R.K.Narayan, the Prolific Story Teller in India

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (1906 – 2001) was an Indian writer known for his work set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. The fictional town of Malgudi was first introduced in Swami and Friends. Narayan's The Financial Expert was hailed as one of the most original works of 1951 and Sahitya Academy Award winner The Guide was adapted for film (winning a Filmfare Award for Best Film) and for Broadway.

Narayan highlights the social context and everyday life of his characters. He has been compared to William Faulkner who also created a similar fictional town and likewise explored with humour and compassion the energy of ordinary life. Narayan's short stories have been compared with those of Guy de Maupassant because of his ability to compress a narrative.

Mr. Narayan explored the value of village traditions and the lives of ordinary people. In the 1930's, he created a town in South India that he called Malgudi and populated it with characters who could be fussy, tricky, harmlessly rebellious or philosophical -- but who were always believable. Mr. Narayan would return again and again to Malgudi in many of his 34 novels and hundreds of short stories.

Although Mr. Narayan's writing may strike many foreign critics as dated today, his books accurately portray an India that hovers between the unchangingly rural and the newly industrial and that is still filled with individualistic, often eccentric personalities that recall his imagined universe.

The death of his wife plunged him into a period of depression during which he became obsessed with trying to communicate with her through spiritual mediums. The painful search for ''true identity'' is a major theme of Mr. Narayan's work. In ''The Vendor of Sweets'' the merchant eventually rejects the world for a life of contemplation.

In a career that spanned over sixty years Narayan received many awards and honours including the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, India's second and third highest civilian awards. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's parliament.


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