Malgudi Days – R.K. Narayan
Malgudi Days is a collection of short stories by R.K. Narayan published in 1943.
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 stories in the book include:
- “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.