Taking a step back in time

A special edition of Malgudi School Days was launched in the City recently

remembrance Arundhati Nag, Shashi Deshpande and Manjunath.

Captivating all those who step into its world, the book remains etched in the mind.
As part of the ongoing Penguin Classics Library promotions, Puffins Classic edition of R K Narayan’s Malgudi School days was launched at the Ranga Shankara, with a special introduction written by Shashi Deshpande. Arundhati Nag and Manjunath, who had played Swami in the series Malgudi Days were present.

Speaking at the launch, Shashi Deshpande highlighted the importance of reading books and classics among the young. She recollected the influence books and reading had on her as a child. “I used to read everything that came my way. Dickens and Mills and Boons were among my favourites. But the best books remain the favourites even after one grows up,” she said.

Manjunath, the young actor may have quit acting but has remained a voracious reader. “Today’s generation is short of imagination. In our days, we used to create our own version of cricket if we didn’t have a bat. Today, children get everything they ask for which restricts out-of-the-box thinking,” he added.     

The book also made waves on the small screen with Shankar Nag directing the series. Arundhati Nag recollected little anecdotes during the making of the series. “It was a growing experience for all of us. We all had imagined a certain village called Malgudi in our heads but bringing that alive in the cinematic medium was challenging and enjoyable,” she said. The launch was then followed by a screening of one of the episodes from Malgudi Days.

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