Malgudi Days (book)
|Author||R. K. Narayan|
|Genre||Short story collections|
|Publisher||Indian Thought Publications|
|Preceded by||The Dark Room|
|Followed by||The English Teacher|
The book was republished outside India in 1982. The book includes 19 stories, all set in the fictional town of Malgudi, located in South India. Each of the stories portrays a facet of life in Malgudi. The New York Times described the virtue of the book as "everyone in the book seems to have a capacity for responding to the quality of his particular hour. It's an art we need to study and revive."
- "An Astrologer's Day": A short story in which an astrologer meets his rival who he thought had for long been dead.
- "The Missing Mail": A story about Thannappa, a postman who doesn't deliver a letter because of celebrations in a house.
- "The Doctor's Word": A story about Dr Raman, a doctor who believes good words can't save lives, but tells a lie to his friend about his bad health.
- "The Blind Dog": A story about a blind beggar who catches a dog to guide him through the streets. And he turns greedy, and also starts torturing the dog.
- "Fellow Feeling": A story about Rajam Iyer, a Tamil Brahmin who is travelling in a train compartment and gets accused by a fellow passenger for eating fish.
- "The Tiger's Claw": A story about the talkative man, it is told as a flashback, when he goes to a remote area and faces a man-eating Tiger.
- "Iswaran": A story about a boy named "Iswaran" who failed his Intermediate Exams ten times, and when he passes it, in happiness, he gets drowned in the river Sarayu.
- "Such Perfection": A story about a man who carved an image of god, that caused, because of its perfection, caused heavy natural calamities.
- "Father's Help": A story about a boy named Swami, who didn't want to go to school, and told a lie that his teacher Samuel is very much violent, but his father writes a complaint to his principal.
- Beade, Pedro (September 1, 1985). "Ambiguities on parade In R. K. Narayan's stories, people can be animals and vice versa". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
- Magill, Frank (1987). Critical survey of short fiction. Salem Press. pp. 224–226. ISBN 978-0-89356-218-2. OCLC 16225069.
- "Malgudi Days (review)". Retrieved 2010-06-21.
- Broyard, Anatole (February 20, 1982). "Books of The Times – The Art of Teeming; Malgudi Days". NY Times. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
- "Malgudi Days on DD1". The Hindu. May 12, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
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