Malgundi Days is a short story collection written by R. K. Narayan, and illustrated by R. K. Laxman, though the cover artist is named Sahil Sahu. The book was initially published in 1943 in India by Indian Thought Publications before it was republished internationally by Penguin Classics. The book follows the lives of different people, all located in the town of Malgudi, which is the sliver lining throughout the 32 different short stories.
R. K. Narayan, full name Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami, was born in 1906 and was one of the leading roles and the founder of Indian literature in English. Malgundi Days is one of his most known works, though he also is known for his debut biographical trilogies. He commonly focuses on daily normal life of people, their communities and their thoughts, which is reflected on in the short stories, all following a common narrative.
A few of the stories have been adapted into a part of a 1986 television series named after the book. As the director died, the series was revived in 2004 by Kavitha Lankesh, featuring more of the stories. The series premiered in 2006. Google also honored Narayan's birthday in 2014 with a doodle of one of his works, including a link that could be used to read more.