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ABOUT R.K. NARAYAN

by Prakriti Duhan

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R.K. NARAYAN
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About R.K. NARAYAN
Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001)[1] was an Indian writer known for his work set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He was a leading author of early Indian literature in English along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao.
Signature of R.K. NARAYAN
R.K. NARAYAN'S HOMETOWN
MADRAS, TAMIL NADU
R.K. NARAYAN'S AWARDS
Narayan won numerous awards during the course of his literary career.[106] He won his first major award, in 1960, the Sahitya Akademi Award for The Guide.[107] When the book was made into a film, he received the Filmfare Award for the best story. In 1964, he received the Padma Bhushan during the Republic Day honours.[108] In 1980, he was awarded the AC Benson Medal by the (British) Royal Society of Literature, of which he was an honorary member.[109] In 1982 he was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.[77] He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature multiple times, but never won the honour.[110]
Recognition also came in the form of honorary doctorates conferred by the University of Leeds (1967),[111]Delhi University (1973)[112] and the University of Mysore (1976).[113] Toward the end of his career, Narayan was nominated to the upper house of the Indian Parliament for a six-year term starting in 1989, for his contributions to Indian literature.[69] A year before his death, in 2001, he was awarded India's second-highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan.[114]
Early life of R.K. NARAYAN
R. K. Narayan was born in 1906 in Madras (now Chennai, Tamil Nadu), British India into a Hindu family.[4] He was one of eight children; six sons and two daughters. Narayan was second among the sons; his younger brother Ramachandran later became an editor at Gemini Studios, and the youngest brother Laxman became a cartoonist.[5][6] His father was a school headmaster, and Narayan did some of his studies at his father's school. As his father's job entailed frequent transfers, Narayan spent a part of his childhood under the care of his maternal grandmother, Parvati.[7] During this time his best friends and playmates were a peacock and a mischievous monkey.[1][8][9]
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