Swami and Friends – Yay or Nay?

Hello! I’m back from an unannounced hiatus! Sorry for practically deserting you guys! Let’s get to the post already, shall we?

For those of you that don’t know, Swami and Friends is a novel by R.K.Narayan depicting the lives of 6th grader Swaminathan and his small band of friends.

The book is less of a novel and more of a collection of short stories that are cohesive and  this book was a fun, light read.

I loved the author’s writing style and would love to read more by him! Here are some short excerpts:

He sat at his table and took out his atlas…How did those map makers find out that Europe was like a camel’s head? Probably they stood on high towers and copied what they saw below…

It was Monday morning. Swaminathan was reluctant to open his eyes…He shuddered at the very thought of school.

😂 The first paragraph just made my day.

This book immediately reminded me of school and paints a vivid picture of the quiet, sleepy town of Malgudi.

As for the characters, they’re brilliant. This style of writing might not please everyone, but it works for me. Swami and Friends was pure gold in every way.

There was, technically, not any plot to the story. In a good way, though. We get a glimpse of an average schoolboy’s mind. We see his daily life and how life was in British India – there are mentions of Independence and protests.

I honestly don’t know how to convey the beautiful simplicity and elegant style of Swami and Friends in words. You’ll not know what I’m talking about if you haven’t read the book.

I definitely recommend this book to everyone reading this post! So definitely, I give this one a Yay.

This was a short post, but I’ll be back soon (for real this time)

P.S Feel free to drop some questions, if you have some. (Please say you have some!) I’ll answer them soon!