Facts and biography of R K Narayan

R K Narayan was a famous Indian writer. He is famous for his novels like- The Guide, Swami and Friends, The English Teacher etc.

R K Narayan (1906-2001)
  • He was born on 10 October, 1906 in Chennai. His full name is Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami. His family members used to call him Kunjappa.
  • His father was school headmaster. He spent his childhood with maternal grandmother Parvati. He married to Rajam. They had a daughter Hema. His brother was R K Laxman.
  • He studied at Lutheran Mission School and CRC High School. He obtained his bachelors degree from the University of Mysore.
  • From the childhood, he had interest in reading books. He used to read a lot of books and gradually started writing.
  • He started his career as a school teacher. Later, he left the job to become a writer.
  • His first novel was Swami and Friends. In this novel he created the famous town “Malgudi”. His many writings are based in this town. Initially, he faced lot of problems publishing his novels. In 1935, his novel Swami and Friends was published with the help of Graham Greene. In the subsequent years, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room novels were also published.
  • In 1939, his wife Rajam died of typhoid. Her dead left a deep affect on R K Narayan. During this time he wrote the novel- The English Teacher.
  • He also started his own publishing company- Indian Thought Publications. He was successful with this publication.
  • R K Narayan’s some of the novels are-Mr. Sampath, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma, The Guide, My Dateless Diary, The Man Eater of Malgudi, Gods Demons and Others, The Vendor of Sweets, The Ramayana, The painter of Signs, The Mahabharata, Grandmothers Tale. His most of the books content are taken from his own life.
  • He won many awards such as- Sahitya Academy Award, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and A C Bensen Medal. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1989.
  • He died on 13 May, 2001.

Timeline of R K Narayan

1906 R K Narayan was born
1926 He took admission in Maharaja College of Mysore
1930 He wrote his first novel Swami and his friends
1935 His novel Swami and his friends got published
1937 Narayan's father died, His second novel Bachelor of Arts published
1939 His wife Rajam died.
1942 His first short story collection Malgudi Days was published
1947 Movie Miss Malini was released. He was the screenplay writer of the movie
1956 His book The Guide was published
1958 He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel The Guide
1964 He was awarded Padma Bhushan
1980 He was honored with AC Benson Medal by the (British) Royal Society of Literature
1989 He was nominated in Rajya Sabha for his contribution in literature
2001 He died

Some famous quotes of R K Narayan

"No one ever accepts criticism so cheerfully. Neither the man who utters it nor the man who invites it really means it."
"If you threw a stone into a gutter, it would only spurt filth in your face"
"A profound unmitigated loneliness is the only truth of life."
"Certain things acquired an evil complexion if phrased, but remained harmless in the mind."