Malgudi Days (book)

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For the Indian television series based on the book, see Malgudi Days (TV series).
Malgudi Days
Malgudi Days.jpg
Author R.K. Narayan
Country India
Language English
Genre Short story collections
Publisher Indian Thought Publications
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 150
ISBN 81-85986-17-7
OCLC 7813056
Preceded by The Dark Room
Followed by The English Teacher

Malgudi Days is a collection of short stories by R.K. Narayan published in 1943 by Indian Thought Publications.

The book was republished outside India in 1982 by Penguin Classics.[1] The book includes 19 stories, all set in the fictional town of Malgudi,[2] located in South India. Each of the stories portrays a facet of life in Malgudi.[3] 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."[4]

In 1986, a few of the stories in the book were included in the Malgudi Days television series and, directed by actor and director, Shankar Nag.

In 2004, the project was revived with film-maker Kavitha Lankesh replacing the late Shankar Nag as director. The new series was telecast from April 26, 2006 on Doordarshan.[5]

In 2014, Google commemorated Narayan's 108th birthday by featuring a Google Doodle showing him behind a copy of Malgudi Days.[6]


  • "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.
  • "Fellow Feeling": A story about Rajam Iyer, a Tamil Brahmin who is travelling in a train compartment.
  • "The Tiger's Claw": A story about The Talkative Man, a recurring character in a few short stories and his story about fighting a 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.
  • "Forty-Five A Month": A story about Daughter(Shanta) and her father(Venkat Rao), how the relationship between them and how he turned to realize that family feelings and joined together.
  • "the snake song": A story about a musician narrating his experience why he had stopped playing the flute


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Magill, Frank (1987). Critical survey of short fiction. Salem Press. pp. 224–226. ISBN 978-0-89356-218-2. OCLC 16225069. 
  3. ^ "Malgudi Days (review)". Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  4. ^ Broyard, Anatole (February 20, 1982). "Books of The Times – The Art of Teeming; Malgudi Days". NY Times. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  5. ^ name="Malgudi Days article from a major Indian newspaper">"Malgudi Days on DD1". The Hindu. May 12, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  6. ^ Flood, Alison (10 October 2014). "RK Narayan celebrated in a Google doodle – but only in India". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2014.