a bit tough for me.

  19. I thoroughly enjoyed Malgudi Days It is one of those books that I expected to be good but which actually turned out to be spectacular In an eloquent introduction to the book, Jhumpa Lahiri talks about how a disciplined reader should commit to one story at a time Normally, I would scoff at the idea of reading 5 10 pages everyday but in this case, it does seem appropriate For these stories are meant to be relished The characters and their predicaments stay with you long after you are finished read [...]

  20. Though from an Indian writer, this book stands out There are short stories which revolve around a village called Malgudi The characters are well defined Most of the endings are so human that it makes you feel that, really we all do this Book is kind of collection as it was published in 1943 I will say, todays amateur and useless spicy writers like Bhagat, Durjoy, Ravindar and Ahuja should read it as Standard for PhD to know how to write a book so basic but so great.

  21. A great book with short stories, divided into 3 parts The stories in the first part are awesome and gripping There are various characters and places that one encounters while reading the book Malgudi, the fictional town Boardless, the restaurant the Talkative Man a fictional character, MMC the clinic hospital of Malgudi, Dr Raman etc The second part somehow mellows down the effect that was laid in part 1, but it offers a few fantastic stories in terms of A shadow and Leela s Friend.The third par [...]

  22. A collection of short stories from the bustling town of Malgudi, Malgudi Days is a conglomeration of humour, satire, simplicity and perfection A literary sorcerer, Narayan breathes in life into his impeccable stories Indeed preserved for posterity The varied collection of short stories is embellished with Narayan s signature humour and the natural serene setting makes the stories all the captivating While some left me laughing out loud other doused me in gloom An Astrologer s Day , the first st [...]

  23. You won t find Malgudi on any real map, but Narayan describes the people and the location with such skill that I often forgot that I was not being transported to an authentic Indian city.In Narayan s introduction he explains that in India the writer has only to look out of the window to pick up a character and thereby a story He accomplishes this thought exceptionally well and introduces a variety of different characters, from a wayward student to an astrologer The majority of the early stories [...]

  24. Its really outstanding how Rk Narayan can tell a story that is so simple and still make leave a ever lasting impression I think till I am alive I will not forget maneater of Malgudi It was equally interesting to watch Malgudi days directed by Shankar Nag it was shot in Agumbe which is 300 KM from Bangalore a small town that is so beautiful You can actually here the music when you walk through the town and it really mesmerizing.

  25. 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

  26. This was The Book I knew and read again and all over again during my childhood, and so was the case with the same author s Swami Friends R.K Narayan captures thew very heart of the Indian, and unlike the books that come nowadays wrapped in the fake version of India, this is a book with a living, beating Indian heart There isn t another like this book.

  27. It s one thing to create a book, a character, a family, a life way It s another thing altogether to build the community of Malgudi and write stories so the reader truly knows Malgudi, has lived there, argued there, fought there, felt like a resident Narayan doesn t just build a world with his tiny, breathmint stories Narayan invites you to reside in that world.

  28. The introduction was not my favorite writing by Lahiri.The rest very occasionally reminded me of India, and not in an expected way I was drawn in and hopelessly bored at the same time, couldn t wait to get back into it so it would finally be over.A couple of good stories worth reading for sure.

  29. It will touch your heart, your soulSuch simplicity and clean strike to your heart.Each and every story will make you put the book for few minutes and make you thinkabout what just happened.It s for all ages.If one would read this in their childhood , then will never forget those emotions which emerge in the stories.

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