Swami's encounters with the Board school headmaster is also equally enjoyable. The attitude of that headmaster took me back to my school days when some of myteachers used to carry canes to beat students and treat the students as theirslaves. Swami becomes a super-hero when he grabs and throws the cane awaywhen the headmaster attempts to beat him. After that, his conscience makes himfeel sad and leads to other troubles.Malgudi Cricket Club (M.C.C.) which is started by Swami and his friends took meback to my school days when we also tried to start a cricket team called DangerBoys. The letter they write to Binns sports shop in Madras and the other happeningsare great to read.On the whole,
Swami and Friends
is an amazing novel and I do not think I wouldbe reading a better novel ever. The novel took me to my school days and I couldrelate many of the Swami's experiences to my own. This novel is an unadulteratedand absolutely thorough portrayal of a child's life. It is rather unfortunate that mostof the present day children have their so called intelligence suppressing innocenceassociated with their age.Having said that, I am sure that one can find many children like Swami in Indianvillages even today. This novel is a must read for any one who want to roll backtheir years and enjoy the innocent moments of their life.review
I have to be very frank about why I ever picked up this book from the book store. First of all,during one of my interviews for an MBA admission, I proudly told them that I read R.K. Narayan’s books.Their response seemed almost spontaneous, “Have you read Swami andFriends?” I replied in the negative, at which point it almost seemed to be written on their facesthat they thought I was bluffing. That was my first ever real encounter with this title. Secondly,while lazing away in the air-conditioned interiors of a bookstore in Chennai, my eyes came over this little book, and the fact that it was comparatively cheap made me buy it. But I tell you that isabout all I remember, after that I was transported to Malgudi.The story is about a boy, Swaminathan. He lives with his parents, and most importantly hisGrandmother. His Grandmother, or Granny as he calls her, is his closest family member, willingto hear him out at all times, will fight for his human right’s against his oppressor’s like his father.