What is a summary of "Malgudi Days"?


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"Malgudi Days" is a collection of short stories by R.K. Narayan, first published in 1943. It was published worldwide in 1982 and was adapted as a television series in 1986.

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"Malgudi Days" contains 19 short stories written by R.K. Narayan. Each chapter portrays the author as a different person in a different profession. For example, Narayan takes on the role of an astrologer, a postman, a doctor, a blind beggar, a Brahmin, a man who faces down a man-eating tiger, a man who carves an image of God, and a boy who does not want to go to school.

Each character is a citizen of Narayan's fictitious town of Malgudi. According to the New York Times, are all believed to be Indian. Each story portrays a facet of life in Malgudi. Narayan created a remarkably complete historical record.

Narayan is one of the most widely known Indian authors writing in English, and is credited with bringing Indian literature to the rest of the world. In 1986 "Malgudi Days" and two of Narayan's other books were adapted as a television series that ran for 39 episodes on the Doordarshan broadcast network in India, each about 20 minutes long. The series was remade in 2004 and broadcast in 2006.

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