If you were a kid growing up in the 90s in India, you would know what Malgudi Days means to us. Shot in the 80s, the show became synonymous to childhood in the small towns of India. The adventures of Swami and his friends around the small town of Malgudi aften made me think that this place would be an idyllic spot for anyone to grow up. At the same time, my research told me that it's indeed an imaginary town, a result of RK Laxman's creative power.
Years later I came across a travelogue on Tripoto by Rahul Raghunath on his trip to Agumbe, a village in the Shimoga District of Karnataka. I was fairly surprised by the beauty of this small hamlet and most importantly about the fact that Malgudi days was shot in this village in the 80s. The genius director Shankar Nag quite deservingly should be credited not on for the creation of the television marvel that Malgudi Days is and also for the brilliant choice of location for the fantastical Malgudi.