A Tiger for Malgudi is a novella written by R.K. Narayan. The story was written in 1983, and is an autobiography of a tiger named Raja. The story starts with Raja�s account of his childhood, his roaming in the jungle and becoming a ferocious tiger. He reminisces about his days in the jungle when he ruled the roost. However, soon he faces human intervention in his life. His wife and kids are captured by villagers and transported in huge cages.
Desperate to bring back his family, Raja wrecks havoc on the village. He attacks the villagers and makes their life miserable. But the humans reverted back; he is captured by a circus owner and trained for the circus. He spends his days performing tricks for the crowd, and ultimately, he is sold in films starring alongside a bulky Tarzan.
Raja hasn�t made peace with his destiny. In fact, now and then, he shows aggression and attacks his human companions. Tired of his antics, humans decide to kill Raja. However, just as he is about to be killed with a gunshot, a hermit appears and gives him the knowledge of spirituality.
The process of transformation of Raja from being a ferocious tiger unable to reconcile with his destiny to being an animal that can live in peace with humans is what the book is all about. It has been told from a tiger�s perspective. However, parallels can easily be drawn to human behaviour. The writing is typical of R.K. Narayan, who has given numerous worthy reads to Indian literature. It is written in simple words, has brevity and yet manages to stir-up emotions. A Tiger for Malgudi has been published by Indian Thought Publication and is available for online shopping. The paperback edition of the book is listed with ISBN-10 reference number 8185986118 and ISBN-13 reference number 978-8185986111.