A station named Malgudi

Soon, you could be travelling to a station named Malgudi. The railway ministry, based on public demand and subsequent permission from the government,  has decided to rename Arasalu station as ‘Malgudi’ as a tribute to Shankar Nag and RK Narayan.

Malgudi Days written by RK Narayan and then later adapted for the screen by Shankar Nag, was based  in the fictional town of Malgudi. Many believe that RK Narayan based his story somewhere in south India and came up with the name Malgudi from a combination of Malleshwaram and Basavanagudi.

Shankar Nag chose the countryside of west Karnataka as a backdrop for his screen version of Malgudi days. Some of the scenes were shot at Agumbe and Shivamogga. The railway station depicted in Malgudi days was the old Arasalu railway station in Shivamogga, an arrangement that was also agreed by the author RK Narayan himself.

Dilapidated condition of the old station building – photo source: Times of India

The Arasalu station falls on the Shivamogga-Talaguppa route. The re-naming of the station also comes with the announcement of renovating the station building. There are also plans to set up a Malgudi museum near the station.