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Malgudi Schooldays is a collection of stories about the irrepressible Swami and his friends.
The setting for Malgudi Schooldays is the fictional town of Malgudi in Southern India. The period that the book is set in is pre-independence India, when life is leisurely and young boys go out to play, exploring the quaint little town and building bonds among themselves.
Swami, the protagonist, is a boy who does not really like going to school and often gets into trouble. He likes to spend his time in class watching the trains go by, and, if he is made to stand on the bench as a punishment, entertains himself by noting the different caps and hairstyles of his classmates.
He has three close friends - Somu, the amiable class monitor, the strong and wilful Mani, the clever Sankar, and the pint-sized mischief-maker, Samuel. The five enjoy each other’s company, but this relationship is upset by the arrival of a new boy, Rajam.
Rajam is dynamic and intelligent, and a natural leader. He soon becomes the leader of the gang and starts the Malgudi Cricket Club (MCC). Swami becomes their valued bowler. But because of the sessions’ time conflict with the school drill, Swami cannot attend the practice sessions. His attempts to enlist the help of his doctor to get the headmaster to excuse him from the drill goes awry. Swami gets into more trouble and runs away when there is an important match for his club.
Malgudi Schooldays is an entertaining account of a schoolboy’s life in the early decades of the twentieth century. Swami fully utilizes every opportunity to get into trouble. He breaks window panes and rules with equal delight. He captures a thief, but gets into trouble and runs away. He even gets lost and messes up his cricket club’s chances of winning an important match.
The book serves as a delightful read for both the young and old. The novel also kicks up a bit of nostalgia for its older readers, who will be able to relate to life during simpler times.
Malgudi Schooldays was released in 2009 by Penguin Classics. This edition has an introduction by Indian novelist Shashi Deshpande.
|Author||R. K. Narayan|
|Number of Pages||264 Pages|
The children’s novel ‘Malgudi Schooldays is a wonderful piece of literature from the Tamilian writer and former member of Rajya Sabha- I think you may have figured out by now that the person I’m talking about is the one and only R. K. Narayan. The legendary writer born in Madras (in present- Chennai) in 1906 has won countless awards and prizes throughout his lifetime which lasted for almost a century i.e.95 years! The awards he won included the Padma Bhushan in 2000, the A.C Benson Medal in 1980 and so on. The soul of this great author departed its body in May 2001.
But now for the book – The book is published by Puffin Books. Its very reasonably priced at INR 199. The book has 263 pages filled with fun, suspense, thrill and comedy. The book is about Swaminathan (Swami) a coward boy and his friends – Rajam a blue-eyed boy and Mani the school bully who live in small but picturesque town, Malgudi. They planned to make their town’s own cricket team. However there are other problems going on with Swami that ultimately force him to run away from home.
Oops! I can help you no more. To know more about Swami’s adventure you may buy and read the book.
I have read this book zillion times and i still find it humorous and enjoyable.I laugh and extract pleasure from reading the delights of a ten year old, just like a ten year old.
And the simple and elegant imagery produces a live effect which feels like watching a movie or living in the book itself.
Swaminathan's innocence, his resentment towards going to school every Monday morning after an amusing weekend, shuddering at the thought of that yellow building Albert Mission,his feuds with the brutish christian teacher Mr. Ebenezer and his fanatic aggression towards Hinduism, gallivanting endlessly with his Rajam and Mani,his preparations for the requisite for the examinations and his unbound joy after the termination of the session, everything reminds you of your own childhood when you viewed the world through a colored glass.
Also when his friends ingenuously try to name their cricket team, all the practices for the match with the local champions,the events following it, albeit a little obscure and murky but making you will for it to never end.
I resort to reading it during my gloomy hours and it does the work of a balm.
My gratitude to Lt.Mr.R.K.Narayan for producing such an exceptional piece of literature.
And I would refer it to all the lovers of good reads.
I just got it at hand yesterday. and the first story is obviously awesome. I think this is a good book and worth every penny. It's cheap yet it's a good buy. I bought this book as a gift for my younger brother. But i am going to read it first and then 'maybe' let him have it.
Those of you who are thinking to buy it, definitely do so. You will love it. I promise. =].
I am a big fan of Mr. RK Narayan, he is one of the best novelist of Indian literature. Malgudi Schooldays portray Swami "the protagonist" as a character we could all relate to one way or the other. I have read a previous novel of the same series, way back but reading again about the lovely Swami I feel full of enthusiasm remembering the mischieves we use to do in our childhood. A must buy for all the youngsters & elders who want to relive their past moments again.
I ordered this combo pack. All the stories are same in Swami and Friends and Malgudi Schooldays. Only 2 stories from Malgudi Schooldays are not there in Swami and Friends. The stories are excellent ofcourse. So you could keep one for yourself and gift another to someone else maybe. But neverthless, they should mention somewhere that stories are same in both.