About the Book :
This is the story of Nataraj, who earns his living as a printer in the enchanted world of Malgudi, that slumbering Southern Indian village whose peace has been often amusingly and outrageously disturbed by Narayan.
Nataraj and his close friends, a poet and a journalist, find their congenial days disturbed when Vasu, a powerful taxidermist; moves in with his stuffed hyenas and pythons, and brings his dancing women up the printer's private stairs. When Vasu, in search of larger game, threatens the life of a temple elephant that Nataraj has befriended, complications ensue that are both comic and calamitous.
A not unwelcome death occurs; murder is suspected and Nataraj and his friends point guilty fingers at each other and those around them. The suspense never slackens in this bizarre, yet moving tale.
About the Author :
R.K. Narayan is a leading literary figure, one of the most prominent English authors in India.
Some of his most popular works include Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, Malgudi Days, The English Teacher, Waiting For the Mahatma, and The Dark Room.
His books portray the life of ordinary people and everyday happenings in pre-independent and post-independent India.
He was born in Madras in 1906. Narayan spent most of his childhood at the home of his grandmother. She taught him Sanskrit, arithmetic, and classical Indian music and told him tales from Indian epics. The author later moved to Mysore where his father, who was a school headmaster, was working at that time. R.K. Narayan graduated from the Maharaja College of Mysore, and worked for a while as a school teacher. Later, he became a reporter for the Madras-based newspaper, Justice. During this time, he wrote his first novel, Swami and Friends. After the novel was rejected by many publishers, and this was brought to the attention of the novelist, Graham Greene, who got the book published. The book launched Narayans career as a writer. It also features the fictitious town of Malgudi, which is the setting of most of his novels and short stories. The author is the older brother of the eminent cartoonist R.K. Laxman.