Event Update: Remembering RK Narayan

Of course, I was dubious when I wrote this post yesterday, asking if hosting a RK Narayan Readalong is a good idea. Thank you for being kind to me, and letting me know that I may try hosting itΒ this year. Since some of us have already agreed to participate, I thought I should keep this post open for you to sign up. (If you are just reading this post, please do not worry. Everything about RK Narayan is mentioned in the link above. In simple words, he was one of the greatest writers; his books are beyond awesomeness.)

More information about the readalong here:

Books we can read together:
The Guide
Malgudi Days
Swami and Friends
The Bachelor of Arts
The English Teacher❀
A Tiger for Malgudi

No pressure really. You may read just one book too, and you may choose other titles as well. πŸ™‚

May 1 to May 15

1. You may blog about the books.
2. You may Tweet, and Instagram it. And, do not forget to use the hashtag: #RKNReadalong

I hope we will have some fun together, and I look forward to reading your posts about RK Narayan. Thank you. πŸ™‚

You mayΒ sign up here:

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41 thoughts on “Event Update: Remembering RK Narayan

    1. Thank you, Sharlene. If you like reading short stories, you may try ‘Malgudi Days’. If you like a novella, there are quite a few. ‘A Tiger for Malgudi’, or ‘Mr Sampath’. My favourite is ‘The English Teacher’. πŸ™‚

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      1. Thanks for the suggestions! I think the only one that I’ve heard of is The English Teacher. Unfortunately my library only has My Days which sounds like a biography. Interestingly it does have Malgudi Days on DVD. Guess it was made into a tv series? I’ll have to figure out some other way to get my hands on the books!

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  1. Yay so glad you’re definitely doing this! I will do a signup post this weekend and link to that. I think I won’t manage more than 2 books in 2 weeks, so I’ll have to choose wisely πŸ™‚

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    1. Sure. ‘Malgudi Days’ is a lovely collection of his short stories. My favourite is ‘The English Teacher’. The writer is popularly known for ‘The Guide’. They all are short books. You may start with any of them. πŸ™‚


  2. Thank you so much for making this event in May. For a second I thought it was going to be in April and freaked out because I just wrote about doing the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge in April

    I will definitely join in May! I will read at least one — I think I’ll go with Malgudi Days.

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  3. I will join in, too! I was thinking I’d never heard of him before, but it looks like it’s possible that he did the translation of the Mahabarata that I read in college (too long ago to remember clearly.) I’ve got A Tiger for Malgudi headed my way from another library in state – The Grandmother’s Tale is the only book of his my library has, ignorant Americans that we are.

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    1. Thank you very much, Katy. I am so glad ‘A Tiger for Malgudi’ is on your way. πŸ™‚ He retold The Mahabarata. I haven’t read it. Perhaps, I should try during the readalong. Many thanks for joining us. πŸ™‚


  4. I would love to join but I suspect time will defeat me, I’m afraid. Even though I try to keep review copies to a minimum I still always seem to have more than I can manage which affects my self-directed reading more than I’d like. However, if I can, I will.

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  5. Glad that you are organising it. RKN is my one of my favourite author. The Bachelor of Arts is my favourite.
    Since I have already read The Guide, Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher, I’ll join for the remaining two:-)

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  6. Count me in, Deepika. I have unfortunately read nothing by RK Narayan other than the Malgudi Days short stories. And those were a long time ago! I will be starting my first job in May so I doubt I can take on more than one book. And that little heart makes it easy for me choose my read for the event. πŸ˜‰

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    1. I am super happy, Priya. A) You are going to start your first job. Many, many congratulations. I hope you will enjoy yourself at work. B) Thank you for joining us. One book is great and ‘The English Teacher’ is awesome. πŸ™‚


  7. I just finished “Malgudi Days” – yes, I know, it certainly took me long enough. I just couldn’t rush the reading of these delightful stories… I still have “The Guide” to finish, and a few more volumes that I obtained so enthusiastically when the read-a-thon began. Though I didn’t read a lot, I intend to delight in his stories for years to come! Thank you for hosting this wonderful event, that still isn’t over for me!

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    1. Hi Heidi, thank you so much for keeping this readathon alive. Thank you! I woke up to this lovely note, and I still can’t stop smiling. ‘Malgudi Days’ is one of my favourites. I intend to reread the book soon. I love how RKN showed the extra-ordinariness of ordinary people. ‘The Guide’ is a brilliant book too. Perhaps, the most popular one. But ‘The English Teacher’ and the one that you reviewed ‘A Tiger For Malgudi’ are close to my heart. πŸ™‚


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