She lived in a room which was an ill- ventilated passage between the front hall and dining room. Friendship at that age is nothing more than peer pressure and this is a fact that Swami cannot fathom. Swami and Friends is an Indian book written in English published in 1935. At school, everybody seemed “to be overwhelmed by the thought of the examinations.” His friends hardly exchanged even a few words with him, they were so busy with their preparations. Question 2. Question 5. Misunderstanding and mistaken identity also cause the humour of situation. Swami thought that his father was changing and growing more fussy and difficult every day. Accordingly, Mani came to the place with his clubs and Rajam came there with his air gun. Answer: He gets marks as high as ninety per cent and can answer any question put to him. He pretended to read but in reality watched closely every detail of his preparation to go to his office. It was very painful for poor Swami but he could not help it. What incident in the chapter shows this? Mother gave him a little are nut and half a dozen neatly rolled betel leaves. Answer: So, one day he took a neat bundle of fresh brinjals, reached the clerk’s house and laid the bundle at his feet. He had been transferred from an English school of Madras. Board 2015) Write the story of The Brahmin and the Tiger” in your own words. He talked all about his cat and other things but he was not coming to the point cf examination. Answer the following questions in about 60 words each. He spoke very good English, exactly like a European. How did Swaminathan cover up his lie that the room they were sitting in was his? He was the son of a Superintendent of Police. His mother was not at home. Answer: Question 1. Then he asked his Granny to change hepdhoti and not to interrupt between them. Answer: She had been in bed for two days. He reaches the class on time and we are introduced to the fire-eyed teacher Vedanayagan, the class-teacher and also arithmetic teacher. A student’s duty is to labour honestly Mani never paid attention to his studies but wanted to know the question using unfair means. (M.P. Answer: Answer: He selected his father’s room. Answer: His Western mind is only capable of “classifying, labeling and departmentalizing…” And the gentle criticism and irony directed towards him was in the same way directed towards his fellow countrymen. Answer: Swaminathan was waiting impatiently for his father to go out but his exit was taking too long. Who was ‘the cord of communication between them? What moral will you draw from this story? He has developed the proverbial ‘English stiff upper lip.’ Swami was greatly impressed by Rajam and wanted to be friends with him. The criticism of the educational system and the lack of faith in it is a common theme of Narayan. Rajam became a rival of Mani. So, he tried to give an elaborate and effective lecture on friendship and how enmity can spoil their life. To Narayan, Rajam’s ways and thinking are different, much like the “Europeans.” Rajam in his superiority does not feel he owes anybody explanations or farewells. Both the airgun and the clubs were then dispensed with the complaints which they had against each other which were re-counted and hotly denied. “You know he has a real police dress”, said Swaminathan. The novel, Narayan's first, is set in British India in a fictional town called Malgudi. (M.P. This harmonious existence is threatened with the arrival of Rajam. Question 6. He is a brilliant boy of the class. On the fixed day Mani came to the place with his clubs and Rajam came there with his air gun. In this way, the prank had turned upon themselves. Why was Mani angry with him? Rajam is the colonial superpower that Narayan introduces. Mani and Swaminathan wanted to play a prank on Rajam. He acts impulsively and loses control of himself on more than one occasion. Unlike many colonial and post-colonial writers Narayan does not directly attack or criticize the colonial system, although elements of gentle criticism and irony directed towards the colonial system, are scattered through out Swami and Friends and all his other novels. This is best seen where Swami is seen alternatively admiring and envying Rajam: the rich boy who walks to school dressed like a ‘European’. The friends of Swami were jealous of his friendship with Rajam. Swami and Friends R. K. Narayan "There are writers--Tolstoy and Henry James to name two--whom we hold in awe, writers--Turgenev and Chekhov--for whom we feel a personal affection, other writers whom we respect--Conrad for example--but who hold us at a long arm's length with their 'courtly foreign grace.' He always wanted to be cordial and friendly with everyone. Later on he gets another friend, Rajam. The story begins by introducing Swaminathan and … Question 2. There was no gossiping and loitering about. He was known to be chummy even with the teachers. His sentences are crisp, yet unconventional. Then, he thought about the size and shape of the country He wondered how such foolish ideas came into their minds. The tiger was old. The third friend is Sankar, known as the smartest boy in class, and whom Swami greatly admires. Rajam made a good impact in class and also in school. Question 2. Rajam was ‘dressed like a European boy’, his very appearance was alien to them, but it is not only on the outside that Rajam was different, but even within, as the reader sees through out the novel and especially at the end. Which sentence in the lesson suggests that it was a five-day week in Swaminathan’s school? Describe the spirit of liberty which the students were enjoying after the examination (M.P. The second was doubtful, the third was satisfaction, the fourth was clearly wrong but the sixth answer was the best of all. when he woke up he saw a lady doctor in the hail. Question 6. They were silent. Swami and Friends is the story of a 10-year-old boy, growing up during this particular time, his innocence, wonder, mischief and growing pains. What were Swaminathan’s friends doing when he left the examination hail? Answer: It was the last day of the examinations, and after that the school was to be closed for the vacations. The second and third books in the trilogy are The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher. Why was Swaminathan apprehensive of Mondays? Swami and Friends introduces us to Narayan’s beloved fictional town of Malgudi, where ten-year-old Swaminathan’s excitement about his country’s initial stirrings for independence competes with his ardor for cricket and all other things British. While my review focusses more on the psychological aspects of the book, the book can also be read without all this mental baggage. Then, they were served coffee and snacks. When will you come back? Question 2. I think Rajam’s lecture on friendship put greener effect on each of the friends. In the first section, we are given a character sketch of Swami’s Granny, the way she passes her days and of her ‘room’. He gets little emotional support at home or from his peers. Question 5. When the novel unfolds, we are told that Swami has four friends. Rajam kept them waiting for sometime. When he approached his father, he became angry. Swaminathan could comprehend very little except that the remark contained some unpleasant references to himself. He presents Swami for what he is and also the world around him for what it is. Board 2009, 2011) Swami read at the top of his voice the poem about a woolly sheep. It is heightened by the fact that the reader knows that Rajam has not and will not forgive Swami, while Swami believes that he is forgiven and is grieving for his “dearest friend’s” departure: “At the sight of the familiar face Swaminathan lost control of himself and cried: ‘Oh Rajam, Rajam you are going away. The novel registers all the small confusions and dislocations of the child reaching the end of an idyllic childhood and facing the grave tasks of adulthood. As Swami sits on the table in his ‘room’ which is merely a table in the dressing- room of his father he finds that he has a lot of home work to do, and only two hours for doing it. There were beehives all around with bees as big as lemons, If the sinner stepped down from the pedestal, he would have to put his foot on immense scorpions and centipedes that crawled about the room in hundreds. He is quite happy at school. 6. ‘Swami and Friends’ is the first of a trilogy of novels written by R.K. Narayan, a celebrated English novelist from India. He stood before mirror, winding a turban round his head. These boys are Somu , the friendly class monitor; Mani , a powerful but lazy bully; Sankar , “the most brilliant boy of the class”; and a small boy named Samuel, nicknamed “ The Pea ,” who is not remarkable in any way except that he makes Swami laugh more than anyone else. Imagine yourself as Swaminathan. He told what he knew to Swami and they prepared accordingly. Swami turns angry with him when he begins rivalry with Rajam. Swami is a boy ten years old. Answer: Give reasons in support of your Answer: (MP Board 2012) Swami was confused at the birth of his new baby brother. However later he thought that it must have had one, as the question said. Swami’s another bosom friend was Samuel, the Pea. The clerk did not refuse but told him vaguely that it is good to prepare maps, to solve five problems every day for Maths, and as regards English, there is nothing to worry about if he has read all the lessons. The gift offered by Rajam may have also put them in pressure. During Rajam’s visit everything went on smoothly. (M.P Board 2015) What course of action did they decide to do for the next day? He can easily break the neck of those with it who offended him. After the night meal, with his head on his granny’s lap, he nestled close to her. Examinations were going on in school. Describe Swaminathan’s state of mind when Sankar, Somu and others stopped talking to him.(M.P. Again and again, they were referring the word ‘tail’ like what is a tail, whether there was anyone like a tail etc. East Lansing: The Michigan State College Press, 1954, http://www.stud.uni-goettingen.de/~s098642/narayan.htm, http://www.english.ucsb.edu/faculty/rraley/research/english/macaulay.html, http://www.wmich.edu/dialogues/texts/swamiandfriends.htm, http://www.languageinindia.com/feb2010/gunaswamyandfriends.html. What will you do if your friends tease you and call you, names? On the first day at school he came and walked up to the last bench and sat beside Mani and felt comfortable indeed till Mani gave him a jab in the ribs, which he returned. Examination is such a time when a student’s performance is examined periodically It doesn’t matter whether it is quarterly monthly half yearly, or annual. He had called him, so he must go, otherwise he would fail in the subject. Describe Mani’s personality. Like Swami most children – even today- attend schools that do not nourish their heritage and culture, throughout the world including the US. ( Log Out /  His face was radiant with intelligence. However, he knew the next morning that he had got a baby brother. The Brahmin refused to believe him but the tiger assured him by swearing on the name of God. In the third part the scene shifts to the school. It was said that he had come from some English boys school somewhere in Madras. The fight stopped for a moment when the teacher entered but a moment later,they left the class, to fight it out in the fields adjoining the school. He is known as “the mighty good for nothing.” He towers head and shoulders above the other boys of the class and is admired by all. There was a poor Brahmin. The hushed voices, hurry, seriousness, agitations hot water, and medicine preparations for shering in a new person were all beyond the comprehension of Swami. Swami joined them with a low, ecstatic cry but they responded indifferently. The turning point in his young life comes when impulsively he decides to join a rebellion against the British. Swami felt most wretched, isolated and unhappy. The atmosphere of suspense, hurry and bustle which precedes the birth has been well-brought out. the headmaster could reprimand him. Mani is one of the closest friends of Swami. As they had closed their eyes they did not see that Somu, Sankar and the Pea were there, Indeed they touched and fond:ed their feet and when they did open their eyes they saw that they had touched the feet of Somu, Sankar, and Pea. Asked about why he was unbothered about the prevailing political crisis and other happenings during the time, Narayan replied in an interview thus ” When art is used as a vehicle for political propaganda, the mood of comedy, the sensitivity to atmosphere, the probing of psychological factors, the crisis of the individual soul and its resolution and above all the detached observation which constitutes the stuff of fiction is forced into the background.” Beyond this, he also had tremendous regard for the English language and literature as an aesthetic past time, and was not blind to its value in that regard. Buy Study Guide. The Guardian acknowledged the novel as one of the world’s best English novels by an Indian author. Narayan takes a dig at the educational system too as envisioned by the British masters. Father’s Room As a sign of goodwill, Rajam offered some biscuits and Mani gladly accepted them. Swami was feeling restless when Sankar, Somu, and others stopped talking to him. 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Unruled paper – 20 sheets (ALP. He manages his tough balancing act for a while but then two incidents change his life forever. The guard stopped them. It is unclear if he refrained from an all out attack on the British colonial system out of choice or reverence. Question 4. There were many good picture books and a number of other attractive things. Swami tells her of his new friend Rajam and she narrates to him the story of Harishchandra, till he goes to sleep. Board 2011,2012) They want that their son/daughter to learn all the things so that he/she does not escape anything but it is not possible in a day. His father made a lot of fuss, and made Swami study for long hours.At school, the examina- tion fever seems to have possessed in all his friends.They hardly exchange words as they were busy with exam's preparation.It was rumoured that the clerk knew all about the question paper. What did grandmother tell Swaminathan about his grandfather? Swami and Friends revolves around the life of ten-year-old Swaminathan, or Swami as he is known. Here, she lived with all her belongings. The temptation of Brabmin killed him. That is what keeps Swami and Friends evergreen and fresh at even this day and age. How one can change one’s nature! What changes do you find in your parents’ behaviour as your examination approaches? What part does colonialism play in the novel? They are useless. 4* - The Bachelor of Arts - This is a story about a young man, who having just graduated, tries to find his way in the world. Like many of his fictional grandmothers, he was close to his grandmother who was well versed with astrology. Based on the works of R.K. Narayan, Malgudi Days chronicles the … Question 5. He saw a tiger who was standing on the other side of the pond. Both the air gun and the clubs were then dispensed with, the complaints which they had against each other were re-counted and hotly denied. (M,P. Swami and Friends is the first of a trilogy of novels written by R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), English language novelist from India. Rajam allowed them to play with them and enjoy. Question 7. Question 1. He took a gift to impress him. With regard to reciprocal interference of series, Bergson observes that “a situation is invariably comic when it belongs simultaneously to two altogether independent series of events and is capable of being interpreted in two entirely different meanings at the same time” (123). Swami’s relationship with his peer group is very complex as so-called ‘friends’. He hooked his umbrella on his arm which was the last signal. So, they become irritated. Describe how that prank Narayan’s success as a writer emerges from his portrayal of a unique culture, and yet at the same time a subtle criticism of the alien political power. Now only his spectacles remained and then the watch. (MP.Board 2011) Nobody paid attention to him. Soon Swami and Mani began playing with Rajam’s toys. Answer: He was feeling uncomfortable. One,Saturday afternoon, Swami had a plan to visit Rajam’s house. the boys broke more bottles of ink on the ground. In the midst of merry making. Question 7. Mani and Swaminathan were good friends. His style is smooth and simple. ‘Do you read such books?’ he asked, eyeing the big gilt- edged law books on the table. It took only a minute to answer it. Swami and Friends Summary. Question 3. A fierce fight between Mani and Somu followed. Ruled white paper – 10 sheets In his mind British or Indian, they were all human beings with prejudices, follies, errors, kindness and goodness, each in varying degrees. Answer: Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Board 2011) It is followed by the scripture period and the teacher, Ebenezar, is a fanatic Christian. Question 2. Swami acted as the chord of communication between the two. Shankar is another bosom friend of Swami. Swami did not liked that Mani doubted his sincerity in friendship and broke into protestation. One of them is Somu, the monitor of the class. What was Swaminathan waiting for while his father was preparing to go out? Among friends he is particularly intimate with Mani, a towering well-built personality, who with clubs at home can break any body’s neck. As soon as he was gone, Swami also began to move out. And when he finally does so, this friendship initially creates friction between his earlier friends. Discuss the irony and humor present in the novel. Swami and Friends opens with the five- or six-year-old Swami going off to school at the Albert Mission School, which his father has picked with great care because he wants Swami to get an English education so that he can have a good government position in the Indian Civil Service, like his own. Swami came out of the exam-hall twenty minutes before the time. It was Saturday and Rajam was to visit Swami in the afternoon. Hence it would be folly to attack the very system that would sustain him as a novelist, his career of choice. As I have some problems in English and Maths I have contacted a teacher who teaches me one hour daily. The clerk was pleased. And also disturbing. Swami told his grandmother that Rajam was a brilliant boy. Realism of Children’s World in Swami and Friends. Only, the cook did not change his dhoti and appeared before Swarni’s hero, in the same old dhoti. What interested Mani most was a grim air gun that stood in a corner. A. Somu sided with Sankar and Pea, and Mani stood up for Swami. Question 6. He nibbled his pencil and re-read the list. Narayan started writing this novel with the words “It was Monday morning…” to the auspicious time his grandmother chose for him. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Give instances in support of your answer. He dressed very well. The second and third books in the trilogy are The Bachelor of … Answer: Swami wanted to create a good impression on his friend, who was a VIP, the son of a Superintendent of Police. For him the baby was funny. Change ). The room was well arranged with his books on a big table and a time piece. He is a spontaneous, impulsive, mischievous and yet a very innocent child. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The second and third books in By that time, Mani was the boss as there was no one to challenge his strength. His character is a child in the fullest sense of the world. Answer: Swami is fascinated by him and is friendly with him. Somu challenged Mani’s authority. His use of certain ‘Indianisms’ might alienate the foreign reader, yet they convey his meaning adequately. It is full of humor and irony. He spoke very good English, exactly like a European; which meant that few in the school could make out what he said.” The last sentence in the quotation actually runs beyond its literary meaning. Rajam brought up in a different atmosphere than that of his fellow classmates did in fact speak differently and few understood what he said. B. Answer: How did Swaminathan describe his little brother to the Pea? The fighting between them (Mani and Somu) was so violent and deadly, that the three youngsters (Sankar, the Pea, and Swami) thought that the two would murder each other. They turned their faces to him with a faint smile and returned to their game. Swami and Friends is the first of a trilogy of novels written by RK Narayan, a celebrated English novelist from India. A child trying to teach its parents, a character who lays a trap in which he is the first to be caught, the villain who is the victim of his own villainy-in every case the root is the inversion of roles and a situation which recoils. Why did Swaminathan go to the Infant standards? Question 5. Swami was feeling more attached with him. He belonged to a high society. After exchanging some units of messages, they finally came to the point to prove their might at the river near Nallappa’s grove. What did Swaminathan tell his grandmother about Rajam? No one call him a good student. Question 1. The Brahmin, at first, declined the offer saying that the tiger is after all a tiger. Swami’s relationships with each of these friends were different, but he cherished them all. Question 6. Question 4. Swaminathan replied with a grave face: ‘This is my room, why?’ Rajam took time to swallow this. for starting. Swami was ” much surprised at this, for he had thought that the strength possessed by Somu and Mani was not possessed by anyone else. Answer: Swami And Friends elaborates on the life of the simpleton who confided only in his grandmother and whose relationships were very emotional and basic in nature. It puzzled him how people managed to live in such a crooked country as Europe. The novel, the first book Narayan wrote, is set in British India in a fictional town called Malgudi. However, father agreed. Swaminathan w:as embarrassed. Two tigers came upon them suddenly one knocking down the father from behind and other chasing down Rajam. Board 2009) With Mani and Rajam his relations are personal and human; while his relations with the other three Somu, Shanker, and the Pea are scholastic and impersonal. Mare and Swaminatharj wanted to play a prank on Rajaim They reached Ra jam’s residence. 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