This is the story of Krishna, the English Teacher.
While Krishna teaches at the Albert Mission College, his wife and daughter live some distance away with his parents-in-law. But a move to a small rented house, soon permits the couple to enjoy a life of marital bliss. Yet, paradise is short-lived….
Never has the magical storyteller of imaginary Malgudi woven tragedy and humour so deftly together.
The English Teacher, R K Narayan was born in Madras, South Indiain 1906 where he did his schooling and graduated from Maharaja’s College in Mysore. His novels are built around characters living in the fictitious town, Malgudi. His works includes sixteen novels beginning with SWAMI & FRIENDS in 1935 and ending with THE GRANDMOTHER’s TALE published in 1992 spanning 6 decade of most brilliant writing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
R.K. Narayan, in full Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayan, original name Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanswami, (born October 10, 1906, Madras [Chennai], India—died May 13, 2001, Madras), one of the finest Indian authors of his generation writing in English.
Reared by his grandmother, Narayan completed his education in 1930 and briefly worked as a teacher before deciding to devote himself to writing. His first novel, Swami and Friends (1935), is an episodic narrative recounting the adventures of a group of schoolboys. That book and much of Narayan’s later works are set in the fictitious South Indian town of Malgudi. Narayan typically portrays the peculiarities of human relationships and the ironies of Indian daily life, in which modern urban existence clashes with ancient tradition. His style is graceful, marked by genial humour, elegance, and simplicity.
Among the best-received of Narayan’s 34 novels are The English Teacher (1945), Waiting for the Mahatma (1955), The Guide (1958), The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961), The Vendor of Sweets (1967), and A Tiger for Malgudi (1983). Narayan also wrote a number of short stories; collections include Lawley Road (1956), A Horse and Two Goats and Other Stories (1970), Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories (1985), and The Grandmother’s Tale (1993). In addition to works of nonfiction (chiefly memoirs), he also published shortened modern prose versions of two Indian epics, The Ramayana (1972) and The Mahabharata (1978).