Return to Malgudi again............

THARA RAJEEV By THARA RAJEEV, 25th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The word ADVENTURE has the ability to create feelings of excitement in a person's thoughts & is associated with drama, nail biting suspense, & unexpected surprise.....Here we are going to Malgudi ,,Have you ever heard about a place called Malgudi?come We can have a fun with Swami and his friends...................

Classics..

There is always a great pleasure in reading about the unknown and unfamiliar.Books about strange place,strange people,it will take us to a diffrent mood and different world.Infact there will a picture by picture explanation in our mind for every word we read.Sometimes it will be pure fantasy ,but we get a nice pleasure in reding it.Most of the book we read in our childhood will be in this kind.Treasure Island the adventure novel by R.L Stevenson narrting the tale of pirates and buried golds or Alice in wonder land, It tells of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world (Wonderland) populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures, are some examples for these.
R K Narayan's Malgudi Day's which tell us the adventures of swami and his friends.Narayan creates a vivid, practical and amazingly accurate picture of his brainchild, the fictional town of Malgudi, so accurately does he write it, it seems as if Narayan was himself present at the place where this epic story occurs.

To Malgudi........

“It was Monday morning. Swaminathan was reluctant to open his eyes…He shuddered at the very thought of school.” Thus begins R.K. Narayan classic chronicle, on the adventures of a school going boy, named Swami, and his friends, Rajam and Mani, in the sleepy and picturesque town of Malgudi.yet once you begin reading,yoy will find that swami and friends are not so diffrent afterall,from the school boys of todays
R.K.Narayan ,is at the top of his form, lucidly, and carefully supplying even the minutest details of every occasion, whether it be the formation of a cricket team, Swami’s feeling when he is unable to solve a problem regarding Fractions, or his insatiable need to have a hoop, Narayan gets it right every single time. He rightly depicts the emotions of a boy, about to enter his adolescence, and puts it on paper with such, fluency; it’s hard to put the book down once you get past the first page. His depiction of the scenes, from the swadeshi movement to the cricket match, and from the enemity between two persons, to how they become the bestest of friends is unparalleled in Indian literature.

This is a book that makes it look as if there nothing as interesting in the world as life in a village. After all those books that tell you about life in a city, and rediscovering it, this books comes as a breather. The book, first published in 1935, rightfully describes the pre-independence India, with the Police Superintendent being a civil servant, and his family enjoying the cream off the pie in the small village. For children, who too want to run out of the house and start their “own cricket team and challenge the world” like Narayan’s lead character Swami, this book is non-stop entertainment. Classic scenes like a boy’s excitement to see his sibling for the first time, or the heroic way in which Swami catches a thief, or the feeling of helplessness when your best buddy goes away…for ever…make this book a milestone in Narayan’s career.

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author avatar john48
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Malgudi days...!!!!!!!!

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author avatar Jst chill
25th Jun 2011 (#)

nice review....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Jun 2011 (#)

Excellent. Thank you, THARA.

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author avatar jayababy
26th Jun 2011 (#)

hi Thara, u made me remember TV serial on Malgudi days. Good review.

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author avatar THARA RAJEEV
26th Jun 2011 (#)

yah jayababy....

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author avatar THARA RAJEEV
26th Jun 2011 (#)

thank u steve....

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author avatar vpaulose
27th Jun 2011 (#)

A sweet return to RKN's Malgudi. thank you Thara.

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
27th Jun 2011 (#)

I loved the return !

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author avatar john48
29th Jun 2011 (#)

good review dear

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
1st Jul 2011 (#)

you reminded me of swami and friends, the best I have read.

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