Set in Malgudi, a fictional town envisioned by R. K. Narayan, Swami and Friends narrates the adventures of the eponymous young boy and his adventures with friends, including the establishment of a cricket club in his town and his running away from home. Most of R.K.Narayan's novels are set in the town of Malgudi, which has been mentioned for the first time in this story. This edition of the book was published by Indian Thought Publications on December 1, 2008. It is available in the English language and can be ordered online from many popular book retailers in India.
The greatest passion for Swami, the young protagonist, is to play cricket with friends. His fondness for the sport makes him establish the Malgudi Cricket Club, often referred to as M CC. His most favourite day is the one when his school examinations are over and he gets the leave to spend quality time with his buddies. However, the impulsive yet innocent protagonist finds himself in deep trouble when he is expelled from two schools in a row, during the period of civil unrest in 1930. When he feels that the situation has escalated to a level beyond his control, he responds by running away from home. R. K. Narayan sympathetically observes not only the plight of the young hero, but also the world rife with troubles, in which he walks around. He shows us the child's world through the eyes of a child, narrating their interpretations of various incidents, which often differ markedly from the way an adult would have seen them.
Above everything else, Swami and Friends breathes life into the fictional town of Malgudi, which has later served as the venue for most of R. K. Narayan's books, setting the stage for one grand adventure after another for his innocent yet often mischievous protagonists. This paperback edition of Swami and Friends spans across 179 pages. The ISBN-10 number of the book is 8185986002 and its ISBN-13 number is 978-8185986005.