Where did Swami and his friends live in Swami and Friends?

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In this text, Swami and his friends live in a small village in Southern India, which is called Malgudi. This is a fictional location, not an actual village, but it is representative of all the small villages in the region, and it is used as a type to help clarify and understand the relationships and impact of events on the people who live in places like that. For the sake of the novel, they could have lived in any small village because it is merely a representation of their life and the struggles they faced, politically, socially, and economically. By placing them in a fictional village, the author was able to weave together all the different threads from different locations to represent them all at once.

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Swami and his friends live in the small town of Malgudi in Southern India. Narayan often uses this fictional place as the setting for his stories. In creating Malgudi, Narayan builds on his own childhood experiences of the place where he grew up, the people he met, and the boys he played with. In Swami and Friends, Malgudi is presented as an idyllic, magical place, the perfect backdrop for the boys' various adventures and escapades.

At the same time, Malgudi, rather like Mark Twain's St. Petersburg, is not immune to the social and political tensions of the adult world. We can see this, for example, when Swami joins a large, angry mob protesting against the arrest of a prominent local politician. He becomes so intoxicated with the mob's nationalist fervor that he throws a rock through the window of his headmaster's office. Thankfully, Swami sees the error of his ways and channels his youthful aggression into a rather more civilized pursuit—cricket.

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