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Malgudi Days Revisited

Day 13 (M) ~ #BlogchatterA2Z

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Ta na na Nana nana na …

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This iconic tune transports an entire generation to simpler times … the growing up of a small boy, Swami, in a make-believe southern village, Malgudi. Having read the books and seen the television show, I was delighted to come across an article about the house where the series was filmed.

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Located in in Agumbe, Shimoga district, Karnataka, Kasturi Akka’s home was given to producers to shoot in. She recalls, they didn’t even charge for the location! This 120-year old house is a traditional one built for a large family – with three kitchens, each with its own well, underground tanks to store water, granaries, several bedrooms, an open courtyard, and a lovely veranda.  At the center of the house is a tulsi plant.

You walk down to the house from Agumbe bus stand – ask anyone for directions to Dodda Manne. The house was built in 1860s by Vasudeva Rao in Thotti Mani style (built around an open courtyard). Mangalore tiles, wooden pillars, and stone and mud walls keep the house naturally cool and airy. There’s natural light in every room.   What I found unique was its coffee room – with a filter coffee machine. A mini café at home!

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The fourth, fifth generation of Raos currently live in this well maintained home. And they are always welcoming to all tourists and patiently answer what must be repetitive and annoying questions to them. I hope to go back to this house for some studies and paintings.

Malgudi days constitutes the collective image of a fantasy village we all dreamed of. It is a reference point for all the values and customs our culture is associated with. Malgudi days combined with other Doordarshan shows of the 1990s represent an age of innocence and hence its special place in our heart. On a side-note, its a fascinating trivia/myth that the name itself is a combination of Malleshwaram and Basavangudi, two suburbs of Bangalore.

 

 

Seema Misra

Seema Misra undertakes freelance projects for illustrations, content creation, copywriting, and social media marketing through her blog Lonely Canopy. To unwind, she watches world cinema or travels across it. She talks to her plants and sometimes people as well. But more often than not … you will find her curled up in her favorite corner reading a book while sipping strong coffee.

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limitedperspectiveblog
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I could smell my childhood. Thank you for this…:)

aurawithwriting
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What a brilliant post for M!!! brought back so many memories, right from the first line (the tune) Thank you for doing this!

mammaspeaks
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Such fond childhood memories are associated with this serial! And what lovely illustrations!

Balaka
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This post took me back to my childhood. I still keep watching Malgudi days on youtube.
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Neha
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Thank you so much for reviving wonderful childhood memories! Loved this post 🙂

Novemberschild
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Novemberschild

The name Malgudi evokes a nostalgic response in almost anyone you meet. Somehow it seems to bring about memories of a simpler, less complicated era in our lives, so much so that even Indians who’ve never experienced village life firsthand feel as though ‘Malgudi’ might be their ‘native village’

Purba Chakraborty
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This post made me nostalgic.
Malgudi Days has always been special to me. Beautiful art work 🙂

Namratha Varadharajan
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I loved Swami and friends as a child and I think I should put in on my bucket list to visit this house!

Shalzmojo
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Watching Swami bring Malgudi alive on screen was such a childhood joy for in those days there was hardly anything worthwhile to watch on telly- thank you for rekindling that nostalgia Seema.

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pratikshya2
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I have loved this television series and it makes me so nostalgic. It was only last year that i rewatched it. Swami is innocence personified and childhood is so sweet. I love their friendships and lessons they learn while growing up. Dadi is my favourite.

Loved your sketches.

priyareflects
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This is too good. I used to love Malgudi days and loved the tune too, the episode always started with me humming the tune along. 😊
Thank u for taking me for a walk down the memory lane

Meena
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I loved malgudi days! I am so envious of you that you have seen the actual house. How wonderful. Your artwork is tremendous.

Shilpa Garg
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OMG! You are seriously so creative and talented, Seema! LOVE, LOVE your artworks!
This post made me do the time travel and I actually sang the opening tune in my head 😀

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AuraofThoughts (@AuraofThoughts)
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Malgudi day’s are part of my childhood. Recently my daughter received Maguladi days story book and I started humming ‘ta na na nana na……’

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The series would be so so incomplete without this. So good of you to add this 🙂 I just kept looking at the first sketch and you couldn’t have done it better to bring the nostalgia back 🙂 Very well done!

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Lovely write up, loved your illustrations.