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The Man-Eater of Malgudi
Indian Thought Publications
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The Man Eater Of Malgudi by R. K. Narayan tells the tale of how the lives of residents in the picturesque town of Malgudi are disrupted by the actions of their newest resident, and the consequences that follow.

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Nataraj is the protagonist of The Man Eater Of Malgudi. Nataraj and his friends reside in the serene and beautiful town of Malgudi, located near the Mempi Hills. As the owner of a printing shop, Nataraj leads a content and peaceful life. It is when the brutish Vasu appears that the peace in Malgudi shatters like pieces of glass.

Vasu is a taxidermist by trade. He is forceful and demanding by nature, which is quite the opposite of Nataraj’s calm demeanor. Vasu is often compared to Rakshasa by Nataraj and his friends. When Vasu decides to take up a permanent residence above Nataraj’s press shop, the real problems begin to occur. Vasu’s activities begin to encroach on Nataraj’s life. At first, it begins with him bullying away all of Nataraj’s customers. Then Vasu proceeds to shooting a pet dog and other birds and animals within the vicinity. When a group of dancing women cross Nataraj’s stairs and head to Vasu’s quarters, he decides to take the matter up with the rent control authorities.

The denouement of the story occurs when Nataraj is attending his friend’s poetry book release. At this point, he learns that Vasu has plans to kill an elephant that belonged to the local temple and make it a part of his taxidermy collection. Nataraj tries desperately to stop him. When Nataraj heads over to talk to Vasu, an unexpected surprise awaits him!

The Man Eater Of Malgudi was first published in 1961.

About R. K. Narayan

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanaswami was a celebrated writer.

Some of Narayan’s well-known works are Swami And Friends, The English Teacher, The Financial Expert, and The Bachelor Of Arts.

Narayan’s books were often written in a narrative style, with a humoristic element added to it.

Narayan completed his Bachelor’s degree at Maharaja College of Mysore. He worked briefly as a teacher, but quickly realized that writing was his true calling. After marriage, Narayan worked as a reporter for The Justice, a newspaper based in Madras that was dedicated to non-Brahmin issues. Narayan received many awards and honours for his literary success. In 1958, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for writing The Guide, followed by the Padma Bhushan in 1964. Narayan also received Honorary Doctorates from several universities including Delhi University, the University of Mysore, and the University of Leeds. He received several nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 2001, Narayan was awarded the Padma Vibhushan. Narayan was married to Rajam. On May 13, 2001, Narayan passed away. One of his greatest achievements was putting the spotlight on India through his literature.

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R. K. Narayan (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001), (shortened from Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami) was an Indian author whose works of fiction include a series of books about people and their interactions in an imagined town in India called Malgudi. He is one of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English, along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao. He is credited with bringing Indian literature in English to the rest of the world, and is regarded as one of India's greatest English language novelists. Narayan broke through with the help of his mentor and friend, Graham Greene, who was instrumental in getting publishers for Narayan’s first four books, including the semi-autobiographical trilogy of Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher.