Sriram is twenty. As a mark of his coming of age his grandmother allows him the pass-book to his savings in the local bank, but Sriram is growing up in other ways, too, and an enchanting and unpredictable girl leads him to the entourage of Mahatma Gandhi.
In this masterpiece, India's preeminent novelist introduces a character not unlike himself, a compulsively engaging raconteur-"They call me Talkative Man.Some affectionately shorten it to TM: I have earned this title, I suppose, because I cannot contain myself.My impulse to share an experience with others is irresistible".
NARAYAN was born on October 10th 1906 in Madras. This is a commemorative edition issued to mark the Birth Centenary of the author. Rare photographs of Narayan and brilliant sketches by his brother R.K.LAXMAN, the famous cartoonist,are notable features of this edition.
Margayya is a complex and entrancing character with a flair for those fabulously involved minor financial transactions which are an integral part of Indian life. We first meet him sitting in the shade of a banyan tree, advising the people of Malgudi how to extract loans from the Co-operative Bank.
The Painter of Signs tell us the story of Raman, a young painter of signboards, a bachelor who glories in his old-fashioned independence, whose work takes him all over Malgudi, and requires him to do business with some of the city's most important, as well as its most absurd, tradesmen.