Author of Malgudi Days
The renowned Indian author, R.K. Narayan is best known for his collection of short stories, Malgudi Days. Born on October 10, 1906, the author created the fictional town of Malgudi for his novel ‘Swami and Friends’.
Published in 1935, Narayan’s first book, Swami and Friends, introduced readers to the fictional town of Malgudi. As the book became a success, Narayan’s career started as a writer. He also won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel ‘The Guide’, which was later adapted into a Hindi film.
R.K. Narayan wrote numerous novels and short stories set in Malgudi over the next few decades. One of his most famous works is Malgudi Days, a collection of short stories about the people who live in Malgudi that was first published in 1943.
Narayan’s works are distinguished for their simplicity, humour, and ability to capture the essence of Indian life in its truest form. He is considered one of India’s greatest writers and is credited for promoting Indian literature to the world.
His works have been translated into many languages and have been adapted into movies and television shows. R.K. Narayan was a leading author of early Indian literature in English with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao.