Aptly written by R K Narayan, ‘It is written on the brow of some that they shall not be left alone. I am one such, I think.’ in his novel, The Guide, for we remember him on his 108th birthday which falls on October 10, 2014.
Considered as one of the most prolific Indian writers to have written in English, R K Narayan’s novels have been interesting reads from the times they have been published. Compared to Anton Chekov, his novels permit the reader to walk down the streets of Malgudi Days and transform into one of his characters.
In all, R K Narayan has written innumerable novels, nonfiction books, mythology books and even short story collections. Prominent of these being Swami and Friends, The English Teach, The Bachelor of Arts, in fact these three have been almost autobiographical in nature. His non-fiction works include Next Sunday, My Dateless Diary, Reluctant Guru, The Emerald Route while Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana and The Mahabharata are his writings on mythology.
Interested readers could acquaint themselves with the fictitious village in South India named Malgudi by him as described in his novel Malgudi Days to get a better idea about his growing up years. In fact, a TV series of the same name been aired on Doordarshan in the year 1986.