Swami and friends a firstnovel written by R. K. Narayan
testifies ingeniousness of writer. R. K. Narayan created well known fictional town Malgudi
.which provided setting of almost all Narayan's later Novels.
Malgudi is on bank ofriver Sarayu. Sarayu is a pride of Malgudi. It flows across northlike a silver belt. Its sandbanks were the evening resort to peopleof Malgudi.
Swami and friends is astory of boy called Swaminathan. Who hates Monday loves Saturday.Throws away books and play cricket. He both feared and loathed school andloved to be at play ground.
Once embolden by patriotic spirit, he broken downwindow pane of his own school and it cost him to leave school andjoin other school. The new school gave him good thrashing. New schoolkilled him almost all. He was totally exasperated and exhausted byamount work given at school.
Swami's world consist ofonly friends. His world both complete and incomplete, with andwithout friends. The tale of tail depicts whole story of friendship.Swami had around six friends in which four were basically forscholastic purpose. Remaining two i.e Mani and Rajam were his realfriends to chill out.
Swami as a character isvery interesting to read and explore his idiosyncrasies with the helpof witty language is both engaging and entertaining.
Once swami's fatherdictates arithmetic problem.
Rama has ten mangoeswith which he wants to earn fifteen annas. Krishna wants only fourmangoes. How much will Krishna have to pay?
Nowread description of swami's state of mind
swaminathan gazed andgazed at this sum, and every time he read it, it seemed to acquire anew meaning. He had the feeling of having stepped into a fearfulmaze...
His mouth began towater at the thought of mangoes. He wondered what made Rama fixfifteen annas for ten mangoes. What kind of a man was Rama? Probablyhe was like Sankar. Somehow one could not help feeling that he musthave been like Sankar, with his ten mangoes and his irondetermination to get fifteen annas. If Rama was like Sankar, Krishnamust have been like pea. Here Swaminathan felt an unaccountablesympathy for krishna.
“Have you done thesum?” Father asked, looking over the newspaper he was reading.
“Father, will youtell me if the mangoes were ripe?”
Swaminathanliked cricket more than anything once patriotic spirit cost himschool but later cricket spirit cost another school too. He leftschool behind for cricket nonetheless he could not play cricket.
Storyends in unexpected way but novel is praiseworthy.
Novelis a good read, as language is both simple and witty and setting isIndian village.