Sep 25, 2020
Swami and Friends
Posted by R.K. Narayan

There are writers Tolstoy and Henry James to name two whom we hold in awe, writers Turgenev and Chekhov for whom we feel a personal affection, other writers whom we respect Conrad for example but who hold us at a long arm s length with their courtly foreign grace Narayan whom I don t hesitate to name in such a context than any of them wakes in me a spring of gra There are writers Tolstoy and Henry James to name two whom we hold in awe, writers Turgenev and Chekhov for whom we feel a personal affection, other writers whom we respect Conrad for example but who hold us at a long arm s length with their courtly foreign grace Narayan whom I don t hesitate to name in such a context than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude, for he has offered me a second home Without him I could never have known what it is like to be Indian Graham GreeneOffering rare insight into the complexities of Indian middle class society, R K Narayan traces life in the fictional town of Malgudi The Dark Room is a searching look at a difficult marriage and a woman who eventually rebels against the demands of being a good and obedient wife In Mr Sampath, a newspaper man tries to keep his paper afloat in the face of social and economic changes sweeping India Narayan writes of youth and young adulthood in the semiautobiographical Swami and Friends and The Bachelor of Arts Although the ordinary tensions of maturing are heightened by the particular circumstances of pre partition India, Narayan provides a universal vision of childhood, early love and grief The experience of reading one of his novels is comparable to one s first reaction to the great Russian novels the fresh realization of the common humanity of all peoples, underlain by a simultaneous sense of strangeness like one s own reflection see

  • Title: Swami and Friends
  • Author: R.K. Narayan
  • ISBN: 9780226568317
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • Swami and Friends There are writers Tolstoy and Henry James to name two whom we hold in awe writers Turgenev and Chekhov for whom we feel a personal affection other writers whom we respect Conrad for example but who

    Lars Guthrie

    I would never have known about Narayan had not the parent of a child with whom I worked introduced me with a Christmas present of the Everyman s Library Edition of the four Malgugi novels Another lucky reward of my job The first of these novels, Swami is the story of a ten year old boy in a small town in southern India, just as Gandhi s independence movement is gaining traction Narayan s effortless prose is deceptively free of judgment, even style a clean and spare narration that looks way easie [...]


    P

    Swami and friends has got such an innocence that they will make you smile, remind you of the big problems you had to face when you were a child and all those ridiculous things you did.For example, I used to write letters exactly like this one I am studying here because my father came here My mother is alsohere All of us are here And we will be only here I am doing well I hopeyou are doing well It is very hot here I had fever for three days and drankmedicine I hope I will read well and pass the e [...]


    Ian Laird

    I first read Swami and Friends in 2005, and have re read it to kick off a little review projectNarayan Project No 1 of 26 This is a beautiful book about childhood, specifically boyhood, told by a master story teller about to begin his long and fruitful creative life.Famously, Swami and Friends is the work which got RK Narayan his start, when a friend in London showed the manuscript to Graham Greene, leading to its publication, after the friend ignored RKN s instruction to throw the work into the [...]


    Annette mathews

    I have heard many things about R.K Narayan I am ashamed to say that I have not read a single book of his till now, him being such a renowned writer not to mention the fact that he was an Indian I saw his books at a book fair recently.At first , I was hesitant to buy his books ,but then my dad compelled me ,So I ended up buying two of his books.Better late than never.The story is about Swami,Mani and Rajam who were foes at first but then went on to become great friends.What I like most in this no [...]


    umberto

    In fact, I enjoyed reading all of the 19 Chapters in the first Narayan novel since I d never read him before It s one of the novels published in the Everyman s Library series and I couldn t help admiring him as well as his writing style, narrative and sense of humour to the extent that I could visualize how the rural Indians lived in the remote country nearly similar to my rural Thailand some 55 years ago.I m sorry I don t have the Everyman s Library hardcover nearby, therefore, I can t write my [...]


    Amalie

    Without a doubt, R K Narayan is one of the most famous Indian writers and a great story teller His stories are gently humorous Swami and Friends is one of his first published novels based on R K Narayan s experiences as a village school teacher There is absolutely nothing boring about this novel and is one of my favourite stories about children Swami Swaminathan is a ten year old boy in a small town in southern India called Malgudi The fictitious southern Indian town which is the setting for a l [...]


    विकास नैनवाल

    It was a delight to meet you again, Swami I can only say this, we ll meet again soon,my friend Loved the book Highly recommended.


    Bigsna

    Simple and sweet Much enjoyed reading this very classic book that became the popular Malgudi Days on TV.RK Narayan picks up the tone of Swami and his friends so well What I found really funny was how all the boys Swami, Mani and Rajam take themselves so seriously, when they haven t a clue about most things One of the funniest incidents was when the boys decide to form a local cricket club and wonder if the government would charge them a tax for forming the club, as the government seemed to charg [...]


    Surabhi

    Swami and Friends is the first of a trilogy of novels written by RK Narayan, a celebrated English novelist from India The novel, which is also Narayan s first, is set in pre independence days in India, in a fictional town Malgudi, which has almost become a real place in India today, due to the wide recognition and popularity of Narayan s many novels His novels are known for their deftly etched characters, his uniquely stylized language and his wry sense of humor.Swami and Friends is the story of [...]


    Mahima

    R.K Narayan s writing is so beautifully simple that you just cannot help but appreciate it Reading this book was like reading about a place that I have never visited indeed I have never visited South India , but a place that feels like home When you read something like this, you realize that when you re an Indian, every place in India, no matter if it is in the South or the North with all its diversity, it is home.


    Manish Purohit

    Ye Daulat Bhii Le Lo, Ye Shoharat Bhii Le Lo, Bhale Chhiin Lo Mujhase Merii Javaanii, Magar Mujhako Lautaa Do Bachpann Kaa Saavan, Vo Kaagaz Kii Kashtii, Vo Baarish Kaa Paanii these magical lines by Sudarshan Faakir beautifully sums up the importance of childhood memories in our lives Swami and Friends brings out that bachpann in you which is silently hidden in some corner of your heart There is something especial about this book that separates it from all other creative masterpiece That persona [...]


    Rishi Prakash

    I did come back to Malgudi Like I had said after reading Bachelor of Arts And in 1 simple line I am thrilled to be at Malgudi even though it took me so many years R.K.Narayan is just a genius without any doubt His writing skills are exemplary simple yet so effective Swami must be one of his best characters for sure which I can convincingly say after reading this book He is just someone who will never ever leave you once you get to know him He is sweet, very funny, unpredictable and definitely un [...]


    Jim

    R K Narayan is a Tamil writer who, like Faulkner, created his own little world, but in South India The town of Malgudi Swami and Friends is the first of his novels to be published, supposedly with the help of Graham Greene, who saw in him a master storyteller.And so he is Swami and Friends is a story of childhood, of a young boy named Swaminathan and his good friends Mani and Rajam and their various run ins with each other and the school administration Eventually, they found a cricket club which [...]


    Dana

    I loved this book a lot R.K.Narayan is a pride to Indian literature Simple and humorous Swami is great The fact that he got expelled from two schools in succession proves it I love the odd composition of Swami s friends Mani A guy who bangs up everyone in sight and is a constant presence in back bench, Somu A sweet monitor with an easy mind, Sankar A nerd, Rajam A rich, modern boy Their odd friendship is really interesting Above all, the book is written in such a way that we see everything throu [...]


    Ajay

    Such a good book to read By reading this book , I went back to feel my own childhood days and rejoiced it The letter wrote by swami and rajam to the sports store in madras is a wonderful read I could still visualise those words gripping my mind to enjoy their tenderness When Swami was whipped with cane by his headmaster, I revived how I had the same beatings from my Chemistry master Tamil Raj.Thank god, I never had the guts to pull the cane from his hand and to run out of the school The wild ima [...]


    Amit

    Kids growing up in an age before Satellite TV, Internet and Mobiles Even after so many years you can still relate or maybe you know some kids exactly like Swami and his friends Still makes me nostalgic after so many years In my opinion better than Malgudi Days


    Anuja

    An absolutely delightful read Swami and Friends offers a refreshing view of village life in early 20th century India, seen from the perspective of a ten year old in all his innocence.


    Kadbury

    Not as preachy as I remembered it to be.


    Stephen Durrant

    This novel, as others have noted, has a kind of economy and innocence that cleverly reflects the modest adventures of ten year old Swami Like so many of us at his age, Swami never quite understands the events surrounding him and his own, sometimes impulsive behavior What is most important to Swami is his friends, and Narayan wonderfully portrays the shifting alliances and dreamy schemes of children One must keep in mind that this is an Indian novel and thereby possesses features described with c [...]


    Fiza Pathan

    Malgudi Schooldays was actually published as Swami Friends when R K Narayan first wrote the stories of his child character Swaminathan his adventures We all love to read most of the time if not, books about our own lives about people just like us That s why many school stories novels are popular R.K Narayan, the creator of the character Swami was well aware of this fact so penned the adventures of a boy in Malgudi.There is however, a stark difference between the school boy Swami other foreign we [...]


    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

    A fine collection of Swami and his friends stories from the master storyteller who created Malgudi.


    Minathi Mekala

    Swami and Friends goes deep into the problematic and celebratory moments we have with our friends and family at a young age The book is set in a well described but imaginary Malgudi Throughout the book we get the inside view of our main character s Swaminatham s life The book evidently doesn t follow one particular plot line much like a sit com television show The book never gets us bored, because we are not shown one angle but several different angles of his life The story follows the adventure [...]


    Fyza Jazra

    R.K Narayan started writing this book in 1930, right at the time when Faulkner published As I Lay Dying I was generously given a copy of an anthology of Narayan s novellas by a co worker, and it remained on my bookshelf for a while gathering dust Recently, while researching for one of my assignments, I came across Narayan s name and his impact on the English language I decided to pick up the anthology and read the first line for curiosity s sake and then leave it be But somehow his words, his ch [...]


    Parikhit

    If there is one author who can mould the most trivial of all situations into a literary masterpiece it has to be R K Narayan A writing that mirrors simplicity yet subliminal, R K Narayan has never failed to impress me The fictitious town of Malgudi that forms the backdrop for most of his oeuvre is sincere, a representation of the realism found in the realms of any actual town or city and so are the myriad characters be it the politician, a caricature of the khaki clad, the school headmaster of [...]


    Karun Lal

    A small journey through childhood.Life has its own turn in its each stage.Swami follows his natural intuition.It leads him to a different path of childhood.R.K.Narayan wonderfully narrated the odd one out of Swami and his friends.It gives us a pleasant feeling.Realy enjoyed.


    Karthik Sharvirala

    If I would want to truly visit a fictional town in this world ,it should be malgudi Looks like this town has got everything in it what India could offer during it s imperial British reign.There is no greater creativeness than an book by an author who writes so elusively and enchantingly narrated in a ten year kid s perspective If John Boyne gave us the finest Holocaust story through his book The boy in the Striped pajamas narrated in a completely child s perspective, R.K Narayan didn t seem to b [...]


    Jyothi Menon

    Outstanding book by RK Narayan, truly one of India s greatest writers Set in the small town of Malgudi, the book is a narration of the tribulatoins of childhood as well as a description of the culture and context of pre independence India seen through a child s eyes.Excellent description, great sense of humour and the child s blithe spirit pervades the whole book, bringing you alternately to laughter, joy and vexation The young boy trying to be a man, buckling under peer pressure, close friendsh [...]


    Abhishek

    It is a magnificent story about the carefree and innocent days of childhood, the true essence of friendship, the much needed discipline of schools and yet the defiance of it Malgudi blends into the map of India so beautifully that you start imagining it, the trunk road and river sarayu and the playground basking in afternoon heat You go back to a time when and evening game was your only schedule, the homeworks your only deadlines and examination your only race for an appraisal None of the charac [...]


    Vaidya

    Reading any work of RKN was like a literary homecoming, to roam the streets of Malgudi, and observe the familiar characters go about their lives.After struggling to finish The Financial Expert, I had fallen out a bit on RKN and hadn t picked up another book for than a year I picked this up on a whim, just to see if I can get back This is easily his best so far for me, better than The Painter of Signs It s great to be back How good a series Shankar Nag s Malgudi Days was can be gauged by how Man [...]


    Shreedhar Manek

    The likability of this book depends entirely on how much one can relate with it and empathize with its characters RK Narayan has done a wonderful fleshing out his characters from the perspective of an Indian kid in times before independence His writing is descriptive and choice of words beautiful.Having said the above, I have to say I m surprised to see certain aspects of the kids behaviour There were a lot of bits where the kids talked about killing and I reallly couldn t see myself doing the s [...]



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