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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 more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more 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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Malgudi Days Reviews

  • James
    2019-03-20 09:13

    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 the stories the reader meets an astrologer, a gatekeeper, and a young man yearning to pass the examinations. There are also animals including a forlorn dog who befriends a blind man and a ferocious tiger (perhaps a hint of Narayan's short novel, A Tiger for Malgudi). Above all there is a pervasive irony that reminded me of other short story stylists from O'Henry to Chekhov and Gogol. More often a character's dreams or expectations do not lead to the results he desires. This keeps the reader guessing as to what the next story will show in the lives of people who become endlessly fascinating, if only for the reason that you have met them before in your own town. In his introduction R. K. Narayan observes that "I can detect Malgudi characters even in New York: for instance, West Twenty-third Street . . possesses every element of Malgudi, with its landmarks and humanity remaining unchanged--"(p 2).Following publication of this collection, the stories in this book were made into both serials and cinema. Through these tales the author, R.K Narayan, captures the readers' heart with his journey through the village of Malgudi and its' not so unfamiliar denizens.

  • Usman Hickmath
    2019-02-22 11:19

    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 for R.K.Narayan. Wish if some publisher could do this as a mark respect for this wonderful writer.

  • Prashant
    2019-03-03 11:39

    No bookshelf is complete without malgudi days.

  • Ashima
    2019-03-12 09:11

    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 is a television series on the indian channel by the same name where these stories are brought to life (television life, anyway). She has been watching it for a while and always thought they were true stories.

  • Deepa Swaminathan
    2019-03-06 12:18

    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 onlookers. This arrangement itself makes the poor guy half bankrupt. On the way, the road roller crashes into a compound increasing the expenses double-fold. In the end, he manages to wriggle out of this mess with nature’s intervention!2. Attila: (The friendly dog): History says Attila was a brave and dynamic leader. But this story is of Attila, the huge pet dog in a Malgudi household. The dog has a formidable and obnoxious appearance but is of a very friendly nature. He won’t bark at any stranger or even a thief for that matter, much to the dismay of his masters! One night, a petty thief manages to steal ornaments and make away with his booty and Attila follows him quietly all throughout thinking him to be a casual guest. How Attila manages to unintentionally get him caught forms the rest of this hilarious story.3. Fathers help: (Remembering School Days!): This features our little friend Swamy, who shirks homework, tries all ways and means to stay away from school (In short, all the qualities that were present in us when we were young). One morning, to stay away from school, he builds up a false story of how his teacher canes and punishes all students. He narrates it with such potency that his father gets furious and hands over a long letter to Swamy to give the principal. What will Swamy do now?4. The willing slave: (Playing with Granny): This touching story is about the innocuous and sweet relationship between a 70+ year old maid and a 5- year old little girl. No doubt this story would transport us to our childhood when a similar elderly granny would play with us.5. Selvi: (The renowned voice): This is about a 25 year old famous singer. She is meek, obedient and submissive. All her singing concerts, bank accounts, visits to her own mother and each step of her feet are controlled by her husband. This story is about how she liberates herself from her husband’s clutches. In the end, he finds himself alone pleading her to come back home. *6. Second Opinion: (Don’t trust just one doctor): This story changes from tragic to hilarious! A carefree youth is enjoying his life till his mom expresses a desire to get him married. The youth easily spurns the idea and moves on. He gets to know from the town doctor that his mom faints periodically and she might pass away anytime. This put him in a state of gloom and he agrees to marry the girl his mom has selected. Now, he suddenly feels he should have a second opinion of another doctor. Finally, it so turns out that his mother is perfectly fine! What will he do now?7. The Cat within: (Ghost in the jug): A satirical story mocking at age-old belief on ghosts and evil spirits. In those days, when any person was beset with such a spirit, exorcists would be called in. Such an exorcist is once called to chase away a noisy ghost from a jug in a shop. Vigourous clanking noises emanating from the shop in the graveness of the night send chills down the spines of villagers. Since there is no electricity, no one has the courage to go in. Eventually a cat emerges from the shop with a jug stuck on its head!Pros: Heartwarmingly simple language, vivid descriptions and instant metamorphosis from the hustle bustle of today’s life to a beautiful old town of Malgudi.Cons: At the cost of being called blasphemous, I admit that there are some cons which prevent me from giving 5 stars. Some stories had such an abrupt ending that I regretted having read the story at all! At the most interesting point, where one longs to know what happened next, the story ends. I was left trying to find whether some pages have been torn by some malicious reader but all the page numbers showed continuity. It took some time for me to recover from the shock then.

  • Joy H.
    2019-03-10 11:31

    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 Netflix.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244911/http://movies.netflix.com/Search?v1=M...==================================================="Based on R.K. Narayan's literary works, this vivid 13-episode series captures daily life in the fictional southern Indian town of Malgudi. Originally broadcast on India's National Channel, director Shankar Nag's warm and engaging series shares universal themes -- ranging from love and hate to religion and daydreams -- played out by a cast representing the spectrum of society: beggars, servants, masters, rich and poor." (from the Netflix description)===================================================Well, as I got into it, I decided to get the book from the library. Now, when I see that the DVD has an episode which is also in the book as a short story, I read the story first and then watch the episode. It's really interesting to see how the story is treated on film, right after you read it in the book. It certainly helps in the appreciation of the story and the characters.As the description above says, the stories are "warm and engaging". The haunting Indian music in the background (played on a flute-sounding intrument) sets the atmosphere so well. The characters are so well drawn, both in the book and the movie. They're simple characters with universal emotions. Highly recommended for something a little bit different from what we're used to. It's indeed an escape to another world, so different from ours.

  • Bloodorange
    2019-03-19 11:16

    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, more 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.

  • Daren
    2019-02-26 13:20

    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 mix of 'impossible not to love' and 'unlovable', from all walks of Indian life (equating to caste), and are all interesting.I have previously read the Penguin P60 Tales from Malgudi, some of which are taken from this book. In my view, the P60 really took the best short stories, a fantastic section. Nevertheless, this book is brilliant for dipping in and out of, or reading in short bursts, like I did over lunchtimes for a few days.Narayan has a real talent for character description, and I really enjoy his writing, improving as I read more. Some of these are just hilarious, others have a wry twist to them, or a does or irony. I can't really recommend this enough. 5 stars.

  • Kavita
    2019-03-21 08:37

    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 finest writers, R K Narayan's stories are simple but manage to capture the essence of life, love and relationships magnificently. Set in a fictional South Indian village of Malgudi (mixture of Malleswaram and Basavangudi), Malgudi Days depicts life in pre-Independence India with a unique flair. The stories are funny, emotional or bittersweet and remind us that life really is all these things and sometimes all at the same time. Life from the perspective of the common people is showcased in all its vivid detail and that era of Indian life captured in print for all time to come in this book of short stories.I love this book and would read this again and again. It's a comfort book for me.

  • Pooja Dhami
    2019-02-24 07:32

    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 one story each day. Let this be your 'Month with R.K.Narayan'. I, however, failed to do so and found myself devouring story after story everyday.With his remarkable works of art, he introduced the world to Indian-English literature and made his way from our textbooks to our hearts.

  • Bharathi
    2019-03-14 09:10

    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 - a good pick

  • YaelFeinerman
    2019-03-05 12:35

    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 more. Couldn't put this one down, I found it electrifying.

  • Jigar Brahmbhatt
    2019-03-20 10:18

    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 surprising connection is established between them in just five pages. A concerning postman takes a crucial decision on delivering a telegram at the risk of loosing his job, a young boy is left with an old snake when his father leaves him... the cumulative effect is that a sense of place and time emerge around us and we are engulfed by it, so that when we meet a man who has planned to take his young daughter to cinema and is gathering courage to ask his manager for few hours off, we are aware that the postman is in the vicinity, that if the salaryman takes a wrong turn he will meet the astrologer on his way home, that the young boy is still trying to get rid of the old snake on a nearby mountain... because R K Narayan is not interested in concluding the stories. He is keenly aware of the dramatic conflict required to give a rounded feeling to each story but the stories are not really over. We leave the characters in some action or the other, and yet we are satisfied by the end of it. Life goes on, Narayan suggests. And that is why the stories have the ability to grow in your mind, remaining as fresh and humane today as they were decades ago.I see the seeds sown by Narayan sprout into such children as the characters in Miguel Street or Firozsha Baug. Observant comedy learned from mostly British writers of his time aside, Narayan suggested a view of the world maturer and universal than most writers are capable of. Neither revelling in superfluous optimism nor given to stubborn pessimism, Narayan portrayed life in its many flavours, never melodramatic but always caring. This is life, he seems to be saying through these stories, and it is a crime to fix it in some definition or a view. The characters of Malgudi live on in a timeless loop, reminding us what it means to be human.

  • Zen
    2019-03-23 10:10

    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 more you read about the place, the more 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 do not wait for another novel. I wait to go out of my door into those loved and shabby streets..."— Graham GreeneIn this short story collection, Narayan introduces us to a number of characters who inhabit Malgudi, each with their own conflicts. Some are strictly worldly predicaments, while some verge on magical realism.The stories are brief, but immensely satisfying. You'd never guess that they were written over the course of four decades — from the '40s to the '80s — because the book is so wonderfully cohesive as a whole. As much as I enjoy short stories, there are very few collections/anthologies I can think of that maintain the same level of quality throughout: it seems like there are always a few stories you have to slog through in between the really good ones. In Malgudi Days, that isn't the case. You may not necessarily sympathize with every character's plight, but each tale carries its own intrigue. As far as I'm concerned, there's no weak link here.But don't just take my word for it! My copy of this book includes an introduction by the infallible Jhumpa Lahiri. "The concentration of Narayan's prose is astonishing," she writes. "While other writers rely on paragraphs and pages to get their points across, Narayan extracts the full capacity of each sentence, so much so that his stories seem bound by an invisible yet essential mechanism, similar to the metrical and quantitative constraints of poetry."There you have it: poetic sensibilities concentrated into prose so potent that it only takes a few pages to tell each well-rounded tale.I loved reading this book. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to dip their toes into SA lit, just as much as I would to anyone already immersed in the genre who needs to catch up on some of the classics (as I do.) I'm enchanted by Malgudi's spell, and I'm already perusing online bookstores to arrange for my next visit back.

  • Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
    2019-03-22 08:33

    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 town called Malgudi. Just the mention of that name spells magic. My mind kept dusting off those old piles of memories as the characters spoke to me in a profound yet simple way. A whole new perspective arose. A new dimension. A new light. Draped in the practicality we are so used to, it hid within the simple nothings of life that are everything. The words that stay behind after an enriching conversation. A song. A poem.A beautiful memory.The message that 'Malgudi Days' conveys represents every human emotion there ever was and every personality there ever will be.TRULY.

  • Nagesh
    2019-02-25 09:36

    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 laughter!

  • Meera
    2019-03-11 07:25

    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 hippie...life is hard, life is sweet, life is sour, life is bitter, life is long.

  • Kausik Lakkaraju
    2019-03-21 08:24

    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.

  • Sandeep Pawar
    2019-02-20 09:25

    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.

  • Pragya Singh
    2019-02-20 09:19

    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 reading about them. This anthology is also a true medley- some stories have an O. Henry kind of twist, others have the Chekhovian irony and still others follow the Joycean melancholy tradition. My favorites were: An Astrologer’s Day, God and the Cobbler, Gateman’s Gift, The Tiger’s Claw, Iswaran, Lawley Road, Cat Within…….way too many to list! The story God and the Cobbler has a description of a ‘hippie’ that I will likely remember as one of the best written passages that I have come across in the English language.No need to explain who the hippie was, the whole basis of hippieness being the shedding of identity and all geographical associations. He might be from Berkeley or Outer Mongolia or anywhere. If you developed an intractable hirsuteness, you acquired a successful mask; if you lived in the open, roasted by the sun all day, you attained a universal shade transcending classification or racial stamps and affording you unquestioned movement across all frontiers. In addition, if you draped yourself in a knee-length cotton dhoti and vest, and sat down with ease in the dust anywhere, your clothes acquired a spontaneous ochre tint worthy of a sanyasi. When you have acquired this degree of universality, it is not relevant to question who or what you are. You have to be taken as you are- a breathing entity, that’s all. That was how the wayside cobbler viewed the hippie when he stepped up before him to get the straps of his sandals fixed.

  • Mrinal Buddekar
    2019-02-27 09:39

    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.

  • Nitesh Kanthaliya
    2019-03-14 05:39

    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 part has new stories and these are lengthy as compared to the first part. Nevertheless, the beauty increases with the length. You would not want the story to continue and it will end suddenly. You would often be left to wonder if there are certain pages missing from your book. But, ponder and you will realize that this is the perfect ending. Had it been stretched more, it would have lost its charm. My favorites in this section were The Edge (humorous, though true during that era) and Selvi (loved the character building)The best part about the book is the character building and the description and depth with which the character is placed. One can definitely relate to the characters. As soon as you feel that the character is live, the story ends, And believe me that is the beauty of writing. A lot of stories are snippets from daily lives, with no definite ending but they are just the events that one encounters in daily lives. My favorite story from the bunch is Forty Five. No words to describe the plot and the writing style.Loved the book and would want to give a shot to other books by the same writer.

  • Parikhit
    2019-03-06 10:30

    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 more captivating. While some left me laughing out loud other doused me in gloom. 'An Astrologer’s Day', the first story in the collection is witty and shrouded in suspense and the impostor soothsayer does manage to make a prediction towards the end. 'The Blind Dog' is a poignant tale of an unending devotion of a little mongrel towards a blind beggar. My heart went out for the beast and the painful sacrifice of losing his freedom. 'The Axe' is a haunting and moving tale of the relationship between Velan, a keen gardener, and his plants. 'Gateman’s Gift' is hysterical. A gatekeeper’s uncanny approach towards a telegram that leads to the ruin of his craftsmanship has been ingeniously narrated. In fact each one of the stories manage to leave an impact that does not dissuade easily. Most of the stories are brief save a couple but the idea withheld within the brief plot is immense. It is a wonder that Narayan can squeeze in so much beauty and density in the course of a few short sentences. Again, highly recommended.

  • El
    2019-03-09 11:31

    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 are shorter and are good to read before bed while the later stories are longer and are good to just embrace. Not all the stories resonated well with me, however, and I found myself going back and wondering if I missed anything important. I think I might enjoy a full novel by Narayan and plan to look into his other writing. I feel if his characters can be so vivid in short stories, then the characters of a full novel might be even more impressive.

  • Ameay kumar
    2019-02-22 06:21

    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.

  • Gorab Jain
    2019-03-08 06:33

    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!

  • Aristotle
    2019-03-06 05:10

    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.

  • Amy
    2019-03-21 08:23

    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.

  • Josh
    2019-02-24 10:20

    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.

  • Ankit Shrivastava
    2019-03-04 12:13

    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.