Lost and Found: The Boy Who Played Swami in ‘Malgudi Days’ Manjunath with RK Laxman (L); scene from Swami and Friends (Photo. This page guide for “Swami and Friends” by RK Narayan includes detailed The arrival of Rajam, who is the son of Malgudi’s new police superintendent. Swami And Friends By R. K. Narayan Online. I enjoyed reading this book after reading this book, I bought “Malgudi days” and “The guide” of the great story .

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Swami and Friends Character Sketch: The novel is full of humor and irony. It falls in pre-independence days in India. Today, it has become a real place in India. Navigate through the article:. The protagonist of the story is a year-old boy. He is an unconstrained, indiscreet, wicked but then also an exceptionally honest child. His character is a kid in the fullest feeling of the world.

How he grows up, his mischiefs which made his family irritated, his wonder, growing pains and innocence and many aspects are being portrayed in the novel. He lives in a universe of bossy grown-ups. He is a student at Albert Mission Ftiends. One of the most watershed moments in the novel is the time when Rajam joins the school and he becomes friend with Swami. But later he breaks his friendship due to some reasons. Everyone can relate R. Also, holidays are heaven on earth during those days.

The protagonist of the novel Swaminathan Swami is a school going boy. He belongs to a South Indian middle-class family. His family comprises of his grandmother, mother, father, and mother. In the initial trenches of the story, his znd brother was born.

He is seen irritating his family members in the novel. Also, he himself sometimes gets irritated by the way his family scolds him. He takes his family for granted and to some extent, it can be said that he is not given proper attention after his brother was born.

Swami And Friends Character Sketch – Short Summary and Analysis

He was unbearable to his mother. There were times when his mother dats of giving up on him. He inherited a kind of revengeful quality in him after he got ignored by his mother. But it was not the same for his father. Srinivasan, even though he was a bit abd to him he has always been his soft corner. Swami tries every time and again to win sympathy for his grandmother. He dislikes staying at home and likes spending his time idly.

He has got Rajam and Mani as his fast friends. Swami was not an extraordinary character. Like all the other boys of his age, he likes spending time with his companions.


His family lives in poverty. He is not regular in his school attendance and is a backbencher. Even though he is faint-hearted and timid he becomes aggressive and undisciplined at times. With all his companions, Mani stands to be the strongest and largest. He does not care to bully anyone coming in his path. But it is worth mentioning that his bond of friendship with Swami friendw lessens. He is sincere in his academics and has ajd.

The author portrayed him with a delightful personality.

Initially, Mani had enmity towards Rajam as he was living a rich lifestyle and feels Rajam to be doing show-offs. But later, Rajam solves this problem and he forwards his hand of friendship to him. He also invited them to his home which played a vital role in suppressing the enmity.

Apparently, Rajam justifies everything with a concrete reason. On the other hand, Mani was smart enough to accept his friendship. Srinivasan was a lawyer of a good rank and his mother Lakshmi was a homemaker.

He gets irritated by his family members as he feels he is not given much attention.

Swami and Friends Character Sketch – A novel by R.K Narayan

He is unbearable to his mother and he also becomes revengeful on being ignored by her. But his father had a soft corner friiends him despite being so nasty and troublesome. Rajam promised Swaminathan to pay a visit. Swami was both excited and conscious. So, he asked his father if he could lend his room, full of books and reading materials.

He lived with her in his childhood days. He describes her as a good friend of his. She used to wake him up during the school days and prepare breakfast for him.

After the breakfast is being done his grandmother hand over the pen, wooden slate, and earthen ink-pot to him. While Swami attended school his grandmother would study the scriptures in the temple which his nearby his school. Later when he shifted to the city he never went to school with her; instead, he went on the school bus. He himself agrees that his relationship with his grandmother has changed a lot during these times as she no longer assisted him in doing his homework.

Besides, Swami got some advanced subjects which are beyond the experience and expertise of the grandmother.

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Unlike before she spent most of her time spinning, feeding the sparrows which falls on the garden and since she was a religious person she kept herself busy with praying. She kissed him on the forehead before they got separated.

Five years later when Swami came back home, his Grandma welcomed him home. Her actions showed her great love towards her grandson. For Swami, she will still beautiful because she continued to love him.


After her death, Swami notes that his grandma never stopped loving him. Swami had a lot of friends but he limited himself to Rajam and Mani. The character of Rajam: Rajam was the guy with an endearing personality.

He is smarter and grown-up than Mani. He believes in self-respect. Rajam is very sincere in maogudi.

He likes assisting or helping his friends in academics. In fact, Rajam tries to put forward a hand for friendship with Mani. He wanted to settle the enmity with Mani and this signify the nobility Rajam has got with him. He believes in justification of everything with a concrete reason. Swami liked staying or passing his time with Rajat. Swami and Rajat were not in good terms earlier but after their friendship, Rajat tried his best possible way to assist Swami in all the fields.

Swami took him as a kind of motivation as he is the son of police superintendent and he thrives to acquire that kind of lifestyle.

The character of Mani: And on the other hand, Mani never brings books to school or submits his homework on time. He is completely opposite to Rajam in the field of academics. In fact, he is also known for sleeping bravely in the class. Mani always sits on the last bench of the class. Even though he is not a sincere or profound guy Swami liked staying with him. While the exams approached, Mani tries to convince and bribe the clerk to leak the question paper by giving him fresh brinjals.

Mani reckoned Rajan as his enemy as he is jealous of his lifestyle.

Unlike Rajat, Mani comes from a very poor family. His parents hardly afford to pay his schooling expenses. During the enmity, Swami acted as a middleman in delivering the pieces of chats to each other. Mani is fond of dominating the entire class of his power. He likes bullying his juniors and also mlgudi his classmates. He is tagged as the hero of his class. Mani is a very weak student academically. He is superstitious and believes in ghost. He has other friends as well with whom he came in bad terms after his friendship with Rajat.

Not only Mani but most of the students in the class disliked him. These four friends shared everything with each other and were united until Swami made friendship with Rajat. Swami finds his class lectures boring.