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Swami and Friends Paperback – 1 December 2008
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Great book to read and have in your collection. Captures your imagination and reminds you of childhood days. The language is simple and the humor is in good taste. Makes you wonder about one's own childhood and the author's insight of the things done during that period. Definitely a good buy. --Nagendra on Jun 17, 2012
this book is perfect for early teenagers in all respect. it has awesome stories and is the great work of R.K Narayanan so you can blindly go for it --Rohit Ranjan on Jul 12, 2015
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- Item Weight : 250 g
- Paperback : 179 pages
- ISBN-10 : 8185986002
- ISBN-13 : 978-8185986005
- Dimensions : 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Publisher : Indian Thought Publications; 1st edition (1 December 2008)
- Language: : English
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This is the dialogue still etched to my memory ,having read the book in my pre-teen years in Hindi.Ironically,my mother too enjoys Swami's plight in the dialogue equally.
To let know the readers,this dialogue Swami weeps out when his dad decides to make him study on a holiday on his mother's egging.
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Swami thinks like a 10 year old. Everything he wants is of utmost urgency. He cannot conceive of consequences or of delayed gratification. Peer relationships are far more important to him than long-term success in school. He is still concrete in his thinking and struggles with his studies. But within his delicate, formative being are competing forces battling for his very soul. There is a lot of personality we see here, already formed, and some of it is disturbing. He is easily swayed, lacks self-confidence, and can easily lose himself in the crowd. How will this young person fit into India as it struggles for independence and into the India that will follow?
The Simpsons is arguably one of the best satires of contemporary American life because it forces us to look closely at ourselves. When we laugh at the Simpsons, we laugh at ourselves. There is something awfully familiar about their imperfections. Swami and Friends is a lot like that. There is something funny and familiar in Swami and Friends, even for this 21st century American reader. Narayan gives us a very clear picture of southern India in 1930 and he is setting the stage for India's place in the post-colonial world. This vision is presented through the hopeful but not-so-innocent eyes of a child.