Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami aka R.K. Narayan, best known for his books that immortalized fictional town of Malgudi was born in Chennai on October 10, 1906. The celebrated cartoonist R.K. Laxman was his younger brother. His father was a stern headmaster who made sure that his sons never lapsed in English. He grew up in idyllic Chennai which shaped his stories Swamy and Friends.
K. Narayan almost gave up on his novel Swami and Friends before one of his friends sent the manuscript to the novelist Graham Greene, who named the novel and pushed it for publication. The letters that R.K. Narayan wrote to Graham Greene throughout his life is filled with warmth and friendship to a friend whom he met only once in his life.
His novel The English Teach was about his own marriage and the death of his wife and how it affected him. Comparitively lesser known work of R.K. Narayan’s novel is filled with so much of love and melancholy.
By the time of his death in 2001, he had won several honors, including Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. R.K. Narayan, without a doubt, was the most admired novelist in the English Language
You can read the first three pages of his novel Malgudi Days below.
A small video from acclaimed journalist N. Ram from The Hindu, talking about Mr. R.K. Narayan.