“It was Monday morning. Swaminath was reluctant to open his eyes. He considered Monday especially unpleasant in the calendar. After the delicious freedom of Saturday and Sunday, it was difficult to get into the Monday mood of work and discipline. He shuddered at the very thought of school: that dismal yellow building, the fire – eyed Vedanagam, his class teacher; and the Headmaster with this thin long cane…
By eight he was at his desk in his ‘room’, which was only a corner in his father’s dressing-room. He had a table on which all his things, his coat, cap, slate, inkbottle, and books, were thrown in a confused heap. He sat on his stool and shut his eyes to recollect what work he had for the day: first of course there was Arithmetic – those five puzzles in Profit and Loss; then there was English – he had to copy down a page from his English Lesson, and write dictionary meanings of difficult words; and then there was Geography. And only two hours before him to do all this heap pf work and get ready to school!”
Thus begins R.K. Narayan’s classic chronicle of the adventures of a boy named Swami, and his friends Rajam and Mani, in a sleepy picturesque South Indian town called Malgudi. Swami’s days are full of action – when he’s not creating a ruckus in the classroom or preparing in his inimitable
Way for exams, he’s trying to acquire a hoop from the coachman’s son to run down the Malgudi streets, playing tricks on his grandmother, or stoning the school windows, inspired by a swadeshi movement and is a hero when he catches a thief as his father had order him to sleep in his study all alone. But the greatest fear of Swami and his friends lies in putting together a cricket team foe the ‘MCC’ (the Malgudi Cricket Club) and challenging the neighboring Young Men’s Union to a match. However just before the match things go horribly, horribly wrong, and Swami has no potion but to run away from home, wanting never to return to Malgudi again…
Malgudi Schooldays is such a good book! Actually I bought it from Scholastic last year but didn’t feel like reading. But before the exams there was no book to read and I was restless to read a book. That’s when I saw the green cover of Malgudi Schooldays and decided that it’s now or never before I read it! So I started reading it and I wasn’t able to put that book away even for once! It’s really a good book!
Author: R.K. Narayan
Publishers: Puffin Books