'Few writers since Dickens can match the effect of the colourful teeming that Narayan's fictional city of Malgudi conveys' John Updike
It is still a man's world in Malgudi. And that is where docile and obedient Savitri has endured more than her fair share of humiliations in her long-standing marriage. But even she knows when her bullying husband has gone too far.
For when Ramani insists on taking on an elegant new employee for the Engladia Insurance Company, Savitri recognises more than a professional interest in the woman. Her first resort is to try to ignore it. And her last resort is only just forestalled by a passing burglar...
“RK Narayan's Malgudi novels are humorous gems and it is a great pity that they are not better known. He wrote beautifully and with great compassion, something regrettably lacking in some humorous writing”
Alexander McCall Smith