A Hero - Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan

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Swami is a young child living in Malgudi with his parents and grandmother. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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Swami portrays the growing up pangs of a boy who despises school, as he makes excuses and roams around Malgudi with his friends. Swami's father works in a government office and his mother is a housewife. At home, Swami shares his adventures with his aged granny, who lovingly addresses him as "Chamy." Swami also has two close friends: Mani and Rajam. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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Once while reading the newspaper, his father reads an article about the bravery shown by an 8-year old boy and feels that Swami should do something similar. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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Swami has the habit of sleeping with his grandmother after listening to a story told by her. This irritates Swami's father. Swami's father then challenges, or rather forces, him to sleep in his office. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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When Swami tells his friends of the ordeal, his friends warn him about a ghost living near the office. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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Swami ask his friends for advice on how to escape from his father's challenge. They tell him to go to bed before his father comes home from work. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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However, his father does not let him sleep at home, wakes him and takes him there. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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Swami tries to negotiate with his father to let him sleep in the house in a separate room. But his father refuses. However, he lets Swami sleep with the door and windows open. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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When Swami sleeps in his father's office he has nightmares about the ghost and wakes up with a start. At the same time, Swami spots an intruder breaking into the office. Mistaking him for the ghost, Swami grabs the intruder's leg and yells for help. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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To find out what happens to Swami's first night alone, read the story or catch the video online. It is a funny story; from a kid's point of view, about how a child would react in a scary situation. Image courtesy: http://www.malgudidays.net

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