I was lucky when I took some pics with the great RK Narayan in 1999 – you can check them out here – http://www.vinayjalla.co.uk/blog-vinayjalla/thedayimetthecreatorofmalgudi%E2%80%93rknarayan. It is more composed of sketches about Swami’s life that give you a picture of the childhood of a middle-class Indian boy in the 1930s.

He doesn’t know what to think of the little bundle that occupies his parents greatly. Malgudi Days, written by RK Narayan, was first published in 1943 and the TV show was made using a few stories from this book in 1986 by Shankar Nag, a Kannada film and theatre stalwart.

Swami and Friends is Narayan's first book, the one that he struggled so much to get published in India until it made its way, through friends in England, to Graham Greene, who immediately recognized its value. You know I’m not big on books narrated by children or seen through children’s eyes so I’ll pass on this one. Narayan’s description of the South Indian way of life stood true, I think, even till the 1980s, though this book was written in the 1930s. Even donkeys and dogs, the most vagrant of animals, preferred to move to the edge of the street, where catwalks and minor projections from buildings cast a spase strip of shade, when the fierce sun tilted towards the west. As it is Swami’s point of view, the reader can’t expect a deep insight on what’s happening around him.

I think I’ll enjoy Malgudi a lot.

(bachelor’s) degree that one pursues in university.

If you’ve read Naguib Mahfouz, then you have an idea of the kind of warmth I’m talking about. Thanks for more suggestions. I like when writers describe the life of ordinary people and bring neighbourhoods to life.

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PS: Swami and Friends is out of print in French but I picked the French cover anyway because it’s a collection for young readers and I’ve discovered many great books in Livre de Poche Jeunesse. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The change came after a teacher denigrated the Hindu religion in class only to praise Christianism. I wouldn’t really call him a North Indian writer though – he was British by birth, but he has lived in India for most of his life. Also read: 'Ghoul' review: Some genuine scares, and a frightening insight into the future. But apart from local differences, it felt universal. A different ending: Swami and his friends win the match with YMU. He sat at his table and took out his atlas. The plot of each episode was simple and usually involved the little problems that crop up in their little town or the relationship between the boys themselves – small fights, jealousies and misunderstandings. bookaroundthecornerATgmailDOTcom. When a new boy comes to town, Rajam, everyone wants to be part of his crowd. He cleared his throat aloud and coughed in the hope of waking him. The way he depicted the everyday ordinariness in a detached but authentic manner is what made him an exemplary writer for me. Both relate childhood memories but I preferred Narayan’s tone. What is interesting was the fact that this show was shot in south India with a Kannada speaking crew and starred predominantly south Indian actors, but the dialogues were entirely in Hindi.

(I’ve seen a team in a neighbouring town: all the players were of Indian or Pakistani origin). 'Ghoul' review: Some genuine scares, and a frightening insight into the future. A list of words that end with Swami.We search a large Scrabble dictionary for words ending with the letter or word you enter, and generate all words ending with Swami (words with the suffix swami).

Again). The narration is consistent with a child’s vision of time and life. I read Swami and Friends at the same time I was reading My Ántonia by Willa Cather. Boys running around in dhotis, caps and jackets amongst Austin and Hindustan cars, the donkeys and elephants made the town come alive on screen.


His stories were full of delicate gems of wisdom that made his writing profound. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. He’s trying to be a good pupil but sometimes he gets bored. I just bought a new one. I’m glad you manage to see him and take that picture. Wonderful review, Emma! Everything is described from Swami’s point of view so we see life through the lenses of a ten-year old boy. Only great writers can write well from the perspective of a child, unless they have a gift for children literature. At the beginning of the book, Swami is an only child until he is informed that his mother has given birth to a little brother. Rajam’s settle in Malgudi. He’s an important boy, his father is the new chief of the local police. The town, its characters and the setting was nothing like I had ever encountered in Bombay, yet I could relate to Swami and all his predicaments. I’ll try to catch up on all the articles I missed from your blog. I would have thought you’d like a narrator looking back better but then again it does sound as if Narayan’s narrator is much more endearing. We Promise. He dwells in Malgudi, a small fictitious town in South India with his adoring mother, punctilious father and adulating grandmother and a new born minuscule sibling.

Mattel and Spear are not affiliated with Hasbro. I used to shy away from displaying my ‘Indianness’ while writing in English but going back and reading the works of the great author gave me the confidence to play to my strengths and not shirk away from creating worlds and characters that define me, that I am familiar with. I don’t think I’ve come across this author before, but it sounds as if this novel conveys a real sense of place. And he plays cricket, a game almost nobody plays in France. He’s more sophisticated, he’s richer, he’s got nicer toys. So glad to know that you liked ‘Swami and Friends’. It is different when it’s an adult telling his story like in Cather’s novel. I’m still waiting for the right time to read this book and the other novels. I don’t know why this theologian recommended Narayan. Munshi Premchand is available in translation. The fact that this is colonised India also seeps through the novel. And most of his stories are set in hill stations which were frequented by the British administrators of colonial India. Mani and Swami feel sad.

A list of words that end with Swami.

Thérèse, Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel by Michel Tremblay – Montreal in 1942, Sator by Alain Le Ninèze – Judaea in Roman times, Wait Until Spring, Bandini by John Fante – adultery and adolescence in Colorado in the 1920s, 20 Books of Summer #18: The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson – Longmire #5, 20 Books of Summer #17: The Charmed Life of Kázmér Rezeda by Gyula Krúdy – Budapest in 1913, 20 Books of Summer #16: Last concert in Vannes by Hervé Huguen – A Breton crime fiction novel, Golden eyes maybe, but certainly not a golden book, Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel - Superb and surprising, Dead Souls by Gogol - Interesting but challenging, 20 Books of Summer #10: Cathedral by Raymond Carver, L’abandonnée; Jacques Passinkov; Andreï Kolosov by Ivan Turgenev, The Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa, The Catherine Wheel by Elizabeth Harrower (abandoned). The stories surrounding the exploits of Swami and his friends are set in the pre-Independence era. The Part I enjoyed the most: I enjoyed the part when Swami and Mani becomes Rajam’s friend. Other readalongs: The Corner of Rife and Pacific by Thomas Savage, The 10 Inalienable Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac, 6) The right to “Bovary-ism,” a textually-transmitted disease, If you wish to contact me :

I enjoyed reading that passage about how Swami feels about his new baby brother (and how your own daughter reacted to her new baby brother). Swami’s full of admiration for him and Rajam becomes popular and gets his power after leading a little war against the former popular boys. I happened to read the short stories much later in life and I was thoroughly impressed by the way the television series stayed sincere to the stories and recreated Malgudi. I revisited the TV show recently and was instantly taken back to my childhood. I’d seen the book before and picked it up a few tears ago in a bookshop. That’s about a young man who falls in love with a young woman involved in the planned parenting movement, so it has politics but lightly worn (though that doesn’t stop Narayan making some points about both the personal and the political). There’s a passage about religion but it’s real quick. Swami lives with his parents and his grand-mother. From a stolen necklace to a tough day at school, all the little tales always had a happy ending. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I loved that passage on Europe too – it made me smile It was interesting to read your comparison of ‘Swami and Friends’ with ‘My Antonia’.

Thanks for the pointer.

The stories surrounding the exploits of Swami and his friends are set in the pre-Independence era. The two writers were contemporary. Sadly, Google wasn’t a big brand then .

Ruskin Bond is perhaps the closest, in terms of this genre of writing. The English Teacher is in one of my Everyman’s Library set, but I haven’t read it yet. The world R K Narayan created makes you want to stay there forever Malgudi resides in every simple heart! That gave their best in history by their quality.become also known as Author Of Malgudi Days,to know About R K Narayan, R K Narayan Books and Novels visit RK Narayan.

Rajam will be the one to finance the creation of a cricket team. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Who would be the Narayan of the North of India? Wordfind.com is not affiliated with SCRABBLE®, Mattel, Spear, Hasbro, or Zynga with Friends in any way. Swami and Friends was the first novel by R.K.Narayan (Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami), one of the famous Indian writer in English, contemporary of Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao. http://www.vinayjalla.co.uk/blog-vinayjalla/thedayimetthecreatorofmalgudi%E2%80%93rknarayan, The Dark Room by RK Narayan or Desperate Indian Housewife | Book Around The Corner, Memoirs From Beyond the Grave by Chateaubriand – Chateaubrilliant, I should say, Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer – fatherhood and new side of Colorado. (Swami is short for Swaminathan.)

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